Take, Burn or Destroy

Take, Burn or Destroy

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Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns in the riveting new seafaring adventure from the bestselling author.
1794, the height of the French Revolution--Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill-fated HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate sailing from Le Havre and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. On discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to give warning before it's too late.
But the enemy has been lying in wait for him, and so begins a dangerous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a powerful French squadron. After a thwarted attempt to masquerade as French sailors, Hayden and his officers are taken prisoner. A shipwreck following a storm and a case of mistaken identity befall Hayden and his men, as they try in desperation to escape in order to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will mean the invasion of England--and the guillotine for Hayden.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 43.18mm | 657.71g
  • G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0399158960
  • 9780399158964
  • 347,064

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Praise for the Charles Hayden novels by S. Thomas Russell:

"Russell's encyclopedic command of nautical lore, joined to his rare ability to spin a ripping yarn, places the reader right in the middle of the action, of which there is plenty. He loves this stuff, and he makes us love it, but does us the courtesy never to oversimplify, never to gloss over the flaws of the officers, the seamen, the politicians, and their navy. Out of that ruthlessly clear-eyed vision, he creates characters and situations that stay in the reader's memory even as memories of broadsides and cutlass duels fade."--Neal Stephenson, "New York Times-"bestselling author of "Anathem" and The Baroque Cycle

"Fans of Patrick O'Brian's works and other novels in the naval adventure genre will enjoy ["Under Enemy Colors"]" . . . "A fast-paced and eventful narrative . . . The novel benefits from thorough research and a mastery of the technical details of sailing in the 1790s."--"Library Journal"

"A colorful account of duty and honor, punctuated by the cannonade of naval warfare."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Russell's first-rate debut features taut plotting, liberal action, and . . . a complex, sympathetic hero."--"Publishers Weekly"

"["Under Enemy Colors"] grips the audience with its insightful look at war at sea. Charles is a fantastic protagonist who keeps the exciting story line together . . . Historical readers will cherish this strong naval saga with vivid sea battles, strong characterizations, and a deep sense of time and place."--"Midwest Book Review"

"Vivid and evocative, especially about what Mr. Russell knows best, the sea and sailing."--"The Wall Street Journal"

"Late 18th-century naval warfare and the threat of mutiny take center stage in this seagoing thriller reminiscent of Patrick O'Brian."--"The Sacramento Bee"
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About S Thomas Russell

S. THOMAS RUSSELL is a lifelong sailor whose passion for the sea--and his love of Patrick O'Brian's seafaring novels--inspired the Charles Hayden series. He lives on Vancouver Island in Canada.
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584 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 28% (165)
4 44% (255)
3 21% (124)
2 5% (31)
1 2% (9)

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don't be fooled, this is A Ship Of War under a different guise.show more
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