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In 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars, after returning home from a successful voyage to the Americas, Captain Hornblower is appointed to command his first ship of the line, HMS Sutherland. He has to work with Admiral Leighton, an inexperienced, over-cautious and incompetent commander who has married the love of Hornblower's life, Lady Barbara Wellesley. They only have half the crew they need, so they have to enlist a large number of fighting men in a hurry.
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They put to sea as part of the fleet sent to harass Napoleon's flank, and blockade the Mediterranean coast of Spain to prevent supplies from reaching the French. He is successful at first, and when the Sutherland reaches the blockaded Catalonian coast of Spain, the crew stages astonishing solo raids against the French. But the fear of defeat and capture looms over captain and crew as the Sutherland single-handedly takes on a French squadron of four French ships of the line.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Navy Specific to    -   Revolutionary War Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Spain Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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