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John Aubrey is a captain for all winds. His bravery is seasoned by intelligence; his initiative is tempered by loyalty to the Crown and its naval legend Lord Nelson. Aubrey commands his frigate, the Surprise, with strength, not bravado, and an ease and rigor that win the respect of his men. He also has what any bunch of superstitious sailors needs in a boss: a nose for good fortune. They call him Lucky Jack. His nickname is a prayer to the fickle Fates that rule the sea, his presence a guarantee that the crew's lives are in the best hands.

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