I loved this book even more than the first one. Somewhere on this site I read in one review that action is more abrupt in the first book and harder to follow, or something to this effect and I think I agree.
I mean, maybe it is possible that I just got used to O'Brien's style, but this book is so much smoother read.
Excellent excellent characterisation, great friendship of two amazing characters and non stop action, what's not to love.
And of course I cannot believe that I did not like Jack Aubrey much after I saw the movie. I love him.