A Battle Won

S. Thomas Russell, Author
S. Thomas Russell, Putnam, $26.95 (464p) ISBN 978-0-399-15689-2
Reviewed on: 06/28/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
This overlong sequel to Russell's 18th-century naval adventure, Under Enemy Colors, begins with British officer Charles Hayden being named temporary captain of the ill-starred frigate Themis, which this time is plagued by both an influenza outbreak and dissension from a trouble-making clergyman. Arriving in the Mediterranean, Hayden attempts to redeem himself by embarking on a dangerous mission to liberate Corsica, but upon returning to England, he makes an untoward discovery. Russell's melodramatic plotting often gets in the way of the action, but readers who relish the sting of salt spray and the tang of gunpowder will enjoy every page. (Aug.)
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