"[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.
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.
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A Battle Won
A wonderful story! I will look forward to the next book and all that may follow! There are not enough books like this. I do hope this will not be the last we read about Captain Hayden and his crew.
A Battle Won
As a used bookstore owner I have opportunity to indulge my fascination with the tall ships era. I did not know of mr. Russell's writings until a copy of "under Enemy Colors" came through my shop. I have now devoured both books and anxiously await the next novel. I approached the books with some apprehension as after Patrick O'brian's Captain Aubry, Alexander Kent's Richard Bolitho and Forrester's Hornblower I've found Much of the writing of this period sub par. Enter Lt. Charles Hayden and HMS Themis. If he doesn't expire from the sheer weight of his adventures in each novel he should enjoy a nice long career. 3.5 stars
Excellent. Highly recommended
Russell is one of my new favorite authors. This is an excellent follow up to Under Enemy Colors.