Feb 11, 09
Read in January, 1976
I read these books over 30 years ago, long before the Hornblower series on TV captured the story and made the series more famous.
This was the first book Forester wrote in the series, but later books actually are prequels...I've read the reviews of other people and there are a lot of pro's and con's to reading in publishing order versus chronological order.
I like the earlier prequels, because it was before Hornblower became so burdened with an unhappy marriage, and all the commplications of loving another woman--
But I digress, this book is about Hornblower the magnificent sea captain. If you don't like all the nautical stuff, read it for the story of leadership, the absolute control captains have, and the adventure of that period when Britain's Navy kept Napolean and his allies thwarted-- we can even read about dastardly Spaniards...a rollicking adventure.
But I love any historical fiction...