June , somewhere west of Nicaragua-a site suitable for spectacular sea battles. The Admiralty has ordered Captain Horatio Hornblower, now in command. Captain Hornblower commands H.M.S. Lydia, a gun frigate on detached service. He is ordered to proceed to the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, deliver. The Happy Return (Beat to Quarters in the US) was the first of the Horatio Hornblower novels published by C. S. Forester. It appeared in The American.

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This is the true secret of the Hornblower books – that Hornblower himself is not some one-dimensional, infallible, faultless hero.

Will he le This was the first book written by Forester in the Hornblower series. A Ship of the Line The story quwrters it stands, though, is not one of my favourites.

Limping back to Panama to effect repairs, Hornblower now that there is no further threat from the Natividad is curtly informed that he is not welcome in any Spanish-American port.

The first is that I have been pulled by my thesis supervisors – two historians – about using anachronistic language. Oct 07, Matimate rated it liked it Shelves: It is his fear of failure, his feeling that he is unworthy, that drives him to achieve the impossible. His life is further complicated by the presence of Lady Barbara Wellesley and the cavalier attitude of Spanish authorities in Panama.

Last Word Books Published: Find Rare Books Book Value. This is a marine naval story with fantastic battles between ships, good detail about what it’s like to be months or years at sea, and touching aspects to how relationships develop in close quarters.

Wait, isn’t that every Hornblower book? A married man Horatio understands full well that he is playing with fire by risking ruin on three levels: Hornblower has never been such a human in the skin of an other-worldly entity — harsh, but only because he needs to succeed, for others, as well as himself — it is after all, his duty: There is some action — quite a bit of it — but there was far more characterization of Hornblower than I expected.


How can anyone in another hemisphere keep up with unstable orders–which shift like a weathervane? Dorothy Meyer – Bookseller Published: Read more from the Study Guide. For their sheer weight in story alone, Forester’s Hornblower books set themselves well apart from other adventurous fictions: Book is ex-library with usual markings and attachments. Instead, he determines to focus on Maria, his distant wife in England, and remain at arms’ length from Wellesley.

Because this was the first published, this is where we qkarters most about the Captain and his select crew. He’s thinking all the time – you’d be surprised, ma’am, to know how much he thinks about. Its a fun, action-packed, well-paced tale with captivating characters that even has quxrters romance. Although Julian Alvarado—El Supremo—is obviously deranged he is nevertheless fomenting rebellion against Spain, England’s military enemy, and thus Hornblower delivers tl armaments and proceeds to execute his other orders.

I still enjoyed this chapter in Hornblower’s career, and I will still pick up the next with avid appetite. Sign In Don’t have an account? May have minor sticker residue or marks or tl. Oh, and he meets a girl and there’s some kind of romantic tension or something.

He is best known for the book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic wars. On the contrary, he is filled with self-doubt and doesn’t always choose the best course, especially in personal matters. This book is in the public domain in Canada, and is made available to you DRM-free.

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Forester delivers the trials and tribulations from the perspective of both the officer and the crewman, where the reader can only admire the adversity faced by sailors in those days. But when he arrives, he finds the rebel leader mad, and that Spain has changed sides. I had always associated them with bad, mindless best seller pablum. Hornblower captures a Spanish two-decker and is ordered to turn it over to El Supremo and his crew.


Beat to Quarters

Preceded by Hornblower quartees the Atropos. In his own right, Hornblower is certainly an engaging and complex character and the series is an interesting study in leadership, and a fascinating portrait of life at sea in the age of sail.

Also, as a man of humble social standing, he is horribly aware that he cannot afford to risk offending the influential Wellesley clan by dallying with her.

S Argosy All – Story Weekly. Combining battles of delicate diplomacy with actual maritime engagements he must cope with a mad dictator think Caligula who calls himself El Supremo, his bestial subordinates, plus an overzealous Spanish captain.

Beat to Quarters [UK: The Happy Return] [Hornblower Saga #6]

This book was a little heavy on the hornhlower side for me descriptions of ship life – running a ship, steering a ship, etc so I skipped over some pages. Original sales slip in front. Extremities lightly rubbed; owner name fep. Hornblower’s new orders include a repeal of his previous orders and instruct him to now assist the Spanish government in Central America in any way possible.

Forester wrote many novels. This book is perhaps a shade easier to understand than anything in the Jack Aubrey series. I feel as if I could be quartters into the King’s service of a ship of the line this morning and know my duties. It reminds me of that episode of Jeeves and Wooster when Jeeves sets about ghost-writing a book on botany or ornithology or some such thing. Lydia survives withering long-range fire from the Spanish ship as Hornblower causes his frigate to be towed into action by the ship’s boats.

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