Hornblower and the Hotspur (Hornblower Series) [C. S. Forester] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. April The Peace of Amiens is. Editorial Reviews. 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. On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest – war is coming and Napoleon will not catch.

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He must act according to his judgement and he must abhor the counsel of his fears, but he wished his heart would not beat so feverishly, he wished his palms would not sweat nor his legs experience these pins-and-needles feelings. She was meeting the long Atlantic swell now, changing her motion considerably, and all for the better, in Hornblower’s opinion–and his sea-sickness was rapidly coming under control.

He walked on, completing the inspection of the guns on the starboard side. Hornblower heard a sharp word and a ragged clash of steel, and there were the fifty seamen in a double rank stretching away from the door, making an arch of their drawn cutlasses for the couple to walk beneath.

There was the cake to be cut, and Mrs Mason insisted that Maria should make the first cut with Hornblower’s sword; Mrs Mason was sure that in this Maria would be following the example of naval brides in good society in London.

While readying for sea, he hastily marries Maria, the daughter of his landlady, at the Garrison ChurchPortsmouth. He felt something wet on his cheek; it was a tear, but there was only that one single tear as Maria forced herself to exert self control.

Hornblower and the Hotspur [Hornblower Saga #3]

The book is very good, and the fights at sea are top notch. He had the weather gauge, and in a moment he could set all sail and come to the wind and stand out to sea, but he did not want to.


The opening of the door admitted considerably more of the noise that had rhe more and more insistently making itself heard. Hotspur was on the new tack, having handled as sweetly, apparently, as anyone could ask. It was heavily sealed, in four places, and the seals were unbroken. But here was Bush to disengage him, with outstretched hand and unusual smile, offering felicitations and best wishes. He had to go through the proper ritual and put up with th delay.

Someone must have been knocking at the bedroom door for some time; Hornblower had been conscious of it but was too stupid with sleep to think more about it.

Hornblower and the Hotspur

He went on to express his contempt for the French naval authorities. Hornblower could see in a flash that he could place implicit reliance on Bush’s seamanship. Now the weight of the packet was explained. Bush craned up towards Hornblower.

I would have appreciated a glossary of naval terms and explanations of certain maritime assumptions, as a lot of stuff is taken for granted. You feel the hero is a hero because of his talent and resourcefulness, and don’t get taken out of the book and see the writer pulling the strings so things work out obviously that is what IS happening but a good writer doesn’t make you feel this. Let her edge down a little towards the reef.

And it was possible, even likely, that Prowse, with thirty years of sea duty behind him, would endeavour to take the direction of the ship out of the hands of a young and inexperienced captain. And then the ordnance stores, you say?

No entanto, agora encontramos Hornblower num tom parecido com o do primeiro livro: Nor would his mother-in-law, more especially, thought Hornblower, but again it would not be tactful to say so.

The blue jersey and trousers were spangled with fish scales–the cabin would smell of fish for a week. This was no rhetorical device, no facile trick of leadership–it was a simple expression of Cornwallis’s natural state of mind. Hornblower and the Hotspurpublishedhotsphr the tenth Horatio Hornblower novel written by C.


Heads were raised and faces turned. Madam will settle the score when she returns,’ said Hornblower; he fumbled out half a crown from his pocket and put it on the table. Nov 22, Mike the Paladin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wondering a little, Hornblower led Maria towards it; Bush gallantly handed Maria up into the front seat and Hornblower climbed up beside her, finding time now to take his cocked hat from under his arm and clap it on his head.

He could see the French captain on his hornblowet now, a bulky man, holding his hat over his head in the French fashion. I think the history war between England and Napoleon is reasonably accurate and it is certainly well presented.

Luckily Cargill was a heavy-weight and fast of footing; he took the shock without staggering–otherwise he and his captain might have gone reeling across the deck into the scuppers. Hornblower put away his telescope. There was not a single ship of the line ready for service. Bush had a grin on his face and his eyes were dancing; obviously he enjoyed this change of climate, this bustling of the wind, and the activity it called for.

They turned the corner and started on the steep slope down to the Sally Port, and it was borne in anew on Hornblower that he was about to start out for the wars. This book picks up right on the heels of the last. Hornblower felt a burst of shame.

She could not be planning to fight; this could not be an ambush. Chapters 3 and 4.