This is an impressive sequel to To Glory We Steer (1968) which launched young Richard Bolitho in the Hornblower tradition. It takes place some years later with England facing a revolutionary France. Captain Bolitho is assigned command of the tried old Hyperion, a 74-gun ship which will need all of its bombast and blast before the end. Bolitho captures, loses and regains a small strategic island off the coast of France; he negotiates an uprising and, later, a massive evacuation. . .all in the face of sputtering, paranoid Rear Admirals. As in the first book, the men, the ships and the times are drawn with a meticulous devotion to detail and the sea battles are savvy and savage.