The Sun Over Breda
The era of glorious captains, glorious attacks, and glorious booty was now long past, and the conflict had become a kind of long and tedious chess game in which strongholds were besieged, changed hands, and were besieged again, bravery often counting for less than patience. So begins The Sun over... show more
The era of glorious captains, glorious attacks, and glorious booty was now long past, and the conflict had become a kind of long and tedious chess game in which strongholds were besieged, changed hands, and were besieged again, bravery often counting for less than patience.
So begins The Sun over Breda, a gloriously dramatic novel of war and honour that marks the return of international bestseller Arturo Pérez-Reverte's most beloved character, Captain Diego Alatriste, the seventeenth-century sword-for-hire who leads his formidable band of soldiers in the name of King Philip IV of Spain against the Dutch in the battle for Flanders.
Narrated by young Íñigo Balboa, Alatriste's faithful, soulful mochilero, The Sun over Breda follows the throbbing pulse of combat fought on increasingly uncertain terms by an army growing more and more disenchanted with its king, and therefore less and less willing to risk life and limb for the cause. As Spanish blood spills into the Flemish canals, and the lethal flash of swordplay drains the men of their thirst for victory, unrest grows among the troops. With no promise of payment from the king, Alatriste is caught in the impassioned throes of mutiny, torn between fealty to the material needs of his men and his pledge to a crown for which he holds no love.
Publish date: 2007-04-05
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Pages no: 274
Edition language: English
Series: Adventures of Captain Alatriste (#3)
bookshelves: fraudio, translation, spring-2010, swashbuckler, war, philosophy, historical-fiction, dutch, adventure, published-1998, art-forms Read on April 15, 2010 Unabridged read by Dave John.Blurb - In The Sun over Breda, Pérez-Reverte continues his thrilling chronicle of the swordsman-for-hi...
Another solid offering from Perez-Reverte. This is the third in the series about Captain Alatriste. This book tells the story of the battle at Breda, and it is very simple in its telling. There is no real drama, and we know the outcome for the main characters and the Spanish. What makes the stor...
Unabridged read by Dave John.Blurb - In The Sun over Breda, Pérez-Reverte continues his thrilling chronicle of the swordsman-for-hire, as Captain Alatriste takes up his blade and rejoins his elite Cartagena regiment as they take part in the battles and siege of Breda. Fifteen-year-old Íñigo Balboa e...
This is the third in Perez-Reverte's 'Captain Alatriste' series, however, I felt that the author was inspired to write this book mostly out of a desire to write a book about the Siege of Breda and Velasquez' painting 'The Surrender of Breda', not because the events forward the ongoing story of Diego...