Commodore Hornblower

Commodore Hornblower

by C. S. Forester


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These thrilling tales of high-seas adventure in the Napoleonic era, which Winston Churchill found "vastly entertaining" and Ernest Hemingway recommended to "every literate I know", are being eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers. Back Bay takes pleasure in reissuing these classic tales in handsome new trade paperback editions.
— The Hornblower renaissance is in full sail with a nearly tenfold increase in sales: more than I5O, OOO Hornblower books sold in the first six months of 1999.
— The A&E television network's series of original movies based on Hornblower's adventures have been tremendously successful — praised by critics, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of viewers, and winner of the Emmy Award for best miniseries.
— Two new movies will be premiering in the spring on A&E.
— Readers and booksellers who admire Patrick O'Brian's novels delight in discovering this "new" series of nautical adventure stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316289382
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/05/1989
Series: Horatio Hornblower Series , #9
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 129,662
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 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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Commodore Hornblower 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book less than some of its predecessors. In this novel, the war of 1812 is in full swing, and Napoleon's forces are invading Russia. Hornblower is sent to the Baltic as commodore of a small fleet. Most of the action takes place on land, which is probably why I didn't like this book as much.Hornblower travels to Peterhof, near St. Petersburg, foils an assassination attempt by one of his "allies," and deals a lot with foreign generals and dignitaries. Still heroic, but decidedly landbound, Hornblower triumphs, but contracts typhus just as Napoleon's army is fleeing.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another solid entry in the series. I especially enjoyed the Braun "episode" and the bit about the "camels".
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This is some of the best reading about the Napoleonic Wars and about life on a ship during the Age of Sail.
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Scott-in-Utah More than 1 year ago
Having attacked the Spanish in the Pacific and also in the Mediterrean (sp?), and escaped the clutches of the Emperor in the previous three novels,the now Commodore Hornblower leads a very small, and ragtag fleet into the Baltic, to persuade the Tsar to resist Napoleon. Hornblower aids the Russians in defense of Riga, while the main French attack is blunted, then destroyed at Moscow. Forester is doing a better than average melding of fact and fiction in this the fourth written of the Hornblower series (the first five books of the chronology were written afterward, to provide the back story). Unlike a lot of books of this type, Hornblower is not the always self-possessed, near-superhero type this type of story usually has- he has grave doubts about his possibility of success, struggles with his self-control, and sometimes treats his subordinates less than honestly- Hornblower appears a lot more like a real person than a caricature. Definitely for fans of action, with an historical bent.
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