Gentleman Captain

Gentleman Captain

by J. D. Davies
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Gentleman Captain by J. D. Davies


“A beautifully written and masterfully told story full of wicked intrigue, gripping suspense, stirring action, deft plot twists, and incredibly rich and compelling characters … destined to be a classic series of nautical adventure.” —Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan and Fur, Fortune, and Empire

Having sunk the first ship he commanded off the coast of Ireland, Captain Matthew Quinton is determined to complete his second mission without loss of life or honor. Rebellion is stirring in the Scottish Isles, and King Charles II needs loyal officers to sail north and face the threat. But aboard His Majesty’s Ship the Jupiter, the young “gentleman captain” leads a resentful crew and has but few on whom he can rely. As they approach the wild coast of Scotland, Quinton begins to learn the ropes and win the respect of his fellow officers and sailors.

But he has other worries: a suspicion that the previous captain of the Jupiter was murdered, a feeling that several among his crew have something to hide, and a growing conviction that betrayal lies closer to home than he had thought.

“A delightful tale.” —Kirkus Reviews

“As fascinating an account of Restoration politics as it is of the Restoration Navy.” —Seth Hunter, author of The Winds of Folly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906964290
Publisher: Old Street Publishing, Ltd
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,177,573

About the Author

J. D. DAVIES was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. Educated at Jesus College, Oxford, he is one of the foremost authorities on the seventeenth-century British navy and has written widely on the subject. His book Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare, 1649–1689, was the winner of the Samuel Pepys Award

 

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Gentleman Captain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Rob_Ballister More than 1 year ago
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!
AAR More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was delightful.  The protagonist, Matthew Quinton, is a character to whom most can relate, and the depth of character that Davies is able to show about most of the cast with even mere hints is surprising. I cannot speak from first-hand knowledge, but it seems that he captures the tenor of the times in which the book is set accurately.  One would think this might be a given, considering Dsvies is a historian of this period of history, but is one thing to understand a time period, and quite another to be able to portray it.  The historical notes at the end of this book is also a very pleasant wrap-up.
bobsocean More than 1 year ago
An excellent sea and land epic in the typical British tradition. Mr. Davies literally brings the captains and crews alive to the envy of those of us who wished we could have witnessed these times ourselves. Looking forward to more from Capt. Matthew Quinton and his exploits on land and sea. A wonderfully imagined character with whom I would have been proud to serve. Hear, hear....let the stories continue. Well done, Sir!
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Never read it.