Charles Hayden
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  • 1

    Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    Perfect for first timer

    This is a wonderful book and expertly narrated. As a long-time nautical fiction fan, I was pleasantly surprised how well written and narrated it was. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 07 2008 by Blackmac (Japan)
  • 2

    A Battle Won: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Nick Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
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    Story
    (79)

    Winter, 1793—the Reign of Terror rips through revolutionary France. In Plymouth, England, Master and Commander Charles Hayden is given orders to return to the ill-fated HMS Themis as the British fight the French for control of thestrategically located island of Corsica. But within hours out of port, Hayden’s uncanny knack for attracting the attention of the French navy sees the Themis thrown back into action. When she lands in Corsica, and her men join forces with native insurgents, Hayden finds himself at the vanguard of a brutal clash of empires.

    Holly says: "Solid but not as good as the first book"
    Solid but not as good as the first book

    This was a solid Napoleonic adventure story, but it lacked much of the strength and gusto of the first book Under Enemy Colors, which had more powerfu..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 15 2012 by Holly (GILBERT, AZ, United States)
  • 3

    A Ship of War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Nick Boulton
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    Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill-fated HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. On discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to give warning before it's too late. But the enemy has been lying in wait for him, and so begins a dangerous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a powerful French squadron…

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  • 4

    Take, Burn, or Destroy: Adventures of Charles Hayden, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Nick Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
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    1794, the height of the French Revolution - Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill-fated HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate sailing from Le Havre and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. On discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to give warning before it’s too late. But the enemy has been lying in wait for him, and so begins a dangerous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a powerful French squadron. After a thwarted attempt to masquerade as French sailors, Hayden and his officers are taken prisoner.

    B. Canter says: "Great Maritime Adventure - Best Narrator Ever"
    Great Maritime Adventure - Best Narrator Ever

    The descriptions of life aboard an 18th Century Navy warship are fascinating. Russell inserts nautical terminology in such a way that you understand ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 17 2013 by B. Canter (Colorado Springs)