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    The Hornblower Companion
    by C. S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Essential for the Hornblower reader
    On reading the Hornblower adventure novels we are taking to coves, harbors, islands, and other places where Horatio Hornblower went during his illustrious career.One of the problems one encounters is that while the geographic descriptions in the novels are pretty good, it takes a good bit of imagination to follow the adventures around the real estate.The Companion solves this problem by providing maps of each scene of action and reference points to follow.Horatio would never have put to sea without a good map, and neither should you.The last half of the Companion is the "biographer's" story of how he came to write each novel.Frequently he was on a cruise or vacation somewhere and imagined sea battles taking place where his cruise ship now leisurely sailed.It's interesting to see how Horatio's life unfolded.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gone through Hornblower and still hungry?
    We all are.This one will help, but you'll still be hungry.The Hornblower Companion is the best effort I've ever found to pull all the Hornblower books into a line and examine how they fit together.A reference book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Mental and Physical Shape of the Hornblower Plots!
    I would strongly recommend this book for any fan of the Hornblower novels.

    I have written my review for someone who has read most or all of the Hornblower novels.If you have not read most of the novels and plan to, do not read the rest of this review.This review may inadvertently spoil a future story for you, although I tried to avoid doing that.

    When I found this book, I did not know what to expect.I had noticed that some reviewers of the Horatio Hornblower novels seemed to have background on Forester's writing influences that I wished I had.I didn't know that those references were contained in an extended essay contained in the second half of this book, described as Author's Personal Notes, 1963, and Postscript, dated 1964.What a treat!

    Mr. Forester begins by showing a page of the long hand he used to draft the books.From there, he goes on to describe the general writing process that he favored for creating his novels.Then, he turns to the origins of Hornblower in his thinking.The book becomes even more fascinating as he explains the ways he developed each of the stories in the saga.I had always wondered why he did this in such an scattered chronology, but the essay makes it clear what the purposes were behind all of this seeming haphazardness.Knowing how tight many of the scrapes are into which Hornblower fell, you will marvel at how much thinking went into developing those fascinating scenarios.Mr. Forester also keeps a running background of the world events and activities in his own life (including illnesses) that played a role in his thinking.The postscript describes the development of the plot for the unfinished final novel, Hornblower During the Crisis.

    After reading the essay, I was pleased to realize that I could now understand many of the quirks in the novels.If you read the novels in order, his wife, Maria, barely exists.Yet in Beat to Quarters, you get all kinds of development of Lady Barbara as a character.Forester notes that Maria was an afterthought to an assumption that Hornblower was married in Beat to Quarters, and Mr. Forester treated poor Maria in just that way when he later wrote her in as a character.

    In the novels, there are many wonderful references to the Naval Chronicle, written by ships' officers to be read by other ships' officers, seamen and their families.Little did I know that reading old editions of the Chronicle was an important part of Mr. Forester's developing fascination with creating a fictional British naval officer hero for the Napoleonic years.

    In the first half of the book, you get a series of simple maps which employ the place names used in the relevant novels to locate where key events took place in each story.You can enjoy these maps while reading the novels, or refer to them to refresh your mind about the plots after you have not read the books in some time. This arrangement makes sense, so that you will not learn too much about what happens in the future to Hornblower if you read the books in the chronological order of Hornblower's fictional life, beginning with Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.The first map is an overview of all the routes of all Hornblower's fictional voyages.The subsequent twenty-nine maps go through each book in order of the action.I wish I had had these maps available while I was reading Hornblower and the Hotspur and Ship of the Line.They would have added to my enjoyment.The maps for the canal and the Thames for Hornblower and the Atropos are very interesting as well.

    Where else would it help to know the lay of the land and the issues involved before launching forward?Almost everywhere, I think.

    Before blundering around without a clue, be sure to check that the resources you need are not available to you!

    ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557503478
    Sales Rank: 70630
    Subjects:  1. (Cecil Scott),    2. 1899-1966    3. Characters    4. Forester, C. S    5. Historical fiction, English    6. History    7. History and criticism    8. History: American    9. Horatio Hornblower    10. Literature - Classics / Criticism    11. Literature and the wars    12. Military - Naval    13. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    14. Reference    15. Sea stories, English   


    Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 September, 1984)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Great Series
    The Horatio Hornblower Series is my favorite group of books I've ever read.C.S. Forester gives an expert portrayal of life at sea in the 19th century Royal Navy that is too good to miss.If you like the great ships of the line of the 17th-19th century, you should read this series.

    About the book as an individual: MR MIDSHIPMAN HORNBLOWER is my favorite book out of the first three I've read.Why?The first book seems a lot longer and takes place over a MUCH longer time period than the others so far.And this is one of two of the books where Hornblower isn't a captain.I liked this book and if you like Master and Commander, sailing, the military, or the 19th century, you owe it to yourself to by this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
    The "Horatio Hornblower" books cannot be beat for adventure, excitement, and historic depiction.These novels of the British navy during the Napoleonic wars depict a man of average, or even below average physical ability, who relies on his mind, struggles with moral issues, and wins through with courage and planning.Hornblower's success is often shown to stem from his productive activity -- his motto: "Do it now."Interestingly, Hornblower thinks he is a coward, even while he illustrates the true nature of courage -- he is embarrassed for being afraid in the face of danger, even while he leads the way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars C.S.Forrester at his best.
    After every movie about Horatio Hornblower, someone will ask
    if anything was ever written about Hornblowers early life.
    This IS the start of it all. This book is typical for the
    author, detail and nothing going on and then absolute terror.
    Hornblower's attempt at suicide is not only sad but original
    and the result of the attempt is classic.After you read this
    book, go on and read the rest of the Hornblower series.And if
    that is not enough for you, try Patrick O'brian.Enjoy. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289124
    Sales Rank: 16214
    Subjects:  1. 18th century    2. Action & Adventure    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - Historical    5. Great Britain    6. Historical - General    7. History, Naval    8. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitiou    9. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitious character)    10. Midshipmen    11. Sea & Ocean    12. Sea stories    13. Fiction / Adventure    14. Reading Group Guide   


    Lieutenant Hornblower
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (November, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite book
    I'm only up to Ship of the Line, which is the 7th book in this 11 book series, but LH is so far my FAVORITE. Lieutenant Bush is so much more than an unimaginative robotic lieutenant some shallow people make him out to be. He's courageous, and while lacking imagination, it prevents him from ever hesitating to do his duty. He's a man of rules and regulations, and if I may quote a different book fora minute, "The skies would fall before Bush neglected his duty."

    Lieutenant Hornblower is the sole book NOT in Horatio Hornblower's point of view, but obviously, Lieutenant Bush's. At first, we see Hornblower as a cold, unfeeling youth. Later on, we see the endearing aspects that may explain to us how other men find Hornblower a charismatic man despite his own lack of self-confidence. This book is key to understanding not only Bush's character, but Hornblower's as well. Hornblower's lack of self-confidence DOES play in when *minor spoiler* he loads the cannons with shot that get too hot. Bush notes that this is the first, and only (according to him) mistake Hornblower's made, and is amused by the man's frustration at being what Hornblower calls himself, "a careless son of a swab."

    Now I am ending this before I practically rewrite the ENTIRE book, but I highly recommend this book, and once my late paycheck comes in, I shall DEFINATELY buy this first.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You'll feel the salt air
    Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester. Recommended.

    Lieutenant Hornblower, set in the early 1800s during the Napoleonic Wars, is the second book chronologically in the 11-part Horatio Hornblower series. Forester is a master of combining exciting plots, recognizable characters, realistic naval and period information, and interesting historical detail. As you read Lieutenant Hornblower, you will see how even modern science fiction television and films, from Star Trek to Star Wars, owe a debt to Forester's story-telling technique.

    This time, Hornblower is seen from the perspective of a more senior lieutenant, Bush, as they serve aboard Renown. Bush, himself a decisive, strong, if unimaginative, leader, finds himself redefining and expanding his concepts of leadership and command as he observes Hornblower's interactions with his junior and senior officers. Hornblower subtly guides them to the actions and decisions that he wants from them without overstepping the top-down chain-of-command structure of the 1800s British navy, in which the captain enjoys the omnipotence granted by the king over crew and officers alike. Hornblower's approach even anticipates today's most current thinking about the nature of corporate leadership.

    As a character, Hornblower can be too perfect. His suggestions and his actions are always on target and successful, and it is he who saves Renown and her mission time and again. Even when he makes a rare mistake, for example, overheating the shot so that it will no longer fit in the cannons, the error does not affect the outcome of the venture.

    Forester tries to humanize Hornblower, whom Bush notices carefully hiding his emotions and frailties-even hunger and poverty-lest anyone perceive his weakness. Interestingly, Hornblower survives the paranoia of a mad captain, the indecisiveness and incompetence of an inept first lieutenant, harrowing sea and land battles with the Spanish, and delicate diplomatic maneuverings with the Spanish and with the highest levels of naval representatives, only to succumb to an unattractive but smitten woman.

    Throughout the novel, there is one recurring question that Hornblower avoids answering. Bush asks it, as does Buckland, the lackluster first lieutenant. Depending on how you perceive the underlying situation-and what you believe the real answer to be-you could see it as a positive reflection on Hornblower's character, or a disturbing aspect of it. Forester deliberately raises this point repeatedly; it adds mystery and a human dimension to a character who could otherwise have become a stock hero, always correct and always victorious (at least in war and politics).

    If you're like me and love sea adventure, Lieutenant Hornblower is a must-read. Forester is able to explain the workings of a sailing vessel and the machines of war without sounding overly technical, mechanical, or tedious. He portrays the harsh discipline of the British navy so well that you will understand why sailors rapidly disappeared when the press gang was spotted; there was little question of patriotism, only one of self-preservation. Forester also plants in the imagination the horrors of war, where even lieutenants can be cut in two by cannonballs or tormented by mad captains, where decks become slippery with the blood and guts and limbs of the fallen.

    Lieutenant Hornblower is an exciting, fast-paced read that may convince you to investigate the rest of the series.

    Diane L. Schirf, 30 June 2004.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1st Rate Book
    Lieutenant Hornblower, 2nd in the series, was a super great read.It is full of action; from a crazy ship captain to a land assualt on a fortified fort.Throughout the story, Hornblower again, and again, rises up to meet the challenges that confront him.Without spoiling the book for readers that haven't read it yet, this was one super good book.To give you an idea of how enjoyable this book was; After reading only part of this book, I went ahead and ordered the rest of the books in the series; that is how much I enjoyed this book!I enjoyed the 1st book in the series, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. I became addicted to this book!You will not be disappointed in reading this one! I can't wait to read the next one; Hornblower and the Hotspur. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316290637
    Sales Rank: 11353
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Action & Adventure    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - Historical    5. Great Britain    6. Historical - General    7. Historical fiction    8. History, Naval    9. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitiou    10. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitious character)    11. Sea & Ocean    12. Fiction / Adventure   


    Hornblower and the Hotspur (Hornblower Series)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hot action even in winter.
    Hornblower is promoted to Commander, not quite a post rank yet, and given command of a small ship, the H.M.S. Hotspur. He is sent for two years at sea patrolling off Brest as part of the English blockade of French ports.Hotspur is a small vessel that can maneuver close inshore so our hero is supposed to sail close enough to peer into the harbor and report any suspicious activity.The large fleet is farther offshore so Hornblower has independence to sail where he thinks best.The rocks are tricky, the winter weather worse, but through it all the men of the sea navigate back and forth.Maybe out of boredom, Hornblower always manages to stir up some action.He harasses coastal shipping, and engages in "cutting out" invasions in the dead of winter. One of the best part of the whole Hornblower series is the accuracy and detail with which the life aboard vessels is depicted.You can almost feel the

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series
    In this volume, Hornblower takes command as the Commander of the Hotspur, a sloop which is a small ship used as a reconnaisance ship.Hornblower has the task of trying to frustrate the objectives of Napoleon's ambition of dominating Europe for king and country.

    The book is flooded with intrigue and packed with descriptions of life aboard this vessel as well as the personal turmoil of Hornblower.The book has some bright spots including the side plot between Hornblower's reluctant marriage to Maria Mason.Hornblower is torn between feeling pity for a woman who is deeply devoted to him as well as the true thought that he is not in love with her.For Horatio, this seems to tug at him because there are many points in the story that challenge his integrity.In this book, Hornblower will face conflicts that will challenge his views and force him to decide what is the right thing to do.Should he choose to suffer for pride or should he succumb to temptation?Should he choose duty or should he choose sentimentality?I suspect that this is the style of Forester's writing that will probably come up again and again as I read more of his books.In a tiny ship like this in the middle of an epic war with a nation with the mightiest army in Europe, the officers and crew of the Hotspur face endless misery due to poor living conditions aboard the ship.The food quality is poor, there is no proper way to groom yourself as fresh water is mainly used for drinking here, the toil of furling and unfurling sails as well as pumping out water that has seeped into the ship is torturous back breaking work if done often enough, and most likely the crew was conscripted by press gangs led by midshipmen and marines rounding up men during the wee hours of the night.

    Yet with all that hardship, Hornblower maintains better judgement under these pressures as well as the fear of the well being of his pregnant wife and fulfilling his duty to his King and his ship.

    However there are lulls in the story where the technical aspects of manuevering the ship even in a scene with the enemy in sight sounded unenticing.The book liberally throws nautical words like leeward, bow, starboard, mizzen, etc. to add some flavor and adventure which may have impressed readers of Forester's generation but not of today's e;ectronic gadget driven generation.The book doesn't impress me but the book has some interesting insights that dive into the nature of the characters as well as how people would have thought during this point in history.Every time I pick up a book about life during this period I alway am grateful of the technological advances man has made since then improving the quality of life.But nevertheless one man's misery is another man's adventure.

    This book is a decent read but read it as a continuation of _Lieutenant Hornblower_ to understand the larger scheme of the plot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Hornblower novels.Outstanding!
    This is the third Hornblower novel by way of continuity, following "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" and "Lieutenent Hornblower" and it is one of the very best Hornblower novels.Horatio Hornblower has been promoted to Commander, and is now captain (not a Post-Captain) of HMS Sloop Hotspur, which is given the important duty of monitoring the French port of Brest.Captain Hornblower and First Lieutenant Bush are now fully developed as characters, and their long association together takes form in this novel.Here, Hornblower is now gaining a reputation as an unusually competent and resourceful officer, as the storied Admiral Cornwallis takes Hornblower under his wing as mentor.Nonetheless, this is a time of great stress and danger for Hornblower. The British Navy is exerting every ounce of Britain's strength against Napoleon, and the British fleet is all that stands between the Corsican tyrant and world domination.Hotspur, commanded by Hornblower, is responsible for monitoring Brest, which is where Napoleon's next move against Britain is expected to first come from.Hornblower is truly "the tip of the spear."This is a great story.

    "Hotspur" is one of the key Hornblower novels and I highly recommend it to Hornblower afficianados and anyone who just likes a good novel of the days of "wooden ships and iron men."By the way, it makes for a nice sequence of reading if you follow "Hotspur" with "Hornblower During the Crisis."You'll see why when you read the latter.

    The Hornblower novels are in my opinion the best naval adventure series in all of literature and "Hotspur" is one of the very best of the series.What more can one say? ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316290467
    Sales Rank: 10834
    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Historical    4. Historical - General    5. Sea & Ocean    6. Fiction / Classics   


    Hornblower During the Crisis (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (18 April, 1990)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Would've been a good novel but the best part wasn't written.
    This novel picks up with Hornblower relinquishing command of the Hotspur and returning to London for a new command.As typical in a Forester novel, nothing ever goes as planned and action follows Hornblower on his way home from a supply ship.There are only about 150 pages of text in this story and what was missing in the story were what Hornblower did that lead to the eventual decisive Battle of Trafalgar.It was nice to see what Forester wrote anyway only because I like the genre and I like Forester's details and descriptions of being in the Service and living during that time.But this book wouldn't be good on its own.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cleaning up Forester's Desk
    Hornblower During the Crisis is apparently a couple of pieces of left over script that Forester hadn't finished when he died, and was later published.The first half deals with Hornblower's trip home to England as a passenger on a water hoy (a supply ship that brings water to ships of the line).The water how is such a dog that after several days of beating back and forth they are still where they began.When they finally do get a fair wind they are chased by a larger French brig and only by some of Hornblower's usual trickery and bravado do they turn the tables and escape.The battle is a little too unbelievable for me; it relies too much no surprise and a sleeping French crew, which I found beyond the realm of possible. Nevertheless our hero returns safely to England.

    The second part of the book is another short story about how Hornblower was assigned to be some kind of spy in Spain to deliver fake messages ordering the Spanish fleet out to sea.It's more plausible, but a short story.

    Despite its shortcomings, the detail of ships and sailing in the early 19th century make the Hornblower series must reading for any man who loves the sea.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good, but unfinished leaves you wanting more
    like most of the reviews the book is unfinished, which I thought was unfortunate. i really love reading about HH. i find his thoughts and thought process intriguing and his outlook on others who are involved in his life. CS Forester really gives you a feel for this charactor and puts you in his mind.

    "Hornblower During the Crisis" is only 117 pages. i enjoyed it and have read all of the novels up threw "Crisis". im reading in chronological order. so i was dissapointed for it to end so quick. it is your typical HH novel, he starts out sailing and then the frogs show up, HH comes up with an idea and ofcoures it works out for the better. ends up in england with some important papers from boney. he gets promoted to captain only if he goes on a spy mission he came up with, that is where the book ends. a shame, i really wanted to see HH as a spy.

    "Hornblowers Temptation" - is the first short story. it comes after "Midshipmen Hornblower" although one review said it came after "Lieutentant Hornblower", the reason is because Mr.Bush is not on board and captian sawyer is still alive. good short story, i agree with some reviews that the character is not like the HH we know. he does things for his own conscious , and not for king, for county. also this mentions that they have gone to the west indies, but in "Lieutentaunt HH", he remarks to Bush how he has never seen some sort of fish which are only in the west indies. good short story, if u like HH series then you will like this, although we are not use to this softer side of Horry.

    "The Last Encounter" - this makes no sense with the HH books. his wifes is named Barbara, who he loves and can't keep his eyes off of, his only child is named Richard and he likes wine or "port" as they call it. never the less is was an ok read. i think forester wrote this just for fun. the story is about a man who comes to the door and says he someone famous and dead. HH is like whatever, but helps him anyway. not bad, i didn't really like it because it didn't hold true to Maria and his 2 kids.

    this is a decent book, i wish it was finished, it really leaves you dangling. the only regret is the price $15, which are the prices for completed books. we should pay half this since we are getting half a story. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289442
    Sales Rank: 24397
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. 20th Century English Novel And Short Story    3. Action & Adventure    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - Historical    6. Great Britain    7. Historical - General    8. History, Naval    9. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitiou    10. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitious character)    11. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    12. Sea & Ocean    13. Fiction / Adventure   


    Hornblower and the Atropos (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 April, 1985)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Seafaring men with cunning and bravery.
    Hornblower is promoted to Captain, a post rank, and quick advancement for a young officer.As the youngest Captain he gets the duty of organizing a funeral parade for Lord Nelson, during which his grand barge springs a leak and disaster is narrowly avoided.He then takes his small ship Atropos to the Mediterranean where he executes a daring and tricky salvage operation under the guns of a suspicious foreign port captain.Hornblower always manages to stir up some action. One of the best part of the whole Hornblower series is the accuracy and detail with which the life aboard vessels is depicted.You can almost feel the deck pitch.Great adventure in a great series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's numero cinco
    You are hooked.You can't get loose.Buy it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars -- occasionally drags, but still good
    I would put this chapter in the life of Horatio Hornblower in the same category as Mr. Midshipman Hornblower -- good, not great

    The 5th book in the Hornblower saga concerns a number of events related to Horatio's first command as Captain -- a 22-gun sloop of war.But it doesn't get there right away.First, we get a rather slow segment of Horatio guiding a canal boat into London, then an even slower segment in which Horatio is put in command of Lord Nelson's funeral procession.Both segments are interesting historically but drag in the narrative -- a rare occurance for Forester.

    Once we get out to sea, the story picks with Horatio's tour of duty in the Mediterranean trying to recover sunken English treasure.It reaches its pinnacle with the dramatic confrontation between Horatio and the Turks.

    I'm not sure why this didn't grip me the way the other novels did.There are some very good things about it -- the interesting dynamic with a German prince stationed aboard the Atropos for example.But the story spend a lot of time wallowing in irons instead of the usual racing before the wind.Horatio's character is static -- his usual daring and courage subdued.And the ending is rather abruptly tacked on.

    Still, I will recommend this book as a good part of the Hornblower saga.But it's far from the best. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289299
    Sales Rank: 7531
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Action & Adventure    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - Historical    5. Great Britain    6. Historical - General    7. History, Naval    8. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitiou    9. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitious character)    10. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    11. Sea & Ocean    12. Fiction / Adventure   


    Hornblower : Beat to Quarters
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 September, 1985)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars carrying out duty in a challenging environment
    Forester brings forth a crisp view of the misfortunes encountered by the British frigate, Lydia.Its orders were to seek an alliance with a rebel government against Spanish America and to take, sink, burn or destroy a ship with three times the firepower of the Lydia.The book displays the shrewdness of its captain, Horatio Hornblower, who's calculated leadership accomplishes its duties and does it with effienciency.However there are twists in the plot that derail Hornblower's orders from the admirality in the Pacific as well as the need to take on board a female passenger seeking a way home due to unforseen circumstances.One note to take interest in the book is the introspection from the captain.As the captain of the ship, Hornblower must seem imperturbed even in the most distressful situations in order to maintain calm amongst his crew.But in private Hornblower anguishes about keeping the crew in control, maintain the operation of the ship, devising the tactics of the battle of maneuvering the ship and determining when to fire upon an enemy ship, as well as other problems that can come up.He also has a wife in England whom he thinks about.The female passenger in the book didn't really develop a romantic relationship until the second to the last chapter and the author isn't very thorough in developing those kinds of plots anyway.The battles were the most intriguing in the book and the aftermath of both battles left the captain with some challenging problems of which you needed to read on in order to find out.

    All in all one of the better books in the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A mission to the Pacific
    This was the first Hornblower novel written.The original Hornblower motion picture was based on this novel and the following two novels ("Ship of the Line" and "Flying Colours").The author later went back to fill in the details of Hornblower's early career, explaining the early relationship with Bush, etc.You could actually start reading the novels with this one, but it is better to start with Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, and follow Hornblower's career from the beginning.C. Northcote Parkinson wrote a fictional biography of Hornblower which fills in a fictional account of his early life.C.S. Forester later wrote "the Hornblower Companion" which should probably be acquired when you start reading the series.

    Hornblower is sent off to the Pacific to aid a revolutionary leader who is in rebellion against Spain (an enemy of my enemy is my friend), a dangerous practice (Germany later aided Lenin to start the Russian Revolution during World War I).After arming the revolutionary army, and capturing a Spanish ship which he gives to the rebel leader (who has him under the guns of a fortress), he discovers that Spain is no longer at war with England.Slow communications across the ocean caused many miscues during that historical period.

    Having turned loose a rebel army, Hornblower now finds he is allied with Spain, and must now fight the rebel army he created.He must retake the ship which he had captured and turned over to the rebels.He is fortunate that the rebel leader is not a seaman, and prevails at some cost in casualties.

    Hornblower also acquires a romantic interest, meeting the woman he later marries as his second wife (see Commodore Hornblower), a woman with considerable influence at court.As usual with Hornblower, he gets no prize money but lots of official recognition, so starts out in the next novel as a financially poor captain in command of a ship of the line.

    The three novels, "Beat to Quarters," "Ship of the Line," and "Flying Colours" should be read as a trilogy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars First Hornblower written, maybe the best.
    Beat to Quarters was the first of the Hornblower books that Forester wrote.It's a tale of adventure off the west coast of Central America during the early part of the 19th century.Among the problems that Captain Hornblower faces are the changing politics of Spain, are they on our side, or against us. Are we supporting the rebels fighting Spanish rule, or helping them?Hornblower has to capture a much larger Spanish ship twice, once from the Spanish, and once from the rebels he turned it over to.Like all the Hornblower adventures, Forester includes a lot of detailed description of the daily life and hardships of life in the English Navy during the age when ships were of wood and men were of iron. After his final sea battle, which sinks his prize and prevents him from gaining prize money, Hornblower has to careen his own ship on a hidden beach to patch it up before the long trip home.He meets Lady Barbara in Panama, who is to be his future wife and love, but that is for a later story.Whether you read them in the order written, Beat to Quarters first, or in chronological order of Hornblower's life, it's a rousing good tale of the sea, of men and of honor. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289329
    Sales Rank: 12349
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    Ship of the Line (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 September, 1985)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars ENDS ON CLIFFHANGAR
    Excellent book. But just remember...BUY FLYING COLOURS AS WELL. This book ends on a cliffhangar that you cannot concentrate on DeCartes' theorems in class because you are aching to know what will happen next.

    This books completely set the stage for the internally-evntful FLYING COLOURS, especially with the frequent haunting memories of young Horatio. Full of foreshadowing, we cannot help but pity our Captain as he hits rock bottom after so much good luck.

    Makes ya wonder why everything HAD to happen to him. *sad*

    5-0 out of 5 stars You feel like you're walking the deck.
    After returning home from a very successful voyage to the Americas Captain Hornblower is assigned to a larger ship of the line with two gun decks, the Sutherland. He is assigned to the fleet blockading the Mediterranean coast of Spain where Napoleon's French fleet and the Spanish navy are prevented from supplying Napoleon's armies.In classic Hornblower style Hornblower isn't content to sail idly back and forth, so he finds ways to attack harbors, canals, and a French army near the shore. After several courageous engagements Hornblower becomes the only English ship between 4 enemy vessels and their safe harbor.The remainder of the English fleet is over the horizon, several hours away under sail in light winds.Following orders from the fleet Admiral Hornblower attacks all four, severely damaging three of them before the superior weight of the more numerous enemy fleet renders his ship useless.The wreckage drifts down current into the lee shore and a Spanish harbor where Hornblower is captured.As usual, Hornblower is filled with self doubts.If he ever escapes will he be stripped of his rank or even hanged for losing his ship?Will he ever see his beloved Barbara, wife of the Admiral, again?The detail of ships and sailing in the early 19th century make the Hornblower series must reading for any man who loves the sea.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars -- Fantastic!
    Ship of the Line is one of the highpoints of the Horatio Hornblower series -- a dazzling adventure built around three-dimensional characters that will have you running to the store to buy the sequel.Do yourself a favor and buy Flying Colours when you buy this one.Otherwise, you'll go crazy waiting to see what happens next.

    Hornblower, flesh off his triumph in the Pacific, is now assigned to the least desireable two-deck ship of the line, the Sutherland, with only half the crew he needs.Worse yet, he's assigned to duty under Admiral Leighton -- an inexperienced, over-cautious and frankly incompetent commander who also happens to have married the love of Hornblower's life -- Barbara Wellsley.

    Will Hornblower overcome these obstacles?You haven't been paying attention if you don't the answer to that already. He quickly becomes the "Terror of the Mediterranean", leading brilliant daring raids against the French on the coast of Spain and finally ending in a stunning battle against four French ships that is possibly the exciting, most heart-rending and most terrifying battle sequence Forester ever wrote.It perfectly capture both the excitement and the horror of warfare.

    As usual, it the character of Horatio that elevates this novel from historical drama to classic adventure.He in introspective and moody, intelligent enough to be scared of battle but brave enough to face his fears.He also represents the spirit of the Enlightenment in his disdain for the aristocracy and his belief that his men will fight better if they love him than fear him.

    This ranks with Hotspur as the pinnacle of the series.The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the occasional confusion over events and (wait for it) lack of maps.Otherwise, this is a great story. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289361
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    Flying Colours (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (05 April, 1989)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching and warming
    This is generally high up on most HH fans' favorites list. And there's no wonder why. For the first time, our heroic Hornblower has failed and lost his ship---which back then, was worse than death for the captain---it's a personal book with Hornblower worrying about his actions and the consequences to them. In addition, the care and attention he shows to Bush is heartwarming, his concern for his future and promise, "I'll make you a captain if it's the last thing I do." This book really put into perspective the fact that while Hornblower may not view Bush as the smartest of men, he IS his best friend. The affair with Marie also can pull a few internal strings, the devotion Marie has for this man and her haunting, "You're a man women can fall in love with." (attempting to get the quote right.)

    A must-read. The pivot of the series.

    3-0 out of 5 stars dull episode in series
    The premise of the book leaves Hornblower without a ship and defeat in the hands of French forces.He is to be sent to French for trial and execution.This book wasn't as entertaining as previous books in the series.The misery is still a recurring theme in Forester's books and the author also toys with Hornblower's torn feelings between two women in England as well as another he runs into in France.Hornblower worries about Bush, his court martial, his wife, Lady Barbara, his unborn child which served as the tension in the story.This really didn't serve the book in making it exciting yet in series like this you'll get a book that serves as a transition from one book to the other.The story felt like this kind of book.This book was trying to get Hornblower from the battle in the previous book back to London for the next book.This book had no plot really of the ongoing battle between France and Britain where one side was trying to outwit the other nor tension between characters the way "Midshipman" or "Lieutenant" did.Considering how Forester wrote the books out of sequence it's probably understandable to have a book like this in order to complete the picture of Hornblower's career.So Forester shouldn't be blamed for the lack of plot.The book on its own isn't that great yet necessary in order to maintain continuity of the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Escape, daring do, and knigthood.
    Flying colors begins where Ship of the Line left off.Hornblower is in a Spanish prison in Rosas after sacrificing his ship Sutherland by attacking and destroying an enemy fleet.Along with his loyal lieutenant Bush and his servant Brown, Hornblower is soon loaded on a carriage for the trip to Paris where he is to be hanged as a public display by Napoleon.But of course it's hard to hang a man when the author is on his side.The carriage breaks down in a snowstorm and as luck would have it there is a river and a boat nearby.Always a man of action Hornblower makes his escape and stumbles into the home of a left over royal sympathizer who helps his party to hide until spring when they can make their way down river and escape.In the French port, Hornblower assumes the identity of a Dutch officer, commandeers a captured English cutter, Witch of Endor, and a crew of slave laborers to sail out of the harbor under French noses.Despite his constant self doubt he returns triumphantly to England where he finds out that during his absence his wife died, his beloved Barbara's husband died, and instead of losing his rank for losing his ship he is knighted to the order of the bath for heroism (and politics).The detail of ships and sailing in the early 19th century make the Hornblower series must reading for any man who loves the sea. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289396
    Sales Rank: 15079
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    Commodore Hornblower (Hornblower, 9)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (05 April, 1989)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Russian politics and naval strategy
    In Commodore, Forester takes our hero to the Baltic Sea to intervene in the war between the Russians and Napoleon.Now on the top half of the Captains list, Hornblower is given command of a small squadron of ships and sent north in as much of a political gambit as a naval one.There are no real naval threats to Hornblower's fleet, a few coastal raiders on British shipping, but the one they find is easily dispatched.Forester spends time detailing the use of bomb vessels, ungainly ships with large mortars in the center.They are used to shell and destroy a ship in a harbor and enemy positions on shore.When Napoleon attacks Russia he sends one army north towards St. Petersburg along the eastern most end of the Baltic, and of course Commodore Hornblower is there to save the day and negotiate a switch of sides by the Prussians. It's a little short on naval lore and a little long on period politics. A contrived dalliance with a Russian lady gives Hornblower flees, and then typhus. At the time it was written it was pretty unusual to have an adulterous affair in a fiction of this kind. It gives more variety to our understanding of British Naval operations in another area of the world.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good adventure reading
    I am sad to see that I am close to the end of Forester's Horatio Hornblower series.I am greatly enjoying this series of novels.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy the whole package
    Start with Midshipman Hornblower and take a vacation.You won't put any book in the series down until you finish them all. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289388
    Sales Rank: 14856
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    Lord Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (02 November, 1989)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Naval hero helps end the war.
    After recovering from the typhus and attending to ceremonies of the knights of the bath, Commodore Hornblower is sent to Le Havre in Normandy to intervene in some mutineers who are demanding a pardon on threat of turning their ship over to the French.In typical Hornblower fashion he captures a very large French cargo vessel, the mutineers ship and another French navel vessel all in a couple of days.But Hornblower isn't done yet.He negotiates with the Mayor of Le Havre to turn against Napoleon with British naval support.Hornblower sails into the harbor with a few hundred marines and takes over.For some weeks he is bound up in administration of the port and it's defenses. A French siege army approaches but a daring row up river blows up their siege guns and powder. Captain Bush is killed in the explosion. The crown prince of France arrives and a whole entourage, along with Lady Barbara.With his army defeated in the south and Normandy held against him, Napoleon abdicates.Hornblower and the crown prince sail up the Seine toward Paris.For his achievements and for political reasons Hornblower is appointed "Lord Hornblower."Lady Barbara goes to Vienna with her brother for political peace talks, so Hornblower visits his friend from "Flying Colors." While he's there Napoleon retakes the country and Hornblower leads a small resistance force tying up several thousand men who might have made a difference elsewhere at Waterloo.

    There is plenty to like in Lord Hornblower, bravery and wit overcoming long odds at sea, adventures in politics and the splendor of the court.The saga continues.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good adventure reading
    This Hornblower novel was not quite as good as some of the others mostly I think because it was set mostly on land and had too much to do with ground war engagements than sea battles.The writing was every bit as good but the story was not as exciting at least for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you have gotten this far, forget quitting
    Get this one and see if it quells your appetite.It won't, but you'll be in the company of the rest of us.Read it again in a couple of years.I've done it half a dozen times. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289434
    Sales Rank: 10597
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    Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (02 November, 1989)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars C.S. Forrester makes a clever joke
    This final book of Hornblower's advertures is structured into 5 relatively self-contained episodes concerning his final posting before retirement at half-pay. The final story contains a really good joke, too. A young marine bandmember faces court martial for refusal to play exactly as the music is written. Hornblower and Lady Barbara take an active interest in his case. The joke here is that the musician who bucks the system in order to maintain his sense of dignity plays the cornet. He literally is a HORN BLOWER!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The last part of a magnificant career
    After the fall of Napoleon the British navy has less to do and is significantly decreased in size.Lord Hornblower gets posted as Admiral and commander-in-chief of all His Majesty's ships and vessels in the West Indies.Pirates and slave traders make up his main adversaries, with occasional troubles by revolutionaries.As usual Hornblower's rapier wit and brilliant strategy saves the day. There is plenty to like in Lord Hornblower, bravery and wit overcoming long odds at sea, adventures in politics and the splendor of the court.The saga continues.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best of the Hornblower series.
    I am very sad to be at the end of the Hornblower series.There were a wonderful group of novels.The last one is the best.The writing was the best, it got much more into the characters, it had at sea adventure, a little intrigue and a surprise turn or two.If only there were more novels in the series. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289418
    Sales Rank: 12565
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    Horatio Hornblower- The Complete Adventures
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    DVD (24 September, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic! simply fantastic!
    the whole series is very very good. i don't want to say too much about this. just watch it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb on all counts!
    This captivating mini-series has everything you would want in an adventure series: gallantry, intelligence, plots that engage your imagination, characters that you care about and actors that are at the top of their form.

    The historic and naval details are just enough to make you appreciate the authenticity of the series, but does not bog down the plot with too much minutiae.

    The script is witty, and compelling and not a word is wasted or meaningless.Every word out of Pellew's mouth is a gem and every look on Horatio's, Archie's or Bush's face speaks volumes.

    The cast will soon become favorites whom you will look for in other films, but their work in HH may just be their best ever.

    I suggest that you buy the series, because one viewing of this magnificent series, is not enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very, VeryWell Done

    I just read the Hornblower novels and happened to see "Loyalty" on my on demand cable.I was blown away and then learned that there were seven more episodes, so I purchased this set.This has to be the best mini-series I have ever seen.Its production standards are almost equal to a feature movie, including the sets, the photography, the actors, the costumes, etc.My wife, who has no interest in the royal navy, even got hooked.

    Don't hesitate to purchase these DVDs, especially if you have read the Hornblower novels.Even if you haven't, you may well decide to read them after watching this series. ... Read more

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    Horatio Hornblower Boxed Set
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (08 February, 2000)
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    Editorial Review

    Based on the rousing sea adventures in C.S. Forester's novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, the four-film television series Horatio Hornblower explores the education of a plucky young officer rising through the ranks of His Majesty's Navy. Ioan Gruffudd is all integrity and honor as the ambitious midshipman who is taken under the stern yet nurturing guidance of Captain Pellew (Robert Lindsay) during the war against France in the French Revolution. Through these four adventures he faces a vindictive senior midshipman ("The Even Chance"); meets his hero, a reckless captain whose unorthodox methods are brave but foolhardy ("The Examination for Lieutenant"); is captured by the Spanish in a desperate maneuver to sneak through enemy lines ("The Duchess and the Devil"); and leads his men to French soil in an ill-planned attempt by French loyalists to start a popular front against the revolution ("The Frogs and the Lobsters"). The excellent re-creations of 18th-century vessels and ship-to-ship battles are astounding and reminiscent of such classic Hollywood seafaring adventures as Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, not to mention Captain Horatio Hornblower, with Gregory Peck as the only previous screen incarnation of Forester's hero. This mixture of swashbuckling adventure and British naval tradition is leavened with well-placed humor and a cast of colorful characters, but at the heart of the tales is Gruffudd's quick-thinking, courageous Hornblower, a starry-eyed officer with the luck of the gods and the steely determination of an old-fashioned hero. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Production
    Finally we have a series that does credit to its original inspiration.To watch these episodes is almost like reading the Forester novels themselves.The best part of this series is that it gets you to feel the life of a seaman of that time.The sounds of the ship, the bells, whistles, drum beats, etc. all merge together and bring you back into another time.While I always felt that the Hornblower books give a somewhat romanitzed view of Royal Navy life during the Napoleanic Wars, there can be no doubt that this TV series truly does justice to the books.More productions should be made like this.Hornblower's exploits while impressive, are believeable.There is none of that annoying tongue and cheek element that we find in many of these period productions.The "Sharpe Series" was largely ruined because of that.Here there has been aconscious effort to stay within the spirit of the books.

    The best episodes in my opinion are 1 and 4.The middle ones are a bit slow and tedious a times, but they all provide wonderful character development.The fourth episode is a real treat for those interested in having a look at combined naval and land operations of the period. The British were the only ones that could do this sort of thing, and the coordination involved was very difficult. The viewer is treated to some interesting land combat scenes, which are nicely done.Much attention has been paid to uniforms, drill and eqippment, which all get high marks.John Mollo was the costume specialist, so its not surprsing that the uniforms are accurate to the buttons!He did many fine military uniform books in years past.
    Perhaps what makes this series so good is that there has been no silly romance put in to distract the viewer.Highly recommended for all naval buffs, and for those interested in the Napoleanic period, as well as those who seek a really good period series with good acting and sets.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Confusing description of this item
    I wanted to get the whole series of these because they are great films, but the descriptions of the episodes on this boxed set are misleading. "("The Even Chance"); ("The Examination for Lieutenant"); ("The Duchess and the Devil"); and ("The Frogs and the Lobsters")" are actually called "The Duel," "The Fire Ships," "The Duchess and the Devil," and "The Wrong War" and are also part of the 6 movies Complete set.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Horatio is my hero!
    I can't guess how many times in my life I'll end up watching this beautifully made TV series!

    It's an inspired production.The plots are compelling, and the action and suspense are very real.The soundtrack makes many scenes absolutely glow with life ("It's the Indie, sir!" and the final credits are my favourite!!).

    The character of Horatio is what takes this show to the level of great storytelling. Horatio is brave, loyal, intelligent, and compassionate; and all too human in his vulnerability and self-doubt.In these four episodes, we see him grow from an impressionable midshipman into a more confident commissioned Lieutenant, always trying to be the best he can be. He is played superbly by Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced YO-an Griffith).

    The other regulars are just as enjoyable in their unaffected charm- seamen Matthews, Styles, and Aldroyd; midshipman Archie Kennedy; and especially the shrewd, noble Captain Pellew, played with great dignity by Robert Lindsay.

    I hope you enjoy watching this wonderful series! ... Read more

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    Horatio Hornblower - The Adventure Continues
    Director: Andrew Grieve
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (15 May, 2001)
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    Move over, Mr. Darcy, A&E has a new heartthrob. He's third lieutenant Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd reprising his star-making role), C.S. Forester's swashbuckling hero of the high seas. Devotees of the original Emmy Award-winning miniseries will want to "have at" this boxed set containing two feature-length episodes in which the dashing Hornblower and crew engage in "foolhardy actions, rash judgments, and irresponsible adventures." "Mutiny" finds our young hero awaiting trial for "black bloody mutiny" against a once distinguished, but increasingly unhinged Captain Sawyer (David Warner). "It was for the good of the service," Hornblower insists to his mentor, Sir Edward Pellew (Robert Lindsay). "We were headed for disaster." Hornblower relates the events that led him to a Kingston, Jamaica, prison cell. In "Retribution," Hornblower's trial unfolds, and the events surrounding the mutiny are further revealed: Captain Sawyer is detained in a straitjacket, disgruntled crew members desert, dithering acting captain Butland assumes command, and Hornblower leads a surprise attack on a Spanish fort. Meanwhile, the judges look for a scapegoat "to take away the smell." Maritime buffs will have a merry time, with all the shipboard intrigue and skirmishes. Like the "hot shot" that disables an escaping enemy vessel, this boxed set will be "a palpable hit." --Donald Liebenson ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best gets better
    This follow on to the earlier efforts of A&E are actually an improvement where few thought that possible.The widescreen format and the quality of the filming are superb.Forrester's work is excellently adopted to the big screen.With a large screen televison and surround sound this ranks as an all time favorite.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best movie in the world!!!!
    i love horatio hornblower its my absolute favorite movie i would deffinetly give it five star, i'd give it ten if possible.
    it's absolutely amazing, interesting, and the best movie in the history of time!!!!
    watch it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars it was the best movie ever writen
    In the movie Mutiny we find Horatio In a prision with Captian Pellew coming to see him. Then we see that horatio begin to tell captian pellew the whole story. Including every bit of detail possible. Also in Mutiny we meet Mr. Bush and we see that he is not trusted at and has no friends aboard the Renown.

    In retrubution we see Horatio Hornblower and Mr. Bukland tell the rest of the story at the trial. At the end of the secound movie it ends very tragicly but it had to end that way be sure to keep a box of tisues near by.

    It defently has to be rated five stars for the best acting and spacial features and the feelings that Ioan Griffudd shows. I recomend it to any person who loves action/ drama movies. ... Read more

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    Captain Horatio Hornblower
    Director: Raoul Walsh
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (21 July, 1993)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Napoleonic War naval epic
    Director Raoul Walsh does an impressive job in mixing together proper dosages of adventure and romance in his enjoyable rendering of C.S. Forester's "Captain Horatio Hornblower".

    Gregory Peck is perfectly cast as the principled, proper and disciplined Captain Hornblower. in command of the H.M.S. Lydia in 1807.Ably assisted by Robert Beatty playing Lt. Bush and James R. Justice playing Seaman Quist the ship is on a secret mission for the British Admiralty.At war with both France and Spain they sail from England around the cape into the Pacific.They are assigned to arm a Central American ally of the king, the despicable, maniacal despot El Supremo played by Alec Mango and then blockade Panama.El Supremo intends to raid Central American ports held by Spain.

    Peck and his crew capture a Spanish warship and turn it over to the crazed El Supremo.The H.M.S. Lydia later encounters a small Spanish vessel bearing news that Spain and France have split and the Spanish are now allied with England.Peck must now pursue and destroy the Spanish ship commanded by El Supremo.Also aboard is Virginia Mayo playing Lady Barbara Wellesley, sister of the Duke of Wellington, who is fleeing a yellow fever epidemic in Panama.She is seeking transport back to England aboard the Lydia.In the long voyage home they expectedly fall in love.Hornblower however is married and Lady Barbara is betrothed to an admiral and their affections remain unrequited.

    Hornblower returns home to find his wife has bore him a son but unfortunately died in childbirth.He rues his misfortune as Lady Barbara has already married.Hornblower receives a new commission and he and his crew are off on more adventures.Suffice to say that the movie ends happily for the main characters.

    The flick thanks to Walsh and an excellent cast is a satisfying romp through a chaotic but interesting period of European history

    4-0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait For This Epic
    I last saw this MGM classic when I was a child, with our late-father who was stationed overseas, and on a certain U.S. Armed Forces Television broadcast ... And yes, and I'm pretty old now. Yet, I really can't wait to see it enhanced on DVD, as I've been checking the web for the last couple of years in anticipation of it's release.

    The majesty of this genre in filmmaking does live on in the way of "Master and Commander: Far Side of the Earth" today, however, the color and the imagery of this movie is one that I can never forget and of which is emblazoned upon my memory to this very day.I remember, even as a child, being immersed with the spirit, the heroism, tragedy, honor, conflict and of course love which this movie is imbued with.And this is definitely one for our own personal family digital library of entertainment - Right up there with the likes of the Ten Commandments, Wizard of Oz, The Godfather, and so many to numerous to mention.

    Nevertheless, this 1951 epic starring Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo is a must have for those seafarers who still long for the open sea, and those of heart.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Napoleon -v- Gregory Peck? The Frenchman Never Had A Chance!
    In this superior movie from the Raoul Walsh/Warner Bros stable, the late and great Gregory Peck gives a masterful performance as C.S. Forester's swashbuckling hero Horatio Hornblower as he takes on a Spanish man-of-war - the "Natividad", a South American dictator with delusions of grandeur and the might of Napoleonic France, and still has time to win the heart of the Duke of Wellington's sister played by screen beauty Virginia Mayo.Some guys have all the luck!

    It might be a `done-to-death' cliche, but they really don't make movies like this anymore! Under an equally masterful Director, the pace-setting script, a strong supporting cast, a stirring musical score and some wonderful cinematography really make this a Greg Peck classic.British actors Terrence Morgan (Brit TV's -The Buccaneers), James Robertson Justice (Murder She Said) and Stanley Baker (Zulu) both of whom would later appear with Peck in The Guns of Navarone, manage to give the film an authentic British feel.

    But Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) is truly `Hollywood'. 1950s British Cinema had some wonderful moments with a steady stream of classic `black and white' war films and mould-breaking films with a social message, but up against this colourful costume drama, they could hardly expect to get close.I am sure C.S. Forester would have approved of the Hollywood treatment and not one piece of digital, computer wizardry in sight!How refreshing! ... Read more

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