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Iven orders to return to the ill fated HMS Themis as the British fight the French for control of the strategically located island of Corsic. Great REad

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A where his captaincy and military skill are stretched to their utmost as he finds himself at the vanguard of this brutal clash of empires.. I know it s a bit of a cliche these days to call someone writing in this genre an heir to Patrick O Brian but I think Sean Thomas Russell deserves this epithet at least a little as he is developing these characters nicely into what I hope will be a long series of Charles Hayden books Commissioned again with temporary command of the frigate HMS Themis a ship no post captain wants because of its mutinous history as depicted in the events of Under Enemy Colours Charles Hayden and his familiar Themis crew join other Royal Navy ships protecting a convoy bound for Gibraltar to supply Admiral Hood s fleet On the way they encounter enemy action and foul weather whilst Hayden must deal with unjustified suspicion and hostility from those in command of the other RN ships in the convoyThe action also takes in skirmishes with the enemy in Toulon along with an extended scene set on Corsica as Hayden works with the Army to support independence efforts there led by General Paoli This was a very enjoyable read and Russell does a great job describing sea life and battle engagements with all their uplifting moments and gory afflictions whilst the suite of characters created leave room for further development in future stories Also Russell doesn t go into too much detail describing the technicalities of sailing in the way Patrick O Brian did Whilst I enjoyed all the AubreyMaturin series immensely it was sometimes hard going Russell still used the authentic words and names from the period to describe ship board actions but never overwhelming the readerThe only criticism was the length of the story devoted to actions on Corsica and the painstaking preparations put in place by Hayden et al to support the Army s plans Outside of getting the fact it was almost an impossible task being undertaken it was nonetheless difficult getting a grip on the landscape being described I found myself longing for Hayden to get himself back on the uarterdeckOverall a book that had me looking forward to my daily commute if only to give me dedicated time to dive back into the 1790s and one when finished left me in eager anticipation for another instalment

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A thrilling story of nautical warfare Kirkus Reviews from the author of Under Enemy Colors Winter Master and Commander Charles Hayden is g. Well this has been a disappointment I absolutely loved the first book in this series and was expecting of the same in its seuel But I have been let down by the tack this story took I never was a fan of the storyline into Haydn s personal life and especially his romantic intentions Even in the first book I found it an awkward portion of the book and this installment just makes it worse On top of that are the many parts of the story that just drag on interminably The Shakespeare play to start while amusing was just a ploy to make Haydn s romantic life seem less forgettable and only succeeded in making the non naval section of the tale far too long The golf game for the next a strange interlude that left me thinking the author had conjured up some interesting facts about golfing and was determined to put them in the story no matter how inappropriate Also moving the 18 pounders did this seriously have to take 60 pages And the French women component just seems forced in for added drama Other than that I have just a couple irritating items Haydn doesn t need to be angry all the time I need him to act like a master and commander that really wants to be a captain and isn t always lipping off his superiors And since when does the captain discuss every decision with his officers it s too surreal to have an 18th century British captain acting like his ship is a democracy I wouldn t normally be so critical but I was really looking forward to this book and I was a bit upset Now this may be a lot of negative but it was not really that large a portion of the story and the rest was really good Everything you would expect from naval fiction is there and it s good but the annoying bits are enough to take this down to a 3 star


10 thoughts on “A Battle Won

  1. says:

    Well this has been a disappointment I absolutely loved the first book in this series and was expecting of the same in its se

  2. says:

    An exciting 4 Star Adventure Another wonderful entry into the saga of Captain Charles Hayden This second book in the series takes our hero back onto the vessel Themis the location of adventure and mutiny the first time around Still without an official posting as a Captain Charles Hayden is posted to the ship to take a co

  3. says:

    A age of sail fiction I adore Captain Hayden He is a wolf at sea and a lamb on land an officer and a gentleman a

  4. says:

    ReviewI already knew that Sean Thomas Russell could write what I was 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 the same and yet different On the one hand you have the blisteri

  5. says:

    The just released A Battle Won by S Thomas Russell is classic nautical fiction – vivid fast paced and full of drama both on sea and land Master and Commander Charles Hayden is a gifted naval commander with extremely bad

  6. says:

    Great REad

  7. says:

    I'm sad to say I ended up being slightly disappointed by this seuel to the first work in the series Under Enemy Colours There is no doubt that this series can achieve great moments When this book set its mind to it it can be amazingly atmospheric and engaging For example there is a chapter set on a slowly sinking frigate and the writing during that chapter was so captivatingly eerily it had me shivering in horror It's clearly my favourite a

  8. says:

    I know it's a bit of a cliche these days to call someone writing in this genre an 'heir to Patrick O'Brian' but I think Sean Thomas Russell deserves this epithet at least a little as he is developing these characters nicely into what I hope will be a long series of Charles Hayden books Commissioned again with temporary command of the frigate HMS Themis a ship no post captain wants because of its mutinous history as depicted in t

  9. says:

    A Battle Won by Sean Thomas Russell is the second novel depicting Charles Hayden aboard frigate Themis Much of the book is based on actual historical events which always makes for a better reading in my books even when some actual historical figures have had to give way to fictional heroes filling their shoesOverall I found this novel even engaging than I did the first one and I'd be happy to recommend this to

  10. says:

    Ripping good story about the HMS Juno's escape from Toulon Also excellent description of hoisting 4000 pound guns up the Corsican mountainsAbsolutely stupid IMHO golf interludebut I don't like golf

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