The Horatio Hornblower series titles in order are "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower," "Lieutenant Hornblower," "Hornblower and the Hotspur," "Hornblower During the Crisis," "Hornblower and the Atropos," "The Happy Return," which is also known as "Beat to Quarters," "Ship of the Line," "Flying Colors," "Commodore Hornblower," "Lord Hornblower," "Hornblower in the West Indies" and "'Hornblower One More Time." These titles are in chronological order of the story, not the publication dates, which vary between publishing in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Horatio Hornblower series was written by C.S Forester and tells the story of a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic Wars. The books follow Hornblower from his early years in the navy all the way up to the point where he becomes admiral of the fleet. The climb for Hornblower through the ranks was not assisted by influential friends or money: he earned every promotion and job he was given through his hard work.
The books earned accolades from Hemingway and Churchill, who praised the character. The character comes across as very relatable due to the many layers of faults and positive traits. The character is socially awkward, self conscious, compassionate and courageous. He is a very good seaman and earns the loyalty of his crew, and eventually becomes the first baron of his family's line.