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Book review: A Ship of the Line, by C.S. Forester

This is a sequel to The Happy Return. It begins at a fairly slow pace which quickens progressively as the story goes on, to reach a highly dramatic and disastrous climax.

When the book opens Hornblower has just been given a commission as Captain of the seventy-four gun ship Sutherland. He thinks this may be thanks to Lady Barbara Wellesley, with whom he is in love. They had almost become lovers at the end of the voyage in the Lydia, as described in the previous book, but that had ended badly and Barbara has now married Admiral Sir Gilbert Leighton, under whom Hornblower is going to serve. [More]

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