Hornblower and the Crisis

Hornblower and the Crisis

An Unfinished Novel

Book - 2006
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The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon's plans to invade England . . .

Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar . . .

Hornblower and the Crisis was unfinished at the time of Forester's death, but the author left notes - included here - telling us how the tale would end. Also included are two further stories - Hornblower and the Widow McCool and The Last Encounter - that tell of Hornblower as a very young and very old man, respectively.

This is the final book chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780141025056
Characteristics: 157 p. ; 18 cm.
Alternative Title: Hornblower & the crisis


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Aug 21, 2015

This is probably the least known part of Forester's Hornblower saga, having been written almost as an afterthought to fill in the gap between "Hotspur" and "Atropos". Forester didn't live long enough to finish it, so it's quite brief, with only the author's notes indicating how he planned it to end.
Also a bit out of character, with Hornblower indulging in espionage for the only time in his career.
I would recommend this one only for the Hornblower enthusiast like myself; certainly not up to the calibre of his best work.

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