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Charles Hayden returns in the thrilling new naval adventure from best-selling author S. Thomas Russell, today’s "Patrick O’Brian for a new generation" (Kirkus Reviews). Master and Commander Charles Hayden has received fresh orders that take him and the HMS Themis to the Caribbean, with instructions to meddle with French shipping to the colonies. While en route, they rescue two Spanish castaways who beg for help fleeing from a vengeful family situation - Hayden agrees to do what he can, though it’s soon clear his two new guests aren’t exactly what they seem. Arriving in the lawless Caribbean seas, Hayden and Themis find themselves torn between the forces of reckless English captains, conflicts between royalist and revolutionary Frenchmen, and Spanish ships that are enemies to both England and France. And when someone very dear to him is kidnapped, Hayden may sacrifice everything in a reckless pursuit to save her...
©2014 Sean Russell (P)2014 W.F. Howes
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 11-13-14


This is book four in the Captain Charles Hayden series. It is a high sea adventure historical novel. The story is set toward the end of the 18th century at the beginning of the Napoleonic wars.

The opening of the story has the Captain and Crew of HMS Themis stationed in Bridgetown Barbados. HMS Themis comes upon a pair of half dead shipwreck survivors, a young Spanish nobleman and his beautiful sister. They are fleeing to the New World for safe harbor. HMS Themis rescues a cripple slave ship and tows it to Barbados. The Themis is ordered out on patrol in a squadron of three other ships under command of Captain Jones. Two other ships in the fleet disappear leaving just the two ships. Then the fun begins.

There is lots of tactics and age of sail strategizing, hand to hand combat, dangerous harbor raids, ship to ship battles, suspense, action and of course, superiors who are more interested in glory than survival. The book is easy to read, period accurate in every detail and well written. If you are a fan of the British Navy in the days of sail you will enjoy this series. Daniel Philpott does a good job narrating the book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 05-01-16

Did someone else ghost write this?

What did you like best about Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead? What did you like least?

I liked the first three books by this author in this series, but this one not so much. The plot was disjointed and had many scenes that causes this sailor, who has experience on a square rigged ship, to roll his eyes in disbelief. However, my biggest disappointment in the book was the was both abrupt with unnecessary sadness as well as lacking in closure. Finally, the author choose a new narrator for this book whose performance paled when compared to his predecessor.

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