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From the winner of the Samuel Pepys Award, a stunning seventeenth-century nautical adventure
1663. While commanding a man-of-war in the Mediterranean, Captain Matthew Quinton captures a Corsair pirate under the nose of a furious Maltese Knight -- the sinister Montnoir. But the 'pirate' is soon unmasked as O'Dwyer, a renegade Irishman with a fabulous yarn about a vast gold mine in the west African desert.
Back at home, an avaricious King Charles II charges the young Captain with accompanying O'Dwyer to Africa and locating the 'mountain of gold'.
With little hope of success, Quinton sails for the Gambia. From the start his mission is dogged by misfortune, murder and sabotage. And to make matters worse, he soon discovers that Montnoir is on the same trail. But who exactly are Montnoir's secret masters? As the pair do battle in hellish conditions, plagued by fever, wild animals and a hostile local people, it becomes clear that more than their own lives are at stake ...
Full of vivid characters, sparkling dialogue, sly humour and -- of course -- high adventure, The Mountain of Gold is a superb entertainment.
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'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 --...
Praise for The Mountain of Gold
Swashbuckling witty a rousing yarn. Publishers Weekly
An excellent book; well-researched, well-written, and thoroughly enjoyable. Davies reminds us that there was a navy before the Age of Nelson and opens up a little-known world where social position was more highly valued than seamanship. And in that time period, one he clearly knows well, Davies gives us a great cast of characters, starting with the complex Matthew Quinton. This novel will be enjoyed by anyone who loves a good sea story. James L. Nelson, author of Benedict Arnold s Navy
Praise for Gentleman Captain
A splendid addition to nautical adventure and a grand story, to boot! Dewey Lambdin, author of Reefs and Shoals
A beautifully written and masterfully told story full of wicked intrigue, gripping suspense, stirring action, deft plot twists, and incredibly rich and compelling characters destined to be a classic series of nautical adventure. Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan and Fur, Fortune, and Empire
As fascinating an account of Restoration politics as it is of the Restoration Navy. Seth Hunter, author of The Winds of Folly
A delightful tale. Kirkus Reviews
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Book Description Old Street Publishing, 2011. Paperback. Condition: Good. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008353052
Book Description Old Street Publishing, 2011. Condition: Very Good. New ed.. Ships from the UK. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96893698
Book Description Old Street Publishing, 2011. Condition: Very Good. New ed.. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP66266965
Book Description Old Street Publishing, London, 2011. Paperback. Condition: Fine. First Edition. First Printing, paperback. SIGNED by Davies on the title page and dated in the year of publication. A fine copy which is now covered in a custom mylar jacket. Seller Inventory # 2976