1805, and Hornblower is both humbled and honoured in quick succession....
After near disaster on board a canal barge, Horatio Hornblower is given his first assignment as captain, taking charge of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop that will act as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon the Atropos is part of the Mediterranean fleet’s assault upon Napoleon, and Captain Hornblower must execute a bold and daring salvage operation for buried treasure lying deep in Turkish waters.
Under the guns of a suspicious port captain and the threat of a Spanish frigate more than double Atropos’s size, Hornblower must steer his ship unscathed and triumphant....
Christian Rodska reads C. S. Forester’s thrilling seafaring adventure.
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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...
Hornblower and his own command continues to grow in character. Not as fast paced as some of the other books but with some unusual story lines. This book is a little slow and drawn out in the early section but pays good attention to the traditions and protocols of the RN. The story does pick up as Hornblower is sent into service and builds to a climax expected of a Hornblower story.
"Better than expected"
I had read this as a boy so was a bit dubious about returning to this series of books, in case they had dated too much. However, for a engaging listen that can carry you through boring air/train/car journeys it was fine, especially as there is a lot of interesting historical and scientific detail, and not too much swashbuckling.
The narrator is also very good at making it come alive.
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