Take, Burn or Destroy

Take, Burn or Destroy

Book - 2014 | Berkley trade paperback edition
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Embarking on a mission to destroy a French frigate and gather intelligence from a royalist spy during the height of the French Revolution, Charles Hayden of the HMS Themis discovers plans for an imminent invasion of England before being captured by a French squadron that challenges his efforts to warn his superiors.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2014
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780425268537
Branch Call Number: FIC Russe
Characteristics: 472 pages : map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Russell, Sean Ship of war


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Dec 29, 2017

The title does not really take effect until the ending which is a sea battle called the Glorious First of June (1794). The story, in my opinion was plagued with a love story on the side. But all in all, the story had enough action to live up to its genre. The author’s style is somewhat slow in that he uses add-ons in a sentence. But that is mixed up with the attempt to use historical English in the dialogue. The hero does not always win in this story he even makes mistakes as in the recce of the Goulet in the opening chapter, which led to a series of disasters. In the same genre as Forrester and O’Brian and as to skill close to the writing skills of the above mentioned. Read this book if you love the genre. Read Forrester if you’re new to the genre.

Aug 17, 2014

I will confess to skimming all the chapters that featured Henrietta and her family. I have never been a fan of this particular part of the series and making it almost half of the book has led me to put this down as my least favorite book of the series so far.
I found almost the entire book to be boring and frustrating. Even those portions that took place at sea were not as good as before. A good old fashioned naval battle at the end was its saving grace.

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