April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission... On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest - war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty's navy with its britches round its ankles. With thoughts of his new life as a husband intruding on his duties, Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. This is the third of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.
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A superbly written well paced novel covering the adventures of the fictitious Master & Commander Horatio Hornblower. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. The authors knowledge of the period and navel understanding shine through to make this novel enjoyable to the enthusiast of the period but also to lovers of adventure. One of the best in the series and excellently read.
"Excellent continuation of the story"
A comfortable passage of the early years in Hornblowers life. Plenty of action and a good backstory to boot. Brings home the hardship of service in a HM Ship during the many years of War with both the French and Spanish Navies
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