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Charles Hayden Novel #3: Take, Burn or Destroy
Synopses & Reviews
Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns in the riveting new seafaring adventure from the bestselling author.
1794, the height of the French Revolutionandmdash;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 itandrsquo;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 Englandandmdash;and the guillotine for Hayden.
Charles Hayden returns in the thrilling new naval adventure from bestselling author S. Thomas Russell, todays Patrick OBrian for a new generation” (Kirkus Reviews).
Master and Commander Charles Hayden has received fresh orders that take him and the HMS Themis to the Caribbean, with instructions to meddle with French shipping to the colonies. While en route, they rescue two Spanish castaways who beg for help fleeing from a vengeful family situation—Hayden agrees to do what he can, though its soon clear his two new guests arent exactly what they seem.
Arriving in the lawless Caribbean seas, Hayden and Themis find themselves torn between the forces of reckless English captains, conflicts between royalist and revolutionary Frenchmen, and Spanish ships that are enemies to both England and France. And when someone very dear to him is kidnapped, Hayden may sacrifice everything in a reckless pursuit to save her. . . .
"[A] thrilling story of nautical warfare" (Kirkus Reviews) from the author of Under Enemy Colors.
Winter 1793. Master and Commander Charles Hayden is given orders to return to the ill-fated HMS Themis as the British fight the French for control of the strategically located island of Corsica, where his captaincy and military skill are stretched to their utmost as he finds himself at the vanguard of this brutal clash of empires.
About the Author
S. Thomas Russell is a lifelong sailor whose passion for the sea—and love of nautical history—inspired the adventures of Charles Hayden. He lives on Vancouver Island in Canada.
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