I first read 'Brown on Resolution' as a schoolboy and have re-read it many times over the past sixty years. The only reason I have re-purchased a copy was because a friend mislaid the original copy, passed on to me by my mother fifty years ago. I couldn't bear to be without it in my collection.
C S Forester is of course best known for his 'Hornblower'series, but is with gems such as this one that he continues to enthral and entertain. As with his tales of the Royal Navy under sail, his ability to research and recall the historical background - without, as far as I know - ever having been a sailor - he still amazes.
This is the personal tale of a young man, brought up outside wedlock by his fiercely lower-middle-class imperialist Victorian mother, who joins the Royal Navy. Albert Brown is not particularly intelligent or inspired, just straightforward and dogged. When, after an ill-matched sea-battle, his out-dated ship is sunk, he manages to escape from his German captors and hide on the island of Resolution (hence the intriguing title) where his dogged attempts to disrupt the German efforts to repair their ship help the British naval war effort (and in effect alters the course of the 1914-18 war).
Magnificently told, tense, exciting - the book still appeals to readers of all ages. I highly recommend it.