Horatio Hornblower is the protagonist in a series of naval adventure novels by English novelist C.S. Forester. The series is set during the Napoleonic Wars. Horatio begins the series as a junior captain with the Royal Navy on a secret mission to Central America. As the series goes on, he moves up the ranks of the Royal Navy. Winston Churchill once said that he found the character “admirable.”

C.S. Forester began the Horatio Hornblower series in 1937 with the novel The Happy Return. The series lasted 12 novels until Hornblower and the Crisis, published in 1967. Below is a list of C.S. Forester’s Horiatio Hornblower books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Horatio Hornblower Books


The Happy Return(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ship of the Line(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flying Colours(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Commodore(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lord Hornblower(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lieutenant Hornblower(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Atropos(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Hotspur(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Crisis(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Horatio Hornblower Books


Mr. Midshipman Hornblower(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lieutenant Hornblower(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Atropos(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Hotspur(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Happy Return(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ship of the Line(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flying Colours(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Commodore(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lord Hornblower(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Crisis(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Horatio Hornblower Collections


Captain Hornblower RN(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Hornblower Companion(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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