a Royal Navy commander, young Horatio Hornblower sets off on his
eighth adventure aboard the Hotspur to once again dash Boney's plans
for taking over the world.
before he can get his teeth stuck into the action he needs to tie
the knot with the pleasant-but-boring Maria (Julie Sawalha).
We all know he doesn't really think it is the right thing to do,
but you know our lad - he's made the promise and so he'll stick
after a traditional naval wedding he's off to the hotel and then
is out on the morning tide.
task in Duty is to find his old comrade Lt Bracegirdle, now
a captain, who has gone missing off the French coast. They find
his vessel, the Grasshopper, run aground and, despite some hairy
moments with French infantry, manage to rescue him.
suspects the French are up to something sneaky - like preparing
an invasion of Britain - but was unable to get close enough to get
storm causes havoc and while riding it out the crew of the Hotspur
rescue a dinghy with an American woman and her Swiss husband.
course anyone who knows a little about French history at the time
will know who the lady and gent are, but we are kept in suspense.
chap is of such importance that no-one wants him - neither Britain
nor France, unless he lands without his wife.
places Hornblower and the Hotspur's crew in peril as the French
seem desperate to get hold of him and the Irish traitor Wolfe (Lorcan
Cranitch) gets to trade blows yet again with our Hori.
again this is a terrific yarn that all Hornblower fans will
enjoy and it has more than enough mayhem, surprises and death for
all to indulge in.