Under Enemy Colors

Under Enemy Colors

Book - 2007
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Born to an English father and a French mother, lieutenant Charles Saunders Hayden's career is damned by his ?mixed? heritage. Assigned to the HMS Themis , an aging frigate under the command of a captain reviled by his crew for both his brutality towards his men and his cowardice in battle, Hayden is torn between honor and duty, as the British navy engages the French in a centuries-old struggle for power.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
ISBN: 9780425223628
9780399154430
0399154434
Characteristics: 486 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.

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dixiedog
Aug 20, 2016

Canadian author - S. Thomas Russell’s first book ‘Under Enemy Colors’ in his Themis Series focuses on lieutenant Charles Saunders Hayden, a man who had an English father and a French mother; England and France were at war. His parentage and lacking of influential friends resulted in him being a Naval Officer with limited possibilities. I have not read the Hornblower books and therefore had nothing to compare this book to. While I found it a little slow for the first 50 or so pages while the author made the reader familiar with the hero of the book, I was delighted that I stayed the course and finished this book; it was simply great reading. I will definitely read the entire four-book series. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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VRMurphy
Mar 08, 2016

I had great hopes, but the first couple of chapters did not make me want to continue. Nothing specifically wrong, just figured if I want to read the Hornblower books, I should just go back to them rather than try a new iteration.

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GMorry
Mar 21, 2012

A very rousing historical fiction tale, reminiscent of Patrick O'Brian's great "Master and Commander" series. The second book (which I read out of sequence) is equally good. I hope Mr. Russell intends to write more of these!

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