This week, I’ve been reading an old book I found in a used book store called The Eyes of the Fleet
by Anthony Price. It details the careers of several British frigate captains during the Napoleonic wars and the fictional history of Horatio Hornblower. He begins by explaining a few basic ideas concerning the time period, then dives into Edward Pellew's career, who features quite prominently in the Hornblower stories by C.S. Forester.
Admittedly, it was a little hard to get into, but it got a lot more interesting once I was past the first chapter. The author does a great job of explaining what naval life was like then, as well as revealing fascinating insights into the politics of the time.
It’s a good source book for the naval enthusiast, especially if you like to read novels from the period, whether it be C.S.Forester, Patrick O’Brian, Julian Stockwin, or a host of other authors.