Hornblower and the Atropos (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #5)
I needed a good read over the weekend and chose this one. It appears I read it earlier this year and enjoyed it then, too.
About the only thing that really sticks out to me from this book is his complete hypocracy surrounding his marriage and his fatherhood. Sure, he spends some time with his toddler toward the end (and enjoys it), but he would really rather be on his ship. We do learn some more management techniques as he manages the people under him and the Admirals over him. We gain insight in...more
[Note: Individual books have individual star ratings (mostly 5-star, a few 4-star), but the descriptive review will be the same for each, and encompass the entire series, as follows.]
Actually, I just finished reading the complete series for the second time, the first being as a teenager some 30 years ago.
It's remarkable to me that I have only just this moment realized...more
Personal preference aside, the plot twists are inventive and exciting, the new characters are interesting if not a bit too peripheral/under-used (I was hoping to see a little more of the German prince!) and Hornblower's c...more
That couldn't be farther from the truth. In this book, as, indeed, in the whole series, Forester presents a splendidly realistic hero, full of both foibles and virtues. His historical setting is engrossing and obviously well researched. It still doe...more
Hornblower and the Atropos is the fifth book chronologically, but the eighth Forester wrot...more
Hornblower and the Atropos is an excellent work of naval fiction. Horatio Hornblower is given his first command of a ship as Captain. His wife is ready to deliver their second child in a couple days, Lor...more
Fast-forward to 2012 and I am astonished by how my view of Horatio Hornblower has changed. Due to almost thirty years life experience and vastly increased knowledge of history, I see a young man, wh...more
The age of sail intrigues me and these books give such an insight into the royal navy, the Bonapa...more
I would have given it just two stars, if the second half of the book wasn't way better. I liked the cat-and-mouse play with the Spanish frigate. Pretending the flag convers...more
An expert on 19th century maritime matters Forester has created a young, daring hero who has captured enemy ships of the British Empire—as well as the hearts of armchair adventurers. Set during the Napoleonic era when the British Navy was proudly responsible for the protection of their island home, this 4th novel in the HORNBLOWER
Series (11 volumes in all which chronicle the exploits of a lifetime)
continues the steady promotion of the hea...more
Things I liked: The character of Hornblower continues to amuse. I also liked the fact that (view spoiler)[ Hornblower's 1st lieutenant is a bit of an try hard under-performer (hide spoiler)] it makes a very refreshing change from the typical everyone of the goodies is an absolute hero who's good at just about everything.
Things I thought could be improved: The book ends on a bit of cliff hanger that i...more
Hornblower takes command of the Atropos which is aptly named for the fates seem aligned against him in this saga as he must overcome sinking barges, duels, underwater demolition, and duplicitious Turks.
Despite his own misgiving Hornblower triumps as usual although tragedy awaits his return home.
It is importa...more
I guess I'll have to re-record them for Golden Hours and this time keep a copy.
I have read and re-read the entire Hornblower series over a dozens times each, three times aloud: once from the upper bunk to my brothe...more
This book is, again,...more