Gentleman Captain

J.D. Davies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25 (336p) ISBN 978-0-547-38261-6
After losing his first ship to a storm, Matthew Quinton, the 21-year-old gentleman hero of this promising 17th-century English nautical saga, is given a second chance when newly restored King Charles II names him the captain of the frigate Jupiter and orders him to Scotland to stop a potential rebellion. The novice captain has to deal with warring clans, the temptation of a beautiful countess, Dutch intervention, allegations that the Jupiter's previous captain was murdered, and, eventually, a surprising foe. The author does a creditable job of dramatizing life in Samuel Pepys's navy, and by the explosive climax, Quinton has developed into a hero worth rooting for and meeting again in further exploits. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 06/28/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
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