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Hornblower Saga Series

Hornblower Saga books in order

The novels, in chronological order.
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Book 1
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
C. S. Forester - Jan 01, 1998 (first published in 1950)
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Here we meet Horatio Hornblower, a young man of 17, in this Volume #1 of what becomes the 11 volume set about the career of this British Naval officer fighting against Napoleon and his tyranny of Europe as an inexperienced midshipman in January 1794. Bullied and forced into a duel, he takes an even chance. And then he has many more chances to show ...
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Book 2
Lieutenant Hornblower
C. S. Forester - Nov 01, 1998 (first published in 1952)
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In this gripping tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas, Horatio Hornblower emerges from his apprenticeship as midshipman to face new responsibilities thrust upon him by the fortunes of war between Napoleon and Spain. Enduring near-mutiny, bloody hand-to-hand combat with Spanish seamen, deck-splintering sea battles, and the violence and horro...
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Book 3
Hornblower and the Hotspur
C. S. Forester - Nov 01, 1998 (first published in 1962)
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Hornblower's reconnaissance mission quickly turns to warfare in this installment of the beloved series of naval adventures by C. S. Forester, "a master of the genre" (New York Times). 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-se...
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Book 4
Hornblower During the Crisis
C. S. Forester - May 16, 2011 (first published in 1967)
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The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon's plans to invade England. Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will ...
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Book 5
Hornblower and the Atropos
C. S. Forester - Apr 30, 1999 (first published in 1953)
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In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson.Soon Atropos is part of the Medi...
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Book 6
Beat to Quarters
Beat to Quarters (Hornblower Saga (Paperback))
C. S. Forester - Sep 30, 1985 (first published in 1937)
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June 1808, somewhere west of Nicaragua-a site suitable for spectacular sea battles. The Admiralty has ordered Captain Horatio Hornblower, now in command of the thirty-six-gun HMS Lydia, to form an alliance against the Spanish colonial government with an insane Spanish landowner; to find a water route across the Central American isthmus; and "to tak...
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Book 7
Ship of the Line
C. S. Forester - Sep 30, 1985 (first published in 1938)
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Hornblower leads his first ship of the line into enemy waters in this installment of C. S. Forester's beloved adventure series, called "exciting, realistic, packed with grand naval action" by the New Yorker. May 1810, seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line, the sev...
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Book 8
Flying Colours
C. S. Forester - Dec 15, 2013 (first published in 1938)
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Forced to surrender his ship, the Sutherland, after a long and bloody battle, Captain Horatio Hornblower now bides his time as a prisoner in a French fortress. Within days he and his first lieutenant, Bush, who was crippled in the last fight, are to be taken to Paris to be tried on trumped-up charges of violating the laws of war, and most probably ...
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Book 9
Commodore Hornblower
C. S. Forester - Mar 05, 2000 (first published in 1945)
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1812 and the fate of Europe lies in the hands of newly appointed Commodore Hornblower. Dispatched to northern waters, Hornblower will protect Britain's Baltic interests and halt the advance of Napoleon's empire into Sweden and Russia. First he must battle the terrible Baltic weather: fog, snow and icebound waterways; overcome Russian political and ...
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Book 10
Lord Hornblower
C. S. Forester - Sep 23, 2020 (first published in 1946)
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Weary of the war that he has waged nearly his entire life, Hornblower finds himself assigned an especially dangerous and dubious new task: to rescue a man he knows to be a tyrant from the mutiny of his crew in the Bay of the Seine. This risky adventure, coinciding with reports that the tide of war may be turning-as Wellington has swept over the Pyr...
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Book 11
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies
C. S. Forester - Aug 23, 2020 (first published in 1957)
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Horatio Hornblower, now Admiral, sails over seas as challenging as any in his victorious career. As admiral in charge of His Britannic Majesty's West Indies Station he is as gallant, daring, implosive as ever. In this tense time after Napoleon's defeat, all kinds of vagabonds, revolutionaries, Imperial Guards. and pirates come sailing into the wate...