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Lieutenant HornblowerNe before except when you realise that it is about #setting up what is to comeBut don t let those two last points put you off Lieutenant is still a #up what is to comeBut don t let those two last points put you off Lieutenant Hornblower is still a book which handsomely rewards anyone s time in reading it All the editions seem to think they re short books on tape tied to the TV moviesoh wellThis exceptional series continues with Lieutenant Hornblower and his move to another ship as 5th Lieutenant The Captain being a paranoid schizophrenic doesn t help a lotAfter adventure danger deathintrigue Hornblower gains promotion to Commander unfortunatly the promotion isn t confirmed before peace breaks out Hornblower must pay back the difference in his Lieutenant s Pay And The Commander and the Commander pay he d started to receive before he reverts back to that level Once he s ashore with no ship ain t peace awful he s reduced to making a living through card playing wistBut happily the peace doesn t hold irony huh and he s called back to navy confirmed as a Commander of a sloop of warOf course he also met his soon to be irst wife while he was on shore In the Beyond Varallan first chronologically the order in which the books were actually written is different book of the Hornblower series Mr Midshipman Hornblower readers learn that he was promoted to lieutenant during the Spanish captivityrom which he s released at the end of that book This book picks up about three years later which brings us to about 1800 since his date of rank is said to be August 1797 when he s the most junior lieutenant aboard the HMS Renown They re about to set sail rom England under sealed orders but as the reader uickly learns that s not the scariest part of the situation That would be the act that the captain has allen prey to a state of paranoid mental disturbance which is steadily getting worse rather than better The naval regulations of that day give him practically absolute powers on a ship at sea and don t provide any regular channels or removing him on the basis of insanity Anyone who s read Herman Wouk s 1951 novel The Caine Mutiny or like me his subseuent play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial A Drama In Two Acts will see enough similarity between Capt Sawyer and Capt ueeg to suspect that the latter provided a model Dona Flor for theormer But Forester is his own writer and this isn t a Wouk knock off the two authors develop their stories in distinctively different waysSome of my basic comments in my review of the Rocker Babies Wear Jeans first book apply here as well But this book is much less episodic it has a continuous linear plot that holds interest throughout Another significant difference is that Hornblower isn t the viewpoint character here that lotalls to the ship s third officer Lt William Bush This means we see Hornblower through other eyes than his own and aren t inside his head at any point a narrative strategy that not only gives us some distance rom the main character and leshes out another perspective but allows Forester to shroud a key plot point with deliberate ambiguity and mystery You ll learn what I mean if you read the book IMO this was a shrewd move on the author s part The ethical uestions subtly raised or implied here could provoke a lot of serious discussion Forester doesn t imply any viewpoint about the matter leaving it to the readers to Sono with Visits from the Seventh formulate their ownForester shows himself to be a real master of characterization here especially with Hornblower and Bush who are very distinctive but eually real personalities with their own virtues andaults but with other characters as well He does action scenes well and realistically with the necessary but not gratuitous gore The psychological and social situation created by a captain s madness in the claustrophobic confines of a sail powered warship is masterfully evoked Subtle social commentary about the characters highly class conscious world adds depth to the story line and we re also treated to a Regency novel of manners with a naval Remarkable Creatures flavor in places There s often a high degree of narrative tension and suspense here Perhaps the main drawback of the book is the author s tendency to assume readers know a great deal about technical matters both those of early 19th century ship handling and the card game whist than this one does Though I could gather that the latter has some similarity to games like Rook which I ve played enough that I could get a tolerable sense of what was going on at the card table I could get a broad basic sense of the physical maneuvering of the ship in battle but that was about it and I have no real clue about the meaning of some of the nautical vocabulary though I could deduce definitions of some of the terms For all that though this was still a very satisfying read I ll definitely be continuing with the seriesor now though I don t plan to read all of the chronologically later books Get your horn blown in this book of complete seaman insanity Yes I do plan on riding the seamen jokes long after they re played outOur hero Horatio Hornblower is put in a tough position with his wardroom messmates The captain of the HMS Renown has gone off his rocker and thinks his officers are plotting against him They re notwell not at irst They re pushed into it when th. On the ighting ships of the Napoleonic Wars the young lieutenant distinguishes himself in his Heroes Adrift (Hero, first independent command He alsoaces an adventure uniue in his experience Mari. Of experiencing HMS Renown s time in the Caribbean through Lieutenant Hornblower s eyes we see the Renown s mission to Santo Domingo rom the perspective of one Lieutenant Hornblower s eyes we see the Renown s mission to Santo Domingo rom the perspective of one Horatio Hornblower s eyes we see the Renown s mission to Santo Domingo Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old from the perspective of one of Horatio superior officers Lieutenant William Bush Bush a solid steady unimaginative Lieutenant meets Hornblower in the earliest stages of the novel and everything we know about the title character comes through theilter of Bush At Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs first Bushinds Hornblower Gray Bishop fascinating then heeels a twinge of jealousy then some ear when he wonders if Hornblower is responsible or maiming Captain Sawyer and putting him permanently out of commission then wonder at Hornblower s self control then some admiration before a return of anger and inally a deep respect and devoted riendship or the junior officer who is destined

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become his s an interesting move or an author of a series to make but CS Forester s use of Bush in Lieutenant Hornblower is effective in a couple of pragmatic ways First Forester controls exactly what he wants us to know about Hornblower second this withheld knowledge leaves us always wondering along with Bush whether Hornblower really did have anything to do with the injuring of Captain Sawyer and maybe even his murder during the retaking of Renown Noir from a pack of captured privateers third it gives us the very important experience of seeing how the men whoollow Hornblower subordinates and superiors alike come to lay their lives on the line Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are for such a distant arrogant mysterious and precocious young manLieutenant Hornblower isn t without itslaws though It s nautical bits seem to be a bit of annoyance to the author who uses them primarily as a way to move the reader Gaffer from one nasty battle or action set piece to the next This peculiarity makes iteel like something out of the Sharpe series Bernard Cornwell s anti heroic rifleman than Patrick O Brian s superior AubreyMaturin series Which isn t to say that Cornwell and Forester are bad Circumstantial Evidence farrom it but I d much rather eat a perfectly cooked steak than overcooked hamburgersThen again when steak isn t available burger is a satisfying substitute And I ve know doubt I will be eating burgers again very soon This book picks up a short span after the Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers first book Now Hornblower is the junior Lieutenant on the HMS Renown a ship of the line This book is a very marked departurerom the start of the Hornblower series And that is a very good thingFirst the Lieutenant Hornblower is probably my avourite of the saga although like all books it is not without its laws Nevertheless it has much A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping for the enthusiast to admire It was Forester s seventh Hornblower book and he was hitting his stride The nautical detail is excellent and at its heart is a gripping adventure The narrative is set on ship of the line which has been sent to clear out a nest of Spanish privateers operating in the Caribbean This story is well constructed with enough triumphs and disasters to satisfy In addition there is a second plot line charting the conflict between a paranoid captain and his officers At the resolution of the novel ainal section is added set several months in the Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) future back in Britain during the Peace of Amiens 1802What I admire most in the book is the change in narrator For the rest of the series we see the world through Hornblower s eyes butor this book and only this book our perspective moves to that of Lieutenant Bush Bush who is solid and reliable but a little lacking in imagination is meeting Hornblower or the irst time He will go on to become his loyal sidekick As a writer I admire the audacity of what Forester has done and as a reader I appreciate how well he pulls it off But then he goes on to use this different perspective to tease the reader Without giving any spoilers the book contains a death at which Hornblower is likely to have been present but Bush was not It is a mystery that is never resolved and hangs in the air like a shadow across the growing relationship between the two men I do have two problems with the book however neither of which are huge One is a persistent issue with Forester villains which cuts across all his work naval or otherwise They are always rather two dimensional with no redeeming God Said, Ha!: A Memoir features which makes them less plausible and ultimately less terrible If I was editing this book I would want to see some back story to explain their personality or a moment of relief letting some light contrast the shade Even Hitler liked dogs and childrenThe second issuelows rom the way that the series was constructed Although this is the second book chronologically it is actually the seventh one written It was published in 1952 nearly twenty years after The Happy Return called Beat to uarters in the US which was produced as a standalone novel Forester wrote the second half of the series irst and can now be seen to be trying to reverse engineer the story that precedes The Happy Return This is a tall order He needs Hornblower to befriend Bush get promoted twice unwisely marry have two children and be senior enough to be in command of a On the Right Side of a Dream frigate all in a modestew years The result is the curious inal section of the book that has no real relevance to what has go. E ortunes 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.

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Not a lot of depth but enormous un I love all the Hornblower stories and movies too I recommend them highly to all readers who enjoy a rollicking all the Hornblower stories and movies too I recommend them highly to all readers who enjoy a rollicking story of old written by a consummate author His books are classics and the movies exciting and really enjoyable Excellent I ve never read any of this series before this one is the second chronologically but the sixth published Not the place to start but my library doesn t have the irst chronologically My edition is an audio by Chivers Audiobooks read by Christian Rodska Very well readI wanted to Chivers Audiobooks read by Christian Rodska Very well readI wanted to these because I really liked David Weber s Honor Harrington series everyone including the author agree that it is a "Direct Homage To The Hornblower Series I "homage to the Hornblower series I also heard it s similar in some ways to Bernard Cornwell s Sharpe series which I like plus a lot of good things about it over the years Somehow I never got around to reading it thoughI m always a little worried when I read a classic So many have a great story but the writing turns me off Not in this case although I m surprised There were times the description was very intricate didn t really move the story orward yet it was always interesting For instance there was a problem with a cannon touch hole I was treated to an excruciatingly detailed description of how it was Michelin Green Guide Normandy fixed It worked It helped build the tension certainlyit into the story although I m still not positive how Forester managed to pull that off From most other authors it would have seemed like pure illerThe story itself was very engaging could have stopped at several points leaving me ulfilled or wanting Forester took it a lot urther along than I would have guessed or wanted if asked but again it worked well much to my amazement I guess a truly good author can break a lot of rules keep me engagedI m definitely going to get others in this series listen to them This review is or the complete 11 book series of THE HORNBLOWER SAGA by CS Forester which I just inished reading last nightNote Individual books have individual star ratings mostly 5 star a ew 4 star but the descriptive review will be the same What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World for each and encompass the entire series asollowsActually I just inished reading the complete series or the second time the The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War first being as a teenager some 30 years agoIt s remarkable to me that I have only just this moment realized that my own timeline regarding the two readings corresponds almost exactly to the age progression experienced by the main character in the course of these 11 novelsIt s a 30 year journey unlike any other I have ever taken in booksull and deep and satisfyingThis is the epic saga of Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life fictional British naval hero HORATIO HORNBLOWER who goesrom a 17 year old midshipman to a 46 year old admiral during the golden age of sail which encompasses the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th centuryI ll list the 11 books in chronological order not the order they were written which is the best way I believe to read them MR MIDSHIPMAN HORNBLOWER LIEUTENANT HORNBLOWER HORNBLOWER AND THE HOTSPUR HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS HORNBLOWER AND THE ATROPOS BEAT TO UARTERS SHIP OF THE LINE FLYING COLOURS COMMODORE HOWNBLOWER LORD HORNBLOWER ADMIRAL HORNBLOWER IN THE WEST INDIESI ve read other sea aring novels but to me Forester earns the crownWhyMany reasons but I ll list just three1 All the rousing action you could ask or in a well paced adventure series2 coupled with a complex main character This is the true secret of the Hornblower books that Hornblower himself is not some one dimensional infallible aultless hero On the contrary he is illed with self doubt and doesn t always choose the best course especially in personal matters But by building the main character this way Forester allows you to recognize empathize and eventually care deeply about him rooting Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band for his success rather than merely expecting it It s this complex characterization that complements and actually allowsor the heroics of the plot because it all comes at a priceOne price is so high that as a teenager I couldn t believe that Forester had actually done it I can t go into detail because this is a spoiler The Meaning of Star Trek free review but something happens that is so devastating that literallyor entire books afterwards I kept expecting Forester to make amends But it doesn t happen And Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt finally as an older adult knowing it will happen knowing there will be no reprieve I realize Forester was saying This is the price of war3 The Language of Sailing Ships I m not nautically minded and there is much use of nautical language in these books But rather than being annoyed I had a very different reaction First I learned aew things But much importantly I also grew to appreciate the language itself whether I understood its technical details or not To me it became like poetry Or even musicAnd I loved itAll 11 booksIt s an investment to be sureBut or those able bodied a wonderfully entertaining journey awaitsShould you set sailAye aye Lieutenant Hornblower may be the name of the book and he s certainly what it s about but there s a ine little twist that begins on the Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World first page and is sustained throughout Lieutenant Hornblower is notrom his point of viewInstead. In this gripping tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas Horatio Hornblower emerges rom his apprenticeship as midshipman to ace new responsibilities thrust upon him by th. ,

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