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Hornblower in the West Indies (Penguin Fiction) [Paperback]

C S Forester
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5 Oct 2006 Penguin Fiction
1815, the Napoleonic Wars are over. Yet peace continues to elude Horatio Hornblower overseas … As an admiral struggling to impose order in the chaotic aftermath of the French wars, Horatio Hornblower, Commander-in-chief of His Majesty’s ships and vessels in the West Indies, must still face savage pirates, reckless revolutionaries and a violent hurricane. And while his retirement at half-pay might well be in sight, Hornblower will need every ounce of his rapier wit and quick thinking – not to mention his courage and leadership – to ensure that the lasting peace in Europe reaches the turbulent seas of the West Indies. This is the tenth of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester’s inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140119434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140119435
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C.S Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, and after leaving Guy's without a degree he turned to writing as a career. On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect material for The Ship. He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy, and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis, a disease which left him crippled. However, he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.

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Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower, for all his proud appointment as Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the West Indies, paid his official visit to New Orleans in HM schooner Crab only mounting two six-pounders and with a crew of no more t Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the great rewards of reading all of the Hornblower novels is that C.S. Forester does quite a nice job of developing Hornblower's character and his personal ethics over the decades covered in the books. While young, Hornblower toes the line and is impeccable about appearances. Gradually, he begins to focus on doing justice instead, even if that means violating the rules. Eventually, he violates his own standards on occasion and learns to live with that. By the time readers arrive at Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, his personal standards are all that matter to him. In particular, you will enjoy comparing how he handled the duel in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower with the fifth section of this book.
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies is a series of five novellas that cover three chronological years at the end of Hornblower's naval career. His title is now "Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower" and he has quite a small squadron which is mostly engaged in stopping pirates and the recently outlawed slave trade in the West Indies. Each story involves some apparently impossible problem, which Hornblower or someone close to him solves.
The first story involves trying to stop an American ship, while the two nations are at peace, with a smaller, slower vessel. The second story addresses a fast slave ship in neutral waters that Hornblower wants to capture. The third tale touches on Hornblower becoming embroiled in the problems of an escaped pirate crew. The fourth entry looks into trying to remain neutral during the wars of liberation in South America. The final story is an adventure tale involving Lady Barbara and Hornblower and considers the problems of a marine who refuses orders to play his music the way it is written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower at his very best 1 Jun 2010
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Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower! He's certainly come a very long way since his humble beginnings as a seasick Midshipman.

Hornblower in the West Indies is not a single book like previous instalments. Instead it is a collection of five short stories describing Hornblower's adventures in these exotic isles following the climax of the Napoleonic Wars post Waterloo. The stories describe Hornblower's life as he polices the Indies in order to help settle the turbulence caused by the lengthy wars spanning the globe.

As ever, nothing runs smoothly for Hornblower and pretty swiftly he is involved in plots concerning piracy, slavery and rebellion. For me, these short stories are some of the most creative and exciting aspects of the Hornblower saga; this is Forester at his pinnacle.

When buying the book, don't expect the usual 300 page single novel and you won't be disappointed. The quality of the stories speaks for themselves and fans of the series will be in for a real treat with the tenth instalment.

As the final book beckons, I can safely say that Hornblower has been an absolute pleasure to read. If you have the slightest interest in naval warfare, please don't miss this series, its simply too good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower in the West Indies 11 Oct 2011
I was confident that I had exhausted all of the Hornblower books by CS Forester when this little gem appeared as an offering from Amazon. I have sought out other authors of the similar period sea tales but can find no better than CS Forester. I marvel at his intimate knowledge of the Royal Navy in these early stages of their history. I also enjoy so much the thrill of the unknown adventure which reveals itself in such a secretive way. The detail of each main adventure is released in a narrative with pace and high suspense. There are conclusions within conclusions but the final one is described in the language of the wardroom and its ladies. Watch out for the Heroine and her depth of strength in adversity. The Hero is known from past books, the Heroine has arisen from a later marriage of Hornblower when he has reached Staff Officer rank. This in its own way is a very accurate reflection of true emerging awareness according to rank of levels of society. The heroine in this book is one of a change in Hornblower's rank and position in society. She demonstrates very strong consideration of fairness despite her exalted position. CS Forester then introduces her elegant very lady like tendencies balanced by her strength of character. This is the subject of a number of chapters and the reader's suspense is held throughout. As they are revealed so there is a rare sense of excitement and of the trials of the adventure. I can certainly recommend this book to CS Forester devotees. It can stand alone but the true benefit is in reading it at the appropriate stage of the whole series. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top class 30 Nov 2010
Ths is Hornblower at his very best. He's now a Rear Admiral in charge of the West Indian station and the book covers a range of stories. Once again Lady Barbara now Lady Hornblower gets to share the adventure. The series is still without a doubt,the best historical naval fiction available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes I loved it!
One of the best. I am a huge Hornblower fan and these 5 stories follow on really well from the previous books and further develop Hornblowers' 'life' and character. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sally Renny
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower books
My step-father has enjoyed re-reading this Hornblower classic. Reading this series of books has been a hugh delight for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the wreck of the Orovik
`Hornblower in the West Indies' contains five delightful short stories in Forester's customary swashbucking style. Puzzlingly omitted however is `The Wreck of the Orovik'. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gargantua Pantaloon
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued stirring stuff
Getting to the end of the Hornblower saga with only a little loss of excitement.
Well worth continuing to the next and final book.
Published 11 months ago by wallymac
5.0 out of 5 stars Good detail and action
Recommend to all historical sea story lovers as nautical detail and action descriptions are most authentic and gripping - can't put down
Published 12 months ago by gerald richard peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars The concludingstory of the life of Horatio Hornblower
There are five short stories of Hornblower's life as an Admiral in charge of naval affairs in the West indies. Read more
Published 13 months ago by eric kelk
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Superb stories, action, adventure,cunning, intrigue and a real love story. Whilst Forrester writes less violence than Cornwell, his understanding of humanity is superior
Published 13 months ago by MR A JAMES SIGGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this for my grandpa as this was the book missing out his collection. I couldn't tell you what it's about but I can say that he loved it and adores the story!
Published 14 months ago by J
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present.
Don't know if my son in law has read it yet, so can't comment on whether it's good or not.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. C. M
5.0 out of 5 stars back again
brilliant writing by a great author. I first read these books 40 years ago and they are as fresh as ever and bring to life the Napoloeonic wars and life in those days.
Published 15 months ago by stuart murray
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