Take, Burn or Destroy (A Charles Hayden Novel)

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

In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden units off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to wreck a French frigate and to collect intelligence from a royalist undercover agent. Upon gaining knowledge of French plans for an coming near near invasion of britain, Hayden needs to go back to Portsmouth to elevate the alarm ahead of it’s too late.

But the enemy is laying in wait—and so starts a deadly chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a strong French squadron. without probability of scuffling with their manner via, Hayden and his officials are taken prisoner.

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

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No effortless factor during this wind. however it needs to be performed. Our previous major shall need to move as an alternative, for we could be wanting it come sunlight. ” “Aye, sir. McGowan patched and resewed our outdated major, sir, besides, i'd quite take my percentages at the new one, even broken because it is. ” Barthe knew his exchange completely, and Hayden relied on his judgement in such concerns. “Then hand the most, Mr Barthe, and we'll set it reefed if wanted. ” The crusing grasp waddled ahead speedy, leaving Hayden to wallow in chagrin. He have been taken unawares by means of this French captain. the guy was once sincerely extra bold than Hayden had imagined. Or used to be it only that Hayden’s personal brain used to be so clouded through his problems he had made bad judgements? He vowed silently to undergo down and push all strategies of Henrietta and his fresh issues from his brain. To allow this Frenchman outwit him as soon as used to be embarrassing, to enable him accomplish that a moment time may perhaps end up their undoing. the only hour final till sunlight looked as if it would have quadrupled in size, yet then gentle, whilst it eventually arrived, may well slightly penetrate the low, dense cloud. The wind used to be making but and the seas have been steeper and extra threatening, sweeping down at the frigate and tossing her approximately like a jolly boat. Hayden, in spite of the fact that, was once now not unsatisfied to work out the elements worsening. it might be a very good threat to open gunports in this type of sea, and deck weapons will be unwieldy if now not harmful. the possibilities of hitting any goal smaller than a chief at greater than 100 yards will be very small. The French wouldn't deliver him to conflict this morning regardless of their superiority in numbers. He prayed the elements wouldn't average. status through the leeward rail clutching the mizzen shrouds, Hayden known as for the crusing grasp, who quick seemed. “Captain? ” he known as over the sound of wind and sea. “Mr Barthe, what could our direction be again to the Isle of Guernsey? ” “Let me supply it to you designated, sir. A second, if i'll. ” He moved quickly off to refer to his chart. Hayden stood looking at the seas roll away in the direction of France, their crests blowing off into lengthy, white streaks upon the gunmetal water. If he wore send at that second and stood in in the direction of Guernsey, he didn't imagine there will be a lot the French may well do approximately it. definitely, they'd try to shut with him and produce him to conflict, yet less than those stipulations he notion he may well danger it. Gunports couldn't be opened and he was once prepared to gamble that he may perhaps inflict as a lot harm at the French as they might deal with on his send. Boarding less than such conditions will be very unlikely. The Channel Isles have been less than danger, because the Admiralty good knew, and Hayden was hoping there will be ships of conflict there that may relief him in his go back to England or via riding off the French frigates. “East-south-east, sir,” Barthe introduced as he reappeared. Hayden nodded. “Well, Mr Barthe, formerly I spoke opposed to it, yet I now think a sojourn at the reasonable Isle of Guernsey may still do us all a global of fine. we would locate leisure and procure a few French wines of good classic.

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