Ship of the Line

May 1810, seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line, the seventy four gun HMS Sutherland, which he deems the ugliest and least desirable two decker in the Navy List Moreover, she is 250 men short of a full crew, so Hornblower must enlist and train poachers, bigamists, sheepstealers, andMay 1810, seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line, the seventy four gun HMS Sutherland, which he deems the ugliest and least desirable two decker in the Navy List Moreover, she is 250 men short of a full crew, so Hornblower must enlist and train poachers, bigamists, sheepstealers, and other landlubbers By the time the Sutherland reaches the blockaded Catalonian coast of Spain, the crew is capable of staging five astonishing solo raids against the French But the grisly prospect of defeat and capture looms for both captain and crew as the Sutherland single handedly takes on four French ships.
Ship of the Line May seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line the seventy four gun HMS Sutherland which he deems the ugliest an

  • Title: Ship of the Line
  • Author: C.S. Forester
  • ISBN: 9780316289368
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I read many of these books years ago and have started reading the ones I missedor don't recall all that well, "chronological order". That is as Hornblower's life progresses. Here Captain Hornblower is in command of his first *ship of the line.*Note: A ship of the line was a war ship of at least 2 decks of guns. It was called a "ship of the line" from the tactic or strategy of running "your" ships in a line across the stern of the enemy thus allowing "your" **broadside to be fired into the rear o [...]

    2. I'm tempted to take away a star for the cliff hanger ending, but otherwise it was as good as all the others. As a captain of a ship of the line, 74 guns, Hornblower has plenty of opportunities to strut his stuff. Lots of action.While the manning of ships has been mentioned before, a special point is made of it this time. The gov't didn't give Hornblower enough men any more than they provided uniforms or many other things. They simply expected the captain of the ship to properly crew his ship, al [...]

    3. Re-reading the Hornblower books. I don’t like this one quite as well as Beat to Quarters. It’s an interesting read, and the naval stuff is fascinating, but this is terribly bleak.It begins with Hornblower desperate to get away from the wife he dislikes, grumpy because Lady Barbara got married, and depressed because he can’t legally kidnap enough men to fully man the miserable ship he now commands. There’s a cheerful (if bloodthirsty) section in the middle where he harasses the French alo [...]

    4. It's good to see that the amount of bare flesh on display in the TV series is based firmly in book-canon. I feel like Hornblower and the Eighth Doctor would get on well, what with their carefree attitude to nudity. (Yes, I am focusing on the important parts of the book, dammit.) One day I shall make a graph with 'Chronological Progression Through Hornblower Series' on the X-axis and 'Urge to Give Hornblower a Slap and a Damn Good Talking To About Personal Relationships' on the Y-axis. Then I sha [...]

    5. I can still remember the first line from the novel, even though probably 22 years have passed since I first became acquainted with the novel. My father used to read these Hornblower stories to me as a child and in looking back, I feel an urge to revisit those heroic tales of bravery from a far distant time. This was one of the first works he read when he was growing up (along with the works of Jack London) so it has probably played a part in forming his world view. I too am drawn to this picture [...]

    6. I might have written before about the fascination I have with the sailing ships of a bygone age, but reading this book has rekindled my wonder at the mastery of the art of naval warfare as it was practiced in the so-called "Age of Sail". Again and again I am awestruck at the huge accumulation of knowledge required to command a single ship effectively, and how worthless individual lives seemed to be when ships faced off against each other in combat at sea. This particular novel is an account of H [...]

    7. Initial fyi: my main purpose in reviewing these books is not with adults in mind, but for the parents or adult friends of reading children.While this is full of adventure and amazing action, I am finding that so far I like the books in the series that were written later, rather than earlier. This was the 2nd Hornblower book written and it follows the precedent of "Beat to Quarters"a little more violent and in my opinion Hornblower is allowed to dwell too much on his feelings for a certain someon [...]

    8. I certainly am learning more about the Napoleonic Wars than I ever knew I wanted to know!! Already 17 years going, the French still have control of the coast of Spain. Hornblower is now under the command of Admiral Leightont the brightest crayon in the boxwho also happens to be the new husband of Lady Barbara, Horatio's flame. Horatio still has the hots for her, even though he has vowed to remain faithful to his wife Maria, who of course is pregnant again. Understandably, Horatio is happy to set [...]

    9. A middling Hornblower, both in terms of his career and quality of story. Forester has a penchant for getting his hero off the ship and on to dry land to fight battles (as if Sharpe suddenly took command of a ship and raced off to fight a French frigate), and in this one he gets him on to dry land to fail to fight a battle, in one of the dullest sections of the entire canon. Compensated for by two lovely (and lively) bits of action at sea. As others have warned, though, this is only half a book, [...]

    10. A typical rollicking read in the Hornblower series.In charge of his own ship, Hornblower needs to prove himself and do something with a grossly understaffed boat.It’s odd that the author, to show how “modern” Hornblower in effect is, has him resorting to whippings only with reluctance, having no faith, but keeping up appearances for the good of discipline, and having a daily bath. He then makes two casual racist references in the course of the story which sort of jump out and hit you in th [...]

    11. Hornblower is so hilarious as a character. He is so stoic and sharp on the outside, yet terribly self-conscious on the inside. He literally thinks his next steps out in his head to appear more badass than he actually feels. Adorkable ain't the word!

    12. I think this is the first Hornblower book I've read. His musings and small thoughts made the battles seem more real, although I must confess, I tune out battles in books and therefore a rather large chunk of this was lost to me.

    13. This review is for the complete 11-book series of THE HORNBLOWER SAGA by C.S. Forester, which I just finished reading last night.[Note: Individual books have individual star ratings (mostly 5-star, a few 4-star), but the descriptive review will be the same for each, and encompass the entire series, as follows.]Actually, I just finished reading the complete series for the second time, the first being as a teenager some 30 years ago.It's remarkable to me that I have only just this moment realized [...]

    14. “Ship of the Line” by CS Forester is more than a swashbuckling tale of adventure in the Mediterranean. Here. Horatio Hornblower enters into command of a third rate battleship as a senior post-captain, on HMS Sutherland. The loneliness of command is now full upon him. He is willing to take his part in the Napoleonic Wars in an old, unweatherly 74-gun ship with a crew of 600 or more and a group of lieutenants each with his own problems that interfere with his ability to carry out his duties ob [...]

    15. Originally published on my blog here in July 1998.Re-reading A Ship of the Line is like encountering an old friend; it must be getting on for twenty years since I last read any of the Hornblower series. I was prepared for the book not to appeal, or not to match up to the other Napoleonic navy novels I've read in the meantime.I was more impressed than ever, and it has become clear why Forester set the standard that every historical naval writer has had to live up to since. He does not ignore the [...]

    16. This book is a million miles away from my more normal preference for Science Fiction and yet I was extremely impressed by it. I came to it from my love of David Weber’s Honor Harrington books which openly acknowledge their debt to Forester and Horatio Hornblower, and I was not disappointed. This was a well-paced naval adventure that has the reader cheering Hornblower on along with his crew. Okay, so the reality that such a humane and considerate naval captain could even exist in those days of [...]

    17. Based on other reviews, this might not have been the best Hornblower novel to make my first. I found the main character fascinating even in the things that made him annoying--he's astonishingly vain in the sense of ALWAYS being horrifically aware of the image he's presenting. Is he being commanding enough? Do the men respect him? Is he cutting exactly the right kind of figure? His dislike of his wife is based almost entirely on a feeling that she's not properly elegant and impressive for a capta [...]

    18. This is a rip-roaring naval adventure from start to finish, no mistake. But I also find it one of the most problematic in the Hornblower series. For one thing, the action seems much more episodic (and, as a result, much more easily resolved) than in previous installments. But the big concern is that Hornblower is perhaps at his most unlikable in this book. His deeply flawed character has always been one of his most intriguing aspects. But here, he crosses the line into self-absorbed whining, IMO [...]

    19. Love the Hornblower series, started reading them in the same order as the BBC/ITV series which I had really enjoyed. Although this book tells the story of Capt. Hornblower as a middle aged man, it was written well before the books about Horatio as a young lieutenant and midshipman. Ironically, one gets the impression that as Forester grew older he passed on the wisdom and humility he acquired to the younger Hornblower. Although, I liked this book, the character of its central protagonist is more [...]

    20. The book is still well written, entertaining, and informative, but wow is Hornblower much more of a bastard than I remember from my first reading 20 years ago. Dismissive contempt for his most loyal lieutenant combined with constant pining for a married woman and scorn for his loving wife make him thoroughly unlikable.

    21. What a delightful book! I am greatly enjoying this series so far. In this one, Horatio Hornblower and his ship (it's a ship of the line, hence the title) must blockade and otherwise wreak havoc along the Spanish coast, which is partially under Napoleon's control. Oh, and there's a massive cliffhanger at the end, so make sure you have the next one handy or you'll be in suspense

    22. Increíble!Buenísimo! No pude soltar el libro. Desde el inicio hasta el final aventura tras aventura. Su manera de resolver los problemas, su constante introspección y autocrítica, su fervor patriótico y valentía! Increíble HH. Después de su gran batalla contra la Natividad este es una gran continuación de la leyenda que es HH.

    23. The best Hornblower book so far! A good deal of action, a bit of society drama and naval politics of the time mixed in. Hornblower has really hit his stride as an officer. He is given free reign for much of this book and cooks up some schemes worthy of Cochrane! The ending of the book leaves you ready to pick up the next one, and I will do just that before too long.

    24. Best of the series so far. Action from beginning to the unprecedented cliff hanger ending. Oh and I liked it too. A very good read, but you should read this series in order, so that you will be familiar with much of the crew.

    25. Loved this. Very exciting battles and much greater insight into this strange character, Horacio Hornblower, makes this book quite a joy to read. I have just started Flying Colours, the third book. I am reading them by date of publication, as recommended by a good friend!

    26. For the first time I was actually rooting for Horatio to be injured, beaten in battle and humiliated. He was annoying and unlikable in this book and there wasn't enough action or plot to make up for it.

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