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Hornblower and the Atropos

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In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. At the ...

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Overview

In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. At the center of each adventure is Hornblower, Forester's most inspired creation, whose blend of cautious preparation and spirited execution dazzles friend and foe alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316289290
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/30/1985
  • Series: Horatio Hornblower Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 106,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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.

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 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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    Posted May 30, 2013

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    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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    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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