Probably the last of the series for this ends with Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo and the stay of execution which threatened the redoubtable hero of our tale. Hornblower's honors sit lightly upon him when duty calls, and the major part of this lusty tale tells of yet another of his perilous adventures. Sent out- with full powers to deal with a mutiny which might have spread, Hornblower not only solves the problem of handling the mutiny, but takes two naval ""prizes"" out of the very teeth of Napoleon's Channel port, also seizes La Havre and later Rouen, thus spearheading internal rebellion in the North. The last part of the book brings reunion with Marie- the lovely lady of his dramatic escape from France before his marriage to Lady Barbara. A reunion made difficult by double and conflicting loyalties, and solved, in part by Lady Barbara's going to the Congress of Vienna as her brother's hostess. Then come the ""100 Days"" and Hornblower leads a small band of guerilla fighters to predestined doom. Plenty of excitement- a warm and lovable character- a tying up of some loose threads..for the Hornblower fans and they are legion. But not tops in the series.