Hornblower and the Atropos [NOOK Book]

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With his wife Maria and baby son going to London on a Cotswold canal, Hornblower is called upon to act as a bargeman, giving the reader an unexpected image of late 18th century England. In London and captain of the Atropos, Hornblower finds his abilities challenged as he manages 38 barges for the naval procession carrying Nelson's casket from Greenwich up the Thames to Whitehall. In his next successful adventure, he notices an oar with a crossed numeral 7 floating in a dense fog in the Broads. On reporting to ...
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Hornblower and the Atropos

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Overview

With his wife Maria and baby son going to London on a Cotswold canal, Hornblower is called upon to act as a bargeman, giving the reader an unexpected image of late 18th century England. In London and captain of the Atropos, Hornblower finds his abilities challenged as he manages 38 barges for the naval procession carrying Nelson's casket from Greenwich up the Thames to Whitehall. In his next successful adventure, he notices an oar with a crossed numeral 7 floating in a dense fog in the Broads. On reporting to Gibraltar the Atropos is directed to raise sunken treasure from a quiet bay in Turkey. Ending at home, with less fortune in sight, Hornblower knows his duty is to his country first, leading the reader to yearn to continue Hornblower's adventures.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012789280
  • Publisher: eNet Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Series: Hornblower Saga, #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 42,132
  • File size: 529 KB

Meet the Author

20th Century British author famed for the 12 Hornblower novels, African Queen, Payment Deferred, 12 tales of war, and more than 20 other works.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2001

    Short Stories Featuring Early 19th Century Technology

    Although the episodes in Hornblower and the Atropos are tied together with a modest connecting story line, each one could just as easily be an independent short story about Hornblower¿s experiences on his way to, during, and after his assignment as captain of the Atropos, the smallest three-master in His Majesty¿s fleet. What positively distinguishes these stories are fascinating details of some of the most advanced technologies in the Britain of 200 years ago. You will learn about the new fresh water canals and tunnels used then to speed shipments of people and fresh market goods, underwater demolition and salvage operations, coordinating naval battles through signaling, repairing ships on station, turning a ship without using the wind, treating gunshot wounds, and how to administer a very detailed operation without use of telephone, telegraph, or radio. The book is well worth reading just for these details. The book¿s main disappointment for me is the absence of the redoubtable William Bush who plays such an important an interesting role as Hornblower¿s foil and partner in most of the novels. I missed Bush. I think you will, too. As occurs increasingly in the books in the series, Hornblower comes into contact with famous people of the day. Hornblower¿s success with the Hotspur has won him friends in the Admiralty, and even higher places. You will enjoy this book much more if you refer to the maps in the Hornblower Companion as you read this book. Much of the appeal of the Hornblower series is involved in the naval engagements. While this book will make it seem like all of that is going to be missed here, just be patient. One of the most interesting parts of this book comes when Hornblower uncharacteristically makes a rather large mistake, and has to face up to the fact that he may have no honorable way out. This situation reminds me of the Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk describes how he handled the insoluble problem provided to each cadet at Starfleet Academy. Yes, there is always a way out. Be curious about all that is around you, and consider how it can be turned to new advantages . . . when you change your assumptions about what is most important! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Datty

    One tomany m's there sam...

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    Sam

    Second time: HMM? Lolol!!

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Very enjoyable

    I'd read all of C.S. Foresters's books when I was in my teens and decided it was time to revisit Hornblower & his crews....... I wasn't disappointed nor seasick.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Doesn't work with NOOK COLOR. B&N knows, but still has it for purchase.

    Doesn't work with NOOK COLOR. B&N knows, but still has it for purchase.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Great Series

    Great series. I buy them as gifts for that special someone. I highly recommend all of these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    He Gets some friends in high places

    Hornblower is put in charge of Lord Nelsons Funeral. He had a few problems but it turned out ok. He was able to meet the king for the fisrt time. In the process he gets a family member of the king in his crew.

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