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Sails on the Horizon: A Novel of the Napoleonic Wars

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  225 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The year is 1797. Napoleon Bonaparte is racking up impressive wins in the field against the enemies of revolutionary France, while on the seas England is putting up a staunch resistance. Twenty-five-year-old Charles Edgemont is second lieutenant aboard the British ship Argonaut. When orders come for the Argonaut to engage in an all-but-suicidal maneuver to prevent the esca ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published April 19th 2005)
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It is very good book for the short trips or waitning for the plane, the format is handy so it can be slipped in to the handbag without any damage. The hero is larger than life and whiter than snow. Captain Charles Edgemont is natural born hero who is so shy and modest as it pains. He was hero form battle of st. Vincent, where he managed to get promoted and got nice pile of prize money, which are always good and made him independent. The naval action was nicely depicted, but very naturalistic. Ou ...more
Aug 15, 2007 Arwen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horatio Hornblower lovers
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This is the first naval historical novel series I've read that comes close to capturing the pleasure of the Hornblower books. While they're still Forster lite (they don't have the seriousness of the Jack Aubrey books, which I could never get into), they have something of the thoughtfulness and humanity that other attempts to capture the magic have failed at. Worrall adds an interesting twist with a Quaker heroine, whose skeptical attitude clashes with the war-faring mindset of young Captain Edge ...more
This book sets off at a cracking pace, throwing the reader immediately into the heart of a major naval battle, of the sort that traditionally forms the climax of many books in this genre. That's fine, but the problem with loosing all your big guns in Chapter One is, can you sustain the momentum thereafter? Sadly not in this case for the early promise is not carried forward into the rest of the book.

A particular problem with this novel is an almost fatal split personality; on the one hand you hav
Jean Poulos
This is book one in a series about a young Royal Naval Officer Charles Edgemont in 1797. The story is about Edgemont life as a junior officer in the Napoleonic War. He faces the hazards of command with determination expected of a Naval Officer but his character is flushed out with periods of self doubt. He puts his career at risk by getting engaged to a Quaker woman Penny Brown. Worrall managed to include C. S. Foresters character Horatio Hornblower in the scene when rescuing a small boat of men ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Stven rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hornblower fans
Genuinely good. Broadsides firing into the rigging, maneuvering with the wind, navigating the vicissitudes of the British naval hierarchy, provisioning and purchasing, wives and sweethearts, swords and salutes.... the forms are fulfilled without feeling like formula. Very well done, Mr. Worrall. I look forward to reading the sequel and hope there may be many more.
I enjoyed this book, but it isn't what I would call memorable. The story line is fairly conventional, with one interesting twist. The hero of the story, a British naval officer during the war with Revolutionary France (just before the Napolionic Wars), falls in love with a Quaker girl. The action is typical of naval stories of this era, and is reminiscent of the Jack Aubry and Horatio Hornblower novels. In fact, Hornblower is seen in this story, tying directly to an early Hornblower novel. Altho ...more
Fun little historical romance book. Less history, more romance.
David Eppenstein
A good Age of Sail book but not great.
Mike Sakas
I wanted another Worrell novel!
I've now "re-read" (or listened to) this audio presentation for a second and third time. What a great book and a perfect reading by John Lee. His inflections are impeccable and I think I could listen to this book several more times in a row. With a perfect blend of the story at sea and the love interests at home, Jay Worrall has created an extremely balanced story that has kept me interested and entertained for over 100 hours. One of my favourites, in my top 5 for sure, if not top 2
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Donald McEntee
NOT that great. Interesting/heartfelt but not at all complex. Two cheers at most.
I found this disappointing. The details about sailing in the 1800's just did not interest me. Then I felt betrayed when the sweet pure romance didn't quite make it untill marriage. Skip it.
Nathan Beers
Good first entry from this author to the nautical genre. I think I'm really beginning to enjoy this genre... especially in the autumn.
Mervyn Cartwright
I did not finish this book, bit like trailer of a film all the best bits are over in Chapter 1 and 2.
James L. Currin
This book was a good balance between action/adventure and romance - an all around good read.
An excellent book of his Majestey's Imperial Navy during the time of the Tyrant's hold on Europe.
Not quite as good as Patrick O'Brien, but was enjoyable
Not quite Patrick OBrien, but very satisfying.
Almost as good as a Patrick O'Brien novel.
Chris Brown
Not bad, but derivative of Patrick O'Brian.
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High quality sea fiction
ok so far
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