Goodreads Synopsis: 1812 and the fate of Europe lies in the hands of newly appointed Commodore Hornblower . . .Dispatched to northern waters to protect Britain’s Baltic interests, Horatio Hornblower must halt the advance of Napoleon’s empire into Sweden and Russia. But first he must battle the terrible Baltic weather: fog, snow and icebound waterways; overcome Russian political and commercial intrigues; avoid the seductive charms of royalty as well as the deadly reach of assassins in the imperial palace; and contend with hostile armies and French privateers. With the fate of Europe balanced on a knife edge, the responsibility lies heavy on a Commodore’s shoulders . This is the eighth of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester’s inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.
Hornblower continues to be a favorite of mine. Dispite this being the 8th book in the series, and things getting a bit repetitive now. There’s just something wonderful about this nautical series.
In this book we find Hornblower happily married to Lady Barbara, and risen to the rank of Commodore. Once aboard his new command we are again joined by Captain Bush, who is one of my favorites. The story follows the normal Hornblower style, full of sea battles and daring exploits by our main character.
In the end I gave this book 3 stars. Because it’s good, but also the same stuff that’s happened before.