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"Mr. Forester is a more than able historical novelist, explaining many of the principles of sailing and fighting a square-rigged British man-of-war. He also has a strong command of military tactics and strategy...."
--The Wall Street Journal, Robert L. Simison
"I began the Hornblower series with this book. I recently completed 10 of the 11 novels in the Series. Having seen Gregory Peck as Hornblower and the BBC series, my imagination was fired with the images of Hornblower both as a young man and as and older, wiser gentleman. This book raised my interest in the rest of the series and completing the series has a certain regret about it. Like Cornwell's "Sharpe's Rifles" series it has some implausibilities and drag points but, by in large, it is an excellent read."
--William A McLaughlin
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Here we meet Horatio Hornblower, a young man of 17, in this Volume #1 of what becomes the 11 volume set about the career of this British Naval officer fighting against Napoleon and his tyranny of Europe in the late seventeen hundreds. Bullied and forced into a duel, he takes an even chance. And then he has many more chances to show his skills and ingenuities - from sailing a ship full of wetted and swelling rice to imprisonment and saving the lives of shipwrecked sailors. And along the way, he fights galleys, feeds cattle, stays out of the way of the guillotine, and makes friends with a Duchess. Here Hornblower becomes a man and develops the strength of character which will make him a hero to his men, and to all England.