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Pirates of the Levant (Captain Alatriste, Book 6) Hardcover – September 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; Reprint edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039915664X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156649
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hop on board and enjoy the sixth and final adventure of Captain Diego Alatriste and his foster son Íñigo. This time around, the swashbuckling duo set sail aboard a seventeenth-century Spanish galleon. As a seasoned sword-for-hire, Alatriste always expects action, but nothing can quite prepare him for the viciousness of his last battle. Of course the author wouldn’t be true to the series if he didn’t provide at least a dollop of romantic intrigue. As Íñigo begins experiencing growing pains, he forms an ill-advised attachment to the niece of Alatriste’s sworn enemy. Like his charismatic anti-hero, Pérez-Reverte never holds, pulling out all the stops as he skillfully crafts a shocking, fight-to-the-death bloodbath on the high seas. --Margaret Flanagan

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"With swords a-slashing and muskets a-blazing, Pérez-Reverte once again effortlessly channels Rafael Sabatini in this witty and---alas---final novel in a marvelous series. " ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

There is no particularly meaningful outcome, just a series of events.
Amazon Customer
This is the sixth book in the series of Captain Alatriste, the "Spanish Musketeer" and his former servant, now his fellow-soldier Inigo Balboa.
JPS
A fun historical fiction book with plenty of action, scenery, and adventure.
trippin toadie

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Glynn Young VINE VOICE on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I will have to admit up front that Arturo Perez-Reverte is one of my favorite authors. Years back, I discovered him accidentally by looking for a novel by mystery write Anne Perry - and Perez-Reverte was right next door. The novel I picked up was "The Flanders Panel." I bought it and read it, and returned to the bookstore to find everything else I could by the author. Then I went to Amazon to find whatever the bookstore didn't have.

Then Perez-Reverte began a series about Captain Diego Alatriste and his sidekick, young Inigo Balboa (who is also writing the tales as an old man long after the events). The books are set in 17th century Spain, and they are full of swordfights and romance and palace intrigue and suspense and loads of history about the period.

"Pirates of the Levant" is the sixth of Perez-Reverte's Alatriste novels. And it is decidedly different from its predecessors, in that there is no overarching story that frames all of the events and actions. (In "The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet," for example, the main story is the rivalry between Alatriste and the king of Spain for the attention of the same actress; it tells you a lot about Alatriste that he knows you don't compete with the king of Spain but stays involved anyway.)

Instead, what Arturo-Perez does in "Pirates" is to draw a series of stories about Spanish ships patrolling the Mediterranean, fighting pirates and Moors. Alatriste and Balboa are aboard one such galley, and the reader experiences the seagoing life (including that of the galley slaves who man the oars) with the prodigious research the author brings to the each book. The story culminates in a sea battle that looks impossible to win, or even survive.

The point here is what constituted military life at sea during the period.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By trippin toadie on September 24, 2010
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Pirates of the Levant is another enjoyable book in the Alatriste series. Unlike most of the 5 other books, this one mainly takes place on the sea, as Captain Alatriste and Inigo Balboa take on a variety of pirates and other enemies while cruising through the Mediterranean sea and its ports. Finally ending, with the main battle of the story, against a group of Turkish ships.

Alatriste gives a solid historical look at Spain's history against the Moors and their fights with Muslims. While the main characters fight many Muslims in this book, Perez-Reverte makes clear that Alatriste and his group have just as much disdain for the English and other "heretics".

My main quibble with the book is that throughout it, Alatriste and his cohorts get themselves into situations that inevitably end in a battle. Perez-Reverte spends a chapter or two leading up to the battle or fight and then it ends with almost nothing devoted to the actual battle/fight. This seems to be getting more common in this series so maybe I should just get over it. Perez-Reverte gets away with it by beautifully showing the world of a 17th century soldier, how they lived, survived, and died. How accurate he paints that world I cannot say.

There is no real plot to the book. As opportunities arise they make a move. Also, maybe I just noticed it more but it seems a bit bloodier and more graphic than the other Alatriste novels and both main characters and their friends seem a bit more cold blooded to their enemies and the innocent. Perez-Reverte has Inigo try to explain the amount of violence as almost necessary but I wasn't buying that explanation.

Still I really enjoyed the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheEngineer on February 27, 2011
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Classic Alatriste with excellent writing, poetry and a sweet nostalgia that you can almost feel on each page. This is my favorite in the series. In all the other novels, there is a clear plot and the pacing reminds you of reading an Alexander Dumas novel. Brisk, adventure and camaraderie.

In this novel, very little remains of the naivete of youth. The truth of life and its loneliness is more apparent. There is not a clear grand mission but the true variety, chance and mundane existence of life. I promise you you will come to love this as time passes.

I thank Arturo Perez-Reverte for this joy he has given us all. He is a former war correspondent and at times you can peak beneath the surface and glimpse the absurdity and hopelessness of life that he depicts. But as Alatriste says "A man must be true to one thing". For him it is his code of honor which includes a fealty to his king. We should ask ourselves in these modern times "What is the one thing you are true to?" And you cannot say yourself for that does no one else any good. That is what this novel asks me. Is Igno true to his love, Angelica? Are you true to your love? Alatriste and Igno exhaust their savings on redeeming a comrade. Would you? The Moor follows them and dies in a strange land and for a strange flag. Would you sacrifice all to a cause that is not even your own?

I love this book for the questions it asks in a very subtle way. These questions and the answers will haunt me for far longer than memory of this novel.
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