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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.
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"Confident, dramatic sweep, and an unfailing boldness of romantic colour."  —London Times


"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." —Sabatinis' epitaph


"First-class storytelling."  —Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SMK Books; Reprint edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604596848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604596847
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Rafael Sabatini struggled for years as a writer before striking it big with his fabulous historical fiction stories. His breakthrough, according to the elaborate introduction written by Gary Hoppenstand, came with "Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution" in 1921. Immediately following this novel was "Captain Blood: An Odyssey." These two books alone sealed Sabatini's success with an audience hungry for adventure tales. Hoppenstand argues that Sabatini's fictional endeavors fed an increasing appetite amongst low level industrial workers for stories that placed the little guy against the vested interests (in this case, a wronged man turns pirate and fights back against upper class nobles and landowners), but the story works just as well as an adventure story. Penguin Classics has graciously reprinted "Captain Blood" for the modern reader, and deserves a hearty round of applause for bringing this great yarn to our attention.
The only thing Irishman Peter Blood wants is to be left alone. A trained physician living in Bridgewater, England in the 17th century, Blood spends his days healing the sick, smoking his pipe, and reminiscing about his ten-year stint as an adventurer throughout Europe. When the Duke of Monmouth organizes a rebellion against the tyranny of James Stuart, the King of England, Blood refuses to have anything to do with it despite suffering the abuse of those locals who wholeheartedly support the campaign. Blood's undoing comes when he assists an injured rebel after the royal army crushes the upstarts. Blood sees no contradiction in offering aid to an injured man, but the English soldiers who arrest him insist he is a traitor to the Stuart monarchy. They charge Blood for his "crimes" and sentence him to death by hanging.
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Format: Library Binding
I have loved Sabatini ever since I read The Sea Hawk in 7th grade. His stories are full of swashbuckling and high adventure. I hadn't read Captain Blood for a while, so I took it out of the library. I remembered how much I loved it, so I went down to the book store to order it in hardback to add to my collection. Imagine my surprise to discover that it may be library binding, but not edition. The book has been edited. Whole scenes cut that sometimes may seem incidental when they occur, but actually contribute in some way to the character development and choices made by the character. I would not advise buying this edition if you are a fan of the book. If you have seen the movie and just want to know what the book was really like, there is enough in there to give the flavor. But I advise all Sabatini fans to avoid it and look for an unabridged copy.
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I have read Captain Blood many times. I enjoy it more each time. It is a masterpiece of swashbuckling adventure and romance. Maybe it is because it was written in 1935, but it is so nice to read stories that do not have gratuitous sex scenes added or a lot of graphic violence. The language is much more flowery than what we normally get in today's novels.

I wish someone would do a remake of Captain Blood, the movie. The Errol Flynn movie is still good, but with today's special effects, it could be really good if they didn't ruin it like Disney ruined the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with too much absurdity. The books are great though.

By the way, there are two sequels of this book. They do not take place after this book, but are more adventures that would have been during the time of this story, but didn't get put into this book because it would have been a lot more pages. These sequels are both as enjoyable as this book to read.

Since all of Rafael Sabatini's books are now in the public domain, one great perk for people who have a Kindle or an iPhone with a Kindle app, you can get these books for free as eBooks.
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i woke up one bright spring day and went to work. i sat at my desk mourning the misspent youth that landed in me in my ergonomic chair in front of a radiant cancer box. i had an epiphany. i wanted to read about pirates. i rousted my boyfriend out of bed with several jangling rings of the telphone and begged him to go to the library and get me lots and lots of pirate books that i could drown my sorrows in when i returned from another grueling day at work. didn't seem like a major life event at the time.... not until i started reading about captain blood. the first book i read was "the fortunes of captain blood." my life hasn't been the same since.

captain blood is one of the most amazing characters i've ever known. we spent several days together on the high seas escaping from the spanish armada. we spent countless nights enjoying carribean rum and rescuing damsels in distress.

amazing how books written over half a century before i was born have been able to capture my imagination. i tried wearing an eyepatch while drinking lots of rum, but i got really dizzy and ended up with a bad headache. guess i'll just stick to reading about pirates. nice girls do needlepoint; they don't try to act like pirates.. at least that's what grandma says.
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... you will love Captain Blood! First read Captain Blood. Then read The Chronicles of Captain Blood (also knows as Captain Blood Returns -- yes this is the same book). Then read The Fortunes of Captain Blood. Your life will never be the same!

This book is divided up into numerous short stories about the adventures previously mentioned in Captain Blood but never described. Captain Blood is a fascinating, clever, adventurous, physician-turned-pirate who does not fall in love with every female he meets. He can make a heavy black periwig attractive!

You have not lived until you read the Captain Blood series!
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