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Showing all books by: CS Forester

Captain Hornblower RN
Hornblower and the Atropos, The Happy Return, and A Ship of the Line. Nelson's funeral, El Supremo in S. America, and attacks on the Spanish coast respectively.
Jolly good.
Score: 7
Published: 1937, 1938, 1953
Read: July 20th 2003

Lieutenant Hornblower
Hornblower joins the Renown as junior lieutenant under crazy Captain Sawyer, but when Sawyer conveniently falls down the hatch and is rendered unfit for command Hornblower gets his chance to show how much cleverer than all the other lieutenants he is.
Jolly good, and, interestingly, written from Bush's perspective rather than Hornblower's.
Score: 7
Published: 1952
Read: July 30th 2003

The Commodore
Hornblower messes about in the Baltic with his bomb ketches etc., and, rather improbably, gets to show Clausewitz a thing or two at Riga about how to defend a siege.
Jolly good fun except when poor old Mound dies.Re-read 21 Sept 2009.
Score: 7.5
Published: 1945
Read: July 30th 2003