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Flying Colours (1938)

by C. S. Forester

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Series: Horatio Hornblower (8)

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A humiliated and shipless captive of the French, Horatio Hornblower faces execution unless he can escape and make a triumphant return to England . . . Forced to surrender his ship, HMS Sutherland, after a long and bloody battle, Captain Horatio Hornblower is held prisoner in a French fortress. Prospects turn bleaker when he learns that he and Lt. Bush are to be tried and executed in Paris as part of Napoleon's attempts to rally the war-weary Empire. Even if Hornblower can escape this fate and make it safe to England, he still faces court-martial for surrendering his ship. With little hope for the future and little left to lose, Hornblower throws caution to the wind once more. This is the seventh of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.… (more)
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Hornblower escapes from France, reseizes war prize and is vindicated by court-martial
  ritaer | Jun 24, 2021 |
I read this right after Ship of the Line because that one ends on a cliffhanger. Holy cow, does this wrap things up! This is one book in the series where character development took front & center, witha windfall of plot developments at the end. I wish A&E had got this far! ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
I liked this book a lot. Perhaps a little melancholy in Hornblower's introspection but I loved reading about the relationship between Hornblower/Bush/Brown... mutual respect.

A bit predictable in spots but other than that a great read. ( )
  Lynxear | Jun 22, 2019 |
Engaging and tense. Forester takes Hornblower and Co. out of their comfort zone. Bitter Sweet at the end...but that's life. ( )
  Joe73 | Apr 23, 2017 |
This book follows up on the heels of Ship of the Line. As far as naval adventures go, it's an odd one. Captain Hornblower doesn't sail on the sea until page 175. Instead he gets a taste of imprisonment--the fallout from the disaster he faced at the end of the last volume--and faces his own mortality. Rather than worrying for himself, however, he thinks of his loved ones, his crew and his reputation. Of course, when danger and opportunity arises, Hornblower plunges in and comes through with... (nah, too easy) Like the rest of the series, it was a very enjoyable read. I wasn't entirely satisfied with the ending of this, the original Hornblower trilogy, however. It tied up the loose ends a little too nicely. Still, it's a small flaw in a remarkable series.
--J. ( )
  Hamburgerclan | Mar 3, 2017 |
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Forester, C. S.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodska, ChristianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westall, Richard (cover art)Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyeth, N. C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Captain Hornblower was walking up and down along that sector of the ramparts of Rosas, delimited by two sentries with loaded muskets, which the commandant had granted to him for exercise.
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A humiliated and shipless captive of the French, Horatio Hornblower faces execution unless he can escape and make a triumphant return to England . . . Forced to surrender his ship, HMS Sutherland, after a long and bloody battle, Captain Horatio Hornblower is held prisoner in a French fortress. Prospects turn bleaker when he learns that he and Lt. Bush are to be tried and executed in Paris as part of Napoleon's attempts to rally the war-weary Empire. Even if Hornblower can escape this fate and make it safe to England, he still faces court-martial for surrendering his ship. With little hope for the future and little left to lose, Hornblower throws caution to the wind once more. This is the seventh of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

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