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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #1)

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1793, the eve of the Napoleon Wars, and Midshipman Horatio Hornblower receives his first command....

As a seventeen-year-old with a touch of seasickness, young Horatio Hornblower hardly cuts a dash in His Majesty's Navy. Yet from the moment he is ordered to board a French merchant ship in the Bay of Biscay and take command of crew and cargo, he proves his seafaring mettle o
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Paperback, 1971 reprint, 253 pages
Published 1956 by Penguin (first published 1950)
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower begins the seafaring career of a young British officer in one of the greatest historical naval fiction series ever penned! It's a heck of a fun rollick with seamen!

Horatio Hornblower commences his career in the Royal Navy as an inexperienced midshipman in January 1794. Through a series of challenges and adventures both in and out of combat, Hornblower discovers he is actually talented in both seamanship and leadership. - Wikipedia

This initial book in the series reads so
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Werner
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "sailing-ship navy" yarns
Both my oldest daughter and her husband are fans of the Hornblower series, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the A & E movie productions that I've seen of the Hornblower corpus; so I was motivated to read the books, and decided to begin at the beginning of Hornblower's career, with this novel. (My only previous acquaintance with Forester was from reading one of his short stories.) I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint!

Forester had a deft hand with maritime adventure (not all of it dealing with comb
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Jim
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My library didn't have this when I started reading the series, so I wound up reading Lieutenant Hornblower, the second book chronologically, before this. There was quite a difference in the two books. Where 'Lieutenant' was pretty much one long story with a short bit tacked on to the end, 'Midshipman' jumps from one short adventure to another like a frog on a hot road, but I liked both. Reading them out of order wasn't a huge deal, although I would have preferred to read them in chronological or ...more
Christopher
Here we have a lad of seventeen, a greenhorn deckhand, who works his way up through the ranks with his determination, grit, and a dash of book learnin': poor, seasick Hornblower, who barely manages to escape with his life from the duel he himself orchestrated, knowing his own inability and lack of experience in combat! Here we have Mr. Midshipman Hornblower of the HMS Indefatigable, unaware of the dangers of a leaky ship with a cargo hold full of dry rice! Here we have the pertinacious, the teme ...more
Catie
So, this is actually a prequel, written many years after Horatio Hornblower first took the stage and even after he had become one of England’s most famous heroes. But I’ve decided to read these in chronological order and I’m quite glad that I did.

In this book, Horatio is a very young midshipman (although not as young as the wealthy and titled lads who take up that position). He’s been given his first commission aboard the Justinian, where he immediately becomes known as the midshipman who got s
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Diamond Cowboy
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It is a book about a young inexperienced midshipman named Mr. Hornblower. He takes us on many fun and challenging sea ventures. I recommend this book to all readers. It is quite light and fun to read.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
Mr. Matt
Having finished the first one, I have no idea why I'd put off reading these books for years. This book was great - historical fiction/Ships of the Line/Age of Sail done right!

Mr. Midhsipman Hornblower introduces us to Hornblower. He boards his first ship as a raw, inexperienced and frightened midshipman at seventeen. And the book takes Honrblower and the reader on all sorts of adventures. He engages in a duel to earn his place on the ship. He is given charge (and loses) a prize ship. He visits
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Daniel
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zabavna knjizica koja na dosta fin nacin prikazuje kolko je bio tezak i surov zivot mornara na velkim ratnim prodovima 1800tih godina. Brrrr, ne bih voleo to da probam.

Glavn lik je isto interesantan posto pretstavlja izuzetno moralnog i casnog coveka stavljenog u situacije koje ce testirati ono sto mu je najvaznije.

Lako i citko stivo sa dosta dubine tako da svaka preporuka.
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Hornblower books by C. S. Forester are among the iconic novels of the English language, and with good reason in my opinion. I almost gave this a 4 star rating (because of my "stingy" with the 5 star ratings rule. After all 5 is the best you can give...how many can there be? But...)but decided I really do like these books to a 5 star level and they are very well written.

This was not the first Hornblower book...not the first written that is, but it is the first in chronological order in Hornbl
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Scott
Oct 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Scott by: Helene Brown / Dana Cattani
Shelves: regency, ships, 1950s, war
"Hell!" said Hornblower, actually stamping his feet on the upper gangway in his anger. "Hell and damnation!"

C. S. Forester's Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950) finds himself all too often frustrated in a "savage, merciless world," where he is "very much alone ... depressed, and unhappy." It's a world where very little goes as Hornblower plans: each adventurous episode nearly ends his career – and his life. The young midshipman tempers his exasperation by relying on his keen, mathematical intellect
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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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Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Hornblower and the Hotspur
  • Hornblower During the Crisis
  • Hornblower and the Atropos
  • Beat to Quarters
  • Ship of the Line
  • Flying Colours
  • Commodore Hornblower
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“I thank God daily for the good fortune of my birth, for I am certain I would have made a miserable peasant.” 14 likes
“Clairvoyant, Hornblower could foresee that in a year's time, the world would hardy remember the incident. In twenty years, it would be entirely forgotten. Yet those headless corpses up there in Muzillac; those shattered redcoats; those Frenchmen caught in the four-pounder's blast of canister -- they were as dead as if it had been a day in which history had been changed.” 14 likes
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