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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950)

by C. S. Forester

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Series: Horatio Hornblower (1)

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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.… (more)
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This is a series of short stories arranged to provide a prequel to the more mature adventures in the Hornblower Saga. Forester was a good man with a short story, and the material fits together well to seem almost a novel. Our hero enters the navy, finds a clever way of accomplishing a duel, loses a naval prize in a very amusing but quite dangerous fashion, opens his acquaintance with the world of cloak and dagger, and finally endures captivity and promotion with his usual firm grasp on self control. It is a fun book still deservedly in found in reprints. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 1, 2022 |
So I finished the Patrick O’Brian Jack Aubrey series last year. So now onto this series 🙂 ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Young Hornblower is as dashing as always as he takes on his first taste of command. ( )
  addunn3 | Oct 4, 2021 |
Horatio Hornblower begins his Naval Career with The British Royal Navy. The year is 1794 and Napoleon is warring with everyone. First impression of Horatio makes him out to be a shy unlearned boy of 17. However, he hides his intelligence, until his skills are needed. This first book, in the Saga of Hornblower, takes us through 3 years of adventures, each chapter a different story concentrating on one episode of Hornblower's life in the service.

This was a fun read. I am not sure why, since it is on my personal shelf, I never read it. I have the second in the series and I am looking forward to continuing adventures with Horatio.
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
A fun and absorbing romp on the seas. Glad I finally came to it. Hated/loved chapter 8 when his promotion interview was interrupted and he saves the day, but doesn’t get his promotion. ( )
  2wonderY | Mar 12, 2021 |
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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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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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Contains:
  • The Even Chance
  • The Cargo of Rice
  • The Penalty of Failure
  • The Man Who Felt Queer
  • The Man Who Saw God
  • The Frogs and the Lobsters
  • The Spanish Galleys
  • The Examination for Lieutenant
  • Noah's Ark
  • The Duchess and the Devil
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