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Lord Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #10)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  3,130 ratings  ·  89 reviews

The Hornblower Novels of C. S. Forester Mr. Midshipman Hornblower Lieutenant Hornblower Hornblower and the Hotspur Hornblower During the Crisis Hornblower and the Atropos Beat to Quarters Ship of the Line Flying Colours Commodore Hornblower Lord Hornblower Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies Weary of the war that he has waged nearly his entire life, Hornblower finds hims

Hardcover, 322 pages
Published June 1st 1946 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1946)
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Sir Horatio is pulled from the invalid list and sent to recapture a British warship whose crew has mutinied. In the process of accomplishing this he manages to assist the French city of Le Havre in rebelling against Napoleon and is later elevated to the peerage, hence the title.

It's been a while since I last read a Hornblower novel, but I don't think this is one of the better books. There's a lot of good stuff here, particularly in the first half, but Hornblower's perpetual insecurity and delibe...more
Will Todd
This review is for the complete 11-book series of THE HORNBLOWER SAGA by C.S. Forester, which I just finished reading last night.

[Note: Individual books have individual star ratings (mostly 5-star, a few 4-star), but the descriptive review will be the same for each, and encompass the entire series, as follows.]

Actually, I just finished reading the complete series for the second time, the first being as a teenager some 30 years ago.

It's remarkable to me that I have only just this moment realized...more
C.S Forester is an average writer when it comes to writing Hornblower's family life, romantic interest but thankfully he is great at writing a nautical story, making naval warfare look very interesting. Military history wise these books are very interesting.

This novel was too much about Hornblowers love life and not enough about the pressed hands in ships, the terrible lifestyle of decades of war working on ships,techniques of running a war ship.
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K.M. Weiland
My local library didn't have Commodore Hornblower, so I had to skip to Lord Hornblower (reading this particular series out of chronological order doesn't seem like such a sin, since that's how it was written). At any rate, I found this installment to be yet another solid entry into the series. I still find the older Hornblower much less likable than the younger Hornblower, and the second half of this book lacked much of the rousing sea action that Forester excels at. However, the first half is t...more
Another novel from later in Hornblower's life, this one puts him through the wringer perhaps even more than usual, as he deals with a mutiny and leads a guerrilla uprising in France. There are moments of intense happiness for Hornblower in this book, which of course means great suffering follows on its heels, as it always must for Horatio. The plot hangs together perhaps more loosely than in earlier books, but Horatio is as always one of the more fascinating characters in literature, even when I...more
Interesting takes on the everyday temperament of Hornblower. During 'the Season' in London and squirmy at a celebratory rite of the Order of the Knights of the Bath, of which Horatio is now one, he is trying to talk himself into accepting the social requirements put upon him by his continually exalted position rising through the service gaining honors and the social onus of being husband to Lady Barbara Wellesley now Hornblower, and brother-in-law to the Duke of Wellington ad Wellesley himself....more
Summary: Hornblower takes it up a notch as a undisputed lord and commander and also get's into a little Rambo action towards the end.

Things I like:

Still good challenges even though he's at the top of the command chain.
Still good human insight - hard to give up control to others when you think/know you can do the job better yourself.

Things I thought could be improved:

Kind of drifts a bit around the middle. The danger didn't feel as immediate.


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Robert J. Sullivan
“Lord Hornblower” by C.S. Forester is his 1946 continuation of the adventures of Horatio Hornblower and his rise in the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars. In the waning years of Napoleon's reign, Hornblower is assigned a delicate mission: there has been a mutiny aboard a British ship, which is now anchored off the French coast. The mutineers want the captain hung and amnesty for themselves. The navy wants the captain rescued, the mutineers executed, and it has to be kept completely quiet –...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Hornblower was the inspiration for Star Trek's Captain James Kirk, as well as Cornwell's Sharpe. Hornblower is more cerebral and socially awkward than Kirk, more educated and refined than Sharpe. In his own right, Hornblower is certainly an engaging and complex character and the series is an interesting study in leadership, and a fascinating portrait of life at sea in the age of sail.

I do think the series lost something after Hornblower gained so much in rank and position. I think the best book...more
Angie Bollard
I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I hated this book. It started out rather cleverly when Horatio is sent to take care of some mutineers, it then turns into him taking a french town in a bloodless coup and thus destablilzing the area for Bonaparte. Bony is already dealing with the Russians to the north and east, the British to the south and west and he can hardly spare any help for the area that Horatio took. He does manage to scrounge up 2 24 pounders to lay siege to the town, but Horati...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in January 1999.

As in the earlier climax of the Hornblower series, Ship of the Line, Lord Hornblower takes Forester's hero back to the French countryside. He is initially dispatched to deal with some mutineers from the British navy who have taken refuge under the protection of the French batteries guarding the mouth of the Seine. In taking possession of the mutineers' ship, Hornblower also manages to be the man who establishes the first bridgehead on the nort...more
Benjamin Thomas
For those of you who want their Hornblower books to be all sailing and fighting action, then you may have to turn to other books in the series. For those of you who like a good mix of character-driven plot, romantic escapades, political intrigue, as well as good old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure, then this one is for you.

This novel starts like many of the others in the series, with Hornblower receiving orders to perform a particular mission, this time to investigate and deal with a mutinous...more
Forester is a first-rate novelist and while his books are often categorized at junior fiction there is enough inner conflict to make them an interesting read for adults. The descriptions are so vivid that one can feel the ship rocking on the waves. Horatio realizes that he is a hero in spite of himself and has survived the Napoleonic Wars by a miracle. He is fascinated with the French and with Catholics, possibly because of Marie de Gracay, the great love of his life, who reappears in Lord Hornb...more
I've been a bit stingy on stars for Hornblower, so I'll give this one four stars. Hornblower is sent to deal with a mutinous ship off the French coast. This is followed by political opportunity, as Napoleon's regime is beginning to falter. Hornblower establishes himself as commander of a coastal French city, laying the groundwork for the return of the royalists.

Lady Barbara comes out to join him, and enters uncharted territory for Hornblower's women in actually having ambitions of her own -- we...more
"Lord Hornblower" started better than any of the C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels that I have read thus far. I found Hornblower's struggle with the mutineers to be compelling and the resolution to that subplot ingenious. The book slowed down quite a bit through the middle, which hurt its overall quality in my eyes. It was during the book's middle that I was deeply saddened by the death of Hornblower's longtime comrade Captain Bush, as well as Hornblower's struggles with his wife Barbara...more
You know, this series is getting a little formulaic, they are still good stories but there is something sedate about the latter novels that reduces the impact of the earlier ones (chronologically speaking) for me. This book was written bang in the middle of the series (publication order-wise), which is odd because it feels tired.

I did read them in chronological order though and so I'm all over the place as regards to the publication date of each novel, so I may be falling into a trap of my own p...more
The tenth in C.S. Forester's wonderful series of novels about a British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars, this entry illustrates Forester's growth as a writer of adventurous fiction depicting a deeply human protagonist. Forester has a way with his hero, a way of conveying Hornblower's own unheroic thoughts so as to amplify the man's true heroism. Horatio Hornblower is ten times the man he thinks himself to be, and that is much of the series' charm. But Forester has a way, also, with naut...more
Making my way through the series after many years. I didn't remember this book at all, perhaps I didn't read it? This one is a curious book with quite a bit spent as a land commander and ends on an overall down note in his life with the loss of many he loves. Well written with the usual take on the morals and virtues of the era, it is still interesting if sad and somewhat painful at the end.
Vickey Foggin
I enjoy Hornblower the honourable naval hero struggling to overcome his insecurities for the good of his men. I didn't enjoy Hornblower the begrudging suppressor of mutiny he'd have joined himself or Hornblower the cheating husband. This has been my least liked of the series so far.
Another good adventure book with new, apparently unwinnable, challenges for Hornblower which sees him spending most of his time on land in France. It is yet another book by Forester which you don't want to put down until the very end.

The main part I enjoyed of this book was the mutiny crisis and how it was cleverly dealt with. However, there were a few things with this book I was a bit disappointed with - the ending, all that drama and then suddenly it's over; Hornblower's love of his wife, yet...more
I recorded all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower books in 50-55 minute episodes for Golden Hours, my local radio service for blind and reading-impaired listeners. Too bad I didn't make CD copies for myself, since the radio station broadcast the tape versions and then erased them too reuse.

I guess I'll have to re-record them for Golden Hours and this time keep a copy.

I have read and re-read the entire Hornblower series over a dozens times each, three times aloud: once from the upper bunk to my brothe...more
Richard Palmer
What a ripping good adventure!

Forester returns to his excellent style and superb characterization. Hornblower is called to action in France and ends up battling Napoleon again.

Not only is there wonderful action, but a truly human picture of the man.

I regret that there is but one more novel in the series!

Highly recommended.
Believe me it is difficult for me to give a Hornblower book 2-stars. I have given every other book in the series 4 or 5 stars I think. The problem is that this book wasn't very good. It started out well, with the issue of trying to keep the Mutineers from escaping to France. That was handled in the typical clever H.H. style. However, once he became Governor of Le Havre the book became extremely boring. Way too much talk about his feelings about this person and that person, it just dragged on and...more
I enjoy nautical fiction, especially from the Napoleonic period. But the Hornblower books are on a whole other level. This one is no exception. This is Hornblower at his best and at his worst.
Another interesting adventure with our intrepid hero. Hornblower's spending a lot of time on land these days. Guess it comes with the territory. Still a good yarn. Intelligent life in Hollywood should cool it with the remakes and monster movies and spend some money on more Hornblower!
Sally Hunt
What a great read - I was unsure at first as it seemed pretty antiquated with the 1770's British naval history and the Napoleonic wars but I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got into it. Now I need to read them all!
This was actually the first hornblower book i read because it happened to come in my way. After watching the series i was ecstatic to read one of the books. Horatio was so honorable and good i couldnt wait to read all about him. You can imagine my dissapointment when he turned out to be nothing but a selfish blackguard! Pour Horatio his beautiful rich loving caring wife is asked to do something important so he runs to his former mistress in France. It should of been him to bleed to death on the...more
Aug 20, 2008 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young people looking for adventure
Shelves: adventure, boys, nautical
This is the ninth (or tenth) book in the Hornblower saga written by C.S. Forester and the last of the real nautically based adventures.

Hornblower is a now a Lord and away from command of a ship which limits his opportunities for adventure. However, he finds time to take command of a small vessel for the purpose of dealing with mutineers and ends up with much larger goals as Napolean's empire begins to crumble.

This is another fine effort in the Hornblower saga although as the hero attains rank an...more
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Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded t...more
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