Under Enemy Colors

Under Enemy Colors

Book - 2008
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Born to an English father and a French mother, lieutenant Charles Saunders Hayden's career is damned by his ?mixed? heritage. Assigned to the HMS Themis , an aging frigate under the command of a captain reviled by his crew for both his brutality towards his men and his cowardice in battle, Hayden is torn between honor and duty, as the British navy engages the French in a centuries-old struggle for power.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780425223628
Branch Call Number: RUS
Characteristics: 496 p. : ill., map

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

Of all the naval fiction I have read so far this is by far my favorite book.

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 way to do his duty and avoid losing his career.

The romantic story plays a very small part in the book, much to my relief and there were some great characters from captains to pressed men. There are maybe a few too many convenient situations but the story is action packed and engaging.

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otterson
Sep 04, 2011

As good as the Aubrey/Maturin series without as much arduous, technical sailing data. Laugh out loud funny in places.

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