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Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962)

by C. S. Forester

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Series: Horatio Hornblower (3), Horatio Hornblower: Chronological Order (3)

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April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission . . . On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest - war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty's navy with its britches round its ankles. With thoughts of his new life as a husband intruding on his duties, Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. This is the third of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.… (more)
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Hornblower is a very junior captain commanding a small frigate assigned to blockade Brest. His shallow draft ship operates deep into the mouth of the outer harbor. At the beginning of the book Hornblower marries Maria, and is interrupted by Admiral Cornwallis with orders to watch over Brest. At the end of many adventures Cornwallis, at the end of his command, uses his traditional power of promotion to make Hornblower a post captain. The Folio volume includes about 70 pages of the unfinished novel "Hornblower in the Crisis". The events of that fragment occur immediately following the story of the Hotspur
Hotspur was the last Hornblower book that Forester wrote, it was published in 1962, and I probably read one of the first paperback editions. I think it was the second book I read about Hornblower, and remains a favorite ( )
  neurodrew | Jan 8, 2024 |
The first Hornblower novel I read. I loved the series: action, romance, etc. I read a few others too. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
What I liked about the book:

The character of hornblower: is quite interesting as adventure heroes go. I found myself reflecting from time to time on his extreme and sometimes bipolar characteristics.

Naval manuevers: to the extent a land lubber like me could appreciate this sort of thing I found his descriptions of naval manuevers and Hornblowers ingenuity to be very engaging, page-turny sort of stuff. I recently read "The Perfect Storm" and some of the maritime concepts seemed to carry over (which I guess is a good thing given that previous book is roughly nonfiction).

What I thought could have been improved:

I would have appreciated a glossary of naval terms and explanations of certain maritime assumptions, as a lot of stuff is taken for granted. I tended to dip into wikipedia a bit as I read which certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the material.

Overall: Slow sea battles are made gripping by the well executed writing. ( )
  benkaboo | Aug 18, 2022 |
A compelling voyage on the Hotspur with Captain Hornblower at your side, what fun! ( )
  charlie68 | Jul 21, 2022 |
This entry in the series teeters on three stars entirely due to the agonies of Hornblower's mésalliance. Any mention of Maria brought the energy and momentum of the story to a crashing halt, not least because it is impossible to either respect or pity Hornblower when confronted with his behavior and attitude toward her. I'm sincerely hoping there is much, much less of his domestic drama in the following books...or that Maria does the sensible thing and leaves him for a doting swain bound for America. ( )
  slimikin | Mar 27, 2022 |
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April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission . . . On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest - war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty's navy with its britches round its ankles. With thoughts of his new life as a husband intruding on his duties, Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. This is the third of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

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