Hornblower and the Atropos

Hornblower and the Atropos

by C. S. Forester


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In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. At the center of each adventure is Hornblower, Forester's most inspired creation, whose blend of cautious preparation and spirited execution dazzles friend and foe alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316289290
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/30/1985
Series: Horatio Hornblower Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 80,674
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Patrick Macnee was born in 1922 in London, England, into a wealthy and eccentric family. Macnee first appeared on stage and made his film debut as an extra in Pygmalion. After World War II, he resumed his stage and film career, with bit parts such as Young Jacob Marley in Scrooge. The role that brought him worldwide fame and popularity was the part of John Steed, in the classic British television series The Avengers. During the 1980s and 1990s, Macnee became a familiar face on American television in such series as Gavilan, Empire, Thunder in Paradise and Night Man. In the past decade, Macnee has also made several audio recordings of book fiction.

Date of Birth:

August 27, 1899

Date of Death:

April 2, 1966

Place of Birth:

Cairo, Egypt

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


AlleynGuy's Medical School of the University of London

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Winston Churchill

I find Hornblower admirable, vastly entertaining.

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Hornblower and the Atropos 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the episodes in Hornblower and the Atropos are tied together with a modest connecting story line, each one could just as easily be an independent short story about Hornblower¿s experiences on his way to, during, and after his assignment as captain of the Atropos, the smallest three-master in His Majesty¿s fleet. What positively distinguishes these stories are fascinating details of some of the most advanced technologies in the Britain of 200 years ago. You will learn about the new fresh water canals and tunnels used then to speed shipments of people and fresh market goods, underwater demolition and salvage operations, coordinating naval battles through signaling, repairing ships on station, turning a ship without using the wind, treating gunshot wounds, and how to administer a very detailed operation without use of telephone, telegraph, or radio. The book is well worth reading just for these details. The book¿s main disappointment for me is the absence of the redoubtable William Bush who plays such an important an interesting role as Hornblower¿s foil and partner in most of the novels. I missed Bush. I think you will, too. As occurs increasingly in the books in the series, Hornblower comes into contact with famous people of the day. Hornblower¿s success with the Hotspur has won him friends in the Admiralty, and even higher places. You will enjoy this book much more if you refer to the maps in the Hornblower Companion as you read this book. Much of the appeal of the Hornblower series is involved in the naval engagements. While this book will make it seem like all of that is going to be missed here, just be patient. One of the most interesting parts of this book comes when Hornblower uncharacteristically makes a rather large mistake, and has to face up to the fact that he may have no honorable way out. This situation reminds me of the Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk describes how he handled the insoluble problem provided to each cadet at Starfleet Academy. Yes, there is always a way out. Be curious about all that is around you, and consider how it can be turned to new advantages . . . when you change your assumptions about what is most important! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one starts out at about the same quality as Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. The final part is more of the quality of his better stories.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book marks the first command Hornblower has as a full-fledged captain of his own vessel. Never mind the fact that it's the smallest worthy of a captain in His Majesty's Navy. The novel starts off with Hornblower getting command of the Atropos, and being put in charge of the water-borne part of Admiral Lord Nelson's funeral procession. Hornblower is also put in charge of His Serene Highness the Prince of Seitz-Bunau, who starts as a lowly midshipman much like Hornblower himself. With tales of battles on the Mediterranean and recovering sunken treasure off the coast of Turkey, this book was a good read. Many of the chapters read as their own short stories.
ASBiskey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hornblower has many simple adventures in this book. This book seems to reflect the wide variety of responsibilities a captain in the Royal Navy could have during the Napoleonic wars: event organizer, detective, and salvage operations manager to name a few. I really enjoyed this book until the last two chapters, which are depressing. I imagine that life for a real captain at the time would be similar, but it was a little too disheartening for me. I also was curious about Hornblower's comtemplation of suicide. I have only read three Hornblower books, and two contain these morbid scenes. This book does not have much along the lines of the great sea battles, but the adventures and diverse and interesting.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This episode takes a little while to get up to speed, but once it does, it's as wonderful as the others.
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Oldemsr More than 1 year ago
I'd read all of C.S. Foresters's books when I was in my teens and decided it was time to revisit Hornblower & his crews....... I wasn't disappointed nor seasick.
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Doesn't work with NOOK COLOR. B&N knows, but still has it for purchase.
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Jamie36 More than 1 year ago
Great series. I buy them as gifts for that special someone. I highly recommend all of these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hornblower is put in charge of Lord Nelsons Funeral. He had a few problems but it turned out ok. He was able to meet the king for the fisrt time. In the process he gets a family member of the king in his crew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second time: HMM? Lolol!!