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1. Flying Colours
2. Hornblower and the Atropos
3. A Ship Of Line
4. Hornblower And The Crisis
5. Hunting the Bismark
6. The General
7. The Earthly Paradise
8. The Commodore
9. Hunting the Bismark
10. Fatal Fascination - A Choice of
11. Hornblower of the West Indies
12. The Earthly Paradise
13. CS Forester The Gun Notes on Chosen
14. CS Forester's " The Ship " (Chosen
15. CS Forester's " The Gun " (Chosen
16. MrMidshipman Hornblower

1. Flying Colours
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1943)

Asin: B003XN383W
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars FLYING COLOURS by C. S. Forester
Flying Colours (1938) is C. S. Forester's eighth Hornblower novel by chronology, third by publication; it completes Forester's original story arc. Having been forced to surrender to a French squadron at the end of Ship of the Line, Horatio Hornblower is imprisoned and sent with Lieutenant Bush and his coxswain to Paris to have an example made of him. Most of the novel deals with their attempts to escape France.

Most of Flying Colours takes place on land, making it a refreshing change from the innumerable sea battles that fill every other Hornblower novel. And Forester moves things a long at a fairly good pace. There are a few noticeable conveniences in the plot, but they are not sufficiently egregious as to ruin the story.

The problems Forester had in Ship of the Line with Hornblower being overly loathsome have been alleviated for the most part. Hornblower has escalated his philandering ways, however, but since it should be abundantly clear by now that he is a man of no principle beyond his duty to the Royal Navy, this should hardly come as a great shock to the reader. This fundamental lack of integrity most assuredly has quite a bit to do with his complete inability to be contented with his life, even with things wrapping up in a very tidy manner for him as they do here.

There is a great deal of drama here with Hornblower and his wife Maria, or there should be; Forester leaves it largely untapped. For those who read the Hornblower novels in the order Forester wrote them, Maria has never appeared "on camera," as it were, to this point, and so this is not a big deal. But those who have read them in chronological order are considerably more invested in the character of Maria, and rightly hoped for more. Obviously Forester could not have gone back and changed things in his earlier works, but the end result is that the resolution here is hardly satisfactory. This is the price one pays when one writes out of chronology: the merit of the original works is diminished by later works, which reveal and even create flaws in them.

Flying Colours is a step up from Ship of the Line, and is a mostly satisfactory conclusion to the original Hornblower story arc, which is, on the whole, decent, and which would give way to subsequent superior novels.

4-0 out of 5 stars A naval fiction author's review
C.S. Forester was the Father of Naval Fiction.Critics of Hornblower portrayed in Flying Colors, have to realize that a "Kings Man" in the Royal Navy had to be just as well versed in life on the coastal areas and rivers as being in mid Atlantic.It comes with the territory.My first novel True Colors, set during the war of 1812 has five major sea battles; but in my second Shadow on the Water, half the story is set on land in Boston, with only two sea battles.As an author who trys to stay true to their plot, it's all about the story; the story; the story.Forester was a great inspiration to me although I always thought Hornblower was a bit too involved in self analysis. Forgive the pun, but whatever floats your boat.
Valerie Roosa
Author: True Colors
Shadow on the Water
A Cross for this Land
Editor of Day Star Art & Publishing

5-0 out of 5 stars Strange setting for Hornblower
I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this book because it was set mainly on land, but was I wrong. Great story, interesting twists and lots of Hornblower situations make this a winner.

5-0 out of 5 stars flying colours
I bought this book as a gift for my dad.It arrived in less time than it would have taken me to go out to the book store!GREAT!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Friendship
This is the next Hornblower chronologically, it was not the next one written. Now that the series is completed it makes sense to read it as Hornblower's career progresses in the Royal Navy.

The whole series is a pleasure to read full of action and adventure; with enough time for a little romance.

Get acquainted with one of the most popular characters in modern literature.

After reading this you will be back for more. And that is a wonderful thing.
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2. Hornblower and the Atropos
by CS Forester
 Paperback: 325 Pages (1974)

Isbn: 033002325X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wooden ships and Iron Men!
"Hornblower and the Atropos" is one of the best of the renowned Hornblower series of novels.Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Captain Horatio Hornblower is given command of the "Atropos" -- a twenty-two gunner that is the smallest vessel in the British Navy which merits a full Captain as skipper.Hornblower is given several responsible missions for the Atropos to undertake, and this is a fabulous story of command, dealing with the unexpected, and all of the problems that a naval or military commander must face.

It is impossible for the discerning reader not to like this wonderful novel.It crackles with authenticity, leaving the reader wanting more.My only complaint is that the "Hornblower" series is not yet available in the USA in Kindle form.I would like very much to own the entire series on Kindle, and I suspect that many Hornblower fans share this desire.

This one is highly recommended and fully merits each of its five stars.RJB.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still holding my interest
This is the fifth book in the Hornblower series and it continues to keep my attention.Hornblower is now a full captain and is given a small ship with the interesting duty of recovering treasure off the shore of Turkey.As usual, there are several difficulties, but he manages to overcome them with ingenious solutions.

This series has given me a great appreciation for the great complexity of running an early 19th century sailing ship.So many things we take for granted were not available back then and they had to use ingenuity and sheer hard work to make up for the lack of technology.I am so used to our technology that it is an interesting mental exercise to think about how to solve problems such as setting off explosives at a great depth with gunpowder.Blasting caps and plastic explosives were not available back then.

I'm excited to move on to the next book in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hornblower and the Atropos
Having complete the O'Brien series I decided that Hornblower needed my attention.I haven't been disappointed.If you enjoy a good maritime novel I encourage your attention to C.S. Forester and the Hornblower Series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Too much fun
This is great reading for anyone with a sense of adventure.This fictional character makes learning about the napoleonic times fun and entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars HORNBLOWER AND THE ATROPOS by C. S. Forester
Hornblower and the Atropos (1953) is C. S. Forester's fifth Hornblower novel chronologically, eighth by publication. Captain Horatio Hornblower, age 29, takes command of the Atropos, the smallest ship in the navy suitable for a post-captain, but before he can sail for sunken treasure, he has to manage his pregnant wife, coordinate Admiral Nelson's funeral procession, and meet the king.

Hornblower continues to be his own worst enemy - he does not know himself. He continues to be heroic and ingenious, but always ascribes to himself the basest of motives, and he is typically wrong in his self-analysis. It is clear to the reader by now that he genuinely loves his family, but when his ship is found to be unready to sail, he considers all the time he has spent with them "wasted."

Much of this novel follows the pattern that Stan Lee used to make his Spider-Man comics so successful - there's always something. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and problems and complications are added with regularity. At the same time, Hornblower is still larger than life. He could fall down the stairs and capture a French frigate.

Hornblower and the Atropos has more humor and more action than the chronologically preceding books; it is also more episodic. And, for a change, this one ends with some unresolved drama. The character spotlight is shined on Hornblower only - Lieutenant Bush is missed, although he can't reasonably be expected to show up everywhere.

On the whole, Hornblower and the Atropos is an action-packed page-turner, and a solid entry in the Hornblower series.
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3. A Ship Of Line
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1958)

Isbn: 0140011145
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (25)

4-0 out of 5 stars Hornblower continues to hold my interest
This is the seventh book in the series that I have read.Even though this is the 2nd book written, it is the 7th in the chronology of Hornblower's life.This is the first book that is a cliffhanger, so I have obtained the next book and have begun reading it already.

I really like the technical detail that Forester puts into these novels.I have learned a lot about sailing and really appreciate the great skill it took for men to sail these warships.As an engineer, everything he explains makes sense and helps me appreciate these novels.

Hornblower's character continues to fascinate me.His strengths and weaknesses are a combination that makes one root for him.

I highly recommend this book and I will continue to read the rest of the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book
"Ship of the line" is a sequel to "Beat to quarters" and shows the adventures of Hornblower after his coming back to England. He receives the ship of the line "Sutherland" and becomes part of the Mediterranean Squadron under Lady Barbara's husband command. There he performs his duties, as usual, perfectly and becomes a hero.
Excellent book for Hornblower's fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy
My 23 yr. old son asked for this book for Christmas and was delighted to receive it.What he did not expect is that his 80 yr old Grandfather would be as delighted as he....seems he used to read these stories in the newspaper as a boy.

It arrived promptly from the seller in excellent condition.

3-0 out of 5 stars SHIP OF THE LINE by C. S. Forester
Ship of the Line (1938), also known as A Ship of the Line, is C. S. Forester's seventh Hornblower novel by chronology, second by publication. Hornblower, who seemingly encounters ridiculous drama every time he gets a new command, takes charge of Sutherland, a ship of the line, then sails off to conduct various raids on the French.

Horatio Hornblower has never been as unsympathetic or unlikable as he is in Ship of the Line. Throughout the series, Forester has made Hornblower a particularly flawed character - that's part of Hornblower's charm. But here, Forester has gone too far - he's made Hornblower a loathsome, pathetic individual. Hornblower is obtuse; he's prone to paranoid inner monologues; he wallows in self-pity; he has no real moral values beyond his duty; he moons about, pining for Lady Barbara; he's racist, law-breaking, self-serving and dishonorable. Forester got a better handle on the character in later novels, but for the modern chronological reader it certainly appears that Hornblower is evolving into a despicable man of low character in his old age.

Most of Ship of the Line is action, but none of Hornblower's adventures in this novel are particularly remarkable. Capture a ship, sink a ship, attack a fort, weather a storm - been there, done that. There's no real plot here; it's just attack, attack, attack. And is Hornblower the only man in the Royal Navy who speaks Spanish? Really? This isn't the first time Forester's given the reader that impression, either. And again, a careful reader who has gone through the series chronologically will notice more events that Forester later retconned.

Ship of the Line is a tremendous disappointment, especially given the superior Hornblower novels Forester wrote after it. It ends with a cliffhanger, so you really can't skip it, but it's easily the worst book in the series to this point in the chronology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story.
You are right there with Horatio in all his battles and adventures. I really enjoyed this book and all the others in the series. ... Read more

4. Hornblower And The Crisis
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1974-01-01)

Asin: B001G1NWOI
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5. Hunting the Bismark
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1874)

Asin: B003XMU4IA
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6. The General
by CS Forester
 Hardcover: 218 Pages (1958)

Asin: B000Q7PY1W
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gernerals and Politics.
This is the bestanti-war novel I have ever read.It shows the creation of motivationsfor war and military action that come out of the personalissues of Generals andpoliticians.It underlines very clearly the massive destruction of livesas a brutal meaningless war (WWI)in the trenches went on for no reason except the personal ambitions of generals and politiians.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small volume, large value
This relatively slim volume is in fact a great story with universal lessons for all."The General" ranks as high as a general in teaching lessons about how lessons ought to be taught to our leaders, political and military.

5-0 out of 5 stars price is high but so is the value!
I know that this N&A edition is priced high but I payed the $25.95 here at Amazon and I was not disappointed.The General is one of the best war books I've ever read.It tells the tale of Herbert Curzon as he rises through the ranks to being a general in the British military.It's brilliant in revealing the world, social and political, of WWI Britain.One admires "old-school" Curzon and those like him and yet one is also shocked at the inadequacy of "old-school" tactics and their results.This book is gritty and polished, much like the British officers it illustrates.The war bits are very good though tragic.I had read The African Queen and disliked it.This is the second book of Forester's that I've read and I thought it was brilliant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic novel of the first world war.
This is one of C.S. Forester's first novels about war, published in 1936 and hence pre-dating Hornblower.

Like almost all the novels which Forester wrote before he created the Hornblower books, this is brilliant, far less well known today than it deserves, and consequently quite rare. The author H.G. Wells described "The General" as "a magnificent piece of work."

Some of Forester's other books, particularly those describing battles against opponents of whom he strongly disapproved of such as Hitler's nazis or indeed Napoleon, can come over as patriotic to the point of jingoism or chauvinism. This story does not come into that category and it would not be far from the truth to call it one of the first great anti-war novels.

If you collect books about war, and you are fortunate enough to find a copy of "The General" for sale at a remotely reasonable price, buy it at once.

This novel describes the military career of a fictional first world war general. It begins and ends between the wars, with a sharp pen-picture of the retired general Curzon sitting in a bathchair on Bournemouth Promenade, having lost his leg during the great war and never managed to learn to walk properly with an artificial one.

Then the story goes back to Curzon's first battle as a subaltern in 1899 during the Boer war, and follows him through to the climax of the book at the battle of St Quentin on March 21st 1918 when the last desperate German offensive nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Forester appears to have set out to do three things; to entertain, inform, and explain. He entertains with an engaging story; he informs by describing the ghastly conditions and waste of life which was the first world war in the trenches; and he tries to explain one possible answer to the question of how British commanders could possibly have given the orders which sent hundreds of thousands of young men to their deaths.

One of the most memorable passages in the book describes the debate as generals and senior staff officers of an army corps prepared a report of why the attack they had just organised had failed and how to succeed next time. "In some ways it was like the debate of a group of savages as to how to extract a screw from a piece of wood. Accustomed only to nails, they had made one effort to pull out the screw by main force, and now that it had failed they were devising methods of applying more force still ... they could hardly be blamed for not guessing that by rotating the screw it would come out after the exertion of far less effort".

But that does not mean that Forester is simply repeating the popular caricature of First World War generals as dangerous idiots. Although he is critical of the mistakes of the generals who wasted so many lives, his criticism is far more sophisticated than the old "Lions led by donkeys" cliche.

Although Curzon, the central figure of this book, is old fashioned and conventional, he is intelligent enough to change his mind when confronted with clear evidence of the need to do so, and decisive enough to enforce that change of mind on others when many men would freeze in panic. Had he been as stupid as some reviewers make out, Curzon would not have survived the first few months of World War 1, let alone been rapidly promoted.

He is intelligent enough to realise that his men need to eat and to make sure that they are fed properly, and to make use of officers who understand newfangled things like engineering, railways, or how many men it takes to carry a gas canister. He is ruthless enough to sack staff officers who are not up to the job even when one of them is his wife's cousin.

Within minutes of arriving at the front and seeing what artillery and machine-guns can do, Curzon abandons his pre-war attitude of deliberately evading training on how to dig trenches, and instead orders his men to dig for their lives, demanding compliance from junior officers who are afraid that the men might get dirt on their uniforms. "God damn it, man!" he explodes, "Get your men digging, and don't ask damn fool questions."

In the first round of battles in the Great War, heroic efforts from Curzon in the face of greatly superior german numbers prevent the British from being flanked and probably defeated at the First Battle of Ypres. Having fought with distinction up to this point, he is promoted to much more senior positions. But then things start to go wrong.

Forester makes a great many good points about the need to use the tactics which will win the current battle rather than the last war: indeed, thateven the tactics which won earlier battles of the current war should be dropped if they are out of date. But that is not the only message he is trying to put over.

The main theme of "The General" is a World War One version of the Peter Principle. The very qualities which make Curzon successful on the battlefield up to and including the command of a brigade have disastrous consequences for England when he is a Lieutenant-General commanding an army corps, and when both he and all the other senior officers of the army are still displaying the characteristics which colonels and brigadiers need to hold their regiments in the line.

Forester states quite explicitly in the book that the very strengths of the World War One generals, not just their weaknesses, were part of the problem. I quote - "It might have been ... more advantageous to England if the British Army had not been quite so full of men of high rank who were so ready for responsibility, so unflinchingly devoted to their duty, so unmoved in the face of difficulties, of such unfaltering courage."

This book is an unforgettable classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Generals fighting the last war
While most of the authors novels were set during the time of Napoleon, some were set at later times including the well known novel, "The African Queen," and this lesser known novel, "The General," both of which were set during World War I.It has often been said that generals plan tactics based on the last war.Napoleon had developed tactics based on an artillery barrage followed by an attack by infantry and cavalry.The British Army was still trying to use those tactics at the start of World War I, ignoring the change in armaments which included the introduction of machine guns.

Herbert Curzon is an officer from the old school, entering World War I in command of a lancer regiment, expecting to charge the enemy on horseback.Command of machine guns had been relegated to a lieutenant "who did not sit a horse very well," and most officers did not study the tactics of their use.They did not expect to fight on foot, and did not carry entrenching tools.The machine guns quickly became the most critical part of the battle, and men had to dig in the best they could in the muddy ground.

The British were slow to learn new tactics, and still adhered to the tactics developed by Napoleon well into the war.Curzon is given promotions, partly because he survives and impresses the War Office with his reputation for holding his positions, and partly because he marries the daughter of a Duke who has a position in the government.He rapidly rises to Lieutenant General and Corps commander.The novel ends when he is badly wounded trying to rally his men against a German offensive which is breaking the British lines.

The novel illustrates the muddle that occurred during the war.Officers had little experience trying to handle the orders necessary for the movement of half a million men, and there was an insufficient number of experienced officers.Reserves were in the wrong place, roads became clogged preventing movement, officers had a fixation on large assaults across torn up ground that their own artillery had rendered impassible.It rained, turning land into swamps where the artillery had destroyed the drainage systems.Changes to tactics were very slow.Observations were by balloons and airplanes instead of cavalry patrols.Tanks were introduced, but too few, and not readily accepted by the generals.

Hundreds of thousands of men were lost for little purpose.It is truly amazing that the government did not totally collapse, but they did not have the news media of our present day; and they had almost hysterical patriotism, with young women publicly shaming men who would not volunteer to go to the front.

The novel ends halfway through the war, when Curzon is badly wounded.

The novel was published in 1936.The forward indicates that it was used as a military manual in some countries. ... Read more

7. The Earthly Paradise
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1962)

Asin: B000O94T6S
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8. The Commodore
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1954)

Asin: B003XMVXFS
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9. Hunting the Bismark
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1963)

Isbn: 058310388X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars History for the masses
This is an exciting story of a pivotal World War II naval battle.The sinking of the Bismarck is a story I actually know very little about, so I am not sure how historically accurate this book is.I think the Bismarck took three hits in its initial encounter with (and quick dispatch of) the Hood, but Forester only speaks of one hit.Also, Forester gives us the conversations of men on the ships, in the air, and in London.This makes for a more personal, involving, gripping story, and indeed this short, energetic work comes across as a form of history for the masses.Hunting the Bismarck strikes me as an excellent resource for young readers; it richly portrays the mystery, majesty, and glory of this naval battle without burdening the reader with the technical descriptions and ponderous musings of academic history.Forester is best known for his fictional tales of the courageous sailor Horatio Hornblower, works which have captivated readers for decades, and he definitely knows how to tell a story.Readers with an armchair interest in World War II, and naval warfare in particular, will enjoy this quick-reading book, but those seriously interested in the sinking of the Bismarck should look elsewhere for the facts this book is not designed to provide.Having known very little about this event going in, this book has inspired in me a desire to learn more about this tragic yet triumphant moment in world history. ... Read more

10. Fatal Fascination - A Choice of Crime
by CS Forester, Eric Linklater, Christopher Sykes Nigel Balchin
 Hardcover: Pages (1965)

Asin: B000SW1ALI
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11. Hornblower of the West Indies
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1978)

Isbn: 0330101420
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12. The Earthly Paradise
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1954)

Asin: B001V7NVLG
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13. CS Forester The Gun Notes on Chosen English Texts
by I L Baker
 Paperback: 69 Pages (1939)

Asin: B000P55RC6
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14. CS Forester's " The Ship " (Chosen Eng. Texts Notes)
 Paperback: Pages (1960)

Isbn: 0714200999
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15. CS Forester's " The Gun " (Chosen Eng. Texts Notes)
 Paperback: Pages (1959)

Isbn: 0714200387
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16. MrMidshipman Hornblower
by CS Forester
 Paperback: Pages (1956)

Asin: B000UITRK6
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by C. S. Forester
 Hardcover: Pages (1939)

Asin: B000NZ9Q66
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