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Sean Thomas Russell
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17 Mar 2011

'Fire as she bears. Rake her, lads.'

Winter, 1793. Newly promoted Master and Commander Charles Hayden's orders are to deliver the frigate HMS Themis to Lord Admiral Hood, whose fleet is sheltering in the Mediterranean. Only hours out of port, however, and the Themis is engaging with the French navy.

Hayden's destination is Toulon, a French port under Lord Hood's protection. But there Hayden's captaincy and seamanship are stretched to their limits. For Toulon holds a deadly surprise for the unwary . . .

A Battle Won is the brilliant second instalment in the epic maritime adventures of Charles Hayden. A masterpiece in the tradition of Bernard Cornwell and Patrick O'Brian.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141033150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141033150
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An unqualified seal of approval for Under Enemy Colours. This is gloriously readable stuff. --The Bookseller on Under Enemy Colours --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Sean Thomas Russell is a lifelong sailor whose passion for the sea - and his love of nautical history - inspired the adventures of Charles Hayden. A Battle Won follows bestseller Under Enermy Colours. Sean lives on Vancouver Island. www.sthomasrussell.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost there 26 Mar 2010
This is a good book, an enjoyable read and I doubt too many people will be disappointed with it. However....there are a number of things wrong with it in my opinion and many of them similar to his first novel; things I'd hoped would have been ironed out. Hayden is a likeable character but he's altogether too nice. He seems incapable of losing his cool; not only that but he performs the most amazing wonders. I won't say what they are obviously but they seemed to me a bit much. The relationships between Hayden and some of his men seems strange to me. Wickham, a young midshipman comes across as almost a friend of his and at one point, if I remember correctly, suggests to Hayden that Hood [i.e.not Admiral Hood] had got some tactic or other wrong. Unfortunately, I can't help thinking what Aubrey would have done! And before I'm criticised for the comparison with you-know-who, what does the back of the jacket have? 'At last, a worthy heir to Patrick O'Brian'. I would beg to differ but then that's publishers for you. There are other things - the map at the beginning belongs at about p300. Don't look at it before then! The first part when certain things happen on the way to Gibraltar I found incredibly confusing. Most of it happens at night and I totally lost track of who did what to who. Then there's a game of - wait for it - golf. OK, may be historically accurate and Russell admits he put it in for light relief but I found it out of place and unneccessary [as was the overlong bit about 'Romeo and Juliet' at the beginning].
Neither am I totally sure about the ending. Obviously has a lead into the next book but even then.... Right, I'll stop criticising. Fact is, for much of the book I really did enjoy it. I do think Russell is a welcome addition to novelists of the Nelson era and I think he will improve but he needs to address certain aspects.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a fine Broadside 6 April 2010
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As the reviewer 'Roadrunner' points out there is an awful lot of Napoleonic era naval stuff around, new and old. Many writers have tilted their lances at Hornblower and Aubrey and come out looking very poor by comparrison! and I'm not sure the bold statement 'At last an heir to O Brian' printed on the back cover is one that is helpful to a fairly new author trying to establish his own identity.

But I do feel this novel and it's forerunner 'Under enemy colours' just stands above most of the modern writers of naval saga's. It is written for the modern MacDonalds eating readership of today. The action comes fast and often and the writing concentrates on conflict rather than the 'journey' however Russell still finds time to examine the relationships, rivalries, friendships and out and out hatred between crew members and rival ships. This gives the story a nice ebb and flow even though it rattles along like cutter under full sail!

Russell is gifted writer, and as other reviewers have mentioned, the book is at times impossible to put down and very tempting to pick up. So I found myself sneeking upstairs for 'just another page or two'. He also does character writing very well too. I now feel I know the key members of the Themis's crew and so get very emotionally drawn in to the story, which is not always the case with modern historical adventures.

Russell I think is clearly influenced by O' Brian, and Hayden's friendship with the ships surgeon is starting to look more and more like Aubrey and Maturin. Also the much mentioned 'Romeo and Juliet' and Golf scenes where an attempt at the whimsey of O'Brian. If you remember the first meeting of Lucky Jack and the good Doctor was at a music recital where Aubrey enthusiastic 'jioning in' drove Maturin mad!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 10 Nov 2013

I already knew that Sean Thomas Russell could write, what I was more 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 competition.

I very much recommend this book, it not all balls out action, it has heart, soul and passion as well as action, danger and heroics.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The battle has just begun 13 April 2010
Well Captain Hayden certainly has his hands full; as there are a series of sub-plots and themes which tie together quite nicely to produce a very eventful book.

Fans of `Under Enemy Colours' will certainly enjoy this next instalment, as the story recommences just after the conclusion of the now infamous court martial. Hayden continues his adventures with old friends but new characters enter the story at various moments providing added entertainment. Dr Worthing has to be one of my favourite characters so far and I sincerely hope we have not seen the end of the `righteous reverend'.

The first book was excellent, the second extremely good, however, I found the lengthy golf scene to be quite bizarre and the raising of the guns was just a tad tedious. However, those are the only minor grumbles I have in what was otherwise a very good read.

If you love naval historical fiction during the Napoleonic Wars, then this series is highly recommended.
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Have bought this for my husband who has only recently discovered Sean Thomas Russell. Am sure the book will be as gooas anticipated but cannot fault the speed of delivery. Read more
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Couldn't put the book down! Riveting from beginning to end. Eagerly await the next novel. This book exceeded all my expectations
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High action on the seas, with a strong plot, very well drawn characters, and enough reversals and "didn't see that coming" to keep the reader interested all the way... Read more
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