This is a new departure for Forester and one with which he seems less at case. His central character might have been a Captain Hornblower transposed into a Connecticut naval captain running the British blockade in the War of 1812. He is just such another staunch patriot, serious minded, wedded to his ship, and the sea, and bowled over by a pretty Face. His assignment was to harass the shipping of the Atlantic, to sink prizes where the craw could not be spared, to take them to southern waters, and to reach the British West Indies. He achieved the impossible with true Forester precision in a succession of rousing encounters, and then in the Caribbean off Martinique he met up with the fact that France was once more a monarchy, and that maritime law forbade battle in neutral waters. The enforced armistice kept his ship and three British ships in Martinique's harbor and gave him time for romantic adventure. A new bit of history, but Forester has unfortunately standardized his characters and one has a sense of stock figures playing new parts. Not up to his usual standard, but his audience men especially, will probably find it good naval adventure. He certainly does his sea fights supremely well.