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The Mountain of Gold by J.D. Davies
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Dec 25, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 25 to 27, 2011

This is the second book in a series featuring the "Gentleman Captain" Captain Matthew Quinton which takes place during the time of King Charles II.

The first book was an enjoyable read, but not without flaws. The use of a major coincidence to resolve the ending of the book soured it a little.

This book though was an improvement on many levels and while there is a bit of coincidences in it, they are minor without the plot depending on them. Once again we see intrigues regarding Captain Quinton's family, political intrigues with the king, and intrigues among his ship. Not all of these intrigues are answered in this book and are to be answered later in the series.

The basic premise of a British Captain being sent off to find a mountain of gold based on the words of a traitor provides much of the plot. As a historical novel you know they will not find such a mountain and the captain is dubious of this from the start. Despite knowing this the trip as an adventure provides much tension that does keep you guessing how it is going to be resolved. I found it to be a very enjoyable read and the series has much promise to it.

Being that it is written by a historian who specializes in this time period of the British Navy it is filled with many details that give it a richness. The author also explains in a note at the end of the book the historical threads he has drawn together into a fictional account. Events are combined or added on to provide the historical bedrock for the novel.
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