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Take Burn or Destory

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Apr 5, 2013, 10:24am

Take Burn or Destroy is listed as being the 4th Charles Hayden novel in Common Knowledge (and it's in the March 2013 ER batch), but I've a feeling it's an alternate title for the 3rd, otherwise called A Ship of War. TBoD is also only on the US Penguin site, but ASoW can be found on Amazon published by Penguin Import.

Can anyone who's seen A Ship of War confirm this? I haven't done any book merging so I don't want to do it on the fly. Since the author's website lists A Ship of War as the title and that version was published last year, I assume that would be the canonical title here?

May 30, 2013, 6:57pm

You are correct.

Jun 1, 2013, 11:33am

Really interesting the spread on the reviews -- many 4 stars, a couple very low stars (1.5-2). I haven't finished reading my ER copy, so I haven't read the reviews (just glanced at the stars), but am now curious. Have these reviews read the other 2 books? If so, what do they think of the series in general?

Jun 3, 2013, 12:39pm

I've not read any in the series, so I skimmed all reviews for TBD. There appears to be some hand-wringing about the amount of space devoted to the romance subplot (this was a clear complaint in several reviews, both 1-star and higher), and a bit of concern about dragging on even some of the non-romance action to unendurable length. This was true both for those who mentioned reading prior installments, and those who came to TBD as their first encounter with Charles Hayden.

Jun 5, 2013, 9:39am

I did go ahead and merge it, by the way.

I'm one of the "good lord, lady, get out of the way" reviewers. It's been awhile since I read the second book of the series, and I really liked the first, if I remembered. I mean, I'm fairly well versed in naval fiction at this point, and it was a little much. To be fair, I'd like to brain Hornblower a good chunk of the time in relation to his affairs with the fairer sex, so my patience for it is a little slim.