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Lieutenant Hornblower by C.S. Forester
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Jun 18, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, naval, fiction
Read in June, 2010

This is the first real novel of the Hornblower series, the first book having been a collection of short stories. The book is a 3rd person narration from the point of view of Lt. Bush, Hornblower's superior officer aboard the HMS Renown. It's fast-paced, exciting, and really develops Hornblower's character. There is everything from mutiny to land assaults to peace-time landlubber activities. I'm used to the Aubrey/Maturin books, and almost can't believe how much was covered in a single volume. Best of all, it leaves off in a perfect place to drive you immediately into book 3!

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Stven The first real novel of the Hornblower series was actually Beat to Quarters. They weren't written in career order; Forester started in the middle and then filled in some of the missing years as he went along and as the series grew in popularity. Just FYI.

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