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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 --...
[headline] Set sail for Africa in this thrilling sequel to Gentleman Captain.When a captured Barbary pirate tells a tale of a mountain of gold deep in Africa, gentleman Captain Matthew Quinton has his doubts. But King Charles II can t resist the chance to outstrip the Dutch with a limitless source of wealth. With the devious corsair aboard, Quinton embarks on a voyage past the edge of the map and into the African unknown. As he gets closer, and as sabotage attempts pile up, he begins to wonder if there is truth in the legend after all . . . Back in England, the king has arranged a marriage between Quinton s elder brother and a mysterious lady rumored to have murdered her previous husbands. Will Quinton be able to find the fabled mountain of gold and return home in time to protect his family? "J. D. Davies writes with surging lyricism and surprisingly witty insight about a subject that he clearly knows through and through These are superb books and I look forward eagerly to reading more of them." Angus Donald, author of The Outlaw Chronicles "Swashbuckling suspense, royal intrigue, and high seas naval action [an] excellent series." Publishers Weekly [AU PHOTO] J. D. DAVIES, one of the foremost experts on the seventeenth-century British navy, is the author of Pepys s Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare, 1649 1689, winner of the Samuel Pepys Award, and the novel Gentleman Captain.
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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. 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, 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