Big O'brien fan, and have read the Aubrey/Maturin series twice (6-7 of 20 on kindle last I knew), along with Forrester's Horatio Hornblower series. Prefer Obrien's historical breadth and detail and character development.
Just read two by an American Wm. C. Hammond, The Power and the Glory & For Love of Country,
about an American patriotic Merchantile family
, as some review touted him as the next O'brien. Not. Hammond's story telling, though without word-wit or poetry, is interesting history
of the years from the Yorktown victory over Cornwalis, through the Articles of Confederation up through the Adoption of the constitution in 1889, the year of the French Revolution, the Barbary "pirate" nations of north Africa
and the forming of the American Navy
. The two books follow the Cutler family
, aren't all that deep, and are more Historical Romance than Novel. All the Cutlers are brave, smart, beautiful, sexy and loyal. Not alot of character develop takes place. I'd wait a bit to see if they will drop by half price.
Other recent reads, Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land
, the third in his Trilogy on American life. I think Ford's one of the best observers of middle class life and writers of a fine sentence and phrasing in English
. But at the same time he delights in American slang at every chance.
My other diversion on me kindle has been a Brit William Boyd. Waiting for Sunrise, Brazzaville Beach
(Anjou, you'll dig that one), Any Human Hear
t are 3 of half a dozen of his I've read. Like his story telling a lovely prose.