Hornblower and the Hotspur

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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 breaks out, into a series of spectacular confrontations. All the while, the introspective young commander struggles to understand his new bride and ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316290463
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Series: Horatio Hornblower Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 98,528
  • 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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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    Second Best Yet

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2001

    !!

    IT was a great book!

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    Posted May 19, 2013

    Gandalf

    Cause your lame. Jk jk jk jk
    I left cause u survived and u and pippin was ok and pippin ignored me an all that other stuff ad ill be in res one

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    Posted May 29, 2013

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    Sam

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Volume 3 in the 11-part story of a British naval officer in the Napoleonic era.

    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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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    Still a Great Series

    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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  • Posted October 16, 2008

    One Of The Greatest Books I've Ever Read!

    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. <BR/>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. <BR/>"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.<BR/>¿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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    Amazing Napoleonic Nautical Tale

    I love the Hornblower Series. After watching the movies and now reading the books I truly appreciate Forester's amazing writing and storytelling ability.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    As good as the first two

    In this book Hornblower finally gets his own ship. He handles it like a pro through every battle.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Glen-a reader

    I read the whole series in a month; starting with this one then the next, and then working back to the first. Horatio Hornblower is not perfect, but that is what makes him so lovable. The action in this book (even for a land-lubber like me with no knowlege of ships or sea) was so exciting and easily envisioned, that I found my heart pounding so hard I had to put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    Hotspur Sinks

    The third in the series of the career of Horatio Hornblower. The first two held my interest but this last version left my mind wandering. For continuity's sake, I'll read the next book in the hope that it will be as good as the first two.

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