Captain Alatriste

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 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2005.
ISBN: 9780399152757
Branch Call Number: PEREZ-RE
Characteristics: 253 pages ; 22 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Apr 27, 2015

"Captain Alatriste is a mercenary in 17th-century Spain, offering his skills as a swordsman (and, let's face it, an assassin) to the highest bidder. In this swashbuckling series opener, a group of mysterious masked men have hired Alatriste to kill a pair of visiting Englishmen. However, when Alatriste elects not to go through with the assassination, his decision angers his employers and soon the sellsword finds himself fending off threats from all sides. Full of action and adventure as well as rich historical detail, Captain Alatriste is a "pleasure of swash, buckle and atmosphere" (Kirkus Reviews)."
Historical Fiction newsletter, April 2015.

Jun 23, 2009

Captain Alatriste is a soldier for a country that?s down on its luck. Spain?s unbeatable Armada has been beaten, and the Spanish Inquisition is under way. So Alatriste makes his living hiring out his hand and his sword. One such employment?coming just when it?s needed most, as Alatriste has just gotten out of debtor?s prison?has Alatriste and a fellow assassin quietly snuffing out the lives of two English travelers late one night. But something about the Englishmen, something noble and worthy, stays Alatriste?s hand. His sense of honor now re-awoken, Alatriste finds himself smack in the middle of a political intrigue involving the most powerful political forces in seventeenth century Spain and England. Narrated with acute observation by Alatriste?s young squire Iñigo and chock-full of rich historical detail, Captain Alatriste is an ideal swashbuckler. This is cloak-and-dagger action that highlights a thoughtful, elegant plot with a dashing hero who is worth following into any adventure. Captain Alatriste is the introductory title in a series about the heroic swordsman; every title has been a bestseller in author Arturo Pérez-Reverte?s Spanish homeland. Elegant new translations ensure that Alatriste will win hearts on this side of the ocean just as easily. The sequels, in order, are Purity of Blood, The Sun Over Breda, and The King?s Gold. Pérez-Reverte is a master of these literary historical thrillers; for more of his swashbuckling style, try The Fencing Master as well.


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