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5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower and the Crisis
Now that the Hornblower books are not regularly seen in bookshops, it is easy to forget just how good they were. I had never even heard of Hornblower and the Crisis until I looked at a list of his books, and was anxious to read it as I had read all the rest of them. It is absolutely first class, and the reason I suppose why it is less well known is that Forester never...
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Dick Hamilton

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2.0 out of 5 stars Young Lieutenant, New Post Captain, and Admiral Hornblower
Let me begin by clarifying what this book is before you purchase it.
The beginning is the first 30-40 percent of a novel that C.S. Forester was working on at his death called, Hornblower During the Crisis. The events take place immediately after Hornblower and the Hotspur.
Next comes a short story (or very brief novella, if you prefer) called "Hornblower's...
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Young Lieutenant, New Post Captain, and Admiral Hornblower, 2 July 2004
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This review is from: Hornblower during the Crisis (Hornblower Saga (Paperback)) (Paperback)
Let me begin by clarifying what this book is before you purchase it.
The beginning is the first 30-40 percent of a novel that C.S. Forester was working on at his death called, Hornblower During the Crisis. The events take place immediately after Hornblower and the Hotspur.
Next comes a short story (or very brief novella, if you prefer) called "Hornblower's Temptation" which deals with his first posting as a young Lieutenant on the Renown. The action takes place after Mr. Midshipman Hornblower and before Lieutenant Hornblower.
Finally comes another short story (or very brief novella) called "The Last Encounter." It deals with the time during which Hornblower is already a lord and an admiral.
"Hornblower's Temptation" deals with Hornblower's assignment to take control of a prisoner who is being court-martialed for desertion. The story is pretty grim, but contains all of the elements of the better Hornblower stories. A difficult challenge is presented. No obvious solution exists. Hornblower finds a good way out, and overcomes mental and moral hurdles to succeed. I would advise no one to miss this story. It is good background for later stories where Hornblower must find a way to do the right thing without fully disclosing what has taken place.
"Hornblower During the Crisis" has many attractive elements. The story deals with Hornblower's experience in handing over the Hotspur to his replacement after Lord Cornwallis promotes him to Post Captain at the end of Hornblower and the Hotspur. On the way back to England, Hornblower fights as improbable a naval battle as you can imagine, and in an unexpected role. As a result of his quick thinking, important information is developed which he takes to the Admiralty. While there, he helps devise a remarkable scheme for influencing the French. The book ends at that point. You then get 164 words of author's notes on how Mr. Forester planned to finish the novel. The finished parts of the novella are reasonably polished. Forester probably would have added more details to the beginning to make it more interesting and dramatic. The parts in London look like they are fully developed.
If you are like me, the best parts of Hornblower stories are where he has crises of conscience. Hornblower During the Crisis promises just such crises in the 164 words, but does not deliver them. As a result, most people will see this novella as less than a full Hornblower novel. It is too bad, because the concept was a sound one . . . and I would have enjoyed reading the end. I graded down the book accordingly.
As to "The Last Encounter," this story is intended as irony without any testing of Hornblower either intellectually or morally. It is a piece of fluff. Be sure not to read this story until after you have finished the whole series. It contains references to other characters that will spoil your enjoyment from reading the books ahead in the chronology of Hornblower's fictional life.
Should you read this book? If you like Hornblower, I say "yes." I slightly prefer reading it in order to reading it in the end of the series. For me, the right solution was to read all but "The Last Encounter" in chronological order . . . and then reread those sections and read "The Last Encounter" at the end of reading all of the other books.
If this were your last day on earth, what unfinished business should you do today? How would it improve your life and the lives of others if you do that unfinished business anyway? Imagine, for example, how much more rewarded C.S. Forester's readers would be if he had completed a thorough outline of the rest of this story before he died. That would have taken no more than a day . . . and the benefits would have been enormous.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Novellas, 1 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Hornblower during the Crisis (Hornblower Saga (Paperback)) (Paperback)
"During the Crisis" features three novellas by C.S. Forester. The first, best and the only incomplete novella is the first which occurs after "Hornblower and the Hotspur". The second occurs sometime after Mr. Midshipman and Lieutenant Hornblower. The third, I think (I have not completed the entire series yet) should be one of the last things read about HH. I don't know how Forester intended on introducing these three well written, but very chronologically disjointed pieces into the life of HH, but it would seem that his estate put together his remaining notes about HH and published it under the title "During the Crisis". My suggestion to anyone who is reading the Hornblower series for the first time is to pick this book up and read the sections after you have read the books in the order I have mentioned them. Reading this before I read Lieutenant Hornblower would have been enlightening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower and the Crisis, 10 Dec 2011
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Now that the Hornblower books are not regularly seen in bookshops, it is easy to forget just how good they were. I had never even heard of Hornblower and the Crisis until I looked at a list of his books, and was anxious to read it as I had read all the rest of them. It is absolutely first class, and the reason I suppose why it is less well known is that Forester never finished it. What a shame, to have missed Hornblower at the Battle of Trafalgar!
Another excellent one in the series, equally unknown, is Beat to Quarters. Now that Forester's early thriller, The Pursued, is available for the first time, perhaps we shall see more of him. After all, the Hornblower books, and The African Queen for that matter, simply don't date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrills, spills and life at sea., 10 May 2014
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If you love Hornblower (and I do!) then not only do you have another great novel but the bonus of a splendid scratch-board front cover design by Douglas Smith.

What more could a reader want?!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm, 2 Jan 2013
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Not so good as the other books in the Hornblower series.
Sorry, I can't think of anything else to say...
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11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book for the completist, 25 Jun 1999
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I am just reading the Hornblower series for the first time and reading them in the publishers order. Hornblower During The Crisis is an unfinished book, seriously unfinished, the main story only runs 129 pages and would have been wonderful if he had finished the novel (the author passed away). Bundled with 2 other very short stories this book really isn't worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower revistited, 5 Jun 1999
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What one has to keep in mind while reading Hornblower novels is that they were not written in order. I think the first one was lt. Hornblower. If you keep this in mind and overlook certain inconsitencies in the plot, all of his novels gives you a very good read. He also wrote an account of his travels in South America , that unfortunatly i only read once ( in the public library i Southampton, UK in the late sixties) I wish sombody would republish it as it gives a very good insight in the time and frame of mind of C.S Forrester when he wrote these books. One can certenly see connection to Webers Honor Harrington series. (HH+HH = true). If you like one you will certainly like the other... Fred
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Forester, 14 July 1999
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I usually stick to more mainstream historical fiction like "The Triumph and the Glory" but Forester IS Forester so I always find time to read his magnificent Hornblower books. Hornblower During the Crisis isn't the best of the lot, but it is still very good indeed.
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