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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The Happy Return has made it into my Top 5 of historical fiction; if the rest of the series is this good old Harry Flashman could have a run for his money. George had mild food allergies horhblower kept him feeling unwell, and he needed encouragement to eat. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! But worth three stars, and essential reading for Hornblower fans. In the subsequent battle, Hornblower uses masterful tactics to sink the Natividadthough the Lydia herself is heavily damaged.

I’m also rather fond of Lady Barbara, who is introduced in this novel–not hornnlower opportunities in a series about adventures at sea in the Age of Sail for female characters to make their mark. 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. One aspect of the story I found particularly great was the sense of isolation. View all 9 comments. 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.

Just when things are looking up, hornblowef, the Spanish and French strike an alliance and Hornblower has to undo all the work he has done, destroying the very forces he built up. I guess I’ll have to re-record them for Golden Hours and this time keep a copy. It even influenced other pop culture pieces, such as Star Trek. She reminds me of something but I cannot remember what.


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I recorded all of C. The battle scenes are, heart pounding episodes which made me smile with the thrill: It is broken into three parts, the first two of which are wonderful episodes that feature daring feats amidst insane odds and violent combat.

It’s this complex characterization that complements and actually allows for the heroics of the plot – because it all comes at a price. Lydia and Natividad transport El Supremo and five hundred soldiers along the coast to La Libertad where a land action quickly captures the town. A small Spanish lugger flying a flag of truce shortly joins him—the lugger delivers the startling news that Spain has split quartrs France and allied with England. Here at FadedPage and our companion site Distributed Proofreaders Canadawe pride ourselves on producing the best ebooks you can find.

T oning to the page margins. View all 4 comments.

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However his attention to orders and skill were also cause for great aggravation, although for the reader it led to a few exciting chapters on the high seas in all types of weather.

While this was publishing numbers 1, 2, and 3…since Forester went on to publish prequels and sequels…it ended up chronological numbers 6, 7, and 8.

I wanted to begin it at the beginning; since there are two ‘first’ books in this series chronological and publication order I settled on the order they were written – and I’m glad I did.

More than most of the previous novels we get a feel for the internal struggles of Hornblower’s kind nature and his conscious desire to be a well respected captain. Read more from the Study Guide. This book is the sixth by internal chronology of the series including the unfinished Hornblower and the Crisis.


Apr 23, Lisa Harmonybites rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Along that vein, let us consider the literary implications of this passage and others. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. But oh well, minor gripe. All in all it’s a great adventure tale. He’s only redeemed when you see him through Lieutenant Bush’s eyes.

From cordial friendship things blossom into barely concealed passion—on both sides. And it’s a very quick and easy read. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc. Maybe I just don’t understand the affairs in the navy.

Which brings me to the second point: For their sheer weight in sto I adore the Hornblower books for their intricate plots; for their chaotic naval engagements that Forester was so very adept at describing; and for their inside look into the twists and turns of the strategic, singular mind that is Horatio Hornblower’s.


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It’s not until near the end that we finally learn that his children did indeed succumb to smallpox, but we don’t know yet how this has affected his wife Maria. I really enjoyed the straightforward old-fashioned storytelling this book offers with plenty of action, but not overly gratuitous violence.

First, I learned hornbloder few things. The book is known as Beat to Quarters in the United States. A man of surprising self-doubt and self-criticism the now middle-aged captain presents a stern mask of taciturn sang-froid before his crew and loyal first mate, Bush.

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