The Blast that Tears the Skies and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading The Blast that Tears the Skies on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Blast That Tears the Skies (Matthew Quinton Journals 3) (Matthew Quintons Journals 3) [Paperback]

J. D. Davies
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.99  
Paperback --  

Book Description

15 May 2012 Matthew Quintons Journals 3
1665. The land is at war and plague stalks London, but conspiracies against King Charles II are rife.
Captain Matthew Quinton finds himself thrust unexpectedly into the midst of the deadliest of them when he is given command of a vast and ancient man-of-war. Forced to contend with scheming ministers of state, a raw, rebellious crew and an alleged curse on his ship, Quinton sails against the might of the Dutch fleet.
The shattering climax sees captain and crew fight for their lives at the heart of the Battle of Lowestoft, one of the greatest sea-fights in the entire age of sail, before Matthew returns home to face the disturbing truth about his own and his family's past.

Frequently Bought Together

The Blast That Tears the Skies (Matthew Quinton Journals 3) (Matthew Quintons Journals 3) + The Lion of Midnight (Matthew Quintons Journals 4) + Gentleman Captain (Matthew Quinton Journals 1)
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906964289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906964283
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Wales in 1957, J D Davies was educated at Llanelli Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he completed a doctorate in 17th century naval history. He taught History for thirty years, chiefly at Bedford Modern School, where he also served as a Deputy Headmaster. He won the Samuel Pepys prize in 2009 for his book, 'Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89', and is also a previous winner of the Julian Corbett prize for naval history. His acclaimed series of naval historical fiction, 'The Journals of Matthew Quinton', has been published in the UK, North America and Germany. David is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a former Chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society and Vice-President of the Society for Nautical Research.

Product Description


'Exciting, emotive and utterly convincing, the Quinton Journals lead the field in naval historical fiction.'
Sam Willis, author of The Fighting Temeraire

'Utterly impossible to put down ... finely shaded characters, excellent plotting, gut-clenching action and immaculate attention to period detail ... Superb'
Angus Donald, author of The Outlaw Chronicles

'J. D. Davies's depiction of Restoration England and the British navy is impeccable, his characters truly live and breathe, and the plot kept me in suspense ... I could not recommend it more'
Edward Chupack, author of Silver

'Swashbuckling suspense, royal intrigue, and high seas naval action ... an excellent series'
Publishers Weekly --...

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4 star
2 star
1 star
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good blast 16 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A jolly good blast for all those who enjoy a swash buckling read on the high seas. If you have not read a Quinton journal before then your in for a treat. J.D Davies is a mix between Bernard Cornwall and Patrick O'brien. As a professional historian David seamlessly intertwines his fictional characters and plot with the real events and people of the day. The series of journals follow Matthews rise from accident prone and incompetent gentleman captain to professional seaman through the events, battles and political intrigue of the Restoration Navy. For relaxation and forgetting about your own day to day trials and tribulations there is nothing like picking up a Quinton Journal, and being transported back in time to walk the deck of a ship in battle or nearly wrecking on a Lee shore, or walk the streets of Restoration London with the likes of Samuel Pepys.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast 4 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Quite definitely a blast. Fits nicely into the genre. Moves fr place to ace with enough pathos and engagement to evoke a sense of time with a 21st. Century viewpoint.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy this part of our history and I believe it is well explianed historically, there is humour as well as a cracking yarn on the same footing as Alexander Kents Bolitho
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A great yarn 22 Jun 2013
By tant p
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great yarn with page turning interest in the story added to the historical background which had me checking up on the Battle of Camperdown and exactly where it took place. Well worth the money!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 21 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
fast paced, full of intrigue this book opens up the world of England at the time of Charles II with some wonderful descriptions of Naval battles.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category