Hornblower and the Hotspur
This is the third book in the Hornblower Saga following
This 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)