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Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester (1951)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316290637, Paperback)In this gripping tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas, Horatio Hornblower emerges from his apprenticeship as midshipman to face new responsibilities thrust upon him by the fortunes of war between Napoleon and Spain. Enduring near-mutiny, bloody hand-to-hand combat with Spanish seamen, deck-splintering sea battles, and the violence and horror of life on the fighting ships of the Napoleonic Wars, the young lieutenant distinguishes himself in his first independent command. He also faces an adventure unique in his experience: Maria.
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His cool judgment under fire shows that young Hornblower is maturing as he repeatedly defeats the Spanish warships.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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