Friday, 15 June 2012

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: A Ship of War - Sean Thomas Russell

Release Date: 29/03/12


It's 1794, the height of the French Revolution. Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill-fated HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate sailing from Le Havre and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. On discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to give warning before it's too late. But the enemy have been lying in wait for him, and so begins a dangerous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a powerful French squadron. After a failed attempt to masquerade as French sailors, Hayden and his officers are taken prisoner. A shipwreck following a storm and a case of mistaken identity befall Hayden and his men as they try in desperation to escape in order to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will mean the invasion of England - and the guillotine for Hayden.


For me, Sean is one of these authors who does extremely well as turning his hand to multiple genre writing, always presenting a story that not only thrills but keeps you firmly within its fist from the first chapter onwards. As usual with his Historical Fiction the reader is transported back in time with the authors wonderful ability to bring the scenes to life with wonderful prose alongside an ability to almost have you feeling the sea breeze on your face.

It’s got some wonderful twists, a great set of prose alongside a pace that is hard to live up to as each new elements wends its way into the readers imagination that makes it extremely difficult to put down. All in another great adventure and one that I loved from start to finish. Magic.

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