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Although unfinished at the time of C. S. Forester's death, Hornblower During the Crisis delivers a full measure of action at sea-the hallmark of this incomparably exciting series of historical adventures. On the threshold of securing his first post as captain, Hornblower finds himself forced by the exigencies of war to fight alongside a man whom he has unintentionally helped to court-martial. And for the first time Hornblower assents to engaging in espionage in his efforts to bring victory and glory to England in...

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Overview

Although unfinished at the time of C. S. Forester's death, Hornblower During the Crisis delivers a full measure of action at sea-the hallmark of this incomparably exciting series of historical adventures. On the threshold of securing his first post as captain, Hornblower finds himself forced by the exigencies of war to fight alongside a man whom he has unintentionally helped to court-martial. And for the first time Hornblower assents to engaging in espionage in his efforts to bring victory and glory to England in the Napoleonic Wars. This extant fragment of Forester's final Hornblower novel is followed by the author's notes regarding the novel's conclusion. Also included in this volume are two stories-"Hornblower's Temptation" and "The Last Encounter"-that depict the great sea dog Hornblower in his youth and old age, respectively.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316289443
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/18/1990
  • Series: Horatio Hornblower Series , #7
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 108,206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (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.

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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 March 26, 2006

    Horatio Hornblower

    If you love action and adventure books then Hornblower During the Crisis would be the book for you. I am one who loves action and I loved this book. In it Hornblower is leaving his ship to set sail on another ship headed for London where he could be promoted to captain. They also have to deal with many hardships on the way including some tough casualties. One of my favorite quotes was, ¿We¿ve settled it,¿ said Baddlestone's voice. ¿Where¿s Meadows?¿ croaked Hornblower his throat still dry with tension. ¿He¿s a goner,¿ answered Baddlestone with a wave of his arm. That was one of my favorite quotes because that is where you learned of the gruesome ending that befell Meadows. In the middle of the crews journey to London they catch sight of an enemy French ship behind them. It has 3 times the men and much better weaponry. It is also gaining on them fast. Hornblower debates with the two captains on board on what action to take. They then decide in the end to take the initiative and board the French ship to try to catch them by surprise. So Hornblower and his men get ready to try to take down a force three times their size. Odds were against them but they had the element of surprise so they valiantly prepared for battle. This was one of the most suspenseful parts for me and I was dying to see the outcome. Hornblower During the Crisis is a great book for action and adventure lovers. A problem with it is that the author died while still writing this book so they had to take different parts of stories that the author had used for short stories in between big novels to connect them together and used them to complete Hornblower During the Crisis. So considering this you can understand why the book is as unclear and confusing as it is. At times it is hard to follow and I had to turn back to see if I had missed something or hadn¿t read something. It was hard to understand what the characters were discussing many times. For this reason I would recommend it for ages 12 and up otherwise younger kids would get lost and wouldn¿t understand it. It is confusing at parts when Hornblower gets sent on a spy mission and suddenly it skips over years of training and just summarizes them for you so it takes a while for you to catch up to the story. At another point, Hornblower¿s ship is boarded by another British crew and the other crew forces themselves on and they even don¿t deny that it is piracy. Though later in the story the other crew never becomes enemies with Hornblower and they don¿t really do anything else except fight alongside Hornblower. It was confusing because I thought they were evil but it turns out they don¿t get in trouble or anything. Though if you do like to read and you like action and adventure then I highly suggest you read Hornblower During the Crisis and the other volumes in this series too.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    Another great story in the Hornblower series!

    Another great story in the Hornblower series! Highly recommend.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    Great Series

    I bought these for my best friend. He loves them and reads them so fats. Great series. Wish there was more of them, easy gifts for him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Just a little more Hornblower

    The novel was not finished due the death of the author, but still has all the flavor that you expect from the Hornblower series. Because the storyline just gets through the setup prior to Hornblower going into the action, you need to fill in the ending with your own imagination based on the flavor of all the Hornblower novels and the author notes that follow the setup. Because the book does not tie into any novels that follow in the series, you could read it anytime after the #3 novel in the series. Read it when you have a short bit of time that needs to be filled and you want just a little more Hornblower.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 25, 2013

    Gandalf

    Yolo

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    Posted May 30, 2013

    Fatty

    xD

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    Posted May 30, 2013

    Sam

    Morning!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    A good tale

    This started out really good. I just wish the author would have been around long enough to finish the story.

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