Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

by C. S. Forester


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Hornblower confronts pirates, revolutionaries, and a blistering hurricane in this "excellent" installment ( The Atlantic) in C. S. Forester's beloved saga of naval adventures.

In the chaotic aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, the legendary Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower struggles to impose order. Serving as commander-in-chief of His Majesty's ships and vessels in the West Indies, Hornblower confronts a formidable array of hostile forces. The war is over, but peaceful it is not.

"A rattling good story." — New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316289412
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/02/1989
Series: Horatio Hornblower Series , #11
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 93,647
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Date of Birth:

August 27, 1899

Date of Death:

April 2, 1966

Place of Birth:

Cairo, Egypt

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


AlleynGuy's Medical School of the University of London

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Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the great rewards of reading all of the Hornblower novels is that C.S. Forester does quite a nice job of developing Hornblower¿s character and his personal ethics over the decades covered in the books. While young, Hornblower toes the line and is impeccable about appearances. Gradually, he begins to focus on doing justice instead, even if that means violating the rules. Eventually, he violates his own standards on occasion and learns to live with that. By the time readers arrive at Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, his personal standards are all that matter to him. In particular, you will enjoy comparing how he handled the duel in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower with the fifth section of this book. Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies is a series of five novellas that cover three chronological years at the end of Hornblower¿s naval career. His title is now ¿Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower¿ and he has quite a small squadron which is mostly engaged in stopping pirates and the recently outlawed slave trade in the West Indies. Each story involves some apparently impossible problem, which Hornblower or someone close to him solves. The first story involves trying to stop an American ship, while the two nations are at peace, with a smaller, slower vessel. The second story addresses a fast slave ship in neutral waters that Hornblower wants to capture. The third tale touches on Hornblower becoming embroiled in the problems of an escaped pirate crew. The fourth entry looks into trying to remain neutral during the wars of liberation in South America. The final story is an adventure tale involving Lady Barbara and Hornblower and considers the problems of a marine who refuses orders to play his music the way it is written. Part of the appeal of this book is that it shows the messy way that the challenges of life often evolve. So, what¿s the best thing to do? It¿s hard to tell, and circumstances are often different from what they seem. Even though taking action may have long-term negative consequences for oneself, what is the right thing to do? That¿s the focus here. What opportunities did you have today to do the right thing? How did you do? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final (chronologically) book in the series just doesn't have enough action in it to hold up to the rest of the series.
RussBingaman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was sad to be at the end of the Hornblower series. This is C. S. Forester's eleventh and final Hornblower novel. It is made up of five mostly unrelated shorter stories. In the story, Lord Hornblower gets posted as Admiral and commander-in-chief of all British ships in the West Indies. Pirates and slave traders make up his main adversaries. I wished the stories would have had more depth, but when you have read the other Hornblower books, like me, you want to read this one, even though it doesn't have much of any character development.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I'm sorry to see the incredible Hornblower saga reach its conclusion, I can't say I'm sorry to see Admiral Hornblower sail off into the sunset. This one had way too much "Your Excellencies", "Your Lordships", and "My Dearest's" in it for me. Not getting to see the old Hornblower actually in command of a ship was sad - he was such a great Captain and Commander. I miss seeing him in the middle of the action, he's much more of a figurehead in this one. Overall, I must give the entire series four stars.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The last of Forester's Hornblower novels and the first that I've read. An easy read about a time and place that I've never thought about. The story lines and the characters are not the most complicated but the settings and descriptions of action were well done. My father read these as a kid and actually gave me a couple years ago but I never read them. I was given this copy a few years ago after turning MM onto Raymond Chandler. Well worth the read and good enough to start the first book of the series and to see how that reads.
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Like it pip? Is this accually one of ur favs?
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