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Captain Alatriste - Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Margaret Sayers Peden
Captain Alatriste
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The novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte have captivated readers around the world and earned him a reputation as “the master of the intellectual thriller” (Chicago Tribune). His books have been published in fifty countries. Now, beginning with Captain Alatriste, comes Pérez-Reverte’s most stunning... show more
The novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte have captivated readers around the world and earned him a reputation as “the master of the intellectual thriller” (Chicago Tribune). His books have been published in fifty countries. Now, beginning with Captain Alatriste, comes Pérez-Reverte’s most stunning creation to date: a riveting series featuring the adventures of an iconic hero. Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional seventeenth-century Spanish soldier who lives as a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Needing gold to pay off his debts, Alatriste and another hired blade are paid to ambush two travelers, stage a robbery, and give the travelers a fright. “No blood,” they are told. Then a mysterious stranger enters to clarify the job: he increases the pay, and tells Alatriste that, instead, he must murder the two travelers. When the attack unfolds, Alatriste realizes that these aren’t ordinary travelers, and what happens next is only the first in a riveting series of twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780452287112 (0452287111)
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 284
Edition language: English
Series: Adventures of Captain Alatriste (#1)
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nente
nente rated it
4.0 El Capitán Alatriste
I generally review books in the language I read them, but this is specially for English readers. Lots of English reviewers here seem to think this is just a swashbuckling adventure novel, and the plot is too straightforward for that.But it's not. It is a period piece, a reconstruction of atmosphere,...
Brian's Book Blog
Brian's Book Blog rated it
3.0 Captain Alatriste
The start of a series following the titular Captain Alatriste, written in the style of a reminiscence by one of his friends.Whilst it's not too bad in getting the flavour of the period across, and setting up the characters and motivations, there's not too much in the way of swashbuckling adventure o...
Brian's Book Blog
Brian's Book Blog rated it
3.0 Captain Alatriste
The start of a series following the titular Captain Alatriste, written in the style of a reminiscence by one of his friends.Whilst it's not too bad in getting the flavour of the period across, and setting up the characters and motivations, there's not too much in the way of swashbuckling adventure o...
Stacia's books
Stacia's books rated it
I wanted to like this more than I did. It was fine but not quite the swashbuckling adventure I had hoped it would be. Perhaps the storytelling style or the translation didn't do justice to the plot and characters. I'm glad a Goodreads member (Clif Hostetler) wrote about the historical event around w...
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork rated it
3.0
This is a pretty short book but my main impression is that it could have been even shorter. It was an interesting look at life in 17th century height-of-its-power Spain but that seemed to be main point of the book. The, while very engaging seemed incidental and only took up a small portion of the b...
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