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The final adventures of Captain, now Admiral and Lord, Hornblower during three years from 1821 to 1823 as he commands "His Majesty's ships and vessels in the West Indies." He faces a slave ship, a renegade Englishman, a hurricane, and more.
First published in 1935, The African Queen is the story of Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer, a disheveled trader and an English spinster missionary, who are thrown together when World War I reaches the heart of the African jungle. Fighting time, heat, malaria, and bullets, they escape on a rickety steamboat, where they fall in love and hatch an outrageous military plan of their own. The story was immortalized in the 1951 film starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. The African Queen is packed with vintage Forester drama--unrelenting suspense, reckless heroism, impromptu military maneuvers, leaky boats, near-death experiences, and a good old-fashioned love story to boot.
Captain Hornblower and the 36 gun frigate HMS Lydia are off the coast of Nicaragua searching for a route across Central America.
Now Captain Hornblower has been promoted to Commodore and is in command of a squadron of ships in the Baltic in 1812. He is now confronting Bonaparte in Russia and assisting at the siege of Riga.
In Flying Colors, Captain Horatio Hornblower finds himself captured by the French and ordered executed by Napoleon Bonaparte himself. The unflappable Hornblower however plans a daring escape with the help of Lieutenant Bush and French Royalists.
Forty-eight hours on an American destroyer on the icy Atlantic during WW2.
Admiral Nelson is dead. The war with Bonaparte continues and there's a lot of gold to be salvaged. Follows Hornblower and the Hotspur.
Although this story is incomplete, the outcome is clearly indicated. Also included are 2 short stories of Hornblower's other exploits, Hornblower and the Widow McCool, and The Last Encounter.
April 1803. The Peace of Amiens is breaking down. Napoleon is building ships and amassing an army just across the Channel. Horatio Hornblower -- who, at age twenty-seven, has already distinguished himself as one of the most daring and resourceful officers in the Royal Navy -- commands the three-masted Hotspur on a dangerous reconnaissance mission that evolves, as war breaks out, into a series of spectacular confrontations. All the while, the introspective young commander struggles to understand his new bride and mother-in-law, his officers and crew, and his own "accursed unhappy temperament" -- matters that trouble him more, perhaps, than any of Bonaparte's cannonballs.
With interest in nautical adventure stories reaching unprecedented heights -- as evidenced by the success of "The Perfect Storm", Patrick O'Brian's bestselling Aubrey/Maturin novels, the Titanic phenomenon, etc. -- now is the ideal time for readers to rediscover the pleasures and excitement of C. S. Forester's epic saga of turmoil and triumph on the high seas. "The Horatio Hornblower" novels, which recount the thrilling adventures of one of the most daring and resourceful officers in the Royal Navy as he wrestles with his own "accursed unhappy temperament" and as he sails valiantly into battle after battle against Napoleon's forces, have riveted and delighted millions of readers since the series was initiated in 1938.
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.
More adventures of Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars.
May 1810, seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line, the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland, which he deems "the ugliest and least desirable two-decker in the Navy List." Moreover, she is 250 men short of a full crew, so Hornblower must enlist and train "poachers, bigamists, sheep-stealers," and other landlubbers. By the time the Sutherland reaches the blockaded Catalonian coast of Spain, the crew is capable of staging five astonishing solo raids against the French. But the grisly prospect of defeat and capture looms for both captain and crew as the Sutherland singlehandedly takes on four French ships.
This is the story of a man alone on a remote Pacific island with a rifle and a deadly decision - a decision which brings to a powerful climax the threads of three lives.
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