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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I love it because I’m a nerd for anything relating to the Age of Sail, and I’m a sucker for military action narratives.

Through his mounting exploits, Hornblower’s character achieves heroic proportions. 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. His life is further complicated by the presence of Lady Barbara Wellesley and the cavalier attitude of Spanish authorities in Panama. The first half of the motion picture adaptation Captain Horatio Hornblower R.

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

He retires to a deserted island, repairs his ship, and then points for England. Without giving too much away, I also found it odd that Forester should introduce a key fictional character closely related to a genuine important historical person, when from the storyline he could just as easily have kept it entirely fictional. Perhaps it also is indicative of the time in which it is set. Rest of text pages bright and in Fine condition. Beat to Quarters 5 Forester, C. Mass Market Paperback Standard used condition.


This page was last edited on 18 Septemberat Except for other people getting in a huff. Order our Beat to Quarters Study Guide. The author appears to have been developing the horjblower over the entire time it was being written.

Beat to Quarters Forester, C. It’s remarkable to me that I have only just this moment realized that my own timeline regarding the two readings corresponds almost exactly to the age progression experienced by the main character in the course of hornblowe 11 novels.

His orders are to deliver weapons to a wealthy landowner who will lead a rebellion against the Spanish hornbolwer the territory and open trading to the Americas for England. Ex-library with the usual stamps. None, to avoid offending tone deaf HH Book Review: And yet, when Bush serves under H. But why there was Bush as the second lieutenant under Sawyer’s captaincy in Lieutenant Hornblower?

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We try to ship every day so your book arrives quicker! Your reply will be screened. El Supremo claims to be a descendant of Moctezumathe holy god-made-man of the Aztecs, and also of the Alvarado who invaded Mexico. The Hornblower books are one of those things that I’ve always been vaguely aware of. However, it …more Since it is the first of hognblower trilogy that makes up Captain Horatio Hornblower set, I am fairly sure that it does form a part of the movie.

Which brings me to the second point: Cover art by Uornblower Alan Maxwell.


Quotes from Beat to Quarters. These men are hopelessly alone on the ocean, and the lack of communication hits home both emotionally and in terms of plot.

I had always associated them with bad, mindless best seller pablum. Maybe later books are vastly better. Heavy creasing and heavy edgewear; owner’s stamp on ffep. Forester makes no attempt to conceal his authorial presence, and at times I found that presence hrnblower be quite odious.

Well, it explains why H. You may do whatever you like with this book, but mostly we hope you will read it. Between and Forester would hornvlower 11 volumes, and do it much in the fashion of the Star Wars stories. These three should be read in order. The story wasn’t especially exciting, but that was mostly because the setting was usually just Hornblower and his crew sailing around.

And this is a good thing. You’ve got nothing to lose by checking this one out. It has dated very poorly.

Beat to Quarters by C.S. Forester

Forester, which I just finished reading last night. Slight creasing on spine and one corner, otherwise fine. Biggest surprise was the final 50 pages, that put the action aside and develops the book into a tragic romance.