C S Forester

Cecil Scott Forester was a British author best known for his Horatio Hornblower series of novels about naval warfare during the Napoleonic Wars.


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  1. 1. Captain Hornblower R.N.: Hornblower and the 'Atropos', The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line

    This book follows the thrilling adventures of a brave and strategic naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars. The protagonist is placed in charge of the 'Atropos', the smallest ship in the Navy's fleet, where he must navigate a series of challenging missions, including the recovery of treasure from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The story also chronicles his return to England, where he must deal with a mutinous crew and the challenges of commanding a ship of the line. The protagonist's courage, intelligence, and leadership are tested at every turn, making for an exciting and captivating read.

    The 798th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The African Queen

    This novel is set in Africa during World War I and follows the journey of an unlikely duo: a British spinster and a rough-and-ready Canadian steamboat captain. Together, they navigate the treacherous waters of a river aboard the eponymous steamboat, facing numerous challenges including the environment, the enemy, and their own personal growth. Their mission is to attack an enemy warship, a seemingly impossible task that requires all their wit, courage, and burgeoning mutual respect. Through their adventures, the story explores themes of resilience, the clash of cultures, and the unexpected ways love can bloom in the harshest of circumstances.

    The 3490th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. A Ship Of The Line

    In "A Ship Of The Line" by C.S. Forester, the story follows the adventures of Captain Horatio Hornblower as he commands the HMS Sutherland, a powerful ship of the line, during the Napoleonic Wars. As Hornblower faces various challenges, including battles at sea, political intrigue, and personal dilemmas, he must rely on his intelligence, resourcefulness, and leadership skills to navigate through the dangerous waters of war and emerge victorious. With vivid descriptions and compelling characters, the novel offers a thrilling and immersive glimpse into the world of naval warfare in the early 19th century.

    The 10628th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Flying Colours

    In this historical fiction novel set during the Napoleonic Wars, a British naval officer named Horatio Hornblower is given the task of escorting a convoy of merchant ships through dangerous waters infested with enemy ships. As he faces numerous challenges and battles, Hornblower demonstrates his exceptional leadership skills and strategic thinking, earning the respect and admiration of his crew. With thrilling naval battles and a compelling protagonist, "Flying Colours" is an exciting tale of adventure and heroism on the high seas.

    The 10628th Greatest Book of All Time