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All Hands on Deck

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I was really excited about this read, as I've seen _Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World_ boatloads (no pun intended :D) of times.

It shed a ton of light on just what went into making HMS _Rose_ sea- and movie-worthy, and I have nothing but respect for all those involved!

For me, the tale got bogged down at times in the details (though others that enjoy those nuances--especially fans of the O'Brian books--will no doubt enjoy it more); a good deal of language and some colorful elements proved over the top for me. But, I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this element of an incredibly well done movie (and ship).

I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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An excellent telling of the trip of the ship that became HMS Surprise for the movie. It's a trip from Newport to San Diego with plenty of maritime adventure. I particularly liked that Sofrin is so well-read in both the literature of the sea and the O'Brian novels, seamlessly adding them into the book.

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an interesting look behind the scenes of modern life on historical ships.

Following Sofrin and his experience of moving the ship for the Master and Commander movies from the US East to West coast we hear about what it was like. Sofrin shares how he got the job, what the travel was like, and how the ship is cared for when filming. There's anecdotes about how the crew get to know each other and bond and the work it takes to sail a ship of this size.

It's an interesting read for people who are interested in life at sea.

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