Take, Burn or Destroy

Take, Burn or Destroy

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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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnum's Sons, 2013, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399158964
Characteristics: 434 p. :,map ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Ship of war.


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Dec 29, 2017

The title does not really take effect until the ending which is a sea battle called the Glorious First of June (1794). The story, in my opinion was plagued with a love story on the side. But all in all, the story had enough action to live up to its genre. The author’s style is somewhat slow in that he uses add-ons in a sentence. But that is mixed up with the attempt to use historical English in the dialogue. The hero does not always win in this story he even makes mistakes as in the recce of the Goulet in the opening chapter, which led to a series of disasters. In the same genre as Forrester and O’Brian and as to skill close to the writing skills of the above mentioned. Read this book if you love the genre. Read Forrester if you’re new to the genre.

Aug 17, 2014

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.

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