C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy. In the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.
Action, tension, tingling suspense . . . The greatest adventure story to come out of World War II--Life Magazine The best book of its kind since The Cruel Sea--Evening Standard High and glittering excitement--New York Times Nothing more exciting has been launched since Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea--Guardian