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Hornblower and the "Hotspur" (Hornblower Series) Paperback – November 1, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
MacNee (The Avengers and A View to a Kill) is a superb choice to read this ripping yarn—the third in Forester's expert and exciting series about a young naval officer who rises rapidly through the ranks to become one of England's heroes in the battles against Napoleon's huge fleet of fast and formidably armed frigates. MacNee is perfect as the young Horatio Hornblower, who listeners meet on his wedding day in 1803. The couple's romance succumbs to history as the dastardly French prepare to attack. With the possible exception of Patrick O'Brian, nobody else writes about sea battles with the perfect control of Forester, and MacNee uses all his acting skills to keep the action moving. A few sound effects might have been in order during the fighting scenes, but one can't have everything. A Back Bay paperback. (Aug.)
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From Library Journal
This trio offer more of the salty adventures of the title character, who sailed the ocean blue during the Napoleonic Wars.
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This is the third book in the Hornblower Saga following Lieutenant HornblowerThis book opens with Hornblower getting married to Maria. Hornblower may be able to face canon fire without fear, but he is just incapable of facing a crying woman who wants to marry him.
An irony here is that while the British are being "pressed" into service as seamen, Hornblower is being "pressed" into marriage.
Hornblower is given command of the sloop Hotspur
He is tasked with the mission of reconning (going on a reconnaissance mission) France's primary naval station in Brest. Brest is still an important naval base for France even today according to my information.
Hornblower shows a remarkable talent for ferreting out information from the French without his sources even knowing that they have been used by a master spy or Hornblower's men figuring out how he learned certain information.
Hornblower distinguishes himself in action once again but runs into trouble with the god, Neptune. The winter weather turns ugly.
I highly recommend this book and the entire series to fans of David Weber's Honor Harrington series the first of which is On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington) , naval adventure fans and ex-Navy people (a Marine who can read, might, also enjoy it.
Gunner March, 2014
P.S. Hey, I'm ex-army. We love to harass the jar-heads! During Viet Nam we were reluctant to let them play with the claymore mines, A claymore mine is a directional mine that has TOWARDS ENEMY in raised letters on one side. That doesn't work if you can't read English!
The next book is Hornblower During the Crisis (Hornblower Saga)