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Gentleman Captain by J.D. Davies
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Oct 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads-finds, first-reads, historical-fiction
Read from September 25 to October 02, 2010

I really enjoyed reading this book that I received through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. The author's expertice on the British navy in the seventeenth-century brings the story to life. The descriptions of shipboard life and the portrayal of shipboard working relationships help enhance the story. The author creates memorable characters and sets them against a rich historical background. The story is set in post Cromwell England. The British Navy is in a period of adjustment and thus Gentleman Captains are born. The hero of this book is a second son of a noble family with limited naval experience. As the story unfolds, we see him mature into a Captain who is respected by his men. The story weaves together personal and political intrigue with several interesting plot twists. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes History.
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