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Pirates & Sailors who want to know everything there is to gleen about the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brien will treasure this book.

This simply isn’t simply a glossary of seafaring terms, or a review of well known facts. This book provides biographies of the more important naval figures of the time, the flora and fauna of Maturin’s interests, geographical locales encountered, many of which no longer bear the names they did during the period written about in the novels . . .

In short, A Sea of Words describes just about everything in O’Brian’s seafaring tales we’re not likely to know.

What is this bark that Stephen dispenses for certain ailments? Why, the bark of the Cinchona tree — it contains quinine, says A Sea of Words, while also describing the many other medical terms he slings around.

Jack Aubrey attempts several times to give Stephen Maturin a grasp of the weather-gage, as it relates to ships in battle, but never so clearly as in Dean King’s description, which includes both the advantages of the weather- and lee-gages.

It’s all here, and even if one had the encyclopedias and all the other essential references needed, which I seriously doubt would be found even in a big-city library, why go shopping when one book will do?

This Book is simply a must have for the Landlubber and old Sea Salt alike, it will clarify and bring to life the methods and nomenclature that was life aboard a seagoing tall rigged ship in the 1700’s.  


More than 50,000 devoted Patrick O’Brian fans have made A SEA OF WORDS their companion book of choice. In response to passionate reader demand, Dean King adds hundreds of new definitions and new illustrations and background essays referenced in O’Brian’s clipper ship adventure sagas, including two new novels.


Author – Dean King Biography

Dean King is an award-winning author of nine non-fiction books. You can learn more about him at or keep up with him on Facebook. King has chased stories across Europe, Asia, Africa and now Appalachia. His goal is to draw you into a nuanced and accurate historical narrative that allows you to live with the characters, to feel their pain, striving, and joy, and to grow with them. He rides the camels, climbs the 14,000 foot passes, walks the yard-arms, and tracks down far flung sources. (He was shot at beside the Tug River while researching his latest book, THE FEUD.) Then he writes and edits until his knuckles have no skin, his elbows ache, and his family is looking for him, all to give you pleasure in lean and meaningful prose. If he makes you eager to take his book to your favorite easy chair or crawl into bed and curl up with it, he’s happy. If you learn something or feel changed, then all the better. King’s writing has appeared in Granta, Garden & Gun, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, New York Magazine and the New York Times. He is a contributing editor of Virginia Living and a nationally known speaker, who has been the chief story-teller on two History Channel documentaries.

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