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Captain Alatriste - Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Captain Alatriste
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It is the height of Spain's celebrated golden century -- but beyond the walls of the Royal Palace there is little on the streets of Madrid that glitters. The invincible Armada has been defeated. The shadow of the Inquisition looms large. And the Thirty Years' War rages on in Flanders. When a... show more
It is the height of Spain's celebrated golden century -- but beyond the walls of the Royal Palace there is little on the streets of Madrid that glitters. The invincible Armada has been defeated. The shadow of the Inquisition looms large. And the Thirty Years' War rages on in Flanders. When a courageous soldier of this war, Captain Diego Alatriste, is forced to retire after being wounded in battle, he returns home to live the comparatively tame -- though hardly quiet -- life of a swordsman-for-hire. In this dangerous city where a thrust of steel settles all matters, there is no stronger blade than Alatriste's.
The captain is approached with an offer of work that involves giving a scare to some strangers soon to arrive in Madrid. But on the night of the attack, it becomes clear that these aren't ordinary travelers -- and that someone is out for their blood. What happens next is the first in a series of riveting twists, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399152757 (039915275X)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages no: 253
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...
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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...
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Book Thoughts rated it
2.0 Captain Alatriste
I have to say that I was very disappointed in this book. I had read the Flanders Pane by Perez-Reverte and thought I had found a new favorite author. This book s was a big let down from my first impressions. It seems as if this book was the first part of a story that needed to continue on. The a...
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