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Commodore Hornblower by C.S. Forester
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Nov 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: n-misc-fiction, z-2011, c-adult
Read from February 08 to 12, 2011

Hornblower is made a commodore (obviously) and sent to cruise the Baltic in 1812. Politics are tricky as Sweden and Russia (who usually fight each other) are both on the fence about war with Napoleon. Hornblower must tread (sail) carefully to avoid alienating these powers in the hopes that they will both side with England against France.

I very much enjoyed the sea battles, the clever strategy, the intertwining of real historical events and figures with the fictional Hornblower. A book both exciting and intellectually stimulating.

By good fortune for me, I recently read Peter the Great: His Life and World. Even though Peter the Great takes place about 100 years before Commodore Hornblower, it still gave me valuable insight into Russian and Swedish history, Russian culture, St. Petersburg, and other Baltic issues.

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