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Floating Gold (Under Admiralty Orders - The Oliver Quintrell Series)

Floating Gold (Under Admiralty Orders - The Oliver Quintrell Series) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Muir
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Extremely satisfying --The Historical Novels Review

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FLOATING GOLD is “a wonderful blend of classic Georgian naval fiction, a mystery/thriller and a grand treasure hunt - a vividly drawn tale of adventure on the high seas.” Old Salt Blog.

The year is 1802 and the Treaty of Amiens heralds a fragile peace in the war with France. While Britain’s fighting ships languish in ordinary, sailors litter the alleyways of Portsmouth, while half-pay officers struggle to survive as best they can.

From a beach, near his home on the Isle of Wight, Captain Oliver Quintrell observes a fleet of merchant ships preparing to sail. He is unaware he will soon have command of His Majesty’s frigate ELUSIVE which will sail from Spithead with them.

Entrusted with secret Admiralty orders, he heads south, but once the ship enters the freezing waters of the Southern Ocean, a series of devastating events occur and threaten to jeopardise his mission. For Captain Quintrell, the mumblings of a near mutinous crew, sabotage, murder most foul, and the dangers held within a simmering volcanic island, pose as much of a threat as a broadside from a French man-of-war.

Will the captain succeed in his mission? Will he retrieve the ‘prize’ he was sent to search for? Will he, and his ship, return safely to England?

FLOATING GOLD is the first book in this maritime fiction series which features Captain Quintrell and his crew. The sequel, THE TAINTED PRIZE, will be published in September, 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B007TO9UFQ
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grindelwald; 4 edition (9 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K9E3FQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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May 31, 2010 and FLOATING GOLD has just been published. It's a nautical fiction adventure and I am delighted to announce that it is receiving excellent reviews (Highly Recommended and 5 stars) both in England and USA.

If this book performs well, I will have to write a sequel.

I always appreciate feedback on my books and look forward to your comments.

I live on the beautiful island of Tasmania (off the bottom of Australia) and am currently studying at the University of Tasmania. I had started writing a book about Matthew Brady, the Tasmanian bushranger but as I fell in love with Tasmania's convict history, I thought it was time to learn more about that incredible period of history.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Mission for the British Admiralty, 1802 17 July 2012
By Joan
Format:Kindle Edition
The War with the French is over ... temporarily ... but the British government is gearing up for another confrontation, this time with Napoleon.

The catch: The British government is desperately in need of money to finance this new war.

Enter Captain Oliver Quintrell, living comfortably on prize money, but eager for another command. His wishes are granted when he is given the frigate Elusive.

The catch: His secret mission is to sail into icy waters far south of Cape Horn, in search of a rumored treasure. If he succeeds, the British treasury will be saved. The price of failure is awful beyond reckoning . . .

It has recently become a popular ploy for authors who have obtained reversion of rights (and, hopefully, the pdf, as well) to re-publish their books with one of the many presses that have sprung up to meet the demand.

Margaret Muir's historical maritime adventure, Floating Gold, originally published by Robert Hale, has been given a fresh breath of life in this way -- and, in this case, most worthily so. Re-designed and re-issued in paperback (with the author's name cropped to the genderless "M C Muir"), this Hornblower-style novel is replete with maritime detail: it is obvious that Muir knows her ropes, and is comfortable with shiphandling, even under brooding skies. Ports are given good treatment, too. Her descriptions of Deception Island, the strange and ominous island in the sub-Antarctic where the Elusive finds a most unusual anchorage, are evocative and intriguing. And the story fairly romps along.

Her characters are convincing, too. Though just 32 years old, Captain Oliver Quintrell talks and acts like a man in his fifties -- which is exactly right for his era, when men aged much earlier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Hunt 28 Feb 2012
A Treasure Hunt

A nautical treasure that is, and a hunt that kept my attention from the first page to the last.

For writers of nautical fiction set in the Napoleonic period, the hiatus brought about by the `Peace of Amiens' offers a challenge. Ships were laid up or de-commissioned, officers and men found themselves unemployed. Not very much was happening at sea to keep the Royal Navy busy. Or was it?

So it was gratifying to stumble across Floating Gold, by Margaret Muir, I suspect an accomplished sailor as she has an excellent grasp of seamanship and, it must be said, an accomplished writer to boot. Born of a personal experience and a footnote from a news item, Muir has created a well-crafted and plausible tale of adventure on board one of HM's frigates, Elusive. An aptly named vessel, for an elusive treasure.

Oliver Quintrell, a young Post Captain on half-pay, is given command of a 38-gun frigate and secret orders. He learns his ultimate destination only when the ship is far from England. He does not learn the nature of the treasure until he reaches the destination noted in his secret orders and even then, it is less than obvious.

The ship and the crew deal with a succession of challenges, from the weather, to pirates, to murderers, all plotted superbly. Once returned to England, Quintrell's trials do not cease, as the author keeps the interest running as high as the seas to very nearly the final page.

Floating Gold is excellent story-telling. The principal characters are visual, immediately empathetic and human. This is an intelligent, well-structured and thoroughly enjoyable story, which for enthusiasts of nautical fiction is highly recommended.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great nautical read 5 Feb 2012
By Helen Hollick VINE VOICE
Anyone who knows me will know I devour anything with a Tall Ship theme--so I was excited to receive Floating Gold. Here is an example of how authors who, for one reason or another, no longer have their books in print with a mainstream publisher, decide to self-publish. Margaret Muir used to be published by Robert Hale, but with a backlist out of print, she decided to publish her books herself to keep them alive and in circulation. Good for her!
Floating Gold is a Georgian treasure hunt adventure. It is 1802 and there is a tentative peace between France and England. Captain Oliver Quintrell, as with many a sailor during times of peace, is ashore with no command and nothing to do. When he is offered HMS Elusive and a secret mission, he jumps at the chance to accept. He is bound for the Southern Ocean with secret orders, and his crew encounter storms, murder, and various adventures on the long voyage south. They reach their destination--and the treasure hunt proper begins.
The author knows her ropes when it comes to ships and shipping: the ship-board scenes are accurate and give a real feel of being at sea; her characters are believable--and the action, vigorous.

(This review also appears on the Historical Novel Society website, and was commissioned and edited according to their guidelines)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, well written. 24 May 2013
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Not your average run of the mill seafaring adventure. A lot of thought has gone into the plot structure and development of characters. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floating Gold 17 Mar 2013
By regor
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Brilliant book by M C Muir first book i have read by this author and look forward to read his other books well written
would recommend this book if you like naval fiction
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floating Gold.
An excellent book in the Hornblower tradition. Thoroughly recommended for all devotees of this naval tradition. I look forward to the rest of the series!!!
Published 2 months ago by Michael Watson.
2.0 out of 5 stars Unengaging
I rather wanted to like this.Having read and re-re-read Patrick O'Brian, dabbled with CS Forester, and being generally well-disposed towards fictional exploits of the Georgian... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Continue to impress
Read other in series and look forward to more and hope characters will build as in other sea stories as they have promising start
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars SHiver me timbers!
As a fan of Partrick O'BRIEN's nautical series of books I was not expecting anything as splendid a yarn, but I was enthralled with this unusual yarn, well told and full of Good... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Desmond O'Brien
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read with some action.
A good kindle read, easy to finish in a day or two. Nice detail with some devious intrigue and stacks of nautical terms from the Nautical Term Dictionary. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dolly
4.0 out of 5 stars good
a good read with plenty of sailing facts. it runs along the same lines as most of this type of book, misunderstood captain, back story re very young sailors, dangerous fight,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by rod
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly bad
I bought this and the second book at the same time as I love the genre and was hoping I'd found a good new author. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fiddler
4.0 out of 5 stars Blubber!
A good yarn with a novel twist - not thundering cannons but more interesting and with a few twists in the story, too. Well worth reading.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. C. R. Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
An adventure story that keeps your brain active.
Looking forward to reading other books in the series.
Wonderful seafaring tale!
Published 11 months ago by FRANK BYE
3.0 out of 5 stars simple naval story of 1802
Whilst this is a well written tale it lacks bite and adventure.

A trip to the Southern seas left me a bit cold to this author but i will try the second one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark I. Grant
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