Lord Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #10)
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...more
[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
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
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.
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.
(view spoiler)[ When hornblower slams...more
I do think the series lost something after Hornblower gained so much in rank and position. I think the best book...more
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
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
Lady Barbara comes out to join him, and enters uncharted territory for Hornblower's women in actually having ambitions of her own -- we...more
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 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 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
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!
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
The hatred of Napoleon on the part of the English sailors and protagonists is palpable and well done, as were the final ups and downs and the novel drew to a close. Surprisingly good, after being spoiled by O'Brien...more
So I'll just say that this is a lovely addition to the Hornblower series. If I start using the spoiler tag I'll write too much and never get to sleep tonight. Yawn.