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Lord Hornblower

release date: Aug 31, 2011
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Lord Hornblower
Hornblower Saga; Vol 10; Oct 1813 - Jun 1815 Hornblower must save a tyrannical officer from his mutinied crew, advance the Bourbon cause in Le Harve as the city changes it allegiance away from Napoleon, and wage a guerrilla fight with his old love Marie at his side only to find himself captured and condemned to death.

Marionettes at Home

release date: Jul 02, 2013
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Marionettes at Home
Inspired by a marionette show he saw, C.S. Forester, a novelist and theatre lover, decided to create his own puppet theatre at home. In Marionettes at Home, first published in 1936, he shares his experience and enthusiasm for amateur puppeteering and takes the reader step-by-step through the stages of creating one's own theatre; from stage construction and puppet making, to acting and production. Written with passion and sense of humour Marionettes at Home is a little gem that anyone interested in the theatre and puppeteering history would enjoy.

Flying Colours

release date: Aug 31, 2011
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Flying Colours
Volume 8 of the Hornblower Saga (Nov 1810 - Fall 1811) Forced to surrender his ship Captain Hornblower now bides his time as a prisoner awaiting transport to Paris and a trial on trumped up charges. He escapes with his first lieutenant Bush and his coxswain Brown, and they find refuge in France. Later, they escape to England where Hornblower's life becomes more than he ever expected.

The Gun

release date: Jul 31, 2015
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The Gun
From 1807 until 1814, armies from Napoleon's empire fought the allied powers of Spain, Britain and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula. The Penisular Wars or Guerra de la Independencia ("War of Independence") contributed considerably to Napoleon's eventual downfall; but until 1813 the conflict in Spain and Portugal, though costly, exercised only an indirect effect upon the progress of French affairs in central and eastern Europe. From the drama of this brutal war of liberation, author C.S. Forester tells the story of a gun -- a remarkable cannon, an immense eighteen-pounder, used by local townspeople in the rebellion against the French until they are forced to hide it beneath a pile of stone to prevent its capture. Years later, a group of guerrilleros learn about its location and seize it for their cause. The colossal gun, though highly valued, creates colossal challenges to those responsible for it's transportation and defense. Over time the great gun falls under the control of a series of guerrilla leaders; each achieves strong leadership through his connection to the gun, and each is eventually captured and executed or killed in battle until the gun finally comes under the control of the 18-year-old Jorge, who emerges as an untrained but naturally gifted leader and tactician. The exploits of the Spanish irregulars under Jorge eventually lead to the diversion of a large body of French troops from their fight against the Peninsular allies and thus help win the war.

Hornblower and the Atropos

release date: Aug 31, 2011
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Hornblower and the Atropos
Hornblower Saga; Vol 5; Dec 1805 - Jan 1808 Hornblower is called upon to act as a bargeman while traveling with his wife and baby son to London where he is to take command of the Atropos. Soon he is recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and challenging a Spanish frigate.

Love Lies Dreaming

release date: Jul 23, 2013
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Love Lies Dreaming
First published in 1927, Love Lies Dreaming is one of C.S Forester's earliest novels. Told in the voice of a young writer struggling to pen his next novel and therefore superficially preoccupied with the art of novel writing, at its true core this is a story about the quarrels and joys of early married life. In the end, as the narrator discovers, the best inspiration for good novel writing comes from the very ordinary jealousies and insecurities that make up his daily relationship with his wife, Constance. Written tenderly, but without nostalgia, this novel is a commentary on what it means to be young, married and in love, and is as relevant today as when it was first published.

Hornblower and the Hotspur

release date: Aug 31, 2011
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Hornblower and the Hotspur
Hornblower Saga; Vol 3; Mar 1803 - Apr 1805 Directly after his wedding ceremony, Hornblower takes his first command as Master and Commander of the HMS Hotspur to help thwart the ambitions of Napolean. The exploits that have brought him praise and notice contrast with his concerns about his new wife and mother-in-law.

The Peacemaker

release date: Oct 16, 2012
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The Peacemaker
In one of London's outer suburbs lived a shabby insignificant schoolteacher with a repulsive, drunken wife. Experimenting with his secret invention was his only escape - until a headmaster's pacifist daughter brought sex and idealism into his life. Then came the 'Peacemaker' - that curious lunatic who wrote to The Times threatening to spread confusion until there was total disarmament? Could the sexual awakening of this shy, retiring man have inspired him to create the chaos that now reigned throughout London?

Greyhound (Movie Tie-In)

release date: Jul 07, 2020
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Greyhound (Movie Tie-In)
Soon to be the major motion picture Greyhound, a WWII naval thriller of "high and glittering excitement" (New York Times) from the author of the legendary Hornblower series The mission of Commander George Krause of the United States Navy is to protect a convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships making their way across the icy North Atlantic from America to England. There, they will deliver desperately needed supplies, but only if they can make it through the wolfpack of German submarines that awaits and outnumbers them in the perilous seas. For forty eight hours, Krause will play a desperate cat and mouse game against the submarines, combating exhaustion, hunger, and thirst to protect fifty million dollars' worth of cargo and the lives of three thousand men. Originally published as The Good Shepherd and acclaimed as one of the best novels of the year upon publication in 1955, this novel is a riveting classic of WWII and naval warfare from one of the 20th century's masters of sea stories.

The Barbary Pirates

release date: Jul 11, 2017
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The Barbary Pirates
C.S. Forester, creator of the beloved Horatio Hornblower series, takes young readers on an exciting adventure to the shores of Tripoli in North Africa. That’s where, more than 200 years ago, the United States was threatened by “pirates” who snatched American merchant ships and imprisoned sailors—and the country’s young, untested navy took on the task of fighting the pirates in their home waters. This true tale features thrilling ocean battles, hand-to-hand combat, and the first landing on foreign soil by the U.S. Marines, and it’s as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published (1953).
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