- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (17 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141033150
- ISBN-13: 978-0141033150
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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.
I admire the obvious detailed research Sean Thomas Russell must have carried out; his detail of historical figures bears out my own reading on Admiral Lord Hood and Napoleon, but I wanted to like and admire his hero much more than I ended up doing and therin lies the disappointment for this reader. Let us hope that if he continues the series that Captain Haydn grows in character, flaws and all.
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Really enjoyed the continuing adventures of Captain Hayden and look forward to morePublished 1 month ago by lesleyfholmes
Truly a journey into the late eighteenth century navy, an adventure with trusted friends. We are carried thus, in real-time.Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey Thomas
Good read. Thanks. Couldn't put it down. Hope everyone else enjoys it as much. That's enough for now. Very believable.Published 3 months ago by Jon G
Sean Thomas Russell,continues to delight with another most enjoyable recounting of the period and the men involved . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hugh C
A feeling of deja vu to anybody who has read Hornblower, Bolitho and AubreyPublished 6 months ago by Dr George D Campbell
O'brian is still king but this is another look
and another character for the genre