The Happy Return

The Happy Return

Book - 2011
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June, 1808 - and off the Coast of Nicaragua Captain Horatio Hornblower has his hands full . . . Now in command of HMS Lydia, a thirty-six-gun frigate, Hornblower has instructions to form an alliance against the Spanish colonies with a mad and messianic revolutionary, El Supremo; to find a water route across the Central American isthmus; and 'to take, sink, burn or destroy' the fifty-gun Spanish ship of the line Natividad - or face court-martial. And as if that wasn't hard enough, Hornblower must also contend with the charms of an unwanted passenger: Lady Barbara Wellesley . . . This is the fifth of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780241955536
024195553X
Branch Call Number: F FOR NVD
Characteristics: [288] pages

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Aug 21, 2015

After his early adventures as a midshipman and lieutenant and his first command as captain, here we begin to see the mature Hornblower, sent on an extremely long and hazardous mission to the other side of the world, where he is entirely cut off from any possible support from a fleet commander or brothers in arms of any sort. The risks he faces go far beyond those faced in battle, to include messy, unpredictable international politics with shifting alliances. His determination and resourcefulness are tested to the limit, in twice having to attack and defeat an opposing vessel much more powerful than his own. And in the course of his journey, he meets and falls in love with the woman who will change his life forever.
As with all the Hornblower stories, this one is enhanced by rich detail about large sailing vessels and the harsh realities of life aboard a warship under sail, where the outcome of a battle may often hinge on a shift in the weather.

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