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As for the suggestion to read the Horatio Hornblower series by C.S. Forester. By all means, yes!. What fun. I would say read "Flying Colours" first - it's my favourite, anyways. The first one "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" is pretty boring, Forester hasn't developed as a writer yet.

I'm a great fan of Forester and similar series, Patrick O'Brian for example and would agree. Just one point though - the first books in the series to be written in the series were "The Happy Return" (US title "Beat to Quarters"), "A Ship of the Line" and "Flying Colours" in 1937 to 1939. "Mr Midshipman Hornblower" was not published until 1950! My personal favourite, "Hornblower and the Hotspur" was not published until 1962. I like this one for the description of the Brest blockade, surely one of the most important duties of the Royal Navy in the period.

I've found a list of the books with publication dates at

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