The 19th century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas. And while blood and violence flow thick and fast aboard a beleaguered HMS Renown, the aftermath of war promises intrigue of an entirely different order: Maria, a young señorita, who might just soften the steely resolve of a young lieutenant.
This is the second of 11 books chronicling the adventures of Horatio Hornblower.
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The reader, Christian Rodska, is extraordinary, and brings life to the characters and story. You will feel as if you are living among the British Naval officers and crew of the Napoleonic wars.
Avid reader of romantic literature, history and adventure.
A splendid book. The characters Hornblower and Bush come alive with Christian Rodska's narration. The plot kept me engaged all through.
Yes! It's already shaping up to be a great series!
I loved the way Hornblower triumphed on the island. His keen ability to think on the fly carries the day!
He holds your attention with his ability to "carry" so many characters!
Yes! I'm tried to stretch it out, but was not successful!
I am a sales rep. I spend many hours in the car often travelling to see my parents 16 hrs each way. These books are such an intergral part of travelling for me...
As near as can be to fact. The story could have been about Nelson himself but would not have been half as interesting or action packed.
This book has always struck me as an odd one in the series; not bad at all, just odd. Told more from Bush's point of view almost, or certainly focused more on him. I suppose to get you ready for Bush as the best friend.
I didn't like the narration quite as much on this one, as the characterizations slipped a bit between Bush and Hornblower causing a bit of confusion, but not anything to cry over.
A solid part of the series though, and well read all in all.
Say something about yourself!
I have been reading and listening to the Hornblower novels for
40 years. They are more thrilling each time round.
Christian Rodska is a dream reader.
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