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Alexander Kent's series is okay, although just a bit juvenile imo. i think i would have enjoyed them more when i was younger. Dudley Pope and Dewey Lambdin both have heroes whose adventures span many books.
C.N. Parkenson, Richard Woodman and Edwin P. Hoyt all have a series of nautical adventures during the age of shot & sail. there are others as well which i haven't read yet.
and then there is Rafael Sabatini, arguably the father of the genre, who wrote the Captain Blood books made famous in the movies by Erroll Flynn.
even the actor Gene Hackman has added to the mix, co-authoring 'The Wake of the Pole Star'.
There are also POBs other books, an earlier seafaring novel I believe, plus his non fiction.
I don't read the Aubrey Maturin series because I like seafaring novels per se, but rather because I love the worlds POB constructs. When I finish the Aubrey Maturin series I therefore go back to re read them rather than look for other seafaring novels....
I've not yet read through the canon, so I'm getting ahead of myself a bit, but I suspect I will want to supplement the Aubrey-Maturin tales with readings elsewhere. I suspect I'll do that by finding separate titles to address those aspects of the series I love so much: seafaring novels to see what O'Brian might be leaving out or emphasizing compared to others; perhaps non-fiction or essays on natural sciences; titles on Napolean's legacy or perhaps political developments to mesh with Maturin's espionage and the state of Europe at the time; any manner of poetry or novel of manners to get a peek into Aubrey's Ashgrove Cottage.
As zenomax puts it, I love the world O'Brian constructs. Definitely I'll read through the canon more than twice, but I do like the other titles suggested on LT for the wider appreciation I gain of that world. But rather than look for a comparable series, I think I'd rather revisit Aubrey & Maturin. I'm so appreciative of O'Brian's achievement that I have so wide a reading agenda connected with these novels, it's much broader and deeper than any other single set of books I can think of, almost a literary subject unto itself.
- Edited because spellcheck betrayed me.
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