Flying Colours

Flying Colours

Paperback - 2011
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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.

Publisher: London :, Penguin Books,, 2011
ISBN: 9780140011135
9780241955499
Branch Call Number: FIC FOR
Characteristics: vii, 256 pages ; 20 cm

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Aug 21, 2015

Unlike the other books in the series, this one begins with Hornblower defeated, held captive and together with Bush, his long-time comrade in arms, denounced by Napoleon as a war criminal, scheduled to be shot. Escape appears impossible, especially with Bush being severely wounded, his foot newly lost in the last battle. Even if he should somehow manage to escape execution, he will face court martial for having surrendered his ship in the face of imminent destruction by overwhelming forces. Either way, his career appears to be at an end. A contrived and almost unbelievable stroke of luck does detract from the story but as has often been said, one has to be good to be lucky. In any case, the means by which Hornblower manages to turn disaster into triumph still makes for a great yarn.

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