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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester
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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (original 1950; edition 1975)

by C. S. Forester

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Title:Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Authors:C. S. Forester
Info:Pinnacle Books (1975), Edition: 3rd Printing, Mass Market Paperback, 270 pages
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Tags:English, 20th Century, Novel, Historical Fiction, Napoleonic Wars, Nautical, War, Adventure

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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester (1950)

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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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Masterfully told with wit and verve, this chronologically-first volume of tales introduces the reader to the young Horatio Hornblower, Midshipman of the HMS Indefatigable, who enters into the Royal Navy at the age of seventeen and begins the long hard trail of experience which will eventually lead him to the greatest heights of prestige. I want to say that I don't know why I've never been tempted by these stories until now, but I suspect it to have been immaturity. Nevertheless, better late than never. Ten more volumes to go...

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  Bill_Bibliomane | May 31, 2016 |
לא חשבתי שחמישים שנה אחרי שקראתי את הספר פעם ראשונ​ה יחד עם כל הסאגה עוד אהנה ממנו היום. אבל להפתעתי ​הוא עדיין קריאה טובה, מעניינת ואינטליגנטית.​ ( )
  amoskovacs | Feb 24, 2016 |
What a great introduction to the character. These short stories give a broad overview of the early Naval education of Horatio Hornblower and it turns out to be a really entertaining read. Published 6th in order of publication it actually makes mores sense to read it first chronologically -and so I did!

A little more accessible than the O'Brian series, but still full of detail and atmosphere. I love this book and wish I'd read them as a lusty youth - I may even have joined the Senior Service myself. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
An enjoyable read. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
The first in a series, and my first time reading this in a long time. The character, a 17 year old thrust into a leadership position in the Brit Navy during the 18th century, develops as we read. The reader can see the future captain developing. This novel is episodic and really feels like a collection of short stories; development of the future Hornblower? ( )
  buffalogr | Oct 26, 2015 |
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A January gale was roaring up the Channel, blustering loudly, and bearing on 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 year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits. This novel-in which young Horatio gets his sea legs, proves his mettle, and shows the makings of the legend he will become-is the first of the eleven swashbuckling Hornblower tales that are today regarded as classic adventure stories of the sea.

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"Horatio Hornblower is only seventeen when he joins His Majesty's Royal Navy as a Midshipman. He's dangerously unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, but he's saved by his quick, mathematical mind and keen eye.... This is where it all begins--where young Hornblower gets his sea legs and shows the makings of the legend he will later become."--Jacket.… (more)

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