Lieutenant Hornblower

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In this second act of the Hornblower saga, the reader has an opportunity to revel in a gripping, rip-roaring tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas. Lieutenant Hornblower emerges from his apprenticeship as a midshipman, to the 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 horrors of life on the fighting ships of the Napoleonic Wars, the young ...
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Overview

In this second act of the Hornblower saga, the reader has an opportunity to revel in a gripping, rip-roaring tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas. Lieutenant Hornblower emerges from his apprenticeship as a midshipman, to the 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 horrors of life on the fighting ships of the Napoleonic Wars, the young lieutenant distiguishes himself in his first independent command. And, at the end of this book, he faces an adventure unique to his experience: Maria.
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This trio offer more of the salty adventures of the title character, who sailed the ocean blue during the Napoleonic Wars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736691260
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Patrick Macnee was born in 1922 in London, England, into a wealthy and eccentric family. Macnee first appeared on stage and made his film debut as an extra in Pygmalion. After World War II, he resumed his stage and film career, with bit parts such as Young Jacob Marley in Scrooge. The role that brought him worldwide fame and popularity was the part of John Steed, in the classic British television series The Avengers. During the 1980s and 1990s, Macnee became a familiar face on American television in such series as Gavilan, Empire, Thunder in Paradise and Night Man. In the past decade, Macnee has also made several audio recordings of book fiction.

Biography

C. S. Forester (1899 - 1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the "Bismarck" and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits and adventures on the high seas Forester chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels. Over the years, Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II, he traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.

The character of Horatio Hornblower was born after Forester was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film. While the script was being drafted, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, based on the same historical incidents about which Forester was writing. Rather than seek another movie project, and to avoid an impending paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a freighter bound for England. By the end of the voyage he had outlined Beat to the Quarters, which introduced the now legendary character Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on Hornblower During the Crisis.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 27, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cairo, Egypt
    1. Date of Death:
      April 2, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    Management Lessons that All Could Use!

    As a long-time fan of the Hornblower series, I had not read Lieutenant Hornblower for many years. Imagine my surprise upon rereading this outstanding book when I discovered that Lieutenant Hornblower is an outstanding primer on management! If you have not yet read Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, I strongly urge you to read that book before starting Lieutenant Hornblower. Lieutenant Hornblower is written from the perspective of one of Hornblower¿s superior officers, a senior lieutenant named William Bush. Bush is a master at getting a ship to perform under all circumstances, but has placed little emphasis on how to defeat the enemy. Without the background of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, I¿m afraid you will miss some of the nuances of what the author is suggesting in the book. The book opens with Hornblower as the newest and most junior lieutenant on the Renown, a British ship of war about to head off on a lengthy cruise to parts as not yet disclosed. Captain Sawyer immediately begins accusing his lieutenants and midshipmen of conspiring to undermine his authority. At the same time, Captain Sawyer cannot do enough for his crew, including extra grog rations. Discipline is rapidly diminishing. What¿s a young lieutenant to do with a captain who isn¿t getting the job done? You will find the story fascinating if you imagine being a newly appointed general manager of a small division in a company where the CEO is running the firm into the ground. If the firm goes down, so do you! Later, the ship finds itself under difficult orders, orders which if followed in the usual way will lead to death, destruction, and failure. What do you do now as a junior person in the situation? You certainly cannot dictate . . . but perhaps you might tactfully suggest alternatives. This circumstance recurs in the novel, and I draw your attention to the adroit way that Hornblower combines respect, a sense of his place, and timely suggestions to provide the same leadership that he might have applied as captain. Students of game theory will also be fascinated by the ways that Mr. Forester included those kinds of concepts into the decisions that Hornblower makes. In the end of the book, Hornblower has fallen on hard times. How he responds is a lesson to us all. He sees adversity as a temporary setback that will be redressed in due time by a shift in circumstances to match the underlying odds, not unlike sticking to good strategy for winning at cards. A strategy may not always win, but an effective one will win more often than not and will be profitable to pursue (such as card-counting in playing blackjack). Hornblower also finds himself the potential beneficiary of kindness from friends. You will be interested to see how he is affected and how he responds. Lead from wherever you are! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    Another great story in the Hornblower Series.

    I believe "Lieutenant Hornblower" is my favorite book in the Hornblower Series. I suppose with Lt. Bush involment in the story he made the story more personal than the other books. It's a super sea story and I would gladly reacommend it to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    NEW TWIST

    This book was as good as the first. The only difference is this book is not from Hornblower's point of view it is through the eyes of Mr. Bush so you get to see Hornblower as others see him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    Awesome Sea Novel!!!! I'm serious!!!

    This is by far one of the greatest books I've ever read, if not the greatest. It has very good character development, awesome descriptions, and a very surprising plot. I wish I could rate it higher than 5 stars, since I've rated books worse than this with 5 before. If you have ever read any naval novels or ever want to, this is definitely a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Fatty

    Look the same....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Sam

    Really? U are what u eat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Sale

    Does this series ever go on sale?

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Classic swashbuckling tale

    C.S. Forester was a prolific author who, among many other works, wrote eleven books detailing the career of a British naval officer in the Napoleonic era. The series begins with Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, when the protagonist was a young Midshipman of 18 years, and ends with Lord Hornblower in the West Indies. Lieutenant Hornblower is the second book in the series and follows the newly minted naval Lieutenant onto the H.M.S. Renown under the mentally imbalanced Captain Sawyer. This book is especially important to the series because it builds the characther of Hornblower through the the eyes of the ship's senior Lieutenant Bush. Bush watches and increasingly admires Hornblower for his analytical mind, his ability to take calculated risks, his bravery in battle and leadership. This entire series is well worth reading, and each of these books are old friends for me - I have read them many times. Horatio Hornblower is a gift to us from C.S. Forester, and he will give you many hours of pleasure as well as understanding of the British Navy in the Napoleonic wars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Awesome

    Great book series loved them all loretta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    The movies are better

    This story doesnt seem at all like the movie. Where the heck is Archie Kennedy? The books will be no good without him and there is no nice cute guy to cheer on and by the way Kennedy is the most awesome sailor in history and how does Horatio live the trial if Archie doesnt give up his life for him a 100 times? I was very dissapointed cuz Horatios life seems boring and miserable and he has no BFF to laugh with cuz Archie is NOT THERE!!!! IS HE? I am not buying this book unless Kennedy is in it. Im 13 and a girl and i like the movies cuz theyre epic and i love Archie and Horatios friendship! So see the movies not the old ones. HoratioArchiefangirl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Book will not download to nook

    Writing a review is real difficult if you can not read the book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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