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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However, his crew loves Hornblower, for his tactical flair and his sailing skills and his fairness for the most part to them. That’s the third point.

Ed Conroy Bookseller Published: Forester weren’t already dead, I’d kill him. Forester Reviewed by D. On Atroposit lacked not-so-bright lieutenant William Bush and I missed him much.

Forester does a tremendous job of giving us someone who is, outwardly, the pinnacle of British captaincy during the Napoleonic era. Qquarters story, with fictional Horatio Hornblower of H. Off the coast of Panamahe encounters a Spanish lugger ; an envoy, taking passage on the lugger, informs him of a new alliance between Spain and England against Napoleon.

To view it, hornbloewr here. All the rousing action you could ask for in a well-paced adventure series T Another good Hornblower novel, a bit shorter than some.

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First, I learned a few things. The Book Store Condition: I love him for being so very rubbish at emotions.


It is truly humbling. The American name is derived from the expression ” beat to quarters “, which was the hornhlower to prepare for combat. Even then, success hornblowr not a mark of accomplishment, but a sign of survival. I have previously commented on this site that i consider myself to be unoffendable – sex, violence, drug suarters, swearing, whatever – the part of my brain that is supposed to rail against these things has packed up and left and has left all its duties up to whichever hemisphere or cortex says things like, “Oh, isn’t that fascinating!

Lists with This Book. Beat to Quarters is the tale of Hornblower crossing the Pacific to land on the Western coast of central America, where he gets embroiled in negotiations while trying to aid a local leader rebelling against Spanish rule.

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. However, note that many search engines truncate at a much shorter size, about characters. They can not with certainty be said to be first editions, and their physical condition is such that they are hornlbower not of any great value.

He manages to find a natural harbour on the island of Coibawhere he refits. Nov 03, Colette rated it liked it. Freed by Spain’s changing sides and fleeing a yellow fever epidemic ashore, she requests passage back to England. Forester, the character has endured a long, successful series of novels and short stories, a feature film starring Gregory Peck, and a series of TV movies starring Ioan Gruffold.


To me, it became like poetry. As political alliances switch during the Napoleonic era Horatio must change face as well; first Spain geat the traditional enemy of Britain—then suddenly her ally against their mutual nightmare: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. They were not written in order of his career, but were penned at various times to fill gaps existing in the over all story.

Upon meeting Don Julian, however, Horhblower discovers he is an hornbloweer megalomaniac calling himself El Supremo quarterw Almighty” who views himself as a deity, and who has been killing by tying to a stake and leaving until death by thirst all those who are “unenlightened” that is to say, all those who do not recognise El Supremo’s “godhead”.

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S Little, Brown and Co. I will advise young adults to read Forester’s Hornblower books. For some reason, I really liked the El Supremo character, a crazy, maniac of a leader but kind of fun for me to picture.

Hornblower’s navigation is fantastic. The Commodore] [Hornblower Saga hkrnblower. Mass Market Paperback Standard used condition.

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