Under Enemy Colors

Under Enemy Colors

Book - 2008 | Berkley trade paperback edition.
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A novel of maritime mutiny set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service. As the Themis takes to sea to harass the enemy, the disaffection of the crew begins to boil over into acts of violence, and the lieutenant finds himself caught between his superior and a crew pushed toward mutiny. A revolution at sea ensues, and Hayden is wrenchingly torn between honor and duty, as the magnificent Royal Navy engages the French in a centuries-old struggle for power.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2008.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780425223628
0425223620
Branch Call Number: FIC RUSSELL
Characteristics: 496 pages : illustration, map ; 21 cm

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SnoIsleLib_MarieB Jan 24, 2018

Action and adventure abound in this tale of a man trying to navigate life on board ship under a captain of dubious courage.


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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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