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This trio offer more of the salty adventures of the title character, who sailed the ocean blue during the Napoleonic Wars.
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About the Author

Cecil Scott "C.S." Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (27 August 1899 - 2 April 1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. His most notable works were the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and "The African Queen" (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels "A Ship of the Line" and "Flying Colours" were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hornblower Saga (Paperback) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316289124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316289122
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 'Hornblower' novels by C. S. Forester are all consistently entertaining and fun, but the first novel in the series, 'Mr. Midshipman Hornblower,' is a rather slow start. Rather than a single novel, it is a series of short stories revolving around Hornblower's first years at sea. While the stories maintain that sense of adventure that are Forester's trademark, it lacks a consistency which is to be found in the later volumes. 'Mr. Midshipman Hornblower' is must reading for fans of the series but for those new to the 'Hornblower' novels perhaps a better introduction would be to read 'Lieutenant Hornblower,' the second novel of the series.
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Others have written thorough reviews of this book, so I will only agree that it is an exciting, excellent series. I started reading them to check (as I often do) to see how well the (A&E) made-for-TV series and the old movie (starring Gregory Peck) held up against the books. I found myself pulled through the entire series by the personal struggles and strengths of Hornblower and others (does a man really think like that?), the thrilling descriptions of the handling of ships under sail (I needed a nautical glossary!), and the detailed historical settings (how much was non-fiction?). Four stars because parts could have been handled better, but on the whole it was a great reading experience.
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I just ordered "Ship of the Line" and "Beat to Quarters" along with the companion. This is one of the most enjoyable, page-turning series I have ever read! I read one of the books in a sitting and none so far has lasted more than a week. Like most of the other reviewers, I got started with the A&E series. Do yourself a favor and get the companion from the start.
Hornblower, without a doubt, reflects the personality traits of people I know-honorable, self-critical, confused, alternately depressed/ecstatic, reflective, etc. His vigorous actions and direct approach despite uncertainty is so refreshing! It is the epitome of the philosophy "I'm not quite sure of exactly what to do, but moving forward with gusto beats the hell out of standing around!" I have found myself laughing out loud on several occasions! Hornblower's characteristics reflect those of successful real-life naval officers I have known and read about.
If you are looking for some enjoyable, accurate, and adventuresome reading, you're in for a good time! (I gave THIS book 4 stars, but some other books in the series are definitely 5.)
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It irks me to see people say a book isn't great literature, and then say, "But..." If a book excites you, if it entertains you, if it's well-written, well-constructed, then why isn't it great literature? Simply because it's an adventure novel? Please! Some of the best writing occurs in genres that get no respect because they aren't "literary" in the classical sense of the term. Well, Jane Austen's work was pop fiction in its day. Oh, don't get me started. Anyway, the entire Hornblower series is, imho, great literature because it meets the above criteria. Forester is great at crafting his books, and he offers more than just an adventure. Read these books! You won't be sorry.
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It would be impossible to call this great literature, but then again, I don't think that great literature is what Forester was aiming at when he wrote this. This book is, however, a real page-turner: fast-paced, action-filled, and realistic. I especially like the narrative style that Forester adopts: since Hornblower is only a midshipman, a strictly sequential narration of his service aboard the Indefatigable would likely be tedious. By writing the chapters as a series of relatively unconnected vignettes, Forester is able to skip the most of the monotony that characterized a junior officer's life and to produce a highly readable book. I wouldn't come to this book expecting to find higher truths about the Nelsonian navy or about life in general, but the book is rollicking good fun and certainly a cut above most of the pulp fiction that tops the bestseller lists nowadays.
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No more need be said than the comment of Papa H on the cover of this first rate "Book of the Line" - The great one states " I recommend Forester to every literate I know". AS THE OLD SAYING GOES - "WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO SAY OR DO". Loved it all over again for the googol(th) time. And-as a sidebar, Fred Earl Exley loved 'ornbowair' and read this in Exley's (rare) lucid moments. Both of them.
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In response to the review of a reader from Palo Alto: "an outstanding series for young boys", may I point out that this is an outstanding series for either sex. The majority of my colleagues, male and female officers of all the military services, enthusiastically agreed. Anyone who hasn't yet read the Hornblower saga can be assured that it will enthrall all ages. And both sexes. A desire for a naval career is not a pre-requisite.
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C.S.Forester has such an uncanny way of letting the reader get the true feel of the sea. One can hear the creaking and moaning of the rigging. I was truly transported. The character of Horatio Hornblower enters the heart easily and Forester makes it impossible to guess what situation our hero will be involved in next. Everything is here: history, adventure and a good rollicking tale.
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