Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns within the riveting seafaring experience through bestselling writer S. Thomas Russell.
In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden units off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to spoil a French frigate and to collect intelligence from a royalist secret agent. Upon learning French plans for an coming near near invasion of britain, Hayden needs to go back to Portsmouth to elevate the alarm ahead of it’s too late.
But the enemy is laying in wait—and so starts off a perilous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a robust French squadron. without likelihood of battling their approach via, Hayden and his officials are taken prisoner.
Shipwrecked in a hurricane at the French coast and wrong for a French sea officer, Hayden needs to test a determined get away to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will suggest the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.
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In the event that they are convinced we're extra far-off from the island—and those are their waters—then they may good sail within us and take a look at to avoid us from achieving Brest roads. i've got without doubt that they have got penetrated our plan. ” Wickham seemed at that second, rising from his watch less than having a look no longer the least refreshed. He joined the others accrued in regards to the chart within the small circle of sunshine provided by means of a swaying lantern. a look on the chart used to be all he had to comprehend the character of the talk. “One may imagine this bloody island could have the decency to stay fastened in a single place,” Wickham stated, “but i've got identified it to be a number of miles additional out to sea than it had any correct to be. ” “They are a froward lot . . . islands,” Dryden agreed. Hayden regarded round the circle of faces and located simple task nowhere. “Well, I see not anything for it. We needs to supply Ushant a large berth until we trap sight of it because the climate lifts. If the French slip inboard folks, then we are going to haven't any selection yet to form our direction hence. i can't danger my send and 200 souls. ” It used to be a solution that happy not anyone, for it put them in a clumsy place if the French might sail in among the Themis and the coast of France, yet not anyone used to be keen to claim that they knew, unequivocally, the location in their send. “We will carry this direction till sunlight, at which aspect, if we haven't stuck sight of Ushant, we'll flip south, wind permitting. ” Heads nodded in contract, and either Archer and Barthe said the order through repeating it. The little collecting broke up and Hayden went up onto the deck with Wickham, who was once approximately to start his watch. “Daylight will locate us quickly enough,” Wickham saw as they emerged into climate that had moderated greatly some time past few hours. “Where are the Frenchmen? ” Hayden requested Ransome, who met them on the ladder head. The younger lieutenant pointed to lighting a ways astern. “They express no indicators of gaining or of changing their direction to larboard, Captain. ” “I suspect they're not more yes in their place than we,” Hayden declared, not sure if he may still take convenience from that concept or no longer. “The wind has taken off enormous, sir, and the ocean isn't really so indignant because it was once. No backside at fifty fathoms. Our direction continues to be west by way of south. ” Ransome waved a hand on the sea. “I worry we'd have a sea mist forming to the south, sir. ” Hayden virtually brightened at this commentary. “So we'd desire, Mr Ransome. ” The sun’s emerging used to be drowned in a blur of silvery fog and the wind died away to a whisper. the ocean, which had reduced in the course of the evening with the death wind, fell to a low, oily swell. The pursuing ships have been misplaced within the obscuring mists, but there has been no wind upon which the Themis can make solid her get away. They have been becalmed . . . someplace. Seven You burned it . . . ahead of analyzing it? ” Henrietta gazed at her cousin, Elizabeth Hertle, who made a small shrugging movement and opened her fingers, which rested in her lap.