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C. S. Forester

Greyhound by C. S. Forester

Published November 9, 2022

Greyhound by C. S. Forester

I watched this film a while back and knowing the book was written by C. S. Forester of most excellent Hornblower fame, I have had this on my to read pile for too long. It’s so good. Just like the film, I was caught up in the tension of the piece, and even though I didn’t understand all of the intricate, well-researched details, you can’t help but be swept up in the misery and cold, the state of high alert, the danger. It’s so well done, and although there’s not a lot of room for character development, it’s still a really good story.

Hornblower and the Crisis by C. S. Forester

Published January 1, 2022

Hornblower and the Crisis by C. S. Forester

This is the final book that Forester wrote in the Hornblower series and it was sadly cut short by the author’s death, so the actual story is left unfinished. It’s a real shame because it was building up to be a good one - Hornblower turning spy is something that would be really interesting, especially given how wretched he can get turning over what’s right and wrong and morals and that kind of thing.

Hornblower and the Hotspur by C. S. Forester

Published October 11, 2021

Hornblower and the Hotspur by C. S. Forester

I liked this book for the extra dimension it adds to Hornblower’s already interesting life. Now he’s the captain of a ship, if not an actual Captain, with a couple of dangerous missions to do, and he excels in them all, but at the same time he’s got a home life to deal with now as well. Getting married right at the start of the book, even though he’s not sure it’s the right thing to do, Hornblower then has to deal with knowing there’s someone worrying about it at home. I liked the extra tension this brought to the open seas, and I’m keen to see what comes next for our Horry.

Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester

Published March 11, 2021

Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester

A solid nautical adventure, it’s fun following Hornblower around, even if he does get a bit above his station at times! Confidence, rather than arrogance, though. This book also contains the interesting difficulties of a captain who is unstable, and the real consequences and terror that surrounds mutiny - even if it’s the right thing to do. I felt like the book came to a weird end, with Hornblower on shore, dealing with the day to day life of a non-naval existence… until the threat of war returned right at the end, almost like a cliffhanger! On to the next book!