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Charles Hayden Novel #3: Take, Burn or Destroyby S. Thomas Russell
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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. . . .
Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns in the riveting seafaring adventure by bestselling author S. Thomas Russell.
In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden sets off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. Upon discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to raise the alarm before its too late.
But the enemy is laying in wait—and so begins a dangerous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a powerful French squadron. With no chance of fighting their way through, Hayden and his officers are taken prisoner.
Shipwrecked in a storm on the French coast and mistaken for a French sea officer, Hayden must attempt a desperate escape to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will mean the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.
"[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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