Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

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Goodreads Synopsis: Horatio Hornblower, now Admiral, sails over seas as challenging as any in his victorious career. As admiral in charge of His Britannic Majesty’s West Indies Station he is as gallant, daring, implosive as ever. In this tense time after Napoleon’s defeat, all kinds of vagabonds, revolutionaries, Imperial Guards. and pirates come sailing into the waters where Hornblower is working his small contingent of naval vessels to preserve the peace and eliminate piracy. With intrepid daring and brilliant strategies, Hornblower wins his victories. With this series of adventures, Volume 11, Hornblower’s professional life as a British naval officer reaches its climax, not in a battle against men, but against nature. Here the inner Hornblower shows his colors.

I have officially read this whole series!  It took me awhile, but the series is well worth it.

Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies follows the normal pattern of the series, Hornblower is out at sea making daring but calculated decisions and doing is duty for King and country.   There’s a really great scene where he boards a French ship and tricks them into believing that Bonaparte is dead, risking his honor and good name to stop the captain of the ship from bringing troops to St. Helena.  It’s one of my favorite scenes in the book.    This book is more like a collection of short stories than a single novel, the format is interesting, though not how I would have preferred.  Still it’s a fun group of stories, with sea battles and the romantic setting of the British Navy.

This last book is a great ending to the series.  Hornblower is finally in retirement, Barbara at his side. 3 stars on Goodreads.

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