Commodore Hornblower, C. S. Forester, Book Club Edition, w DJ, 1945


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Commodore Hornblower
by C. S. Forester


Having achieved fame and financial security, Captain Sir Horatio Hornblower has married Lady Barbara Leighton (née Wellesley) and is preparing to settle down to unaccustomed life as the squire of Smallbridge in Kent. He still yearns to serve at sea and accepts with alacrity when the Admiralty appoints him a Commodore, puts him in command of a squadron and sends him on a diplomatic and military mission to the Baltic. His primary aim is to bring Russia into the war against Napoleon.

Hornblower is shown dealing with the problems of squadron command and using naval mortars (carried on special ships known as bomb vessels) to destroy a French prize. This leads to the French invasion of Swedish Pomerania. Later his squadron calls at Kronstadt, where he meets with Russian officials, including Tsar Alexander I, who is favorably impressed by Hornblower and his squadron. Hornblower narrowly averts a major diplomatic incident when his interpreter, a Finnish refugee assigned to him by the Admiralty, attempts to assassinate the Tsar at a court function.

After Russia enters the war, Hornblower's squadron takes an important role in the defense of Riga, which is besieged by French forces. The bomb vessels again take an important role, and so do amphibious operations under the protection of the squadron. The siege is finally broken, and Hornblower negotiates the defection of Prussian troops forced to accompany Napoleon's army into Russia.

Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company, New York
Copyright: 1945

Condition: This book is in fair condition. Hardcover with DJ. Dust jacket is in poor condition; chipped and torn along edges and corners. Publisher's original aqua cloth are well preserved with minimal wear. Hinges tight. Binding square. Text block is crisp and clean.

5.5" x 7.5"
384 pages
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