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Under Enemy Colors [Paperback]

S. Thomas Russell
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Nov. 4 2008
Born to an English father and a French mother, lieutenant Charles Saunders Hayden?s career is damned by his ?mixed? heritage. Assigned to the HMS Themis, an aging frigate under the command of a captain reviled by his crew for both his brutality towards his men and his cowardice in battle, Hayden is torn between honor and duty, as the British navy engages the French in a centuries-old struggle for power.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Love of Naval Stories Jan. 25 2014
By Mary
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I love the tales of the wooden ships and iron men , being a former sailor I can relate to a lot of the life style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It captured me in the first chapter Dec 4 2012
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Russell writes in a similar manner to C.S. Forester who is my all-time favorite historical sea-faring writer. I am a Horatio Hornblower fan and Russell's characters take me back to many happy hours reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class first effort. Jan. 28 2008
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It was with deep satisfaction that I finished this wonderful novel, which turned quickly to eager anticipation when I read in the author's notes at the book's end that a sequel is under construction and due to be launched in 2009.

Lieutenant Charles Hayden is a fascinating and most agreeable leading character, and takes shape very well in Russell's hands. His nemesis Captain Hart is undoubtedly the most easily detestable character yet to sail under British colours, and this wonderful description of their fateful single voyage is an outstanding read that I heartily recommend to anyone who enjoys the work of Patrick O'Brian.

Bravo, Mr. Russell!
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5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Reads! Oct. 11 2011
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After reading the complete Horatio Hornblower series, followed by the full Alexander Kent series, I was hungry for more Napoleonic naval novels -- and was tickled to find Under Enemy Colours & A Battle Won by Sean T. Russell. I found both hard to put down and eagerly await more in this series.

Do your duty: Buy them!
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3.0 out of 5 stars War and the High Seas Oct. 16 2009
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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As I was reading this novel, I got a very strange, uneasy feeling about its content and structure. As a work of historial fiction, with some decent potential to go places and even rival the "Hornblower" series, Russell squanders a lot of the reader's good will and patience by involving his hero, First Lieutenant Hayden, in a series of very lukewarm and desultory experiences. All the confrontations with various enemies - an irascible superior officer, revolutionary France and mutineers - are anything but rousing and blood-curdling. We know from what Russell shares about Hayden is that he has set out on an ill-defined mission to shadow another British naval officer, the nasty Captain Hart. Instead of submitting to this mysteriously inane assignment, Hayden and a few of his midshipmen begin to chart their own heroic course of action to take the war to the enemy from the decks of a decrepit old British frigate, the 'Themis'. Many of Hayden's daring efforts to reconnoitre the open waters, engage and seize French vessels, and rescue French noblemen involve a high degree of courage and tact that only he seems to possess. Yet, as a kind of convenient fallback, Russell allows for a fair bit of outside intervention from friends in high places to get Hayden out of numerous fixes and bring him and his crew safely back to English port, in readiness for the next jaunt. Since the novel is mainly about Hayden's swashbuckling career as a mariner and his brushes with destiny, the reader will be treated to plenty of deep-seated emotions playing out in the man's life: romance, fear, resolve, and courage. The story has a well-orchestrated plotline and an element of sustained conflict and rivalry with a decent sprinkling of naval terminology to give the writer some credibility as a naval buff. Read more ›
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