1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Midshipman Horatio Hornblower receives his first command Ö As a seventeen-year-old with a touch of sea sickness, young Horatio Hornblower hardly cuts a dash in His Majestyís navy. Yet from the moment he is ordered to board a French merchant ship in the Bay of Biscay and take command of crew and cargo, he proves his seafaring mettle on the waves. With a character-forming duel, several chases and some strange tavern encounters, the young Hornblower is soon forged into a formidable man of the sea. This is the first of eleven books chronicling the nautical adventures of C. S. Foresterís inimitable hero, Horatio Hornblower.
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C.S Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, and after leaving Guy's without a degree he turned to writing as a career. On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect material for The Ship. He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy, and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis, a disease which left him crippled. However, he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2006. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140011153