When I read Master and Commander (review), I wasn't sure how long I would go before I picked up Post Captain, the second of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin books. Needing some fiction to read for the holiday travels, though, I snagged a copy, and will say that O'Brian's got me fully hooked now. Adding some dramatic flesh to Maturin's character helped, as did the more three-dimensional treatment of Aubrey in this book than the last. Even the battle scenes seemed much improved.
Since I don't go in for plot synopses in my reviews I'll quit there and just say that I suspect I'll be back for more O'Brian before very much time passes.