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Hornblower and the Crisis (1967)

by C. S. Forester

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Series: Horatio Hornblower (4), Horatio Hornblower: Chronological Order (4)

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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 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.… (more)
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Superb, if frustrating, final chapter in C.S. Forester's wonderful series of books about British sea officer Horatio Hornblower, HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS is unfinished due to the author's death. Nonetheless, the book is every bit as engaging as the other Hornblower novels, and the author's notes give at least an illusory sense of resolution to the story. Included are two Hornblower short stories, one a tasty bit of mystery, the other a grace note that really ends the saga just as it should end. I will miss reading Hornblower novels. No other series of books has given me the particular kind of joy provided by this one. ( )
  jumblejim | Aug 26, 2023 |
One partial novel of Hornblower sent to Spain to deliver a forged order to French captain, one tale of his youth and one of his old age. ( )
  ritaer | Jul 18, 2020 |
זה ספר לא גמור האחרון מבחינת הכרונולוגיה של הכתיבה אם כי לגמרי באמצע מבחינת הכרונולוגיה של העלילה. הולך ונהייה יותר טוב. ( )
  amoskovacs | Aug 27, 2016 |
Another great Hornblower book, just wish he could have been lucky enough to finish it.
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  Garrison0550 | May 10, 2016 |
Gripping story, but incomplete in audio form--wish Forester had finished it before he died. Those characters who were in the story were developed enough to get the idea and the plot was surely well developed, if truncated. On to book #5. ( )
  buffalogr | Dec 31, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
C. S. Foresterprimary authorall editionscalculated
Beulwitz, EugenÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gruson, R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, GeoffreyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huhtala, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacNee, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodska, ChristianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van der Veere, J.P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 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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