" This is one of the O'Brian books used as a basis for the movie...yet very unlike the movie. If you are into naval history or sailing, you'll probably like it, but don't expect an easy read. The naval terminology is a bit daunting at first, but somewhat explanatory via context. I'd suggest getting "A Sea of Words" by Dean King before you start with M&C...it's a concordance and background to the O'Brian series, which I'm fondly attached to at this point. "
— Vickie, 2/18/2014