Hornblower and the Hotspur

Hornblower and the Hotspur

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by C. S. Forester
     
 

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April 1803. The Peace of Amiens is breaking down. Napoleon is building ships and amassing an army just across the Channel. Horatio Hornblower-who, at age twenty-seven, has already distinguished himself as one of the most daring and resourceful officers in the Royal Navy-commands the three-masted Hotspur on a dangerous reconnaissance mission that evolves, as war

Overview

April 1803. The Peace of Amiens is breaking down. Napoleon is building ships and amassing an army just across the Channel. Horatio Hornblower-who, at age twenty-seven, has already distinguished himself as one of the most daring and resourceful officers in the Royal Navy-commands the three-masted Hotspur on a dangerous reconnaissance mission that evolves, as war breaks out, into a series of spectacular confrontations. All the while, the introspective young commander struggles to understand his new bride and mother-in-law, his officers and crew, and his own "accursed unhappy temperament"-matters that trouble him more, perhaps, than any of Bonaparte's cannonballs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316290463
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Series:
Horatio Hornblower Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
127,713
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 27, 1899
Date of Death:
April 2, 1966
Place of Birth:
Cairo, Egypt
Place of Death:
Berkeley, California
Education:
AlleynGuy's Medical School of the University of London

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Hornblower and the Hotspur 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
GeoffSmock More than 1 year ago
Much better than the second installment, primarily because Forrester returns the narrator from the perspective of Mr. Bush back to the third-person limited perspective of Hornblower. He is the protagonist AND the most dynamic of characters and it should be his mind that the reader is privy to.
U-M More than 1 year ago
This is one of my husband's favorite series, and his copies were wearing out.
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Is happy :)
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Patrick58 More than 1 year ago
Where the last volume, Lieutenant Hornblower, very much fleshed out the protagonist, Hornblower and the Hotspur gives insight into the mileau of the British naval officer corps, the promotional ladder, the harsh discipline and the towering expectations placed even on junior officers. The Spartans had a saying, "Come home with your shield or on it," meaning that when you go on a mission, you'd better find a way to complete it or suffer utter failure in your career. When you read this volume, you will be on the edge of your chair finding out how Hornblower finds a way to come home with his shield from an impossible situation. Great book. Great series. Buy and read them all. If you're like me, they will become old friends you visit again and again.
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Jamie36 More than 1 year ago
As I said in the other review, great series. I bought these books for my best friend. He loves them and reads them so quickly, wish there were more. Easy and great gifts.
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whiteboy2012 More than 1 year ago
The Hornblower series is one of my favorites. It has plenty action and adventure scenes that make me want to stay up all night reading. My dad gave me this series for my twelfth birthday. He told me that this was his favorite series as a kid and that I would enjoy them as much as he did.
At first I thought that the series would be boring because at that time I thought that everything my dad enjoyed was boring. About a year later, I decided to read the first book to see if I would like the series. "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower", even though it only set the foundation for the Hornblower series, was one of the greatest books I ever read because I was amazed at how C.S. Forester brought the character of Hornblower to life.
"Hornblower and the Hotspur" is a great edition to the series. This book in the series has been my favorite so far. Hornblower commands the ship Hotspur in this book. The Hotspur and the sea battles that Hornblower undergoes make the plot remarkable. The plot of the book is the reason why I love it so much. It always makes me want to read more because there is always something going on. I also love the use of characters in ¿Hornblower and the Hotspur¿ because every character has his or her own vivid personality.
¿Hornblower and the Hotspur¿ is an amazing book of an awesome series. I encourage everyone to give this book a try because it is a great read and is a lot of fun. You won¿t regret it.