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Take, Burn or Destroy

Take Burn or Destroy Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns in the riveting new seafaring adventure from the bestselling author the height of the French Revolution Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill fated H

  • Title: Take, Burn or Destroy
  • Author: S. Thomas Russell Sean Thomas Russell
  • ISBN: 9780399158964
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns in the riveting new seafaring adventure from the bestselling author 1794, the height of the French Revolution 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 oMaster and Commander Charles Hayden returns in the riveting new seafaring adventure from the bestselling author 1794, the height of the French Revolution 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 it 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 England and the guillotine for Hayden.

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    1. I've given this four stars because overall I did really enjoy it. I love Mr. Russell's writing and the characters he's created. I like the battles, the ships, the historical elements and the fact that he can make me like battles and warships and all the drama that surrounds them, is very impressive. I don't read these sorts of books generally!I really liked the first two books but this one, I have to admit, had elements I didn't like as much. The business with Henrietta and her family held no in [...]

    2. Sean Thomas Russell : A Ship of WarReviewI have to admit I looked forward to this read, having read Under Enemy Colours and A Battle Won I already knew that Sean Thomas Russell could write, what I was more surprised about (again) was the differing nature of the stories with the story, this truly was a multi layered book. Normally you will have plots and sub plots in a book, and you will have threads that pull together at points in the book like fine stitching, and this book in most respects was [...]

    3. Russell has dropped the ball, and I don't know if he is going to recover it. This series started strong with a lot of action. But since then it has become encumbered with long passages that take for ever to resolve. It often seems like we are watching water boil, waiting for the period Russell is guiding us through to move on.Here we have two sequences, a battle, well handled at the end of the book, but before that, in the early part, a storm. And this interminable. Russell has had this trouble [...]

    4. Fans of the Patrick O'Brien will wonder if any seafaring fiction can match his masterful work. Probably nothing can, but this novel is good and an enjoyable read. Charles Hayden is the ship's commander at the onset of the war with the French. Hayden's mission goes awry and he is captured by the enemy. He speaks perfect French so he is able for a time to portray himself as a shipwrecked French sea captain. He is eventually discovered, but is returned to England in gratitude for his efforts to sav [...]

    5. THOMAS RUSSELL is a terrific writer of nautical adventures. TAKE, BURN or DESTROY is book three in the adventures of Captain Charles Hayden of the British Navy. This story takes place around 1794 primarily in England, France and off the coast of Brest (France). My only reason for giving it 4 stars and not 5 are the long interludes in England where Hayden's love interest, Henrietta, is going through her marital options. Her confusion stems from two events - Hayden's supposed marriage to a young F [...]

    6. Oh, what a treat! The third in the Captain Charles Hayden series of novels, and by no means the 'least'. Although rather slower in some parts than Russell's two prior 'Hayden' publications - A Battle Won, and Under Enemy Colours - this novel moved along quickly through its 500 pages, culminating in a sea battle so large and vividly described that you couldn't help but feel you were 'in it'. Well thought out, beautifully conveyed, and vividly depicted. Thank you Mr. Russell . I just pray there wi [...]

    7. It's Horatio Hornblower meets Elizabeth Bennet. It's a great combination, and Russell has somehow managed to do very well with both genres. Excellent crafted scenes at sea in the Age of Sail, matching the best of a C.S. Forester with the with the witty banter found in a Jane Austen back on shore in the English countryside. I don't understand those who might criticize it for this. Regardless of which you may prefer or be more familiar with, if you open yourself to something new it's the best of b [...]

    8. I will confess to skimming all the chapters that featured Henrietta and her family. I have never been a fan of this particular part of the series and making it almost half of the book has led me to put this down as my least favorite book of the series so far. I found almost the entire book to be boring and frustrating. Even those portions that took place at sea were not as good as before. A good old fashioned naval battle at the end was its saving grace.

    9. Russell does a good job weaving together the naval action and home front stories. It's quickly paced and my only complaints concern a few forced plot points and a couple underdeveloped characters but otherwise I enjoyed it.

    10. "Take, Burn or Destroy," the third installment of the Charles Hayden series reads something akin to Patrick O'Brian's Post Captain. For fans of Jane Austen who appreciate the idea of nautical heroes set ashore and finding love to be a fair trade off for excitement at sea, it's not my idea of a great nautical read. Which is to say "not what I came for."Where Post Captain sacrifices its more nautical elements in favor of exploring sailors set ashore with half-pay, it also allows its protagonists a [...]

    11. The naval writing is actually very good. Possibly not as good as his first book, but certainly nothing to complain about. Whilst the plot might be slightly similar to the formula of all the other Napoleonic era historical navy fiction it is ok. Essentially the book ends with his small involvement in the glorious first of June. Interspersed with the naval bits, however, are chapters concerning the love life of various shore-based ladies. These, in my opinion, dont add much and dont display the sa [...]

    12. Its official. This is now my favourite Age of Sail series. I adore Hayden and all his regular crew. This book was also fun because it cut between Hayden's adventures and the drama going on with his [almost] betrothed Henrietta, and I enjoyed that even if (view spoiler)[ IT RIPPED MY HEART OUT!!! It hurts so good.(hide spoiler)] Mr. Russell's seamanship is excellent and I love his descriptions of the battles and maneuvers, it all feels quite real. I actually started this series with the fourth bo [...]

    13. This book picks up with Charles Hayden as he is hustled onto the Themis and put back out to sea with orders of a crucial nature. At the same time his personal affairs are in a wreck and Henrietta believes him to have married someone else. Russell again brings so much reality to the naval side of this story that I frequently inly understood one word in ten of the discussion of the ship and what they were doing to it. In my mind that is a good thing. I would rather be burdened with too much realit [...]

    14. This is the final of S. Thomas Russell's trilogy involving Charles Hayden, Royal Naval Officer. In some ways, this book is equal to or better than the preceding novels. There are wonderful descriptions of naval battles at sea, including the Battle of the Glorious First of June, which was the first major battle between the British and French fleets - a battle won by the British. The novel begins with Hayden aboard his ship, HMS Themis, ordered to proceed to Brest in search of a French frigate, wh [...]

    15. I was overjoyed to find S. Thomas Russell's (aka Sean Russell) books after finishing the late Patrick O'Brian "Aubrey/Maturin" series. The first two books made me hopeful that Russell was going to be able to quench my thirst for sailing ship war tales. This latest book was not quite up to my expectations.First, a warning. This book has been published under two titles. The "Take, Burn and Destroy" title is the US publication title. It was also published in Great Britain as "Ship of War'. Knowing [...]

    16. This is the third book from this new author and continues the adventures of Captain Charles Hayden. Like some of his contemporaries, Russell tries to tries to weave in a lot of character and personal drama instead of telling a pure nautical yarn. In some ways this works well but I don't think it was totally successful. Hayden's personal life is tied up with a trio of daughters and obviously reminds one of Pride and Prejudice. Throw in a bit of Romeo and Juliet and you have some idea of the drama [...]

    17. The third novel in Sean Thomas Russell's Charles Hayden series (after Under Enemy Colours and A Battle Won) which, I have to say, I did not enjoy as much as either of the previous two.A large reason for that, perhaps, is that I spent roughly about the first half of the book trying to remember what had happened previously, particularly in relation to Hayden's private life! As such, I wouldn't recommend this as the first novel to read in the series: although it is (eventually) cleared up over the [...]

    18. Though this is the 4th book in the Charles Hayden series it was my understanding that it could be read as a stand alone novel. In most regards this is true. I have not read any of the other books and for the most part I could follow what was going on and get a general feel for the characters. Though there could definitely have been more detail in this regard, I understand that I am the one coming late to the party and wouldn't hold it against the author. If you have read the other novels you wil [...]

    19. I really almost wanted to give this four stars, truly. However, that inclination only appeared in the last fifth or so of the book, so I could not in good conscience allow myself to do so. It might be said that what made that four stars utterly impossible was thePersuasion story line running concurrently with the actual story line. Henrietta just bad. There's nothing to be done in her case, she is just an utterly uninteresting character that meanders through pages causing copious amounts of bore [...]

    20. The third book to feature Captain Charles Hayden, blessed/cursed with Anglo/French heritage so treated with suspicion by one side and considered a traitor by the other. Here Hayden is tasked with obtaining critical information from a spy and then having to avoid French ships before being captured, shipwrecked and then joining a fleet for a sea battle with the French. The author knows his stuff and it feels very authentic, if at times there is a little too much detail on the complexities of sails [...]

    21. Take, Burn or Destroy is my first S. Thomas Russell novel. I did not realize that this book is third or fourth (depends on whose reviews I read) in a series when I chose to read it. With that said, I did not feel as though I jumped into the tale in the middle or that I really needed to have read the initial books to enjoy this one. Having no background of Captain Hayden, I feel this book makes a fine stand alone novel.As for the story itself, I am ambivalent. I wanted to read a naval adventure a [...]

    22. Another solid outing from Russel about captain Hayden. This book goes a bit more into teaching the technical aspects of a ship in small bits, usually by way of explanation to a new midshipman, and the battle scenes are drawn out in enough detail that a lubber like me wishes he has diagrams to envision it better, but never in a tedious or annoying way. I never felt like flipping pages to move on.Hayden continues to advance in his career, although not without significant personal setbacks, and ove [...]

    23. This is book three in the Hayden Series. Captain Charles Hayden is the son of a British Post Captain and a French mother. Hayden is fluent in French as he spoke it all his life. The time of the story is during the French Revolution with England and France at war again.Hayden’s orders was to take the HMS Themis to a spot off the French coast to met a spy and then get the message immediately back to the Admiralty. The message was that the French have a naval fleet and 100,000 soldiers to invade [...]

    24. 1794, the height of the French Revolution—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 it’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. [...]

    25. In the same solid writing of the first two novels in this series, S. Thomas Russell further develops his characters and the story line, fleshing out the forces at work in the late 1790's in England that shape society, including a rare appreciation of the precarious nature of life back then, when indeed you could literally starve when out of work or out of favour with local authorities.The intuitive knowledge of the sea is all over the book so the reader is literally transported (great read !) to [...]

    26. 2.5 - it would easily be a three for the naval passages with the hero, but well over a third of the book (and it feels like it could be more) is a romance with the tribulations of the hero's intended. Sigh - ok not what I wanted in this as I doubt that she'd ever sustain a similar amount of later books, and while it's vaguely passable, I just didn't care and skimmed across to the next section with Hayden.It's a shame, as Hayden is an interesting character (British with a French mother), and the [...]

    27. I won this book from - according to an enclosed letter - no e-mail? No listing under giveaway won? This is supposed to be an exciting book taking place during the French Revolution, when wind contributed to naval battles but my 86 year old Dad has grabbed my book!!! He likes reading fiction stories about World War Two, all of W.E.B. Griffin, WWII, some Lee Child, and did I mention WW2?Dad thoroughly enjoyed this "refreshing change of scenery," liked the character of Charles Hayden, and especial [...]

    28. I truly appreciate this complimentary advance reading copy of Take, Burn, or Destroy by S. Thomas Russell. I understand that this book will be on sale from Putnam Books in May. I was quickly caught up in this novel adventure with Charles Hayden as he was chased by the French, how he was captured, became shipwrecked and later escaped. Meanwhile, Hayden's difficulties are further heightened by his preoccupation with Henrietta Carthew, to whom he intends to propose. One simply must read this novel [...]

    29. (Note: this appears as book 4 in the series, but was published in the U.K. as A Ship of War, making it #3.)I missed the second book in the series, and I was happy with how the author caught us up on the important events. I also admired how adventurous scenes and quieter, domestic scenes were written with equal attention, giving an opportunity for character development. There were long passages spent waiting for something to happen, but I think this adds a sense of realism, and even days spent in [...]

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