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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga (Paperback)) Paperback – 1998
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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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Well with that long-winded preamble, I am pleased to report that Forester's narrative lives up to the hype and reputation. The stories are told in a straightforward, matter of fact way but with a great edge of adventure and, as with the mini series, plausibility and realism. The actions and reactions of Hornblower and the crews aboard the ships are as true to life as I can imagine. Forester has created a great role model for young people that might aspire to be the best at anything they might choose to be - not just seafarers. In the case of Hornblower, the hero is not particularly strong, attractive or charismatic, but excels by his wits, intelligence and strong moral compass.
Great, easy to read tales that for me, have stood the test of time exceptionally well. Well worth it if you have not yet had the chance to set sail on the Indefatigable or other sailing ship, or if you wish to rejoin the crew after years of hiatus - either way it should be an enjoyable and thrilling journey.
Action scenes abound and they are well done but they are just as likely to be about overcoming the perils of the sea as to involve combat. The quieter moments tell us about life at sea and develop the characters.
This is an ideal bridge between juvenile novels and grown-up books. The teenage hero is an adventurous role model for boys. It is historically sound, educational and full of self-reflection. It is a darn fine read.
This book, in a paperback edition, make a great gift.