Take, Burn or Destroy (A Charles Hayden Novel)

Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns within the riveting seafaring event through bestselling writer S. Thomas Russell.

In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden units off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to damage a French frigate and to collect intelligence from a royalist secret agent. Upon researching French plans for an impending invasion of britain, Hayden needs to go back to Portsmouth to elevate the alarm sooner than 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. with out likelihood of struggling with their manner via, Hayden and his officials are taken prisoner.

Shipwrecked in a hurricane at the French coast and unsuitable for a French sea officer, Hayden needs to try a determined get away to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will suggest the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.

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The powder hoy is to go to us this very afternoon. I nonetheless desire to win our anchor initially mild the following day and be within the Channel by means of breakfast. ” Barthe didn't cover his sadness in any respect good. “Perhaps . . . possibly Mr Archer did tell me concerning the powder hoy, sir. ” “Mr Barthe, it's very noticeable that you're trying to disguise Mr Archer’s lapse, yet I shall must have a be aware with him approximately it. As to Mrs Barthe and all of the Misses Barthe, i'm virtually as sorry as you that they can't stopover at the send. Please ship Mrs Barthe my regrets and clarify the explanation; I will not be wish her to believe the least unwelcome. ” “I shall, sir. thanks, sir. ” Barthe’s plentiful backside retreated out of the door. Hayden used to be convinced each guy aboard will be very upset to profit that Mrs Barthe wouldn't be bringing her good-looking daughters for a visit—even Hayden felt a bit chagrin. permitting the crusing grasp a second to make his go out, Hayden then opened the door. “Pass the be aware for Mr Archer, when you please,” he ordered the marine. Hayden checked out the mass of forms that lay in untidy piles upon his table. If merely his brain may consent to target it for greater than 5 mins prior to returning to Henrietta and his distressing monetary problems. a deferential knock at the door introduced the coming of Mr Archer. The lieutenant got here striding quick in. “I am sorry, sir, it was once completely my failure to notify Mr Barthe. He didn't for a second put out of your mind. ” “And it's a very severe failure, Mr Archer. How is Mr Barthe to devise his paintings with no such wisdom? ” “I don't know, sir. I shall no longer enable this kind of factor occur back. ” “I am fairly yes you won't. Fires were extinguished all concerning the send? ” Archer attempted to not exhibit offence at this yet failed. “All however the lamp within the mild room, sir. and i've ordered rainy blankets draped approximately that. ” “Go during the send and make sure we haven't any fires lit, Mr Archer. As to Mr Barthe’s kinfolk, or the other viewers to the send, I are not are looking to take the opportunity of blasting them to hell. might you? ” “No, sir, i wouldn't. ” “Then be approximately your enterprise, Mr Archer. ” The lieutenant went stiffly out. even though Hayden didn't benefit from the position of offended captain, he had come to the idea through the years that the occasional upbraiding stored younger officials on their feet and alert to their tasks. It had definitely had that impact upon him. Archer’s delight will be stung for an afternoon or , yet Hayden used to be definite he may recover from it and be larger for it besides. there has been a small a part of Hayden that questioned if he used to be in simple terms being peevish—a results of his personal misery and anxiousness approximately his own life—and this concept used to be no longer simply pushed aside. He used to be peevish, he knew; the slightest issues despatched his choler hovering. yet then, Archer’s mistake used to be particularly grave and will now not were omitted with no remark. He bloody good must have proficient the crusing grasp that the powder hoy used to be anticipated.

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