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Lord Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #10)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,554 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
October 1813 – May 1814

In this volume in C.S. Forester's series of classic naval adventure tales, Horatio Hornblower must rescue a man he knows to be a tyrant from the mutiny of his crew--a dubious chore, but one that leads Hornblower, with the aid of his old love, Marie, to the glorious conclusion of his own battle with Napoleon.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Amereon Limited (first published 1946)
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Mr. Matt
The war in Europe drawing to a close. After his defeat in the endless Russian plain, Napoleon's empire is crumbling. All of Europe is united against him and the end cannot be that far away. It is against this backdrop that Hornblower, cooling his heels in England, is called back to sea.

A ship outside the port city of Le Havre has mutinied against its cruel captain. Hornblower is sent to sort out the mess. Complicating matters, the French in Le Havre have offered the mutineers safe harbor. If Ho
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent addition to the series. Hornblower is definitely not a perfect hero for all his honesty & introspection. I like that, especially in a man who strives so hard for perfection & spares himself so little. He faces several difficult challenges in this & well deserves the accolades he receives. He also deserves a kick where the sun don't shine, but don't we all occasionally?

The characters continue to shine. Many old friends in this story & some do very well indeed. Ot
Jamie Collins
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Hornblower, now Lord Hornblower moves on to deal with some new and different problems. The book came close to getting a 3 from me as the affairs of Hornblower's heart got a bit annoying to me.

Still the events that take place during Bonaparte's last 100 days is interesting (though you have to take note that had Hornblower been able to be true to his wife the bad stuff he dealt with might not have happened).

Part of the story of Hornblower with some good story telling.
Will Todd
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hornblower
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
Dillwynia Peter
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a Hornblower for a year or so now. About 10 years ago, I regularly devoured one every 6 months to make them stretch, but then as a fickle child, I searched out other books. I have always admired authors like CS Forester & Arthur Ransome who managed to write their books out of sequence (Ransome also wrote the chapters out of sequence) but which a generation later, reading them in chronological order seems like the natural way to approach said series.

This book is a strange child
Angie Bollard
Mar 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
K.M. Weiland
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Paul Brent
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tragedy and romance are in equal measures a Hornblower's best friend and associate Bush is killed in a raid and Hornblower visits and former flame at time between Napoleon's first defeat and his return to power after his time spent in exile on Elba. The ending is especially exciting as Hornblower leads a dwindling party escaping Napoleon's guard out to sentence him and hang him.
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Ellis
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this the least so far of the Saga and found it a bit too fantastic to be believable. But then, it's just a story after all and a great adventure story at that. The twists and turns of the mutiny story were excellent, and the resolution quite satisfactory. What I did find fascinating was the description of people's reactions to the war ending, to Napoleon truly being finished (the second and final time!). Hornblower and his wife and friends hardly remembered a time when they were not at ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the sixth book in the Hornblower series that I've read and I've enjoyed them all. They are entertaining navy adventures and Hornblower is an interesting character; often filled with self-doubts, sometimes a bit whiny, but also a sound tactician who manages to win his battles and come out smelling like a rose. This story follows those lines with some twists. Hornblower, on medical leave, is tasked to take a ship to the coast of France and seize a ship that has been taken over by mutineers ...more
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie Keating
Not my favorite Hornblower book, I'm afraid. The characterization was shallow, the plot thin, and the pacing a bit unsteady. This book deals with an interesting time in history—Napoleon's first defeat, return for the Hundred Days, and eventual final defeat at Waterloo—but the story itself falls flat. If you're planning to read the whole series, read it, but if you're looking for a random Hornblower book to pick up, don't start with this one.
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this series in order and have only one book to go to finish. How sad - I might have to begin again as I will miss the characters and the swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Forester is a great writer of naval warfare with plenty of nail biting action scenes. This particular book was more land-based with gritty guerilla warfare against the French army as the climax.

In between the last book and this one, Horatio Hornblower has been on sick leave in England. He is attending an imp
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first third of this book - classic Hornblower with daring and decisive acts by Hornblower to do his duty and win the day for England, however I think Forester would have been better off to finish the book there. Hornblower in peace time and Hornblower without a ship under him is a mediocre experience which just seemed to meander aimlessly. I can understand Forester wanting to include some pivotal historical moments in his Hornblower series, however the end result was just monotonou ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another "more-at-land-than-sea" Hortatio Hornblower novel. I suppose I can't be disappointed--nothing obliged Forester to set his novels here or there--but I do miss more of the naval scenes, either at battle or merely at sail. This novel takes us to the very end of Napoleon's career (and yet Forester set at least one more novel after this one; that will be interesting), an end that just barely manages to save Hornblower (now Lord Hornblower)'s life. Hornblower is back in France, and the moral/e ...more
Debra Manskey
I think this is my least favourite of the Hornblower series. Forester was (in my opinion) a great writer of action, especially naval combat but his technique is sorely lacking when it comes to romance. And for me, there was too much emphasis on Hornblower's romantic attachments throughout this book.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Hornblower book I have ever read. I will need to go back and read the first four in the series. Very entertaining and easy reading.
G. Lawrence
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rip-roaring yarn on the high seas. Quite amusing in parts. Excellent descriptive writing, you can taste the salt of the sea and the smoking gunpowder.
Adelaide Mcginnity
The first two thirds is good, five star Hornblower, but for the last sequence he spends way too much time on land. Hornblower needs his boat, darn it!
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I like politics less by far than war. But this book with a slower start really takes off and and energizes the reader with a great finish, This is a good read.
Andy Klein
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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
Simon Mcleish
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
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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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Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Beat to Quarters
  • Ship of the Line
  • Flying Colours
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