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About the Author

Italian-born Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) studied in Switzerland and Portugal, then settled in his mother's homeland of England. His historical fiction was slow to find a large audience until Scaramouche became a post-World War I bestseller in the U.S. Several of his works, including Captain Blood and Sea Hawk were made into successful motion pictures. Sabatini collaborated on the screenplay for Captain Blood, a 1935 Academy Award-winning film starring Errol Flynn as the heroic and idealistic pirate captain.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466257180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466257184
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura P. Brewer on December 8, 2013
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This book reawakened in me that feeling of the pure joy of can't-put-it-down reading, the feeling that life is immeasurably enriched when you're in the midst of reading a great book. This book is well written, with plenty of action, wonderful characters, and a great story. I loved it so much that I am not ready just yet to part company with Rafael Sabatini. Next: Sea Hawk (later note: Sea Hawk not as good, but still enjoyable).

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KrasneTigritsa on July 3, 2014
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Captain Blood is Robin Hood on shipboard. I was introduced to this story by the Errol Flynn movie version, which I loved, and had no idea it was a book until i stumbled across a colorful copy of it at Goodwill. the book is even better than the movie, and I've re-read it several times. it never gets old. many thanks to Rafael Sabatini for such an awesome book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Mazur on January 27, 2013
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What a great book. The story of the book is fantastic as well as the writer's style. The reader gets sucked right into a classic novel that is a style crossed between A Tale of Two Cities and Pirates of the Caribbean, and in my opinion, a better story line than both! This classic adventure of a doctor from a small English town being whisked into the ways of the world he wishes to avoid while becoming one of the most renown pirates of his age. Each and every chapter is exciting. I can't wait to read other books by Sabatini. I regret overlooking him for so long!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 16, 2014
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I'm getting ready to read this classic for the 4th time. It's a great adventure if you like underdogs, pirates, sailing ships.

Plus, a nice little romantic story interwoven withal.

Yep, I've read most of Sabatini's books and this is probably my favorite.
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I knew of Captain Blood from the classic Errol Flynn swashbuckler, as good as that flick is, Mr. Sabatini's book is much better. The story revolves around Dr. Peter Blood. Blood spent many years as an adventurer/soldier of fortune before he settles down to what he was trained to be years before, a physician. He gets swept up in the Monmouth rebellion (1685) and wrongly accused of being a rebel when caught providing medical aid to one. Blood like many others avoid a noose but is exiled to Barbados, an English colony as a slave. With his skills he is treated better than many slaves but manages to annoy a high up plantation owner (who's daughter he has a crush on) and is looking at some severe punishment when a Spanish privateer attacks and seizes Barbados. Blood leads several other slaves in an escape on the Spanish ship and the adventure is on. I really enjoyed it, of course you know Dr. Blood will win out in the end but the twists and turns are simply great, enjoyable fun. This was my first Sabatini novel and now I've read several, one of the most impressive things, to me is his historical research, he really puts a lot of history in all his books and Captain Blood is no different. I am sometimes hesitant to read a novel written over a hundred years ago. Yes I've read many of the classics and always enjoy Mark Twain, but many old novels can have difficult dialogue and an odd pace. This is not true of any Sabatini novel I've read so far. They move like a modern novel, only the authentic 17th centaury dialogue might me a little confusing to some, it didn't bother me. Overall I found Captain Blood to be an exciting, fast paced page turner, the fact that his books are available very cheap on Kindle is a great bonus.
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This book was recommended to me in an article I read, (which I can't remember.) It said everyone should read this swashbuckler so I did! It didn't disappoint and is free. It is full of nonstop action and danger. It's also misogynist and stereotypical, but probably accurately reflects it's time. Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Blood_(novel) You can also find this at Project Gutenberg along with many, many other free books that are out of copyright limitations. I highly recommend checking the site out. I generally find a title there and then purchase it for free from Amazon as I'm computer un-savvy in, oh, so many ways.
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By Sue on July 19, 2014
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Hard to believe it's only 296 pages print length because it took me a long time to read. Why...because the writing is stilted with a great deal of parenthetical information and caused me to read slowly. I liked the story but am not too interested in the details of battles at sea. Captain Blood is a wonderful hero in the book, and it's a fun book to read. Would be perfect for Caribbean cruise reading.
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Reading this some 70 years after the first time I still could hardly put it down.Before blood and guts were portrayed in colour to excess on screens, an author needed to provide stimuli for the imagination without overdoing his task. Sabatini I think, does that admirably.
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