Lieutenant Hornblower

Lieutenant Hornblower

by C. S. Forester, C. S. Forrestor


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In this gripping tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316290630
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/16/1998
Series: Horatio Hornblower Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 104,729
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Date of Birth:

August 27, 1899

Date of Death:

April 2, 1966

Place of Birth:

Cairo, Egypt

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


AlleynGuy's Medical School of the University of London

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Lieutenant Hornblower 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
LoveSeaStories More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved listening to this book so much. It's hard to explain why I loved it, maybe it's the way it was written (about Hornblower, but also about Bush, who will always be Paul McGann in my head), but I think it's really the relationship between Bush and Hornblower -- and, really, Hornblower's relationships with everyone. There's just something totally endearing about this book. I like the story, the trials Hornblower and Bush have to live through. I love (LOVE) Bush's insights and how he spends forever staring at and observing Hornblower and then at the end the just know each other so well and then Bush totally freaks out about Hornblower and Maria and I am like, it all makes sense now. And I just loved it. I will listen to more of these, because it's just so much fun.
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My teenage daughter is steadily working her way through the local library's collection of Hornblower books, which I first read at the same age. I picked up this one when she'd finished it, as I remember finding the point-of-view change to Bush made it an interesting read. I was surprised at the immense level of detail that Forester puts into these books. Too much, on occasions: the part where the gun is being repaired is described with intricacy that I can't imagine an editor leaving in the book nowadays. It's interesting, yes, but it can't really be said to be advancing the story very much...As an adult, I found Forester's portrayal of Bush's admiration for Hornblower to be rather over-stated: to the point where it got a bit embarrassing. As a teenager I was probably deeply in love with Hornblower myself, so it probably seemed perfectly fine.
ocianain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't worry, it's not THAT Forester, this is the good one.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easily the best Hornblower book I have read. (I've read three) The entire novel was the story and not told as distinct episodes as the previous two I have read. Also, this story put a definite human face on the intrepid Hornblower.
ASBiskey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this in the Young Hornblower omnibus. After reading Mr. Midshipmen Hornblower, this was an interesting contrast. It is not actually about Hornblower, but his fellow Lieutenant Bush, and Bush's experiences with Hornblower. It is interesting to watch the title character walk in and out of frame as it were. Perhaps it is because it is Bush's perspective, but Hornblower seems capable of walking on water. He is only a junior Lieutenant, but he has all the ideas and carries them out. The action is great and the story is well told. Different from the other Hornblower books I have read, but still a great read.
loveseabooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
DavidCrawford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great Historical naval story.C.S. Forester created a superb naval drama that gave me an inside look at the life of a sailor serving in the Royal Navy on the wooden war ship Renown. With Hornblower, and his companion Bush dealing with their befuddled Captain and fighting off the attacks by the Spanish this book kept me reading page after page.I believe this is one of the best books in the Hornblower series and I would encourage anyone with an eye for historical novels to check this series out.
patience_crabstick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Hornblower book is unusual in that it is told from Lieutenant Bush's perspective. I liked seeing Hornblower through another's eyes. As always with the Hornblower books, great fun.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second (chronologically) Hornblower book. It departs from the format of the first in that it is a novel and not a collection of short stories. I enjoyed this book as much as the first. In Lieutenant Hornblower, the titular character is 4th Lieutenant under the command of an unfair captain. The captain's obsession with mutineers and conspiracies drives all the lieutenants to speak of removing the captain from command, but the captain then has the most unfortunate accident of falling into a hatch and severely injuring himself. For some reason, the other lieutenants suspect Hornblower knows more about the captain's accident, but if so he won't talk about it. The first lieutenant then takes temporary command, but is hesitant in all his decisions. They end up following the now-deranged captain's sealed orders to take a fort that has been harassing their ships. Hornblower is instrumental in its taking, and is rewarded. Before his promotion can be ratified, though, England declares peace and quickly disbands most of its naval officers. Hornblower is left to his own devices until Napoleon's marshaling of his navy prompts England to respond in kind.
SerpensLiber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿This book is second in the life of Horatio, although not second in the order written. In this book we learn about Hornblower's competency under fire, his cunning and skill at anticipating the enemy and his willingness to take bold chances. We also learn that Hornblower isn't good with money during peace time and that a woman loves him. The main difference is that this story is mostly told by one of Hornblower's peers, one Lieutenant Bush. Bush is a competent naval officer, and at the start senior to Hornblower. Over the course of the novel Bush learns not only to trust Hornblower, but to like him. I found it an engaging way to tell the story and to reveal more about the character of Horatio Hornblower. Great Read!¿
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exceptional. I've read so many books that are twice as long that contain less than half the story that this one does. Love the style, the characters, the plot, everything. The only thing that would improve the experience is if I could read it while at sea!
Napoleonicus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is grumbling between the decks of the Renown. Tension is palpable, and nobody quite knows what to expect. In the time of a few months, their legendary and adulated captain¿s behaviour has become increasingly strange and erratic. He is as likely to bouts of paranoia during which he can accuse just about anyone of conspiracy and ¿black bloody mutiny¿ as to randomly grant a double helping of spirits to all hands to recognise their loyalty right on the afternoon watch.These are the conditions under which Lieutenant William Bush, which fans of the series know as Hornblower¿s lifelong friend, joins the complement of the Renown. In a departure from the style in which the rest of the series is written, this book is actually told from Bush¿s perspective. This ingenious device is played to particularly good results, allowing not only to better understand how other people actually perceive Horatio Hornblower, but also because it allows a plot element to which Hornblower is thought to be privy to remain mysterious.When his paranoia leads Captain Sawyer to believe that Midshipman Wellard, a 12 year old boy, is undermining his authority in the eyes of the men, he has the boy severely beaten, which leads the officers, Lieutenants Buckland, Bush and Hornblower to doubt his sanity and ability to command.While looking for mutineers on the lower deck, Captain Sawyer mysteriously falls down to the hold but lives, if only worsened by his fall. When it is determined that Captain Sawyer is unfit to resume command, it is expected that an admiralty hearing would await them in Jamaica to look into the removal of Captain sawyer. It is agreed by all that it would be best to pull into port with the successful execution of Sawyer¿s orders than simply come `home¿ with their tail between their legs and go under scrutiny with nothing to show. Under the command of the competent but utterly indecisive Lieutenant Buckland, the captain¿s orders for action at Santo Domingo are therefore read and executed.This adventure is brimming with action and features ¿black bloody mutiny¿, the usual ship battle, the land raid of a spanish fort and an attempt to overrun the ship all the while exploing the mysterious events around Captain Sawyer¿s suspicious fall. This second entry in the Hornblower series is vastly superior on all accounts to the `first¿ and is a must read to anyone who likes a good suspense.[It it of note that there is a reference to "the irish incident" near the begining of the novel. This 'incident' is recounted in the short story "The widow McCool", which while it happens somewhere between "Midshipman" and "Lieutenant", it was actually published much later in 1967, included with the final and unfinished "Hornblower and the crisis". The short story features also Lieutenant Buckland and a sane Captain James Sawyer.]
bkinetic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hornblower is an entertaining action hero but has interesting nuances in his character and personality. He is as good at being tactful as he is in battle. There is also a thread of mystery throughout the story that leaves the reader out of omniscience and lets the reader know only as much as the other characters.
BruderBane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
C. S. Forester¿s second Hornblower novel, chronologically speaking not print date, ¿Lieutenant Hornblower¿ is chock full of hard hitting exploits and daring dos. Withal what astounds me the most is Mr. Forester¿s attention to detail, to every nuance, to each seeming iota in the hard wrung lives of the British naval military seaman at the turn of the 19th century. And to make this telling fresh and exciting (c¿mon who expects hard-tack to be stimulating but it is, especially the worms) displays sagacity coupled with an ability to enrapture the reader. I don¿t know how I missed this author (actually I do but that¿s beside the point) but as to the next Hornblower novel, ¿ I wouldn¿t miss it for worlds.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love most of this series, but there are many parts of this book that I gloss over on a second or third reading.
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Really? U are what u eat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this series ever go on sale?
Patrick58 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book series loved them all loretta