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Captain Blood Paperback – January 17, 2005
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This title is immediately recognizable as the basis for Michael Curtiz's 1935 film starring Errol Flynn. At the time of its 1922 debut, however, the book was a smash hit and was followed up with additional adventures of swashbuckler Peter Blood in numerous sequels. A salty dose of high-seas adventure for all fiction collections, this is the most affordable edition currently available.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Glorious . . . I never enjoyed a novel more than Captain Blood." --Norman Mailer
"A salty dose of high-seas adventure....First-class storytelling." --Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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When I discovered that Amazon Kindle had many of the old classics in their collection, I had to see if they were available. Not only where they there, they were free! Amazing!
Having been re-acquainted with my old friends, I have since reread each of them.
Thank you, Amazon.
Meanwhile I read this book and found it was so close to the film I loved, I could see it on every page. For anyone who loves great storytellling, Sabatini is a master in his right. Many of his stories have been turned into film. If you ever have a love of Swashbuckling, than this book is your transport into your own imagination.
The main character, Peter Blood is a physician (and former soldier) who is punished for merely treating the wounds of a rebel fighting with the Duke of Monmouth against James II in 1685. After a lengthy imprisonment, his trial results in a death sentence. Before the sentence can be carried out, it is determined that slave labor is needed in the Caribbean. Instead of being put to death, Peter Blood and the remaining actual rebels are sent to Barbados as slaves.
He and a group of others eventually escape, and through odd twists of fate, end up as Buccaneers (to Peter's dismay). Wild action and adventure ensues. He does maintain his own code of honor and morals. Some of his actions are driven by his love for a worthy woman, whom he believes he will never see again. His daring, his ingenuity, his self-confidence, chivalry and his wit are all quite entertaining.
Again, this is one of my favorites, I can't recommend it enough.