Hornblower During the Crisis (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #4)
Although unfinished at the time of C. S. Forester's death, Hornblower During the Crisis delivers a full measure of action at sea-the hallmark of this incomparably exciting series of historical adventures. On the threshold of securing his first post as captain, Hornblower finds himself forced by the exigencies of war to fight alongside a man whom he has unintentionally help...more
Hornblower leaves the Hotspur. He is promoted to Post-Captain. On the way back to England, he leads a desperate attack on a French frigate. Although the attempt to take the ship fails, some confidential correspondence from the New French Emperor falls into his hands. A couple of weeks later, Hornblower is in Whitehall, meeting with the S ...more
It's still a good narrative and I enjoyed it as I have all the Hornblower books. We follow him through the adventure that he ran into just after turning the ship over to it's new commander. Then there are some notes that tell us where the book was planned to go along with another short episode.
So, a "fill in" i ...more
This posthumously published collection of Hornblower stories includes the last story Forester wrote, which is an incomplete first draft, and the last Hornblower story in their internal chronology. The incomplete story, which fills the bulk of the book and gives it its title, is Forester filling in a gap in Hornblower's past. A newly appointed captain, he captures a ship and takes possession of secret papers from Napoleon, bearing his new seal ...more
Even though this is only book number four in the chronological order of the Hornblower series, it was the last book written. Fo ...more
In this book, Hornblower has now had 10 years of experience but not yet a Post Captain i.e. a ‘real’ Captain. (It sounds like the Roya ...more
Instead, I'll just say that I have heard Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series came after the Hornblower series, and is viewed by many as a pale imitation. I don't want to disparage Forester, but having read all 20 (plus an unfinished work due to author's death) from O'Brien, and 3 and a half tales ...more
The two short stories were a nice way to cap things off. The last story takes us forward to 1848 when Hornblower is 72! There's nothing quite like reading about a character as a young energetic lieutenant in his early late teens/early 20's followed ...more
In the course of reading several books in the series Hornblower begins to feel real in a w ...more
Did Crisis feel a bit less polished than the other books or even the short stories included in this volume? Yes, certainly. A bit (esp the part in which he presents his plan to the Secretary to the Navy board). But that doesn't detract from the fact that the fragment we got was still exceptionally good. Had the book been finished it might have become one of my favourite Hornblower stories. Forester does a grat job showing how disconnected Hornblower fee ...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
We also have two short stories, the first being "Hornblower's Temptation." This took place on the Renown, early in Horatio's duty on the vessel, during the court-martial and execution of an Irish rebel who had deserted and gone over to ...more
Over a year later I returned to this book. I wanted to finish the last short story as the last bit of Hornblower after reading Admiral. Unfortunately, I had already read the short story in another book. It was still a fun read.
July 19, 2014
It is hard to imagine that these books were not written in order because the books flow together quiet well when reading them in chronological order. This book is numbered four in the chronology, but the last to be attempted. Even thoug ...more
AND we never find out what Meadows did to sink Hotspur. Son of a bitch.
Like Hornblower and the Hotspur this book and two short stories is an attempt to fill in the gaps in the saga timeline. It is interesting for fans of the series but probably the least well written.
Hornblower becomes involved in a plan to draw out the French and Spanish navies for a decisive battle (Trafalgar as it turns out). Forester's death in 1966 leaves Hornblower just at the poi ...more