Book Reviews of Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste, Bk 1)

Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste, Bk 1)
Captain Alatriste - Captain Alatriste, Bk 1
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
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ISBN-13: 9780452287112
ISBN-10: 0452287111
Publication Date: 12/27/2005
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 46 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste, Bk 1) on + 57 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is the first book in a historical adventure series by Arturo Perez-Reverte. It took awhile for me to get into it, but once I did I was disappointed when it ended. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series...Purity of Blood. I think this book would make a great movie!
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Helpful Score: 2
Tale of a 16th century Spanish soldier told from the point of view of his young servant...historically very interesting and well-written. Very well translated, too!
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Helpful Score: 1
In this first in a series, Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte tells the story of a 17th-century swordsman for hire whose life is in danger after his conscience prevents him from completing the assignment of killing a pair of travelers who turn out to be very important indeed.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great-historical adventure with lots of interesting characters.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this book! It was a quick read, but still very vividly writen. The author's love for Spain really shone through and the novel was peppered with a lot of Spain's Golden Age historical figures. I read one website that called it a "cerebral swashbuckler", and I think that's a very accurate description. I ended up getting the entire series!
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Helpful Score: 1
PLEASE NOTE: The book description says the unabridged version has twelve CDs, but in fact THERE ARE ONLY SIX. So if you receive six CDs, you are in fact getting the entire unabridged novel.
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This was initially published nearly 10 years ago, but has just been released for the first time in an english-language edition.
An intentional homage to Alexandre Dumas, the action takes place in 17th century Spain, centering on the titular 'captain' - a down-on-his luck mercenary swordsman (who may seem slightly familiar to those who've read Perez-Reverte's later novel, The Fencing Master, although he's not the same character.)
A commission goes bad (when do they not?) and the Inquisition and even royalty may be involved...
Told from the perspective of the Captain's young ward, the story sets up the atmosphere and characters well - but it's actually a very very short book - even shorter if one discounts all the lengthy 'asides' from the narrator - which add to the authentic style of the writing, but detract from the progression of events.

There are four sequels to this book, which they are planning on releasing annually, through 2009. As the person who lent me this book said, it would have been much more satisfying if they had published them all together as one big volume!
reviewed Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
I really liked this book! It was a quick read, but still very vividly writen. The author's love for Spain really shone through and the novel was peppered with a lot of Spain's Golden Age historical figures. I read one website that called it a "cerebral swashbuckler", and I think that's a very accurate description. I ended up getting the entire series!
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A much lighter touch than some of the novels by Perez-Reverte. I felt like I was reading the word bubbles from a good graphic novel--the word pictures were just fine for coloring in the pictures on the illustrated page.
"Swashbuckler: or swasher is a term that emerged in the 16th century and has been used for rough, noisy and boastful swordsmen ever since." Captain Alatriste, who swashes buckles with the best, is the strong, dark, silent, dangerous type; available for hire for those dirty, nasty bits of business that call for an ex-soldier's deft dirk, dagger, and sword. The Captain's crew of friends and enemies are drawn in colors just as exotic as the Captain. We know we are in for a delicious series of adventures, out of Marvel Comics, inked by Velasquez, told by Master story-teller, Senor Perez-Reverte. Ole!
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Good swashbuckling action, told through the eyes of a teenage boy who is the page of a sword for hire in Golden Age Madrid.