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Sean Thomas Russell
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17 July 2014 Charles Hayden 4

Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead is masterful maritime fiction - Sean Thomas Russell's latest Charles Hayden voyage.

Under the command of Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS Themis is sent to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. In the middle of the vast Atlantic, Hayden discovers two Spanish noblemen, castaway in a ship's boat - a stroke of almost impossible good fortune. The Spaniards' explanation for their plight seems so improbable that Hayden's officers suspect them of being criminals or even spies. But they have secrets far more shocking than that - secrets which will haunt Hayden in his new posting.

Upon reaching the Barbados station, Hayden finds himself under the command of the vainglorious Sir William Jones, an impetuous and foolhardy officer. Refusing orders will cost Hayden his command. Accepting them might cost him his ship and crew.

UNTIL THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP HER DEAD is the brilliant fourth tale in the epic maritime adventures of Charles Hayden. A masterpiece already rivalling the stories of Bernard Cornwell and Patrick O'Brian.

Following the top-ten bestselling success of A Battle Won, Under Enemy Colours and A Ship of War, Sean Thomas Russell's captivating fourth novel Until The Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead is the maritime adventure of 2014.

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

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (17 July 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718157516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157517
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars not perfect but promising 18 July 2014
This doesnt move series on much, but some excellent action. This book does have the same problems as the last in the series- too much mills and boon type romance, which im afraid Mr Russell really isnt any good at. What he is brilliant at is the naval action- and theres a lot of it here - very well written too.
He does presuppose some knowledge of the Napoleonic era- theres no explaination for "jacobin" etc, no history of the ebb and flow of French Influence in the West Indies during the war all of which are handy to know if you want to understand the reason for the actions our hero takes.
The same cast of characters as our previous books is also here- the surgeon, the midshipmen, the lieutenants, which although not realistic (people got moved about a lot, a ships captain rarely brought his entire crew with him when he moved ships) it does at least mean you have considerable empathy for them and well developed characterisation. The same cannot be said for the lower decks, we hardly know any of the none officers they are just faceless cannon fodder- something that you dont find as much in the Patrick Obrien novels these books are clearly a homage to.
Overall i did very much enjoy it, but at the snails pace we are moving it is a long way to Trafalgar let alone Waterloo- this is going to be a LONG series. Less snogging more fleet actions please Mr Russell!!
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Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead carries on at the high standard of HNF that author Sean Thomas Russell has given us since Under Enemy Colours heralded his entry into the genre in 2009. You can read this novel as your 1st exposure to HNF and enjoy it 'as an action novel' or you can read it, as I did, having previously read a great deal of HNF, and be entertained by the author's knowledge of geography, naval sailing tactics, leadership attributes, as well as the 'nonstop action' that this novel 'dishes up' from near page one to it's last paragraph. Sean Thomas Russell has provided a yarn with more 'twists and turns', corners and 'hooks', and all while "feet wet", than most might expect in 500 pages of HNF, and he's done it in a true 'page turner'.

For those with 'a keen eye' I found not a single 'flub' in proper English, punctuation, structure, spelling, or any such that 'drags upon the eye' (lets hear it for the proofreaders...and the author as well). I did find (I think) one 'error' that dealt with the whereabouts of Mr. Gould as a 'cutting out' action took place, but I'll leave that one for you to figure out !

I'm sure that you're going to like this one and I personally place it and author Sean Thomas Russell in the New Classics category.
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First let me say, I LOVE this author. I was a bit disappointed with this particular installment of the Hayden story - because it centered mainly on action, and seemed to forsake the warm storytelling, expansive character-building, and intricate plot twists for which Sean Russell is so much appreciated. It's as though he wanted to wrap up this series and get onto something else ... and I, for one, hope he will return to writing more fantasy, the likes of The Initiate Brother (the brave Lord Shonto) and The Swans' War (half burned Lynn) - creating more wonderful characters that live on forever in the reader's very personal memories.

It was great to get back on board the ship - but I felt the characters readers had taken time to get to know through the previous stories here were relegated to the background, so that old 'friendships' were not fully renewed. I also felt so much more could have been done with the marriage to Angelita - another 100 pages, or so ... and a happier ending would have been nice. I would have liked some resolution to the problem of reckless Captain William Jones - perhaps another conflict with him, in which Hayden might emerge victorious. The ending seemed anti-climactic, and needn't have been - given another 70 to 100 pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return to Themis 28 July 2014
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Number 4 in the Charles Hayden series. There is a disappointingly brief romance for the likeable Captain and a pleasing recovery for Lord Arthur; but overall I was slightly less enthralled by this novel than by previous novels in the series.

It was almost as if Sean Thomas Russell was mainly laying the ground for the next novel in the series and I wonder whether there will be a follow up soon?

I missed some of the skilful cameos of shipboard characters that so distinguished previous novels and suppose that so much was taken up by the young Spanish "gentlemen" that there was less space for new shipmates.

The return to Themis and the Baltic cruise were perhaps surprisingly underplayed and will perhaps also feature in future novels?

I suspect Sean Thomas Russell is best at writing about seafarers than about the women they love as the character of Charles Hayden's matrimonial adventure was curiously rather superficially described. Here's hoping Henrietta makes a return next time.
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Not as good as his three earlier books - the potential romance development on board a Ship of the Line was drawn out and frankly boring. Keep to the quality action stories as the previous books.
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