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Publisher's Summary

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. As the Themis takes to sea to harass the enemy, the disaffection of the crew begins to boil over into acts of violence, and the lieutenant finds himself caught between his superior and a crew pushed toward mutiny. A revolution at sea ensues, and Hayden is wrenchingly torn between honor and duty, as the magnificent Royal Navy engages the French in a centuries-old struggle for power.
©2007 S. Thomas Russell (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and Books on Tape
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"Russell's first-rate debut features taut plotting, liberal action and an attractively modest hero." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Blackmac on 08-07-08

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. The characters are fully developed, events based on truth and not a lagging moment in the entire book. This would be a great starter NF book as it is so clearly written and with a minimum of sailing jargon. Will look forward to this author's next installment of this Hayden series. Can't miss download !

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 03-21-08

a great tale

Captivating story. For the boater in me, the story is historically accurate. The realities of war and service in the King's Navy are portrayed well. The characterizations by the narrator help to bring the story to life.

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