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By C. S. Forester

The yr is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the methods of seamen, is ordered to board a French service provider send and take command of team and load for the honour of britain. notwithstanding now not an unqualified good fortune, this primary naval event teaches the younger midshipman adequate to release him on a chain of more and more wonderful exploits. This novel-in which younger Horatio will get his sea legs, proves his mettle, and exhibits the makings of the legend he'll become-is the 1st of the 11 swashbuckling Hornblower stories which are this present day considered as vintage experience tales of the ocean.

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Cease! ” bellowed Hornblower. He walked to the starboard part to be in complete view of the starboard part rowers. He held up his hand and bellowed back. A bushy face or was once raised, however the oars nonetheless swung. “Uno, doce, tres,” stated the overseer. Jackson seemed at Hornblower’s elbow, and levelled a pistol to shoot the closest rower. “Oh, belay that! ” stated Hornblower testily. He knew he was once in poor health of killings now. “Find my pistols and reload them. ” He stood on the best of the spouse like a guy in a dream — in a nightmare. The galley slaves went on swinging and pulling; his dozen enemies have been nonetheless clustered on the holiday of the forecastle thirty yards away; in the back of him the wounded Spaniards groaned away their lives. one other entice the rowers used to be as a lot overlooked because the previous ones. Oldroyd should have had the clearest head or have recovered himself fastest. “I’ll haul down his shades, sir, shall I? ” he acknowledged. Hornblower woke from his dream. On a employees above the taffrail fluttered the yellow and pink. “Yes, haul ‘em down at once,” he acknowledged. Now his brain was once transparent, and now his horizon used to be now not bounded by way of the slender limits of the galley. He seemed approximately him, over the blue, blue sea. there have been the service provider ships; over there lay the Indefatigable. at the back of him boiled the white wake of the galley — a curved wake. no longer until eventually that second did he become aware of that he used to be answerable for the tiller, and that for the final 3 mins, the galley were slicing over the blue seas unsteered. “Take the tiller, Oldroyd,” he ordered. was once galley disappearing into the hazy distance? It needs to be, and much in its wake used to be the longboat. And there, at the port bow, was once the gig, resting on her oars — Hornblower may perhaps see little figures status waving in bow and stern, and it dawned upon him that this used to be in acknowledgement of the hauling down of the Spanish colors. one other musket banged off ahead, and the rail shut at his hip used to be struck an immense blow which despatched gilded splinters flying within the solar. yet he had all his wits approximately him back, and he ran again over the demise males; on the after finish of the poop he was once out of sight of the gangway and secure from shot. He may possibly nonetheless see the gig at the port bow. “Starboard your helm, Oldroyd. ” The galley grew to become slowly — her slender size made her unhandy if the rudder weren't assisted by way of the oars — yet quickly the bow was once approximately to vague the gig. “Midships! ” awesome that there, jumping within the white water that boiled less than the galley’s stern, was once the jolly boat with one reside guy and useless males nonetheless aboard. “Where are the others, Bromley? ” yelled Jackson. Bromley pointed overside. they'd been shot from the taffrail in the mean time that Hornblower and the others have been getting ready to assault the poop. “Why in hell don’t you come back aboard? ” Bromley took carry of his left arm together with his correct; the limb was once basically lifeless. there has been no reinforcement to be received the following, and but complete ownership needs to be taken of the galley. another way it was once even attainable that they'd be carried off to Algeciras; whether they have been masters of the rudder the fellow who managed the oars dictated the process the send if he willed.

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