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Lieutenant Hornblower

(1952)
Author: C.S. Forester
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages: 313
Personal Rating: 0/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4/5
Bindings:Paper Back
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Classifications:History
Action
Drama
Synopsis:
Horatio Hornblower emerges from his apprenticeship as midshipman to face new responsibilities thrust upon him by the fortunes of war between Napoleon and Spain. Enduring near-mutiny, bloody hand-to-hand combat with Spanish seamen, deck-splintering sea battles, and the violence and horror of life on the fighting ships of the Napoleonic Wars, the young lieutenant distinguishes himself in his first independent command. He also faces an adventure unique in his experience: Maria.
Trivia:
Serves as primary inspiration for the TV adaptations Horatio Hornblower: Mutiny and Horatio Hornblower: Retribution starring Ioan Gruffudd.