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Hornblower During the Crisis

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Horatio Hornblower

If you love action and adventure books then Hornblower During the Crisis would be the book for you. I am one who loves action and I loved this book. In it Hornblower is leaving his ship to set sail on another ship headed for London where he could be promoted to captai...
If you love action and adventure books then Hornblower During the Crisis would be the book for you. I am one who loves action and I loved this book. In it Hornblower is leaving his ship to set sail on another ship headed for London where he could be promoted to captain. They also have to deal with many hardships on the way including some tough casualties. One of my favorite quotes was, ¿We¿ve settled it,¿ said Baddlestone's voice. ¿Where¿s Meadows?¿ croaked Hornblower his throat still dry with tension. ¿He¿s a goner,¿ answered Baddlestone with a wave of his arm. That was one of my favorite quotes because that is where you learned of the gruesome ending that befell Meadows. In the middle of the crews journey to London they catch sight of an enemy French ship behind them. It has 3 times the men and much better weaponry. It is also gaining on them fast. Hornblower debates with the two captains on board on what action to take. They then decide in the end to take the initiative and board the French ship to try to catch them by surprise. So Hornblower and his men get ready to try to take down a force three times their size. Odds were against them but they had the element of surprise so they valiantly prepared for battle. This was one of the most suspenseful parts for me and I was dying to see the outcome. Hornblower During the Crisis is a great book for action and adventure lovers. A problem with it is that the author died while still writing this book so they had to take different parts of stories that the author had used for short stories in between big novels to connect them together and used them to complete Hornblower During the Crisis. So considering this you can understand why the book is as unclear and confusing as it is. At times it is hard to follow and I had to turn back to see if I had missed something or hadn¿t read something. It was hard to understand what the characters were discussing many times. For this reason I would recommend it for ages 12 and up otherwise younger kids would get lost and wouldn¿t understand it. It is confusing at parts when Hornblower gets sent on a spy mission and suddenly it skips over years of training and just summarizes them for you so it takes a while for you to catch up to the story. At another point, Hornblower¿s ship is boarded by another British crew and the other crew forces themselves on and they even don¿t deny that it is piracy. Though later in the story the other crew never becomes enemies with Hornblower and they don¿t really do anything else except fight alongside Hornblower. It was confusing because I thought they were evil but it turns out they don¿t get in trouble or anything. Though if you do like to read and you like action and adventure then I highly suggest you read Hornblower During the Crisis and the other volumes in this series too.

posted by Anonymous on March 26, 2006

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Just a little more Hornblower

The novel was not finished due the death of the author, but still has all the flavor that you expect from the Hornblower series. Because the storyline just gets through the setup prior to Hornblower going into the action, you need to fill in the ending with your own im...
The novel was not finished due the death of the author, but still has all the flavor that you expect from the Hornblower series. Because the storyline just gets through the setup prior to Hornblower going into the action, you need to fill in the ending with your own imagination based on the flavor of all the Hornblower novels and the author notes that follow the setup. Because the book does not tie into any novels that follow in the series, you could read it anytime after the #3 novel in the series. Read it when you have a short bit of time that needs to be filled and you want just a little more Hornblower.

posted by Anonymous on July 28, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    Horatio Hornblower

    If you love action and adventure books then Hornblower During the Crisis would be the book for you. I am one who loves action and I loved this book. In it Hornblower is leaving his ship to set sail on another ship headed for London where he could be promoted to captain. They also have to deal with many hardships on the way including some tough casualties. One of my favorite quotes was, ¿We¿ve settled it,¿ said Baddlestone's voice. ¿Where¿s Meadows?¿ croaked Hornblower his throat still dry with tension. ¿He¿s a goner,¿ answered Baddlestone with a wave of his arm. That was one of my favorite quotes because that is where you learned of the gruesome ending that befell Meadows. In the middle of the crews journey to London they catch sight of an enemy French ship behind them. It has 3 times the men and much better weaponry. It is also gaining on them fast. Hornblower debates with the two captains on board on what action to take. They then decide in the end to take the initiative and board the French ship to try to catch them by surprise. So Hornblower and his men get ready to try to take down a force three times their size. Odds were against them but they had the element of surprise so they valiantly prepared for battle. This was one of the most suspenseful parts for me and I was dying to see the outcome. Hornblower During the Crisis is a great book for action and adventure lovers. A problem with it is that the author died while still writing this book so they had to take different parts of stories that the author had used for short stories in between big novels to connect them together and used them to complete Hornblower During the Crisis. So considering this you can understand why the book is as unclear and confusing as it is. At times it is hard to follow and I had to turn back to see if I had missed something or hadn¿t read something. It was hard to understand what the characters were discussing many times. For this reason I would recommend it for ages 12 and up otherwise younger kids would get lost and wouldn¿t understand it. It is confusing at parts when Hornblower gets sent on a spy mission and suddenly it skips over years of training and just summarizes them for you so it takes a while for you to catch up to the story. At another point, Hornblower¿s ship is boarded by another British crew and the other crew forces themselves on and they even don¿t deny that it is piracy. Though later in the story the other crew never becomes enemies with Hornblower and they don¿t really do anything else except fight alongside Hornblower. It was confusing because I thought they were evil but it turns out they don¿t get in trouble or anything. Though if you do like to read and you like action and adventure then I highly suggest you read Hornblower During the Crisis and the other volumes in this series too.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    Another great story in the Hornblower series!

    Another great story in the Hornblower series! Highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Gandalf

    Yolo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    A good tale

    This started out really good. I just wish the author would have been around long enough to finish the story.

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