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5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good blast
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...
Published 8 months ago by Dr Douglas McElvogue

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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice historical read giving insight into the beginning of the Royal Navy
There has been a great deal of historical research carried out and for that alone the book is worth reading. Many of the titles and names will sound familiar. A reasonable plot but too much detail of historical players detracted from the thoughts and doings of the main characters. This couldn't really be avoided as the main character was telling the tale from journals...
Published 12 months ago by Greengran


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5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good blast, 16 Nov 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast, 4 Aug 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Quinton, Charles II navy of the 17th century, 18 July 2013
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great yarn, 22 Jun 2013
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 21 Jun 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Feb 2013
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I've been an avid reader of naval fiction for ages and read many different authors. Many of the authors are inevitably compared to Patrick O'Brian, J D Davies is easily his equal in terms of erudition and strytelling. In fact the in some ways he is better. The timme period isn't as "busy" and his characters and the events they live through have more life to them certainly then the last few O'Brians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intigue, War and Plagie, 17 July 2012
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Book 3 of the series and the much anticipated Second Anglo Dutch war has finally broken out.
This book departs from the previos two by having a number of parrallel threads .

Our hero Matthew is the main protaganist, trying to get an old,decrepit ship to see in time to fight the Dutch at the battle of Lowestoft. There are a few cliched parts to this (trying ti man a ship with the sweepings of the press, problems with a crew of Welsh and Cornish speakers). However the description of the battle is excellent. Unusually for naval fiction, Matthew and his ship play an important part, but they do not do anything unrealistically heroic.

In parallel with this narative, there are hidden conspiracies, instigated by members of the government and the seductive spy Lady Louise, with much of the Quinton family and retainers investigating the different threads. Beware the hidden Lord Percival :-)

There are some sly nods to Dumas and also to history that will happen after Matthews time

I shall look forward to the sequels as the Dutch War progesses - The Medway raid will be interesting !
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice historical read giving insight into the beginning of the Royal Navy, 23 July 2013
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There has been a great deal of historical research carried out and for that alone the book is worth reading. Many of the titles and names will sound familiar. A reasonable plot but too much detail of historical players detracted from the thoughts and doings of the main characters. This couldn't really be avoided as the main character was telling the tale from journals written many years earlier. It was an interesting insight into the beginnings of the Royal Navy. I'm afraid I much prefer Patrick O'Brien's books on how our RN became such a force and his characterisation is so much better, albeit the timeframe is years on as is apparent from various references made by the author of the journal in this book. Perhaps I should have given this 4 stars for the historical interest alone however it was a bit heavy going in parts unravelling parts of the who's who and their role in history to get through to the main thread of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Quinton, Gentleman Captain wins again for king and country, 7 Jun 2013
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I find tales of the Restoration British navy excitIng and instructive. This author seems to have an especially good Handel on this era. Matthew Quinton is a good mouthpiece for Mr. Davies' views.i
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