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Beat to Quarters by C. S. Forester
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Aug 08, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Adventure Lovers
Read in July, 2007

I suppose it's appropriate that the first Hornblower book I review, being the last one I read, is also the first one Forrester wrote.

Knowing that, it's easy to see that, despite there being 5 books that take place before Beat to Quarters, it is in this book that Forrester creates his masterpiece character.

The ship warfare is brilliant, although as always it takes a bit of nautical know-how. I recommend a companion book or just a constantly opened Wikipedia (search nautical terms).

The plot is complex and fantastic, with some of the more interesting auxiliary characters in the El Salvadorians.

And of course, the existence of the new woman, something I was skeptical about in this Age of Sail book, was written as well as anything else, a good picture of two entranced people in a time of social requirements.

Read: It was really good.
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