Take, Burn or Destroy

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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 it?s too late.

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Overview


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 it’s 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.

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Captains courageous, ambitious and resolute do furious battle on the high seas in the midst of the French Revolution. This U.K. export reaches American shores to continue the adventures of Capt. Charles Hayden and his unlucky frigate, the HMS Themis. Russell (A Battle Won, 2010, etc.) has the advantage this time, having already established Hayden's background and his dual nature as a British officer with a French mother. This allows him to throw the reader right into the action, as Hayden and his motley crew intercept intelligence about a plot to invade England. But before the Captain can return to Portsmouth with the news, they're outmaneuvered by a wily French captain named Lacrosse--as fascinating a character as Russell has conceived and an absorbing counterpoint to the nobly flawed Hayden. But a sudden shipwreck shifts the ground between the warring crews, leading to a remarkable rescue for Hayden and his men. Meanwhile, back in England, a misunderstanding has left Hayden estranged from his lady love, Henrietta Carthew, who is being courted by another man. Her absence is a particularly cruel blow for Hayden, as tentative in romance as he is bold in battle. Nevertheless, the newly promoted Post Captain soldiers on in his new charge, the 64-gun ship Raisonnable. The crew is tasked with delivering dispatches to Adm. Lord Howe, who is cruising the English Channel in pursuit of a French convoy. Russell is no slouch at writing adventure, having crafted a host of sci-fi/fantasy novels under pen names, but he is becoming incredibly skilled at crafting these seafaring adventures. Hayden makes for a rich character whose internal turmoil lends credence to his role as master and commander, while his crew is as varied and interesting as any of Patrick O'Brien's lot. Another vivid adventure with a tumultuous historical backdrop--not to be missed by fans of pirates and naval strategy or by history buffs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425268537
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: A Charles Hayden Novel Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 140,057
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author


S. Thomas Russell is a lifelong sailor whose passion for the sea inspired Take, Burn or Destroy, A Battle Won, and Under Enemy Colors. He lives on Vancouver Island in Canada.
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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Very Good Period Piece

    The characters are well developed and provide interesting insights into English and French socities of the late 1700's. Detailed descriptions of the sailing techiques applied in battle bring this complexed subject to life.

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    Posted May 31, 2013

    Sam

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    Posted May 21, 2013

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    What is this book about??

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    Posted May 31, 2013

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