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Floating Gold (The Oliver Quintrell Series #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In March 1802, the Treaty of Amiens brings an uneasy peace to Europe. While the fighting ships of the Royal Navy languish in ordinary and sailors litter the alleys and alehouses of Portsmouth, frustrated officers barrage the Admiralty for a commission. From a beach on the Isle of Wight, Captain Oliver Quintrell observes a convoy of merchantmen preparing to set sail from St ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 30th 2010 by Robert Hale (first published May 31st 2010)
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Rick Spilman
Margaret Muir’s new novel, Floating Gold, is a wonderful blend of classic Georgian naval fiction, a mystery/thriller and a grand treasure hunt.

Captain Oliver Quintrell is on the beach, both literally and figuratively. Recently released from Greenwich Hospital after recovering from injuries related to a “direct contact with a four pound cannon ball,” he finds himself without a commission in a world briefly at peace following the signing of the Treaty of Amiens in 1802. He is therefore pleased to
Margaret Muir really knows her British nautical history, and the premise of the story is very unique. She writes with authority about interesting characters; I am very much in awe and glad I discovered her.
I bought the complete Oliver Quintrell Trilogy.
But as these are three books, I want to count them as three different books.

Therefore I will rate the first two books separately and the third book within the trilogy entry.

What shall I say?
A naval fiction without pirates and naval battles.
Instead a great mix of mystery, treasure hunt and naval fiction with a cast of interesting characters.

I enjoyed it a lot.

Valeria Jane
I enjoy adventures at sea, and enjoy reading about this historical period (about 1803, during a pause in the Napoleonic wars).

It's a good read. The style is just a bit too elaborate for my taste - plenty of metaphors and similes. I preferred the writing when the author just moved the action on. However it was a good read, the kind of book that when you get half-way throught it, you find hard to put down.
"Floating Gold is a good read in the tradition of the Hornblower series. The difference being that it is placed in the early 1800's when the rest of Europe is at relative peace with Napoleon. The story is well formed and well written. Ms. Muir demonstrates a good knowledge of seafaring in that era and the events of the time. If you like Horatio, you'll like Oliver.
Stuart MacAllister
Hidden in this book, behind the over-writing, the repetitive prose, the spelling errors and poorly edited manuscript there is probably a decent story - however I couldn't find it. It is a shame because the author clearly has great knowledge of naval history.
During the peace of Amiens a senior post captain is sent on a secret mission with a crew and frigate. I couldn't enjoy the book because I couldn't warm to the main character.
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