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Leading Seaman Albert Brown is dying, almost dead, upon the razor sharp lava, amid the spiny cactus, and among spent rifle shells on Resolution Island in the Galapagos group, in the first short chapter of this novel. How did this illegitimate young man from a romantic but only 5 day liaison between a middle-class Victorian spinster and a young naval officer come to be in the Pacific Ocean during WW1? The growing up of Brown under the loving guidance and strong will of his mother is the background C.S.Forester ...
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Leading Seaman Albert Brown is dying, almost dead, upon the razor sharp lava, amid the spiny cactus, and among spent rifle shells on Resolution Island in the Galapagos group, in the first short chapter of this novel. How did this illegitimate young man from a romantic but only 5 day liaison between a middle-class Victorian spinster and a young naval officer come to be in the Pacific Ocean during WW1? The growing up of Brown under the loving guidance and strong will of his mother is the background C.S.Forester uses to develop Brown's strong sense of Duty and unconscious heroism. When chance puts Brown, one of three survivors, as a prisoner on a damaged German ship, it is just the challenge Brown needs to do his best to delay the ship's repairs. When the repairs of 12 hours stretch to more than 2 days because of Brown and his rifle, the delay allows the British to catch the German ship and sink it. With the victorious British Captain the unknown father of the unknown dying son getting the glory, this is one of the few truly ironic novels of the era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884116318
  • Publisher: Amereon, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

1899-1966, British author; famous for the 12 Hornblower Sagas, and many novels concerning military activities.

Biography

C. S. Forester (1899 - 1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the "Bismarck" and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits and adventures on the high seas Forester chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels. Over the years, Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II, he traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.

The character of Horatio Hornblower was born after Forester was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film. While the script was being drafted, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, based on the same historical incidents about which Forester was writing. Rather than seek another movie project, and to avoid an impending paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a freighter bound for England. By the end of the voyage he had outlined Beat to the Quarters, which introduced the now legendary character Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on Hornblower During the Crisis.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 27, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cairo, Egypt
    1. Date of Death:
      April 2, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    A first-rate action yarn

    I am sad to see this book, which I read many years ago, is so difficult to obtain. I rate it among the best of Forester's works. The main action occurs when Able Seaman Brown, a prisoner on a German cruiser in WWI, escapes when the damaged ship finds haven in a remote atoll to conduct repairs. Armed with a rifle he manages to delay repairs until.... Read it and find out!

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