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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846043654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099490937
  • ASIN: 0099490935
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

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"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)

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'Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone.' - Diane Pearson

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2000
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Not your typical Heyer, the romance is almost a sub-plot, an excuse to tell of the outrageous behaviour of Mad Nick, an Elizabethan pirate whose exploits have you on the edge of your seat. This is more exciting than any movie; your eyes will sparkle and your hands will grip the pages as you frantically try to keep up with the laughing pirate who leads you on the most daring trek through Spain. Heyer excells herself with a book that will appeal to many outside her usual audience: give this to your men.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2007
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Great yarn - absolutely not in the usual Regency style but still very much worth your while.

Set in Elizabethan times, Sir Nicholas Beauvallet is on a par with Francis Drake and other famous Elizabethan sea faring adventurers. This is an exciting story, much of it set in Madrid at the height of the Spanish Inquisition. Younger son and heir Sir Nicholas and his ship capture a Spanish galleon and its treasure includes the beautiful Domenica di Rada Y Silva and her seriously ill father. Nicholas returns them to Spain at great personal danger but vows to return to woo the lady in style. Most of the story centres around his mad adventures in this attempt to keep his promise and you will not be dissappointed - it's action packed romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 3 April 2013
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Not Heyer at her best, but a swashbuckling love story nonetheless. The final third of the book is the best when the pace picks up and there are plenty of threats and escapes.

Doña Dominica is a feisty Spanish heroine, though she doesn't get a deal of chance to show her mettle. She does a lot of slapping when first brought aboard The Venture and gives plenty of haughty looks throughout the novel, but she is rather nonplussed once her cousin Don Diego has kidnapped her and has her at his mercy in a hunting lodge.

Nicholas Beauvallet is a real Errol Flynn of a hero, if one that's been shot in monochrome. He is more daring than clever; the reader is told about his thinking rather than showing the workings out. To balance this we are also told about how much he leaves to chance.

Thematically, there is a very 1920s prissiness to some aspects of the story which is unusual in Georgette Heyer's work. Don Diego is obviously effeminate and viewed with disapproval, but after signalling this very clearly the author doesn't know what to do about it and tries making him aggressively sexual which doesn't really work.

It is a good rip-roaring story, but the language is rather dense though it has all the flavour of the Tudor period as you would expect from this writer. For two-thirds it plods and that is not good. When the final third is reached it has the usual zip and pith and pulls the reader right along with the adventurous escape; it's just a bit of a shame it isn't more engaging from the start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SS on 26 Aug. 2012
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Although I am a massive Heyer fan, this book takes a little while to get fully into. Beauvallet is certainly a character like no other, possibly because this book is Elizabethan, whilst her others tend to be Regency. There is a lot of adventure of the swashbuckling type in it, but the characters talk out loud to themselves, which is possibly something more in line with a play rather than a novel, so it may be that Heyer was trying to emulate Shakespeare in the writing of this book. Some of the dialogue is in keeping with the era "Oddstooth" and suchlike. Saying that, better to read a "bad" Heyer, as it still compares with the "best" of some other authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Welsh Lady on 10 July 2012
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I am a fan of all Georgette Heyer's regency novels, but this one is set in Elizabethan times. The historical detail is as accurate as the regency and the characters well written. Mad Nicholas is a heroic mariner to the English and a heretical pirate to the Spanish. However after falling in love with a Spaniard he journeys into Spain to win her hand. Dominica is one of the more spirited Heyer heroines. I have read this book many many times and it is still an exciting adventure!
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By Daniel on 6 Oct. 2013
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This is my absolute favourite novel by Georgette Heyer. I have read every Heyer novel quite a few times and I left this until last to read since it was not set in the regency era. What a mistake! This book is brilliant.

The dashing reckless privateer Nicholas Beauvallet has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth the First for his daring adventures for England! As such his luck and fearlessness is infamous throughout Spain and England! He now roams the European seas and is never one to turn down a challenge from a Spanish galleon!
On one such occasion he is challenged by a Spanish ship which he quickly takes over, on board the Spanish ship is a Spanish nobleman and his beautiful feisty daughter Dominica. Rather than take them captive he returns them to Spain, which is in itself a feat.

He vows to return to Spain and make Dominica his bride. This is such a daring and dangerous undertaking, Dominica is sure it would mean his death! She declares " if there were a man brave enough to do such a thing for love!! "

I shan't spoil the story but of course he does dare!! Sometimes I was worried he wouldn't make it!!

If you love thrilling swashbuckling adventures with witty dialogue and a true romance at the centre you will love this book. It is reminiscent of the Scarlet Pimpernel, 3 Musketeer's and Master and Commander all rolled into one but with a true Heyer romance running through it.

By Lauren
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