Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 30th 1984
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 310
Edition language: English
Series: Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order -8 omnibus (#1)
For me the Horatio Hornblower novels have always occupied the space between books that I wanted to read and books that I didn't care to. It was there, and I had encountered it in some of its adapted manifestations (such as the Gregory Peck movie from the early 1950s) and so was familiar with its bas...
When I was a kid, my parents' friends, the Bricelands moved to Sparta Lake, NJ. We visited them there a number of times. My older brother, Hal, and their son, Allen, were enamored at the time with the stories of Horatio Hornblower. Hornblower sailed the seas for Her Majesty's Royal Navy back in the ...
More of a collection of short stories than a full blown novel. Although it acts as an introduction to the early career of Horatio Hornblower, it was apparently written as a prequel to the first book that had come out some years previously.Horblower has plenty of adventures and meets the expectations...
I'm a great fan of the Hornblower series as a whole, which I'd certainly give five stars, but this volume isn't where I'd start even though it's the first chronologically. When a friend recommended Hornblower to me back in high school, he told me to start rather with the third book, published earlie...
It was enjoyable for the most part, but it seemed like the author tried too hard to put one action scene after another. A little downtime to get to know the characters is more my cup of tea. I started the series because I'm a fan of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, and I'd seen forums in w...