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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906964297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906964290
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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'Hornblower, Aubrey and Quinton -- a pantheon of the best adventures at sea!'
CONN IGGULDEN

'Mr O'Brian would have heartily approved of the finely shaded characters, excellent plotting, gut-clenching action and immaculate attention to period naval detail that Davies supplies. 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'
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J. D. Davies was born in Wales and now lives in Bedfordshire. He is the foremost expert on the seventeenth-century navy and is the author of Pepys' Navy which won the 2009 Samuel Pepys Award.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Senior on 11 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
What a great book! This brings the 17th century to life. There are plots abounding, rogues and varmints and treasonous villains. Also a great hero in the absurdly young sea captain, Matthew Quinton, who is haunted by the ghosts of the men who perished under his command, and who is sent, unwitting, to unpick the tangled web of a international conspiracy. It's the first in the series, and clearly paving the way for a great deal more of the same deft plotting and brilliant characters, both onshore and on the sea. I'm looking forward to a long and happy acquaintance with the Quinton family.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Keogh on 21 May 2012
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What encouraged me to buy this novel was the era in which it takes place--after Charles II is restored to the throne. So many novels in the Age of Sail genre take place during the Napoleonic era. To me, that era has been written to death. Davies is known for his extensive knowledge of the Royal Navy in the 1600's so that intrigued me as well.

Another unique and refreshing aspect to this novel is the main setting: Scotland. First time I've read an Age of Sail novel that took place there. Beyond that, I enjoyed Davies's prose. I always admire someone who can teach me new words. And that is when I love my Kindle even more--the built-in dictionary that allows me to instantly access the definition of any word in the novel I'm reading.

Overall I liked the characters, especially the wide variety and particularly the common seaman (and the specifics of Cornwall men I also found interesting). My one complaint about the protagonist was his appalling lack of basic seamanship. While I won't argue with Davies's knowledge of the "gentleman captains" of that particular era, I still found it hard to believe that even a raw landsman wouldn't at least pick up the name of the masts and a few of the lines after spending the amount of time he spent on his first command. My time on board sailing ships is limited, but even I picked up a lot in just a short time.

Overall, I found Gentleman Captain to be an excellent read.

If you like adventure and Age of Sail try: The Prodigal: A Novel
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 21 Sept. 2009
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Lovers of historical fiction containing nautical adventures shall welcome this book with open arms, as it is a very good read with an interesting and original story line.

Set during the period when Charles II had only recently been restored to the throne, young Matthew Quinton is charged with a mission to demonstrate and display the King's presence in his Scottish Kingdom. Having only recently lost his first command, Matthew, who is a gentleman and the brother of an Earl is totally out of his depth onboard a ship. Murder, suspicion and treachery hinder Matthew's mission culminating in a final naval battle between three ships in a narrow sea loch.

I greatly enjoyed learning more about ships and naval life in general from the latter half of the seventeenth century as opposed to the usual Napoleonic sea adventure.

Very interesting, a great page turner and ideal for those who enjoy a good naval yarn!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Gow on 17 Nov. 2009
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This book was recommended to me a great historian, and he was dead correct. A fine read, with strong characterizations that become more surefooted as the complex and gripping storyline proceeds. Mr. Davies can write, and even if he is not here the stylist that Patrick O'Brian was or perhaps the seaman that Richard Woodman is, the series promises to be both more literate and more entertaining than the run of maritime historical fiction.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan James on 3 Mar. 2013
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A terrific novel from someone whose recognised expertise and detailed knowledge of the Restoration navy, and of the seventeenth century more generally, shines through on every page. You'll enjoy it so much you won't realise how much you're learning about the period.
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By J. R. Fowler on 26 Dec. 2013
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Excellent writing, interesting historically, and a constantly absorbing read. Now that I have discovered J.D. Davies I shall be looking for more.
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JD Davies is plowing a new furrow in Naval Fiction going back further in History, beyond the Napoleonic Wars. Very enjoyable and highly recommended!!
MJGW.
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