Lieutenant Hornblower

Lieutenant Hornblower

Book - 1951
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c1951
ISBN: 9780316290630
0316290637
Branch Call Number: FORE
Characteristics: 313 p

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jomtlee
Jan 13, 2017

Pretty much any book in the Hornblower series is a good read. Initially I thought it would be old, dry and dusty writing, with more than a bit of the useless wordiness that is sometimes found in older/classical writing. Not Hornblower! bit of a page-turner in fact.

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wyenotgo
Aug 21, 2015

I suppose one either enjoys the Hornblower stories or avoids them altogether. I've enjoyed all of them over the years and recently decided to re-read several of them. This tale of Hornblower's early days after first having been promoted from Midshipman is far from the best of the series but nevertheless quite entertaining. This is an adventure story, plain and simple, but one that's better written than the vast majority of books of that genre.

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