A Battle Won: Charles Hayden Book 2 Paperback – 17 Mar 2011
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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. His latest book follows bestsellers A Battle Won, Under Enemy Colours and A Ship of War. Until the Sea Shall Give Her Up Dead is his latest novel. Sean lives on Vancouver Island.
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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!Read more ›
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.
Oh dear, it is often said that warfare is 90% crashing boredom and 10% frantic action. That can certainly be said of this title. The inconsistencies of the previous tome are still there and now we have the 'Mills and Boon' factor as mentioned by other reviewers. the long winded description of a golf tournement played in a Gibraltarian meadow is dull, monotonous and long winded. Mr Russell seems obsessed with stormy seas and night combat and the continuous personal misfortunes that plague Lieutenant Hayden are getting a bit tedious and we are only on book two!! Like book one I felt compelled to read on in the hope that something interesting might happen. It didn't. A masterpiece in the tradition of Patrick O'Brian? I think not. Mr Russell has a lot of work to do to equal the swashbucklig adventures of Hornblower, Ramage, Aubrey, Bolitho and Kydd. Having read some of the reviews of book three, I don't feel inclined to bother.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slow start but then warmed up - have got second book and hoping for morePublished 8 days ago by Timothy061
Excellent book well written blended with actual historical events I will be buying more of the seriesPublished 2 months ago by william garry west
Very well written holds your interest from start to finish.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Julie D. Ellis