My favorite fanatical comment wrt/ this series is “There are only 20 books in the series. It’s just not enough.”
My favorite part of this book was their time in the Roaring Forties. I love the descriptions of the massive waves, how they navigate them, and the massive albatrosses. Feels other-worldly. They went there in a previous book, but I missed the “craziness” of this place. He does a great job on the second voyage thru there.
For those who are new to the series, here is a good place to start Aubrey–Maturin series – Wikipedia. I’d avoid the individual book pages ’cause they have good plot summaries.