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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Their relationship gradually thaws, then morphs into mutual respect. One decision to make is between reading them in the order in which they are set, or the order in which they were written. View the Lesson Plans. Reading copy or better. Forester does a tremendous job of giving us someone who is, outwardly, the pinnacle of British captaincy during the Napoleonic era. Oh, and he hornnlower a girl and there’s some kind of romantic tension or something.

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If the book has page numbers, please include the page number; otherwise please include a significant text string to help us to locate the error. Who has been there since Lieutenant Hornblower. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! T Another good Hornblower novel, a bit shorter than some.

The book shines in two areas, the first being the battles. He’s only redeemed when you see him through Lieutenant Bush’s eyes. He retires to a deserted island, repairs his ship, and then points for England.


His secret mission is qarters provide arms and assistance to a colonial revolutionary, El Supremo, in his battle against the Spanish colonizers. Sep 22, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it Shelves: Views Read Edit View history.

His most notable works were quartera book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen ; filmed in by John Huston. Forester’s Captain Horatio Hornblower: After completing repairs, Hornblower runs into the haughty Spanish official once more. But it’s also self-evidently Forester’s internal or, now, external dialogue, and the reader then begins to suspect very strongly that what they are witnessing is not an excellent rendering of contemporary social norms, but rather a boorish modern writer with retrogressive views using his creation as convenient cover.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I would have liked a little more action. This volume is the first that Forester wrote in his eleven book series–and it is not one of my favorites. Ships with Tracking Number! This first novel was ver Well, I started to read the Horatio Hornblower series.

Lydia strikes first and hard and uses her superior maneuverability to great advantage, but the Spanish ship’s more numerous and heavier guns are telling and Lydia is dismasted.

Hornblower has correctly determined the Spanish captain’s course and as dawn breaks the two ships again join in combat although the wind dies to a dead calm. Paperbackpages. It has a smaller dose of naval jargon, which I might have once welcomed, but the simplified treatment of life on board HM frigate Lydia seems like a cop-out or a charicature.


By this time in the story, we know that Bush is Horbnlower’s best friend, and was Best Man at Hornblower’s wedding, while they have served together in other ships. The action scenes really make the reader feel like they’re right there on the deck, feeling every cannon blast, gripped with the roller-coaster ride of alternating anticipation and terror of exchanging gunfire with a rival ship.

However, he learns honblower his contact, one Julian Alvarado, is mentally unstable and styles himself a god among men. S Little, Brown and Co.

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Similar to Star Wars, these first thr C. But soon enough it got going and turn d into the rollicking, fast paced action the series is known for. Limping back to Panama to effect repairs, Hornblower now that there is no further threat quarteds the Natividad is curtly informed that he is not welcome in any Spanish-American port. 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.

After completing repairs, Hornblower encounters the haughty Spanish official once more, on the same lugger.