Take, Burn or Destroy (A Charles Hayden Novel)

Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns within the riveting seafaring event by way of bestselling writer S. Thomas Russell.

In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden units off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to damage a French frigate and to collect intelligence from a royalist secret agent. Upon getting to know French plans for an impending invasion of britain, Hayden needs to go back to Portsmouth to elevate the alarm prior to it’s too late.

But the enemy is laying in wait—and so starts a perilous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a strong French squadron. without likelihood of combating their approach via, Hayden and his officials are taken prisoner.

Shipwrecked in a typhoon at the French coast and fallacious for a French sea officer, Hayden needs to try a determined get away to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will suggest the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.

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What's our path? ” “North-north-west, sir. however the wind has now not held regular from any aspect, sir, and now we have been compelled to lead up to 3 issues south and north from our current heading. Mr Archer urged me to wake you, Captain, if we have been compelled 3 issues off our direction, yet we weren't. ” “And you've obvious no lighting fixtures? ” “The sea has been such a lot empty, sir. ” “Often the case if you want it weren't. ” Hayden went to the rail and stared north. The jap sky grew light blue-green, urgent again the darkness.

His fork stopped en path to his mouth. “There isn't a Frenchman aboard that send that doesn't hate us with all of his middle and soul at this second . . . and all the British country with us. ” Perhaps the gravity of his tone spoke to them, for the 2 younger officials concealed away their arrogant smiles for a second. “What we could do now, sir? ” Wickham requested. It was once the very query Hayden were asking himself. “We will see what the elements gods carry us, Mr Wickham. If the wind might take off adequate for us to tack, i might do it in a trice.

Beacher became in the direction of him, aiming his pistol stiffly down in the direction of the floor. “Captain Hertle—is it now not early to be overseas? ” Hertle dismounted, taking carry of his horse’s bridle. “Indeed it's, and early for the slaying of timber besides. might I ask what you're approximately? ” Beacher regarded all of sudden embarrassed. “As i presumed it attainable i'd be requested to stroll out with a undeniable gentleman, it appeared such a lot prudent to reacquaint myself with the duelling pistol, as I had now not fired one for a few years.

We're satisfied to work out Captain Hayden alive, yet you have got engaged your affections somewhere else . . . ” Mr Carthew got here ahead, his gaze now on Hayden. “Captain, my daughter has been via very much. i feel she wishes leisure and a few time to imagine . . . Come, Henrietta. ” He glanced over at Robert. “Captain Hertle . . . ? ” But Robert, who was once by no means indecisive, hesitated. “Can you communicate together with your buddy, Captain? ” Mr Carthew triggered him. “Privately . . . ” Reluctantly, Robert became to Hayden. “Let us stroll out into the backyard, Charles .

Hayden ordered his males. “Where is the general practitioner? ” “He’s helping the French surgeon,” Archer proficient. “They have been aft, sir. ” Hayden pressured himself as much as his toes. “Dr Griffiths! ” he referred to as over the sounds of the gale, the rending of timbers. He noticed Griffiths, hurrying aft as top he may perhaps between all of the males and over a sloping, slick deck. “Shall we release the rafts, sir? ” Ransome requested. “No, Mr Ransome. The rafts will take us to our deaths with out query. We needs to grasp to a piece of the destroy.

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