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ISBN: 0722105053 / ISBN-13: 9780722105054

Lieutenant Hornblower


The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Hot Shot Hornblower

by doug52 on Jan 26, 2012

I read the Hornblower series as a young man, and now I am exploring them again forty years later. I am still impressed by their technical accuracy and strength of character development. In "Lieutenant Hornblower" there is a memorable sequence in which Hornblower is using captured enemy equipment to heat iron cannon balls. He overdoes it, and some of the balls melt. Unlike so many fake macho heroes in adventure novels, he admits that he made a stupid mistake. In other words, this hero is also sometimes a klutz like the rest of us. I also can point out that this book refutes a standard charge that unlike O'Brien, Forester has no sense of humor. The ruminations of the crew about their paranoid, delusional captain are a priceless example of Forester's subtle humor. This novel also depicts the original meeting of Hornblower and his trusted friend Bush, and indeed it is told from Bush's point of view,although still in the third person. And for the first and last time, Hornblower is subordinate to Bush. He is respectful, but obviously the smarter man who will move up the chain of command more rapidly. The book also has a romantic element, as here Hornblower meets Maria for the first time. A rousing adventure, well-written and a worthy "prequel" to the tales of Captain Hornblower!



by nebo57 on Apr 14, 2011

I love these Hornblower novels. First time thru the series and trying to read them in chronological order. Only wish I had read them years ago.

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Hennie Louw

Lieutenant Hornblower

The cover is not the same as shown next to my comment, the jacket is light brown with a crest Greenwich Edition on it.On the back is a photograph of SC Forester with a short biography. The cover of the book it self is red.

Hennie Louw

Lieutenant Hornblower

I am in possession of a copy of Lieutenant Hornblower GREENWICH EDITION.Published by Michael Joseph, cover design by Biro, but i can not find it anywhere on the net. Can you help me to find it on the net please.

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