Take, Burn or Destroy (A Charles Hayden Novel)
Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns within the riveting seafaring event by way of bestselling writer S. Thomas Russell.
In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden units off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to spoil a French frigate and to assemble intelligence from a royalist undercover agent. Upon gaining knowledge of French plans for an coming near near invasion of britain, Hayden needs to go back to Portsmouth to elevate the alarm ahead of it’s too late.
But the enemy is laying in wait—and so starts off a perilous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a robust French squadron. without probability of battling their approach via, Hayden and his officials are taken prisoner.
Shipwrecked in a typhoon at the French coast and incorrect for a French sea officer, Hayden needs to try out a determined break out to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will suggest the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.
may possibly, sir, or so we think. we don't comprehend the place, sir, yet Lord Howe believed it will possibly even be trying to find the convoy.” Hayden became to Mr Barthe. “Well, that could be a little bit of in poor health luck—missing Lord Howe via a unmarried day. it can appear we don't have any selection yet to sail south and belief to sharp eyes and solid fortune.” “Aye, Captain Hayden, and wish Lord Howe has no longer had cause to form his path elsewhere.” Hayden grew to become again to the lieutenant in his cutter. “We move south after Lord Howe. If His.
To the French, Captain, even though we simply saw them at a distance. They took a few of our ships, yet we escaped.” He then volunteered the location of the French fleet whilst it had final been noticeable, which intended Hayden used to be higher proficient than any captain within the fleet except the commander of Howe’s flagship. This brief assembly heartened him overly, and he repeated the knowledge to his lieutenants and Mr Barthe. A hearsay handed round the send that the French fleet was once close to handy, escorting.
And we are going to be away.” Archer nodded. “Shall I reduce away the hammock netting so it doesn't interfere?” “By all ability, Mr Archer, accomplish that at once.” Hayden realised then that Barthe was once status at the ladder head, listening over the firing of weapons throughout. “Mr Barthe, we needs to gradual our pace a bit. For this plan to paintings, we'll possibly need to take a broadside. after we are up with the hulk, enough fingers to brace yards and make our flip to larboard should be required.
His eye. Even in calm stipulations it was once tough to discover an item so small at one of these distance within the lens of an extended glass. Hayden had noticeable new midshipmen who may sweep the complete ocean and not locate the item they needed. decades at sea and familiarity with the device had taught him all of the methods. It used to be very infrequent that he could elevate a tumbler to his eye and never have his item in view. The enemy ships have been not easy at the wind, mountaineering the seas and sending white water capturing.
that you've got now not been completely fair with me. Your mother—your start mother—is French. Her letters would appear to endure this out.” This used to be no longer unforeseen, so Hayden had the advantage of it slow to contemplate his resolution. “I apologise, Capitaine Lacrosse, for telling you this lie. As you without doubt have realized, i've got kinfolk in France. I worry for his or her defense should still the relationship among us turn into known.” Lacrosse endured to stare out over the sea in the direction of the western horizon. For.