In Randall and the River of Time we're taken along on a young man's journey from a naïve child to a mature, experienced adult. Although just a teenager during WWI, Charles Randall learns quickly how to stay alive during battle. During his first leave he meets two people who forever change his life. The wife of another military man intrigues and fascinates him. Sadly, a telegram announcing the death of her husband arrives, and he is drawn further into her web. However, he is also fortunate enough to impress a ...
In Randall and the River of Time we're taken along on a young man's journey from a naïve child to a mature, experienced adult. Although just a teenager during WWI, Charles Randall learns quickly how to stay alive during battle. During his first leave he meets two people who forever change his life. The wife of another military man intrigues and fascinates him. Sadly, a telegram announcing the death of her husband arrives, and he is drawn further into her web. However, he is also fortunate enough to impress a highly influential man with his knowledge and scientific evaluations of flares used for the war effort. His inventiveness results in a welcome, but unexpected chain of events including financial benefits as well as special treatment. As this relationship builds him up, so the other one tears him down. Randall's impromptu marriage takes him down a lonely, desperate path full of deception and adultery as he finds himself in prison for manslaughter. The fears, horrors and awfulness of trench warfare during the First World War are described in sufficient detail for the reader to understand how normal people can react violently. The murder trial readily conveys the abilities of the players with contemporary dialog. In the final paragraph, C.S.Forester writes: The river of time was whirling him along. Chance eddies had flung him here; chance eddies had flung him there. The broad river had a myriad channels, and now an eddy was parting him from the other flotsam with which he had been circling and was pushing him far over into another channel altogether. There he might circle, there he might come into contact with other flotsam, but always he would be hurried along, down the smooth reaches, over the cataracts, until at last he would be cast ashore and the river would hurry along without him.
One of the most popular adventure novelists ever, C.S. Forester delighted readers with his Horatio Hornblower series of nautical historical novels, which follow the career of a brave captain in the Napoleonic wars. Forester also created a great love story in The African Queen, the basis for the John Huston film of the same name.
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.