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Take, Burn or Destroy [Format Kindle]

S. Thomas Russell

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Revue de presse

Praise for A Battle Won

“[A] thrilling story of nautical warfare…A bracing tale that modernizes the seafaring classicism of Patrick O’Brian for a new generation.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who relish the sting of salt spray and the tang of gunpowder will enjoy every page.” —Publishers Weekly

Présentation de l'éditeur

Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns in the riveting seafaring adventure by bestselling author S. Thomas Russell.

In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden sets off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. Upon discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to raise the alarm before it’s too late.

But the enemy is laying in wait—and so begins a dangerous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a powerful French squadron. With no chance of fighting their way through, Hayden and his officers are taken prisoner.

Shipwrecked in a storm on the French coast and mistaken for a French sea officer, Hayden must attempt a desperate escape to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will mean the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 449 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0399158960
  • Editeur : Berkley; Édition : Reprint (16 mai 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Ship of War, retitled 17 mai 2013
Par Econover (and over) - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I was excited to receive this book today on it's release date, since I have been following Charles Hayden's adventures for quite a while. Unfortunately when it arrived, I realized that "Take, Burn of Destroy," is the name of the American edition of "A Ship of War." Being a fan, I had ordered the UK edition months ago. Same book, new title.

I will leave a blow by blow description to others (see the reviews of "A Ship of War"). I will say that the action on the sea is well done as always. Regarding the action on land, however, Russell seems to continue trying to mix Patrick O'Brien with Jane Austin. Resolution comes to the issues on land, though the moderate cliff-hanger with one character at sea at the end does clearly promise another book (and is one of the reasons I was hoping this was the fourth book).
18 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Russell is in need of a little perspective 17 mai 2013
Par David Wilkin - Publié sur
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 before and perhaps he is just not aware that we can only keep engaged for so long until we want to pull our hair out.

As readers we know a few things. When we get to the end of the book, our hero will be alive. So often life and death sequences are charged, but we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With the way Russell handles 80 page long chapters, the tunnel extends so long that we stop caring.

Further, there are a few asides that we really don't care about, and by investing us in them, takes away from what we do want to know. He has his female lead on stage as a POV character, and her cousin/confidante as well. This is all good if the time we invest in them has something for us, that they will emerge as leads as well, but they aren't. They are supporting and their ultimate actions end up not supporting our hero. We could have had all we needed from them in third person without long sequences of what was happening in their lives.

This series needs an injection of action and planning if it is to continue. I hope that Russell can pull things around and make our hero and his companions achieve something better in the fourth book.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 "Take" the naval adventure; "Burn and Destroy" the romance 13 juillet 2013
Par Keith Thompson - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I feel that I should really give this book two reviews (and two ratings), because that's what this book is. One book is a well-written, engaging seafaring adventure; and the other a silly, boring historical-romance novel replete with all the worst clichés of that genre, with an excruciatingly contrived plot derived straight from those old Hollywood "had I but known" movies. (You know the type: lovers break apart because of some misunderstanding that could be resolved in a minute if the female lead didn't adamantly refuse to speak to the male lead.) Want to get some idea of what this book is like? Read a chapter of Hornblower or Patrick O'Brien (not that Russell is in their league yet), then a chapter of Jane Austen, then a couple chapters of Hornblower, then back to Jane Austen . . . Seriously, it is like two different people wrote this book, and I wonder if maybe his wife wrote the romance parts and he just cobbled them together. I finally began skipping through the romance chapters, which left me with a reasonably entertaining naval adventure novel. Not as good as the two previous books in the series (as other reviewers have noted, it does drag in spots), but enjoyable and worth reading all the same. I would give the naval portion of the book 4 stars, and the historical romance 1 star. Please, Mr. Russell--stick to what you do best! Or else write a historical romance and get it out of your system. But if you insist on mixing genres, at least be honest with your readers and title the book "Take, (Break my Heart you Scoundrel), or Destroy".

I have bought all of Russell's previous books, but I confess he's lost some of my trust, and I may wait for his next Hayden adventure to come to the library.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 The least enjoyable of the series so far 25 juin 2013
Par SoulThief - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Plot: It is 1794. Before he can clear up the confusion of the imposter claiming to be his wife, Captain Hayden of the British navy finds himself aboard a new ship heading back into the breach. The love of his life is not talking to him (and has picked up another contender for her affections), some friends think the worst of him, and meanwhile he has to battle the French on sea and land. He even participates in The Glorious First of June. (Cannot really say more without spoilers)

As others have mentioned, the whole mixture of Forester (or O'Brien, or Kent or Pope or whoever) and Austin actually does have some value, but I cannot help but feel that the pace of the book (especially the first half) was far too slow. I would actually rate the first half a 1 star and the second half a 5 star (hence my 3 star outcome). This is a shame because Sean Russell is a talented author, the novel has be well edited, the characters are well imagined, and the sense of location is very strong.

I just wish the next novel was at hand, because I really need to know what happens next.

And, as an afterthought, just imagine if this series gets turned into a BBC mini-series. The combination of sea battles and Austen-esque drama, insight and humour would be brilliant! (As long as they reduce the first half of this particular book to the 5-6 minutes it deserves)
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Turned into Romance novella 20 juin 2013
Par Philip Lerma - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Enjoyed the pace, history, and detail of prior books but this one focused far to much on the love interests in a very cheesy way. It was like a bad episode of downton abbey. Book did develop more toward end but not enough to redeem the obvious filler.
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