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April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission… 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 His Majesty’s navy with its britches round its ankles. With thoughts of his new life as a husband intruding on his duties, Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. This is the third of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester’s inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

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  • Paul
  • Quakers Hill, Australia
  • 06-12-13

Excellent continuation of the story

A comfortable passage of the early years in Hornblowers life. Plenty of action and a good backstory to boot. Brings home the hardship of service in a HM Ship during the many years of War with both the French and Spanish Navies

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 12-12-17

enthralling

Such is the brilliance of description, of weather, sheeting sails, and characters, it is no wonder Forester is described as the father of historical fiction. Hornblower is the hero who inspires the many newer characters in this genre. Sharpe from cornwell, macro and cato from scarrow, the list goes on. Chronologically this is book 3, one I never read in the 70s and I am waiting with baited breath for my next credit and the months ahead of joyful listening.

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  • Mr Ian R Hames
  • 09-02-15

A Royal Navy Adventure

A superbly written well paced novel covering the adventures of the fictitious Master & Commander Horatio Hornblower. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. The authors knowledge of the period and navel understanding shine through to make this novel enjoyable to the enthusiast of the period but also to lovers of adventure. One of the best in the series and excellently read.

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  • S. Ward
  • 06-15-15

Unsurpassed sea chase

The description of the sea chase with Hotspur holding the weather gauge as a seaman of forty years my self was educational and thrilling

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  • Matsumoto
  • 05-23-15

Excellent

A great story, and thoroughly enjoyable to fans of the Napoleonic era. Read with perfect diction by Christian Rodska.

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  • Rohan
  • 02-18-18

love it<br />

what else but awesome takes you to another world of adventures fun history and intrigue

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  • TerrierTops
  • 01-26-17

Superb adventure, history, characterisation!

Beautifully written. Beautifully read! From the excrutiating marriage to the inner sense of honour, duty and humanity CS Forester proves himself a master storyteller.

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  • Redvcharger
  • 03-27-15

A magnificent experience

A superlative reading of a well crafted book. Meticulous detail has gone into writing this book and the execution of it as an audio book was enjoyable in the extreme.