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The Captain from Connecticut

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
No one but a madman would put to sea in such conditions. A blizzard cut visibility to yards. Long Island Sound was galloping whitecaps. But in this second year of the war of 1812, conditions like these spelled opportunity to Captain Josiah Peabody, USN.

His mission: break the British Blockade. The only thing in his favor was surprise. Who would expect a Yankee frigate in L

Hardcover, 344 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America (first published 1941)
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Jim Mcclanahan
After having absorbed the sum total of all the Patrick O'Brien Aubrey/Maturin books, I have to say that this early Forester novel held no real surprises for me. The sea-going scenes were well done with appropriate attention to detail. The connection with real historical events of the War of 1812 is nicely interwoven. However, the characters are, for the most part, woefully two-dimensional. The romance introduced seemed dreadfully shallow and poorly realized. But, perhaps in 1941 I should have no ...more
Miles Mathews
Mar 05, 2014 Miles Mathews rated it it was amazing
I have read all of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower books, and this one stands next to them as an equal! It is refreshing to read a Forester book about American sailors and American ships, since his focus is so often on the British Navy. The main character, Captain Peabody, is as complex as the character of Hornblower, but he doesn't have the latter's self-doubt. Peabody is fearless, daring, and confident - just the qualities necessary for officers of the small American navy at that time. The ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Shari rated it liked it
Forester brings another story about tall ships, the wooden world, to us -- something he does so beautifully. This is not Hornblower. It is the War of 1812, when we had only a handful of ships we could blushingly call a navy because Jefferson had not seen fit to find a navy important and did not sign the request for the building of ships. The British are blockading the east coast and the Gulf ports. One lone ship successfully runs the blockade to work the whole of the Atlantic in an attempt to di ...more
K.M. Weiland
Jul 06, 2013 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book in comparison to Forester's much better known Hornblower series. Ultimately, I have to say I found Captain Peabody both more likable than Hornblower - and a far less interesting character. In many respects, this *feels* just like a Hornblower book, save with a watered-down American hero in his stead. The action is good, particularly the opening scene. But in the final analysis it does't quite hold up to Hornblower.
Mar 13, 2013 Bollinger rated it really liked it
What fun to read a book so similar to the Hornblower novels, but in which it is OK to root for the Americans and against the British. After pulling so long for Horatio Hornblower, it felt a little treasonous to cheer on the American ship. But I managed it!
Aug 18, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
A perfect summer read. Excitement, romance, and enough background on the War of 1812 and details of life at sea to be compelling and make you feel like you are learning something.
Aug 08, 2015 Christie rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a happy accident that I pulled it off the shelf at the library. The world needs more heros like Josiah Peabody. Have to admit, I did skim through some of the battles when they got a bit drawn out, but overall loved the history and the time period and the sweet little romance thrown in. :)
Stephanie Ricker
While I was at the USS Constitution museum, I (naturally) browsed the gift shop, and there I ran into The Captain from Connecticut by C.S. Forester. I thought I’d read just about everything Forester ever wrote, but I’d never even heard of this book. The story is his only tale about the American Navy, and Captain Peabody is pretty much an American version of Hornblower, right down to both having silly last names. Peabody was different enough from Hornblower to carry his story well without making ...more
Dennis Schroeder
In typical C.S. Forester fashion a great read.
Jul 17, 2015 Rich rated it really liked it
A good sea tale as are most of Ferester's navels
Thomas West
Captain Josiah Peabody. U.S.S. Delaware
Dec 29, 2014 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this before , when I was 12 or 13 years old. I think I liked it back then but not now. Even the naval battles bored me. But perhaps still a good book for a 12 year old.
it's been a long time since i've read any Forester. he can't write a relationship or women to save his life, but the battles are rousing, so it's entertaining enough.
Sep 06, 2008 Parker rated it really liked it
Anyone looking for more Hornblower should check this out. Forester still can't write believable women, but that's irrelevant because he can write great sea stories.
Jul 31, 2012 Erik rated it really liked it
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Excellent book, right on par with the Hornblower Series. A nice change of pace describing naval warfare from the early American perspective.
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Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded t ...more
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