Master and Commander is by Patrick O'Brian. The first book in the Aubrey and Maturin series. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the tale of a young British lieutenant who is promoted to the command of his first ship, the H.M.S. Sophie. Along with his ship's surgeon and friend Stephen Maturin, Aubrey must follow orders and social conventions to assure his promotion and the success of his crew. The culminating battle against a Spanish frigate is worth the price of the book. A wonderfully factual piece of historical fiction.
Ratings: 11th grade - 8 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).