" How do you rate an unfinished book as amazing? Well it is more of a judgement on the whole series. Growing to know and love the characters of this book, and O'Brian's amazing story telling ability while keeping with the facts from Naval records is pure enjoyment. He gave me a real appreciation for a subject I knew next to nothing about. Each character was going through the usual ups and downs of life just like the rest of us. Trying to fit in when necessary, being yourself when need be, showing or hiding emotions as it pertained to each situation. Richness, poverty, health, sickness, love, heartbreak, pure joy, adventure, death, they and more were all there. From the chance meeting at a concert that nearly led to a calling out (a duel) which would have ended one of their lives, the friendship between Jack and Stephen that ensues sets an example of just what friends should be. Again to be honest, I am not sure I could have read this series on paper, but Simon Vance does so right by the characters that it was just a fabulous read. Thank you Patrick O'Brian. "
— Matthew, 11/18/2013