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Gentleman Captain
 
 
Author
J.D. Davies.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780547382616
Pages/Publication Date 320/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21006
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"Fans of high-seas adventures by Patrick O'Brian or C.S. Forester should definitely be steered in the direction of this rousing first novel by an expert in 17th-century British naval history. This really is a splendid book, with terrific characters, a thrilling adventure, and a wonderful sense of time and place. The year is 1662. Matthew Quinton, born into a noble family, is a ship's captain with a poor record, having seen his first command sink to the bottom of the sea. Surprisingly, the king asks Quinton to take command of a new vessel, the Jupiter, and set sail for Scotland, where antiroyalist rebels are causing concern. Commanding an unwilling crew, with only a few supporters, Quinton is forced to learn the ways of the sea ... or, perhaps, die trying. [J.D.] Davies is a talented storyteller, with a real gift for memorable phrases and visually evocative prose. He writes, for example, about a storm's wind 'that came straight from the flatulence of hell's own bowels.' Quinton is a likable and sympathetic lead, a gentleman who surprises even himself with his inner reserves of strength and bravery. The book is the first in a projected series, which should be jolly good news for anyone who reads this one."Booklist (starred review)
 
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