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The Mountain of Gold Hardcover – January 31, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Quinton Journals Series

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HMH Hardcover, 2012
Previous ISBN: 978-0-547-58099-9
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Beset by pirates, Knights of Malta, and saboteurs, Matthew Quinton sails to Africa in this buoyant sequel to Gentleman Captain.

When a captured Barbary pirate saves his neck with the story of a fabled mountain of gold, 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 beyond the map’s edge, still convinced that the mountain is mere legend. But as attempts to sabotage his mission draw closer to the mark, he begins to wonder …

Back in England, the king has arranged a wedding between Matthew’s elder brother, the Earl of Ravensden, and a mysterious lady rumored to have murdered her previous two husbands. Resolved not to fail his meddlesome sovereign, and to return home in time to protect his family and his home, Captain Quinton approaches the coast of Africa with a troubled mind.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780547580999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547580999
  • ASIN: 0547580991
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up reading CS Forester's Hornblower books and really like Patrick O'Brian's and Julian Stockwin's novels. That said, it's great to have a well written, well edited, naval adventure that's not set in the Napoleanic wars. A nice change of pace that introduced me to aspects of the Restoration that I never really knew about. I also like the first person narrative which adds life to the action sequences and humor through the main character's personal asides.
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The second installment of the series, following young lordling Matthew Quinton on his adventures as a sea captain for Charles II of England, had some trouble holding my attention - it took me nearly 9 months and 3 tries to finish it. The Restoration Navy, political intrigue, a useful MacGuffin - a Mountain of Gold, for God's love - those are all quite interesting, laudable topics magnificently presented on a carefully woven historical tapestry - so what was the problem?

Well, I wasn't sure, until I read the epilogue. Suddenly I wished it'd been the prologue. First of all, where Davies stumbles as a prose stylist in the novel, he strides with confidence on the fields of true history. His stumbling characterizations - stilted dialog, adverb-laden descriptions, pages and pages of telling, not showing - contrast amazingly with his finely honed ability to recount the facts of history and tell where his tale fits into them.

Historicity, then, is where this novel shines. Quinton, however, is perhaps not the world's most exciting protagonist. He is flawed, but not interesting in his flaws; his (and Davies') way of telling the story as if dictating it 50 years after it happened is a conceit that irritates. And he is simply not finely rendered. He can command a naval vessel, give an order to blow dozens of people apart with case-shot with utmost satisfaction, and kill an enemy single-handed by running him through with his sword in the chaos of a naval action; but he quails at hanging a man he dislikes and knows to be a traitor? Ridiculous.
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So many of the books about the Royal Navy deal with the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. It is really nice that this series and a trilogy by Richard Woodman have come out about the 17th century, which had just as many epic battles as the 18th and early 18th centuries. Mr Davies is a true historian and master of his field, who is writing this series for fun, and I am having fun reading. His website says that he is working on a prequel, and I am waiting expectantly.
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As a writer of Caribbean adventure novels I gravitate to this genre for my own pleasure, and this was certainly a pleasure! Davies puts you on the deck of the ship or in the thick of the battle -- you can smell the smoke and hear the thunder of the cannon. Moreover, he weaves an intricate plot with wonderful characters and excellent dialog. For those of us who love the feel of the salt spray on our faces, this is a must read.

Michael Reisig, author of "Brothers of The Sword/Children of Time" and "The Road To Key West"
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J. D. Davies' second novel, THE MOUNTAIN OF GOLD, is a decent sequel to his first book, Gentleman Captain.

In this second work, Captain Matthew Quinton is back, this time serving as commanding first the king's warship Wessex and then the brand new Seraph. No longer a rookie seamen, Quinton has a more confident demeanor on the open sea than before, yet is still humble enough to know that he needs to learn more.

While operating in Africa, his ship captures an Arab pirate who by law should go to the gallows. However, the pirate tells a tale of a mountain of gold, something that would make England's king rich and allow him to fund his many military conquests. When the king gets wind of this, he sends Quinton and a small group of ships to find this mountain and bring it home for England's glory.

For the most part, this book is consistent in story and style with GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN, including the use of period grammar, language, and descriptions. The author is obviously very knowledgeable regarding the period and the NAVY. I noticed a bit more dialogue and a bit less combat in this effort, but there was significant drama and action outside of combat, seasoned with no small amount of humor, which kept the story moving.

Entertaining story, and a must read for those who already read the first book. Will be a hit with anyone interested in stories of the old "sailing" navies.

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There's a lot of Napoleonic-era naval fiction out there, some of it world-class literature. This rousing adventure tale, awash in Dutch colonizers, African kings, French intrigue, dastardly knights of Malta and perfidious Irishmen turned Turk, is set a century earlier, in the time of Charles II. Captain Matthew Quinton -- who may or may not be heir to the earldom of Ravensden, depending on the outcome of his brother's marriage to a known conniver and suspected murderess -- sails with mixed feelings to find a legendary mountain of gold. Though a loyal Englishman, he can't feel quite at ease with the notion that he might bring limitless wealth to his sovereign, a man who aspires to limitless power... on the other hand, given all the enemies with daggers pointed at Captain Quinton's throat, his feelings might be rather beside the point...
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