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  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405936934
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Commodore




1812 and the fate of Europe lies in the hands of newly appointed Commodore Hornblower . . .

1812 and the fate of Europe lies in the hands of newly appointed Commodore Hornblower . . .

Dispatched to northern waters to protect Britain's Baltic interests, Horatio Hornblower must halt the advance of Napoleon's empire into Sweden and Russia. But first he must battle the terrible Baltic weather: fog, snow and icebound waterways; overcome Russian political and commercial intrigues; avoid the seductive charms of royalty as well as the deadly reach of assassins in the imperial palace; and contend with hostile armies and French privateers. With the fate of Europe balanced on a knife edge, the responsibility lies heavy on a Commodore's shoulders ...

This is the eighth of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

  • Pub date: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405936934
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

C. S. Forester

C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital and, after leaving Guy's without a degree, he turned to writing as a career.

His first success was Payment Deferred, a novel written at the age of twenty-four and later dramatized and filmed with Charles Laughton in the leading role. In 1932 Forester was offered a Hollywood contract, and from then until 1939 he spent thirteen weeks of every year in America.

On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect the material for The Ship. He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy, and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis, a disease which left him crippled. However, he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.

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Praise for The Commodore

“A recipe for pure pleasure”

Bernard Cornwell


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