Lord Hornblower

Lord Hornblower

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1813, and Horatio Hornblower is propelled toward the heart of the French Empire and his old enemy, Napoleon . . .

Sir Horatio Hornblower has received strict and highly confidential orders from the highest rank- he must embark upon a grave and perilous mission to recapture the Flame in the Bay of Seine, where the brutal and foul-tempered Lieutenant Augustine Chadwick is being held prisoner by a mutinous crew. Rescuing the Lieutenant demands all of Horatio's spirit and seafaring prowess - for at the same time, he must contend with capturing two French cargo vessels and take part in negotiations to topple the faltering Napoleon once and for all . . .

This is the ninth of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C.S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

Publisher: Middlesex : Penguin, c1964.
ISBN: 9780140015362
0140015361
Characteristics: 236 p. :,19 cm.

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Aug 21, 2015

This is probably the least engrossing of the Hornblower series, primarily because only the first part concerns a seagoing adventure, where Hornblower is always at his best. The remainder has to do with his administrative role during the final days of Napoleon's downfall -- and later his off-duty and ultimately tragic relationship with Marie de Gracay. As a man in command of a ship, faced with the elemental challenges of wind, weather and enemy cannons, devising ways to achieve the most with the material and human capital under his command, Hornblower is a man of remarkable abilities; removed from that environment, he is almost always a lesser man and less interesting.

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