Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns within the riveting seafaring experience by means of 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 assemble intelligence from a royalist undercover agent. Upon studying French plans for an forthcoming 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 deadly chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a strong French squadron. without probability of struggling with their method via, Hayden and his officials are taken prisoner.

Shipwrecked in a typhoon at the French coast and wrong for a French sea officer, Hayden needs to test a determined break out to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will suggest the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.

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She regarded down on the flooring, a hand to her brow. Then she took the hand away and raised her face in order that she regarded up at Hayden. “There is one likelihood, Capitaine Mercier . . . ” yet her voice or maybe her nerve failed her. “What? what's it? ” She took a deep yet ragged breath. “They won't positioned me upon the guillotine, monsieur . . . ” one other tough breath, after which in a whisper so delicate he slightly heard, “. . . if i'm with baby. ” She may carry his gaze not and hung her head, a bit sob escaping, yet she stifled it. attaining up, she placed a small hand evenly upon his breast and met his eyes back. “There is not any one else who may help me. i will not often ask . . . a servant. Discretion is vital. ” She closed her eyes a moment. “The Jacobins will get back for me. the next day, probably. there isn't any recourse. in the event that they come for me i'm doomed. i've got in basic terms this one likelihood; to be with baby. My existence will be preserved . . . if just for a couple of months—but this insanity, it can't final for ever. Do you spot? My simply likelihood to reside. ” Tears welled over. “I have a daughter . . . ” yet she may possibly say not more and commenced to weep virtually silently, hiding her face together with her palms. “Shh. ” Hayden took her arms clear of her face and lightly led her in the direction of his mattress; it took him in basic terms that lengthy to make your mind up. It used to be no longer performed out of wish, or for conquest, nor even affection—though he did consider gratitude and nice fondness for her. Survival was once their cause. The Jacobins could homicide her—without cause—and he couldn't endure the concept of it. For a moment she paused to shed her dress, in order that she wore just a mild shift. Into the mattress they crawled, awkward, embarrassed, either nonetheless fearful via what had occurred prior. the phobia inhibited them before everything, yet they pressed shut and clung to one another till their hope started to upward push, after which she guided him atop her, pulling up her shift. within the waning moonlight, the nice strains of her face disappeared and she or he seemed much less stricken and weary, as if the moon gave again her formative years. They have been mild with one another, yet she buried her palms within the hair in the back of his neck and intensely softly moaned on the subject of his ear, whispering endearments in French. After, she lay on best of him, her hair tickling his face. “I can tarry yet a moment,” she whispered. “Do no longer enable me sleep. ” But she didn't upward push instantly, and Hayden sensed her reluctance. All of lifestyles used to be so doubtful, but right here used to be this small second of contentment, if no longer safety—each of them desired to hold to it and draw it out even 5 mins extra. Who knew what day after today could carry? A zephyr sighed within the open casement after which the nightingale started to sing, transparent words provided as much as the celebrities, some distance above human strife and anguish. Twelve Mrs Carthew, who had now not raised six daughters by way of being indecisive, ordered every body yet Elizabeth out and referred to as for Nan, a servant who had nursed the entire ladies via their adolescence health problems in order that everybody had come to consider her as having therapeutic powers.

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