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Pirates of the Levant: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste 6) [Hardcover]

Arturo Perez-Reverte
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8 July 2010 Captain Alatriste 6

'This was a time where Spain was revered, feared and hated in the easterly seas; where the devil had no color, no name and no flag, and where the only thing needed to summon hell on earth (or sea for that matter) was a Spaniard and his sword'

Alatriste is back - this time on the high seas! Accompanied by his faithful companion Inigo, the captain joins a Spanish galleon and sets sail from Naples towards the east on a journey that will take them to Melilla, Oran, and finally Malta where they must struggle against the Turk. On board they will have many adventures, including an encounter with The Moor Gurriato'. Now seventeen, Inigo is still in love with Angelica but will wisdom come with age and experience?


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297852493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297852490
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arturo Perez Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full time. His novels include THE FLANDERS PANEL, THE CLUB DUMAS, THE FENCING MASTER, THE SEVILLE COMMUNION, THE NAUTICAL CHART, THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH and the bestselling CAPTAIN ALATRISTE series. In 2003 he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. His website can be visited at www.perez-reverte.com


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Perez-Reverte has created two derring-do heroes who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the lifes of Patrick O'Brien's Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin (Peter Burton DAILY EXPRESS)

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Captain Alatriste meets the pirates! A story of skirmishes, privateers, boarded ships, swords and sackings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The other front 8 Oct 2013
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the sixth book in the series of Captain Alatriste, the "Spanish Musketeer" and his former servant, now his fellow-soldier Inigo Balboa. The action takes place in the Mediterranean this time, allowing Arturo Perez-Reverte to continue his tour of the Spanish Superpower's Empire.

This time, we go to North Africa first, and to Ceuta and Oran in particular. Again, the theme of despair is present, as the garrisons of the two outposts are more or less left to their own devices, hardly paid and surrounded by hostile populations, and if the populations were not hostile to begin with, they quickly become so as the unpaid garrisons' soldiers raid them rather indiscriminately, and with little provocation.

Then, with the galley on which they are serving, they reach Malta, having managed to extract two of Alatriste's friends - an old one and a new one - but I will say no more about them to avoid spoilers. Here again, you get treated to a tour of La Valette, both the old city which survived the siege, and the new one build just after and even more formidable. Our heroes, of course, get into a rather nasty fight against a bunch of Venetians. This is unsurprising given that throughout the period Venice's attitude towards the Turks was rather ambiguous, and Spain was its big rival in the Mediterranean. Venice was ready to go quite far in its efforts to preserve its maritime possessions in the Mediterranean (and Crete, in particular) and its trading relationships with the East. If this meant a policy of appeasement towards the Great Turk, then so be it.

You also get glimpses of the fearless Knights of Malta (or of some of them, at least) and of Naples, the main Spanish base where our heroes finally arrive, and its Spanish garrison (and whole Tercio was stationed there.
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To begin with, as my username `Reverte' bear witness, Mr Reverte is my favourite author, my most favourite novel of him being the "Seville Communion" and "Captain Alatriste" (the first of the Alatriste series).
I recommend the "Pirates" only after having read "Captain Alatriste", "Purity of Blood" and the "Sun over Breda", because the most important is to see Mr Reverte's unique ability to portray his heroes, Captain Alatriste and Captain's young comrade Inigo. They are not just some derring-do heroes. Far from that. They are weary in body and mind and they seem resigned to their fate. So, these three novels are the best intro to the heroe and his hardships (I've read all the Alatriste series).
As for the plot, it is a very interesting fictionalized history (Mr Reverte is always historically accurate), describing, among other things, naval battles in the Mediteranean Sea in 17th century. This novel is enhanced with historical information on the Mediteranean status quo of past centuries.
Although I think it is not the most characteristic novel of the Alatriste series (the most characteristic are the three afforementioned books), it is certainly recommended.
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I'm a fan of this series, but "Pirates..." just blew me away for the breadth of its history, character interaction and terrific naval battle episodes. We're talking serious swash-buckling here. There's something of Hemingway (in my opinion) about Perez-Reverte's writing that evokes places, environment and characters like few other authors of fiction at work today. Of course, you have to give his translator some credit for the near flawless language that comes through in the English versions.

As is often the case in the Alatriste series, this story is a series of action/interaction vignettes with narrative bridges that set the context. In "Pirates..." Alatriste and his ward apprentice Inigo Balboa have been working as mercenaries aboard a Spanish galley in the Mediterranean, chasing down Barbary, Turkish and other renegade pirates for modest booty. When you read the very authentic-sounding descriptions of how they lived day-to-day, it's clear that it was a very tough life, carrried out to a large degree with a sense of serving a feckless Spanish monarchy, with perhaps a greater sense of service to personal honor. Author Perez-Reverte's description of the Spanish mentality of the period (circa early 17th Century) seems pitch perfect.

Alatriste's adventures in the novel range from Ceuta and Oran in North Africa to Naples and eventually, the Aegean and Eastern Med. The book concludes with a horrific sea battle that is one of the most palpable and exciting that I have encountered in a long time. The author's long experience as a war correspondent serves him well in these contexts. This novel stands alone if you haven't been following the series; it is otherwise a must read for anyone who has become addicted to Alatriste and company. Really one of the best yet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Running out of Steam 13 Aug 2010
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As a long standing fan of Perez Reverte,I find this series of novellas increasingly disappointing. This latest volume has no intrinsic plot of its own but merely continues the saga of Alatriste and his faithful companion through adventures in the Levant. It is as well written as ever but has no real stand- alone value as a novel.It is a series of individual actions which will no doubt eventually end on the field of Rocroi, although at this rate it is likely to be the anniversary of the battle in 2042 by the time we get there. At least the author's hero , Dumas, published his instalments in regular newspapers. Can we not have more substantial chunks of the story in self- standing extracts.
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