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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    Once it got rolling, I couldn't put it down!

    When I picked up J. D. Davies GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN, I didn't know what I was getting into. While a fan of naval warfare literature, 17th century Restoration England is not my usual drug of choice. However, Mr. Davies has made a believer out of me, and hope that he has more to offer this niche of historical fiction.

    The story surrounds a young Matthew Quinton, a "gentleman Captain," given command of a king's warship more for his nobility than his competence. Indeed, he has no seafaring experience to speak of, and his first ship is smashed to pieces on the rocks due to his incompetence. However, he's given a second chance when the king needs someone he can trust to take over for a recently deceased (murdered?) captain, and because Matthew's older brother is close friends with the king, Matthew is again given command. Put in charge of a crew loyal to their deceased captain, and who is fully aware that their new captain lost his first ship, Captain Quinton does not have the odds in his favor. But bravery is not only a trait of the experienced, and his courage, judgment, and willingness to learn begin to win his crew just as they discover that treachery is all around them.

    Davies does an outstanding job of developing not only his main characters, but also the supporting cast. Many are so oafish as to be laughable, but that is part of the genius of telling the story from a nobleman's point of view. Davies does use an extensive vocabulary, and I had to run to a dictionary at least once, but it was well worth it--he is a master of the English language.

    The story is unique, full of colorful characters, mystery, and diabolic treachery, all building up to a tremendously exciting (and brutal) finally that's as well written as any depiction of naval combat I've read. Bravo to the author!

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  • Posted July 7, 2010


    GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN by J. D. Davies is a historical suspense set in 1662 England. It is written with details. It has a gripping plot with twists and turns, intrigue, friendships, loyalty, traitors, lies, betrayal, and a young captain who is determined to prove himself to his crew and King. This is an epic tale of adventure on the high seas of treason, nobles, heroes and deception. The characters are gripping and strong. If you enjoy stories of the high seas, naval intrigue you will surely enjoy this one. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found atHoughton Miffin Harcourt and My Book Addiction and More.

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