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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950)

by C. S. Forester

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Series: Horatio Hornblower (6)

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The first Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Midshipman Horatio Hornblower receives his first command . . . As a seventeen-year-old with a touch of sea sickness, young Horatio Hornblower hardly cuts a dash in His Majesty's navy. Yet from the moment he is ordered to board a French merchant ship in the Bay of Biscay and take command of crew and cargo, he proves his seafaring mettle on the waves. After a character-forming duel, several deadly chases and some dramatic captures and escapes, the young Hornblower is soon forged into a formidable man of the sea. This is the first of eleven books chronicling the nautical adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable hero, Horatio Hornblower. Featuring an exclusive introduction by Bernard Cornwell, creator of Sharpe 'Absolutely compelling. One of the great masters of narrative' San Francisco Chronicle… (more)
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    His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (ktoonen)
    ktoonen: If you can accept the fact that dragons happen to exist, the tone, style, and language make this series a great read-alike for the Horatio Hornblower series.
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    Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (br77rino)
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The start of the Hornblower series. Engaging and interesting character, looking forward to many more. ( )
  brakketh | Oct 25, 2020 |
Just good fun. ( )
  viking2917 | May 11, 2020 |
Really enjoyable, and action packed. Will re-read and get the rest of the series. If you like boats and sailing you will love it otherwise you might not. ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | May 9, 2020 |
I went into the series with all of the wrong expectations. Having just finished Patrick O'Brian's twenty novels of seafaring goodness, Horatio Hornblower just didn't cut it for me. The plot is much more focused around the characters and their personalities than historical events and logistics. Don't get me wrong, it makes for a fantastic read, if that's what you're looking for. ( )
  Pascale1812 | Apr 16, 2020 |
An exciting, enveloping adventure with Mr Hornblower as a companion. ( )
  charlie68 | Jan 30, 2020 |
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Forester, C. S.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gruffud, IoanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hedge, TriciaContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodska, ChristianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A January gale was roaring up the Channel, blustering loudly, and bearing in its bosom rain squalls whose big drops rattled loudly on the tarpaulin clothing of those among the officers and men whose duties kept them on deck.
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The first Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Midshipman Horatio Hornblower receives his first command . . . As a seventeen-year-old with a touch of sea sickness, young Horatio Hornblower hardly cuts a dash in His Majesty's navy. Yet from the moment he is ordered to board a French merchant ship in the Bay of Biscay and take command of crew and cargo, he proves his seafaring mettle on the waves. After a character-forming duel, several deadly chases and some dramatic captures and escapes, the young Hornblower is soon forged into a formidable man of the sea. This is the first of eleven books chronicling the nautical adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable hero, Horatio Hornblower. Featuring an exclusive introduction by Bernard Cornwell, creator of Sharpe 'Absolutely compelling. One of the great masters of narrative' San Francisco Chronicle

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