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Captain Hornblower R. N. [Hardcover]

C. S. Forester
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; Second Impression edition (1940)
  • ASIN: B0010ZDS1C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,034,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Sep 2012
By Frankie
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I very much wanted to read these stories is sequence and had great difficulty working out in which order they came so I have added the list here.

I have now read them all and thoroughly enjoyed each one.

I started with 'The young Hornblower Omnibus', this contains 'Mr Midshipman Hornblower' 'Lieutenant Hornblower' and 'Hornblower and the Hotspur'.

'Captain Hornblower RN' follows on and again has three stories in sequence - 'Hornblower and the Antropos', The Happy return' and 'A Ship of the line'.

'Flying Colours' is next and is one book followed in order by 'The Commodore' and 'Lord Hornblower'.

'Hornblower in the West Indies' is next and again is a collection of stories which fit so well together that they read like one book.

The last is 'Hornblower and the Crisis and consists of three stories, each one highly entertaining, and ending in a rather satisfacory way. The first entitled 'The Crisis' is actually unfinished as the author died while writing it but there is enough to enable the reader to see where it was going.

The whole series is a joy from beginning to end.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The second of three threes 22 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the second omnibus of three charting Hornblowers rise through the royal Navy, each book itself comprising of three books. After reading the first Omnibus and enjoying it I continued to follow Hornblowers with the Captain Hornblower RN omnibus. Now Hornblower can be seen in charge of a ship where all his great qualities come to the fore. Some parts of the book are a little lacking in action but this is all made up for in the third book of the three A Ship of the Line, which leaves Hornblower situation which is going to force me to read the next of the three omnibuses...
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The books about Horatio Hornblower include some of the most interesting and exciting novels ever written about warfare at sea during the days of sailing ships. Hornblower himself is a charming hero who doubts himself, has many weaknesses, and uses his sense of the odds to calculate the best course to take. He is more like Clark Kent than Superman in that way, but can turn into Superman briefly when the occasion calls for it.
Throughout the prior volumes of this wonderful series, there has been lots of "ship of the line" envy on Hornblower's part as he made do with commanding lesser vessels. In Ship of the Line, Captain Hornblower finds himself getting his heart's desire, a two-decker called the Sutherland.
Complications soon arise when Hornblower discovers that his new admiral has just married Lady Barbara Wellesley, with whom Hornblower is in love. Hornblower and his wife (Maria) meet the admiral and Lady Barbara in a social scene that you will not soon forget.
With too little time to prepare, the Sutherland is soon at sea with an under sized and inexperienced crew. What follows is as action-packed a book as you can imagine. Ship of the Line has a greater variety of difficult and unusual challenges thrown Hornblower's way than any reader could possibly hope for. The details of the conflicts are stunning in their scope and scale. If you are like me, you'll find yourself racing through the pages to see what happens next . . . knowing that there are surely big surprises ahead. As usual, Hornblower's imagination and quick thinking make for enormous differences in the outcomes from what would be expected.
You will enjoy the complications brought about by Lady Barbara's new husband.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read 4 Feb 2013
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This was first of my Hornblower series reads and very much a exploratory purchase.
Very good relaxed read with sufficient action to hold the interest opens the life of a sailor in Nelson's navy to the unaccustomed very effectively.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic adventures at sea 22 Oct 2007
By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the second omnibus in a series of 3, each containing 3 novels, and I read it immediately upon finishing the first omnibus ("The Young Hornblower"). This second omnibus is as good, and if you're a lover of the genre really a must have. Expertly crafted plots, plenty of action, and all of it set in that most glorious age of the British Navy. If you're anything like me you'll find yourself unable to stop reading the 3 novels in this omnibus back to back, and afterwards delving straight into omnibus 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boys own stuff... 20 Aug 2014
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Boys own stuff as Horatio Hornblower struggles to become the Captain of his dreams, maintaining a cool, aloof, inscrutable appearances while being piped aboard stark naked because the French have tea-leafed his uniform! Then there's a holed boat at Nelsons funeral, El Supremo and Lady Barbara to contend with. All in a days work for our hero, while trying to keep track of whose side the Spanish are on this month...

I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
By janny
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A classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blow the horn for Hornblower! 25 Jun 2014
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I have arrived late in my admiration for C.S.Forester's wonderful novels set in the Royal Navy at the time of Nelson.

Not enough to have written 'The African Queen', Forester has here created an amazing series of eleven novels featuring the career - from junior Midshipman to Lord Admiral of the brave, intelligent often troubled hero Horatio Hornblower.

There are no nautical novels I know that match Forester's marine knowledge coupled with the ability to spin the most exciting battle yarns imaginable.

I'm hooked and so should you be!
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