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The Young Hornblower Omnibus: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower & Hornblower and the Hotspur. (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #1.2.5 omnibus)

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This book introduces the most gallant and redoubtable figure in naval history - Horatio Hornblower. The seventeen year old Hornblower became infamous as soon as he stepped on board ship as the midshipman who was seasick in the Spithead, but things were soon to change. Amid battle, action and adventure he proves himself time and time again - courageous in danger, resourcefu ...more
Hardcover, 597 pages
Published by M Joseph (first published January 1st 1953)
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What a great book, actually 3 in one, the first 3 books in the series about a young Englishman in Nelson's navy of the late 1700s & early 1800s. Impeccable period detail, speech patterns, cultural phenomena, how tall ships were sailed, etc., with a healthy dash of adventure thrown in. Excellent writing skills, far above average, makes it doubly, triply sweet. Treat yourself!
C. S. Forrester knew his subject well. This expert knowledge adds to the vivid picture he paints of life at sea in the halcyon days of the British Navy, when Britannia really did rule the wave. This descriptive ability is coupled with frequent insights into the character of the eponymous hero, who displays, not only his great successes, but also his personal failings, for which he exacts a merciless self-punishment.
He is brave, yet afraid, wise and yet foolish, as when he marries pretty much the
A thoroughly good book; well written and well researched. it is obvious why/how he was the inspiration for Patrick O'Brien and the Aubrey series. These books are, however, more definitely action and concentrate much more on the naval aspects and the war fighting without the more complex relationships developed by O'Brien.
Hornblower is clearly an exceptional naval commander but one who doesn't blow his own trumpet and it's interesting to see how his advancement only comes about through those who
Will Once
Fabulous entertainment. You can almost smell the salt and tar and taste the rum.

Hornblower is C.S.Forester's literary clone of Nelson. That is not the slightest problem as Nelson is a pretty good role model to base a character on.

As it is Forester, you expect accurate description of life on board a fighting ship in the Napoleonic wars. And you certainly get that. What you might not expect is the depth of character that he manages to include.

Read all 11 novels back to back and you get a man's lif
Seldom have I enjoyed a book as much as this one, even though I have read it before (a long time ago). Hornblower is an interesting character who appears human and flawed despite his desperate need to be neither. The pace of the book is excellent, jumping from action to action with interesting nautical detail thrown in (not that I can verify the authenticity, but it feels authentic). I'm looking forward to re-reading the rest of the series and counting my blessings for stumbling on this in e-pub ...more
Well as this was three books in one I'll try to do three reviews and the book as a whole.

Mr Midshipman Hornblower was quite good even though the story progressed through the chapters a little strangely and was more like a collection of short stories. But still an enjoyable book on its own.

Lieutenant Hornblower was written from Lieutenant Bush's perspective quite a lot of the time and seemed as though you were watching the story unfold rather than reading the main character's thoughts. This was q
I found I love the prose very much, which I didn't expect. There's lots and lots of wonderful adjectives, but the author doesn't ever lose track of the action he's telling, unlike, say, Tolkien. ;) It's very descriptive, but you hardly notice unless the author really, really wants you to feel the longing for the sea and the mental anguish his characters are going through. It happens a couple of times and it's always very powerful.

I know nothing about sailing and sail ships. I just appreciate the
Released to tie in with the ITV series of the same name a few years back (hence the cover photo), this omnibus edition consists of the following:

Mr Midshipman Hornblower
Lieutenant Hornblower
Hornblower and the Hotspur

While the second two are novels in their own right (with an over-reaching plot structure), it has to be said that the first (also the one the TV series seems to be based on) reads more like a series of short stories, a sense heightened by the fact that each chapter has its own distin
Horatio Hornblower's naval career from midshipman to captain during the Napoleonic Wars, written from his perspective and that of his sturdy friend Lieutenant William Bush. Exciting and tense sea adventures contrast wth periods of dogged duty in harsh conditions eg as part of a naval blockade. Hornblower shows early promise as a strategic thinker who can lead others and this is confirmed by later success against Britain's enemies. His parallel journey to marriage and fatherhood and associated em ...more
A well known series of books and very well written, which have also been made into films. Adventure, excitement, sea battles as each book takes the reader along the progress in Hornblower's maturity and career from midshipman to Admiral. I have read all of them more than once and watched the films too. A fascinating and easy read.
Having read the Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O'Brian and have now started to read Hornblower. My preference is........... Hornblower. Purely for the reason that, for me, the variety within the plots are better.
I enjoyed Aubrey and would recommend them for anyone, but, Hornblower is even more of a rip roaring yarn.
The only thing is that, not being a sailor I find the descriptions of which sails are run out and when, difficult to follow. If was that much of a problem I could always look it up
First three books in one volume - I've decided to read all the Hornblowers in order this time instead of just a few.

~And, totally totally fantastic. Real page turners. Highly recommended as a companion set to the Sharpe novels - and (IMO) far superior to the O'Brian novels.
Collection of stories, so...
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower: ** (in itself a collection of shorter stories)
Lt. Hornblower: **** (mostly by grace of not having Hornblower's self-deprecating internal monologues)
Hornblower and the Hotspur: *** (woe is the married man)
Re-read for the first time in a long time - enjoyed it
The Hornblower series is probably geared more to guys as it deals with the Navy and wars in the time of Napoleon, Nelson and Wellington. I read it because I really enjoyed the A&E productions of Horatio Hornblower.
Great fiction read.

My version had Midshipman, Lt., and Hornblower and the Atropos.

Lt. Hornblower is probably the overall best I've read so far.

A very enjoyable read.
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Lieutenant Hornblower
Hornblower and the Hotspur

Napoleonic Wars, British Navy...what isn't there to like?

Goood booooks...
Definitely my preference compared with the Aubrey-Maturin books. I found these much easier to read, and didn't feel like I wanted to strangle the protagonist!
Patrick Nichol
An excellent collection of the first Horatio Hornblower novels. These stories are truly a treat for adventure lovers.
After seeing the wonderful made for TV-movies I just had to read the books.
Jun 07, 2011 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, marine
bought today 1 of 12 books for $10 the lot.
Excellent!! I really enjoyed these.
Great adventure novel!
Great adventure novel!
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Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #1)
  • Lieutenant Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #2)
  • Hornblower and the Hotspur (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #3)
  • Hornblower During the Crisis (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #4)
  • Hornblower and the Atropos (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #5)
  • Beat to Quarters (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #6)
  • Ship of the Line (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #7)
  • Flying Colours (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #8)
  • Commodore Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #9)
  • Lord Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #10)
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #1) Lieutenant Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #2) Beat to Quarters (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #6) Hornblower and the Hotspur (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #3) The African Queen

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