Under Enemy Colours (Adventures of Charles Hayden #1)
English Channel, chilling the stoutest hearts . . .
The opening skirmishes of the French Revolutionary War send ageing frigate HMS Themis into waters swarming with enemy ships of the line. Instructed to survey the French coastline, she's soon in the thick of the action: cutlasses slash and bayonets skewer, cannons splinter ...more
A superb 5 Stars
A riotous high seas adventure filled with mutiny, inept leaders, cannons, court marshals and one entertaining half French, half English hero.
Many times during the reading of this book I stopped and said to myself "this is a superb!" I wasn't kidding myself. It really was. Personally, well written historical fiction is the best and most entertaining type of novel. Under Enemy Colors had all of the things that I look for in good HF.
The setting and cha ...more
The main problem is that the author has no feeling for the period at all -- he writes like someone who read someone once and is trying to remember what he read. He has picked up bits of jargon ...more
However, I prefer the writing style to that of O'Brian and place it right up there with my personal favorite, Alexander Kent's Bolitho novels. Russell's protagonist is, as you may have already guessed, another officer in the Royal Navy who has great courage and competence but little infl ...more
Charles Hayden is the product of a English father and a French mother. This is a reoccurring theme throughout the book as Hayden struggles to come to terms with a war that pits him against his beloved childhood home in France. The fact that he speaks flawless French does come in handy in many of the situations he finds himself.
Given the job of being second in command to a tyrannical, cowardly captain, he must find a wa ...more
The book is very honest and upf ...more
In the acknowledgments section--to be found at the rear of the book, ...more
The plot itself was absolutely nothing new. Bad captain, m ...more
The plot line was amazingly done. There were parts where I wondered where it was all going, with there seeming to be a few individuals plots thrown in there, but the way that it was all brought together was brilliant. It gave me endless entertainment, grabbing me from the start and not letting go - I swear, this ...more
Hayden is an attractive, competent, dark, moody naval hero. Sean Thomas Russell also adds a new flavor into the mix with his low social status and the fact that he has a French mother. From the lowest pressed man to the captain, Russell paints ...more
Without giving anything away this is the story of 1st Lt. Hayden, who is assigned a position to keep an eye on a problematic and somewhat un-courageous Captain. Said Captain has a lot of influence with the upper class and members of the admiralty, so that puts the hero between a rock and a hard place.
This is a good story f ...more
This book provided me a bit of insight on the French revolution and the situation in the British Royal Navy. Basically a navy lieutenant is looking for a position as a captain or lieutenant. He find himself on a little ship with Captain Hart, otherwise known as "Faint Heart" in the middle of battle. The book was slightly complicated for me to understand as I am only 12, but it was a very classical read with English writing and not the usual American fictional writing I am used to. If you are ol...more
Jacket flaps aside (they're not the author's fault), an enjoyable story of British naval adventures set just after the outbreak of the Reign of Terror. It's rather more of a Mutiny on the Bounty story -- EXCEPT THERE'S ...more
The naval battles are ...more
The writing is fairly mature, quick paced and gripping. The characters are generally pretty believable, although I'm not totally convinced by Wickham who seems.a bit too much of a goody-g ...more
Russell's seamanship is excellent and Captain Hayden is an interesting hero: an officer in the Royal Navy, but also, half French, and conflicted by his duties to bring war to the enemy. However when he's assigned to a Captain who is notoriously shy (a coward) and a ship on the brink of mutiny, making war with the French becomes the least of his worries. I was very satisfied with the way the story fell into place, and the author also provides an interesting look inside ...more
Sean Russel has co-written, with Ian Dennis, a mystery series called "Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner". The first volume of the series was published by Bantam under their joint pen name, T.F. Banks.
Sean Russell was born 1952 in Toronto. At the age of three his family moved to the outskirts of the city, where they lived in a cottage at the beach of Lake Ontario. At t ...more