A Battle Won

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"[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.

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Overview

"[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.

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This overlong sequel to Russell's 18th-century naval adventure, Under Enemy Colors, begins with British officer Charles Hayden being named temporary captain of the ill-starred frigate Themis, which this time is plagued by both an influenza outbreak and dissension from a trouble-making clergyman. Arriving in the Mediterranean, Hayden attempts to redeem himself by embarking on a dangerous mission to liberate Corsica, but upon returning to England, he makes an untoward discovery. Russell's melodramatic plotting often gets in the way of the action, but readers who relish the sting of salt spray and the tang of gunpowder will enjoy every page. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425241325
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 259,115
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Thomas Russell is a lifelong sailor whose love of the sea and passion for history inspired this series. He lives on Vancouver Island in Canada.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Another excellent installment in the series

    This book is every bit as good as the first work of the series, "Under Enemy Colors." I once again recommend this author heartily. I can't wait for the next installment in this engaging series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

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    A wonderful Sea story

    Although not quite as good as his first book, "Under Enemy Colors" this story by Sean Russell was still a wonderful read. In this follow-up novel I found my daring Captain Hayden going off to fight another sea battle. I also found that Mr. Russell did a super job of blending fictional and non-fictional characters, scenes and storyline. He did this so well that the book kept my interest page after page. The details he brought out of the wooden ships and their construction and makeup was just icing on the cake. If you've been craving a super sea story during the golden age of sail, then I recommend "A Battle Won." Enjoy.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    It's the series you've been waiting for since O'Brian passsed

    I've been looking for a naval series since finishing the Aubrey and Hornblower series. None of the other seemed to have the depth or scope that those did. Finally someone came along to fill that void. I hope he keeps the series going for a long time to come. Couldn't put them down, I carried my NOOK around for 2 days and finished both books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A genuine page turner!

    For those who loved Jack Aubry here is a great new hero to sail off with.
    I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series from this awesome naval author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    well done and deserving

    A wonderful follow up reading and deserving of continuation.
    Enjoyed and quickly read.
    Great makings for a pbs series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Sam

    Thats terrible! Can u take sleaping pills?

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    Posted May 30, 2013

    Fatty

    Mucj better. Thanks

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    Proving To Be A Master Commander!

    Charles Hayden is an officer in the English Navy, a man whose father was honored for his naval service but who himself has been misunderstood and scorned because of a mutiny that resulted in the hanging of all who participated. It's as if The Themis is cursed because no one wishes to board let alone serve on it. But Charles Hayden who dreamed of commanding his own ship is appointed Master Commander of The Themis and commanded to serve as a convoy to other ships traveling to a volatile area in Gibraltar. The reputation of the ship is the least of his problems!

    In the thrilling tradition of Patrick O'Brian, Bernard Cornwall and other writers depicting the highs and lows of military warfare, S. Thomas Russell joins their eminent world as a well-deserving writer whose hero faces every possible trial one could endure at sea. How is one to deal with a clergyman who challenges Hayden as a traitor because his parents were from both England and France? How does one get respect for a crew boy who is part Jewish, anathema to these Anglican believers? What about the character whose sole intent is not to serve but to incite rebellion and dissension among the crew when total unity is absolutely necessary to survive the storms and battles lying ahead that threaten to wipe out both crew and ship?

    Like the men under his command, Hayden earns the reader's respect as he bravely handles every command to survive a storm or an attack from the French and even risks his own life to save every man forced to abandon a fellow, sinking ship. More and more action fills these pages with fear and courage that continuously fluctuates like the swaying ship. Arriving in Gibraltar after influenza has taken its toll on his crew, Hayden is again misunderstood but told to proceed to Corsica, where the Spanish and French are vying for control and revolution!

    While many conspire to wreck his career and The Themis, Hayden proves himself to be the noble warrior of integrity and limitless courage who will delight every reader who loves a good military and nautical tale. What a thrilling work that has given this reviewer a desire to read more books like this! Best seller material for sure!

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Worth your time, but...

    Not quite up to the level of Under Enemy Colors, but a good read. However, the end is such a frustrating cliff hanger that I wish I did not have to wait so long to see how it resolves.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    O'Brian and Forester Fans Take Note

    A hew nautical hero is loose upon the seas and his name is Charles Hayden. Half French, half English, the duality of his heritage adds tension to his character and to the extraordinary hurdls he faces to succeed in the Royal Navy in the early years of the Napoleonic Wars. History, language, and nautical details are authentic. Plenty of action to keep pages flying. Even better, characters have depth and the plot surprises. Both Hayden and the Wars are young in this second installment of what promises to be a satisfactory replacement for those of us still longing for an annual story from the late Patrick O'Brian.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    An abrupt ending - not a good segue for a series!

    I was looking forward to this sequal since the author had written our character into all sorts of bad luck, almost to the point of absurdity in the first book of the series. But this second book picked up with the same pendantic bad luck only offset by one positive relationship late in the story. He disclaims his ability as a historian alternately leading us to believe he is a better novelist. One can only assume he tired of writting at the end and gave our poor hero the boot with a sudden closure of the story!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Oh, For All Our Maybe

    Maybe it tries to hard. Not an awful novel by any means, but one that for whatever reason, seems more the outline of a heart than a beating one. The main protagonist is less compelling than a few of his subordinates, as though the author is trying too hard to make the reader like him. The story doesn't seem to have a center - just skits across a common stage. Still, the ending holds a dark bit of promise - only in those last 15 pages did I begin to feel interested in how the man's life may play out. Maybe ... maybe ... It's the next book that will tell if this has been a preamble or a ramble.

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