Gentleman Captain

Gentleman Captain

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1662: Restoration England. Cromwell is dead, and King Charles II has reclaimed the throne after years of civil war. It is a time of divided allegiances, intrigue, and outright treachery. With rebellion stirring in the Scottish Isles, the hard-pressed sovereign needs men he can trust to sail north and defuse this new threat.

Matthew Quinton is such a man--the second son of a noble royalist family, he is loyal, if inexperienced. Having sunk the first man-of-war under his command within weeks, Matthew is determined to complete his second mission without loss of life or honor. Upon taking command of His Majesty's Ship the Jupiter, the young "gentleman captain" is faced with a resentful crew and has but few on whom he can rely: Kit Farrell, an illiterate commoner with vast seafaring experience, and Phineas Musk, a roguish but steadfast family retainer. As they approach the wild coast of Scotland, Matthew begins to learn the ropes and win the respect of his fellow officers and sailors.

But he has other difficulties on the voyage north: a suspicion that the previous captain of the Jupiter was murdered, a feeling that many among his crew have something to hide, and the growing conviction that betrayal lies closer to home than he had thought.

With cannon fire by sea and swordplay by land, Gentleman Captain is a rousing high-seas adventure in the finest nautical tradition.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780547382616
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 24 cm.

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pierce_b
Oct 11, 2017

I liked the young captain in the book and found myself rooting for him during the story and the predicament that he was thrown into which of course he would have no idea about the plotting going on. I look forward to reading another book by this author.

Some sword play and naval fighting to keep a readers interest by the way.

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shapjul
Apr 21, 2012

This is a bit like Patrick O'Brien lite. It's clearly inspired by O'Brien (although there is no mention of him anywhere in the blurbs, which is a little odd, I think.) The hero is quite likable, the writing is good. It just doesn't seem to have the depth and texture of O'Brien. Still--very readable and fun. And it's only the first of a series and maybe he's just getting warmed up. If you like O'Brien this is surely worth your time and I have already ordered the second one.

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