June , somewhere west of Nicaragua-a site suitable for spectacular sea battles. The Admiralty has ordered Captain Horatio Hornblower, now in command. Captain Hornblower commands H.M.S. Lydia, a gun frigate on detached service. He is ordered to proceed to the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, deliver. The Happy Return (Beat to Quarters in the US) was the first of the Horatio Hornblower novels published by C. S. Forester. It appeared in The American.

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I read this book for a school assignment. It’s quraters investment, to be sure. It ends rather abruptly, though. I quafters bothered by the inconsistencies between Hornblower as described in Beat to Quarters and the idea of the character I had formed from the previous books chronologically. View all 15 comments. Beat to Quarters Forester, C. But by building the main character this way, Forester allows you to recognize, empathize, and eventually care deeply about him – rooting for his success rather than merely expecting it.

Our hero, tortured by his inner demons!

Beat to Quarters [UK: The Happy Return] [Hornblower Saga #6]

Nevertheless, this doesn’t affect this book as it stands. Apr 23, Lisa Harmonybites rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Hornblowed who almost seduced who? Similar to Star Wars, these first three form a perfect narrative trilogy; they can be read before and without the others, and the reader still gets a continuous storyline that satisfies.

He’s glad when a misuse of naval terminology revealed her to be “only a feeble woman after all”, although that last smug impulse reveals his suspicion that she may in fact be an admirable character.

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And Quaeters loved it. Bush, and Alec Mango as El Supremo. His command is greatly complicated when Lady Barbara Wellesley, a young but influential aristocratic woman demanding transportation to England, joins the ship.

Book Review: BEAT TO QUARTERS/THE HAPPY RETURN: following_sea

Streaks of discoloration on some groups of pages. When I read a story about adventure on the high seas, I rarely want to be beag with a token love story. However, he learns that his contact, one Julian Alvarado, is mentally unstable and styles himself a god among men.

He wrote several volumes of short stories set during the Second World War.

Monroe Bezt Books Published: Despite his intelligence and bravery, Hornblower cannot see himself as others do. He is invited aboard the other’s ship for some interesting news. I found it interesting to note that even back then the dream of the Panama canal was very much sought after. No bumping or wear.

This flawed personality makes us root for him all the more. Sep 22, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it Shelves: In the subsequent battle, Hornblower uses masterful tactics to sink the Natividadthough the Lydia herself is heavily damaged.

Easily hornblowee of my most hated fiction books of all time. On the long voyage, he and Lady Barbara become strongly hornbower to each other. Squirrel Away Books Published: It’s fun and engaging, and a much lighter read than O’Brian, although I’ve been reading about Jack Aubrey for so long that it’s hard to sympathize with Hornblower’s insecurities – the way his insecurities quarers him behave, anyway. Hornblower’s internal commentary when he meets Lady Barbara is just awful.


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There is some action — quite a bit of it — but there was far more characterization of Hornblower than I expected. In “Beat to Hodnblower, Hornblower is the captain of the Lydia, a smaller frigate ship bound for Nicaragua.

Please tell us about any errors you have found in this book, or in the information on this page about this book. Beat to Quarters from BookRags. The other area the book really shines is the character of Hornblower himself. Junesomewhere west of Nicaragua-a site suitable for spectacular sea battles.

Beat To Quarters

This book was a little heavy on the ‘ship’ side for me descriptions of ship life – running a ship, steering a ship, etc so I skipped over some pages. This book is the sixth by internal chronology of the series including the unfinished Hornblower and the Crisis.

Unlike the first four books in the series, HH is given more human qualities. Sign In Register Help Cart. Nov 03, Colette rated it liked it.

Can’t wait to read the next. Of course picking up an attractive Lady along the way and having her company on a small frigate for 6 months didn’t help his situation.