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Posted May 11, 2012
J. D. Davies’ second novel, THE MOUNTAIN OF GOLD, is a dec
J. D. Davies’ second novel, THE MOUNTAIN OF GOLD, is a decent sequel to his first book, “A Gentleman Captain.”
In this second work, Captain Matthew Quinton is back, this time serving as commanding first the king’s warship Wessex and then the brand new Seraph. No longer a rookie seamen, Quinton has a more confident demeanor on the open sea than before, yet is still humble enough to know that he needs to learn more.
While operating in Africa, his ship captures an Arab pirate who by law should go to the gallows. However, the pirate tells a tale of a mountain of gold, something that would make England’s king rich and allow him to fund his many military conquests. When the king gets wind of this, he sends Quinton and a small group of ships to find this mountain and bring it home for England’s glory.
For the most part, this book is consistent in story and style with GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN, including the use of period grammar, language, and descriptions. The author is obviously very knowledgeable regarding the period and the NAVY. I noticed a bit more dialogue and a bit less combat in this effort, but there was significant drama and action outside of combat, seasoned with no small amount of humor, which kept the story moving.
Entertaining story, and a must read for those who already read the first book. Will be a hit with anyone interested in stories of the old “sailing” navies.
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Posted August 23, 2013
This an entertaining novel. However; Mr. Davies is trying too ha
This an entertaining novel. However; Mr. Davies is trying too hard to imitate Patrick O'Brian. Having read and enjoyedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
all of Mr. O'Brian's works I feel Mr. Davies does not measure up. Perhaps he needs to work up his own style.