[BOOKS] ✰ A Battle Won ✺ Sean Thomas Russell – Loufanet.info

A Battle Won 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 convoy across the waters too late in the season The trip is filled with excitement Several battles and pestilence aboard ship in the convoy, account for the excitement of the first 2 3 of the book The last third of the book, the Author takes on real historical events Specifically, Admiral Hoods delegation to Corsica We are introduced to several real characters from History Overall, the book provides plenty of excitement while our hero deals with two different adventures.As the second book in a series, A Battle Won is written like most sequels There is some repetition in the most interesting plot devices from the first book Fortunately, there was sufficient difference to keep the story fresh This installment does differ from the first in a couple of ways My only real issue with the book is when the story takes place on dry land A significant portion of the story takes place in Corsica During this period, the book slowed as writing was not as sharp as the portions that take place aboard the ship Overall, an excellent addition 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 luck In the previous book, Under Enemy Colors, he found himself serving aboard HMS Themis, a frigate with a tyrannical captain and a mutinous crew Now in A Battle Won, instead of being allowed to take command of his own ship, Hayden is reassigned back to the Themis, a ship with such a bad reputation that no captain wants the command.Hayden is a job captain, assigned to deliver the ship to Admiral Hood in the Mediterranean, where it is expected that a new captain will be assigned Captain Hayden and the Themis are also ordered to help guard a convey of merchant ships across the Bay of Biscay in the winter, under the command of an incompetent convoy commander with a very low opinion of Hayden based solely on the poor reputation of the mutiny ship Themis On the voyage, Hayden must deal with a ship s parson set on undermining his command and a deadly influenza outbreak, in addition to winter gales, the incompetent convoy commander, and French cruisers out to attack the convoy.The real action begins when Hayden delivers the Themis to Hood, who temporarily leaves Hayden in the command of the frigate and then dispatches him on a mission to Corsica, where the British are helping the Corsicans drive out the French.What makes A Battle Won so absorbing is simply that R 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 good man who is constantly beset by the worst luck but somehow he always prevails So far I just want to hug him at every turn lol The author is a master of setting up these complex situations that leave you on the edge of your seat until the final word Past that, even, for this book leaves you on a cliffy that will have you scrambling to buy 3 Well done PNow that I finally know all their names the crew has really grown on me too Young Master Wickham, the sassy Hawthorne, grumpy but so capable Mr Bathe, the parson with no delusions Mr Smosh, and the unlikely hero young Mr Gould So many scenes had me in stitches laughing one minute, and then suddenly on tenterhooks again.Also, Miss Henrietta is lovely and I m holding my breath as to she and Hayden 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 blistering action, the harsh reality of nature on the high seas and the comradeship of those on board ship.Without giving any plot away I have to say that the scenes written around the ship wreck are among the most harrowing I have read, giving the reader a real sense of the danger, the fear, the heroics, the cold and the power of nature, truly a great section of the book.I had thought that Julian Stockwin was the Master of this part of the Historical fiction genre, but I m revisiting that opinion after this book, it seems he has some serious I m sad to say I ended up being slightly disappointed by this sequel 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 and one of the most powerful parts of the book.SadlyA Battle Won suffers from the same problems as its predecessor The, in my eyes, worst offense is that most of its characters have so little to offer apart from the basic Age of Sail literature archetypes they are based on The clich d characters were already the biggest annoyance in the first book, and I dearly hoped this would improve with the following volume, but it was simply not the case Plus I felt like this book simply repeated a lot of the same character clich s we already encountered in Great REad 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 convoy.The 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 Aubrey Maturin series immensely, it was sometimes hard going Russell still used the authentic words an 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 shoes.Overall, I found this novel even engaging than I did the first one and I d be happy to recommend this to any fan of Napoleonic naval fiction It is not quite up there with Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin novels which I d describe as Literature with capital L , but the naval atmosphere and adventure is still very tangible on every page.The only downside of the book, to me, was a longish description of a golf match that se Ebook A Battle Won By Sean Thomas Russell Thomashillier.co.uk 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. The first book in Russell s Charles Hayden series earned four full stars from me losing the last one due to an on shore, half baked romantic subplot that felt ham fisted in what would otherwise have been a perfect age of sail narrative A Battle Won, the second installment in the series garners a 3.5 for similar reasons, while also suffering through middle child syndrome Hayden is back, reunited with his crew and his ship, the Themis, for another nautical adventure Or, aptly, a couple of nautical adventures loosely tied together in the semblance of a coherent plot While all of the elements that I love about this series are still present and accounted for the easy way of communicating intricate age of sail details tied in with engaging characters that you enjoy rooting for, the storyline flows less smoothly than it had in its predecessor A convoy mission to escort ships across the Mediterranean ends abruptly with a chapter break, the next chapter beginning some weeks later This kind of transition seems to take place every few c

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