This Aubrey-Maturin book took me a bit longer to read than the others, but I'm not sure why. The book is well-written, but perhaps the pacing was a bit off. There was more intrigue and less sea-action. I guess I'm not as interested in Aubrey's home life as well.
O'Brian definitely knows his sailing and definitely knows 19th century British history.
I recommend this book if you like historical fiction and/or nautical stories.