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Captain Alatriste

Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte is a suspensful novel about a 17th century swordsman, Diego Alatriste, which lives in Madrid, Spain. Alatriste lives in an apartmen above a pub with a teenage boy, Inigo, who loves him like a father. Alatriste has just returned ...
Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte is a suspensful novel about a 17th century swordsman, Diego Alatriste, which lives in Madrid, Spain. Alatriste lives in an apartmen above a pub with a teenage boy, Inigo, who loves him like a father. Alatriste has just returned from serving in a battle in the Flemish war.When Alatriste returns he meets with his boss, who is surrounded by masked men, to be assigned to his next mission. He and an Italian assassin are to ambush two travelers entering Spain. Alatriste and the Italian set out on their mission and come to find that these men are no ordinary travelers, but they are in fact the prince of England and his close acquaintance. After Alatriste refuses to kill the prince and his companion, he aggregates many new enemies, including his partner assassin and the masked henchmen of his boss. Alatriste faces many life-threatening situations and encounters many people that want him dead. Experience the many thrilling battles and page-turning book for yourself by reading this suspensful novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte. I would recommend this book to young adults and adults.If you enjoy action-packed, historic novels this is the book for you. The excitement and suspense only gets better as you read deeper into the book. You make think this book starts off slow, but wait until you read the ending.

posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2007

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Captain Alatriste Book Review

This book is the story of Captain Alatriste who is a swordsman and bounty hunter in Madrid, Spain in the early 17th century. Captain Alatriste returns from fighting in Flanders and goes back to living above a pub. He takes care of a boy named Inigo, who narrates the s...
This book is the story of Captain Alatriste who is a swordsman and bounty hunter in Madrid, Spain in the early 17th century. Captain Alatriste returns from fighting in Flanders and goes back to living above a pub. He takes care of a boy named Inigo, who narrates the story. The captain and his companion are given a task by an unknown man to ambush and rob a couple of travelers. They are told "No blood," which means not to kill them. This makes the captain and his companion think that it will be an easy task. Then the man decides to change plans. He tells them that they have to murder the two travelers and that since they have to do this he will increase the pay in order to get them to kill the travelers. After this the man reveals his identity and his name is Emilio Bocanegra. It is a name that is identical with the Spanish Inquisition and is the bloodiest name in Europe. Emilio's requests cannot be denied or there would be consequences. The following night, with the attack about to happen, it becomes clear to the Captain that they aren't any ordinary travelers. You will have to read the book yourself to discover the twists and turns that occur throughout the book. I didn't really like this book that much. I thought it was kind of boring because I felt that there was a lot of un-needed information. I would recommend this book to anybody that likes mystery books.

posted by Mike22 on April 28, 2010

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Captain Alatriste Book Review

    This book is the story of Captain Alatriste who is a swordsman and bounty hunter in Madrid, Spain in the early 17th century. Captain Alatriste returns from fighting in Flanders and goes back to living above a pub. He takes care of a boy named Inigo, who narrates the story. The captain and his companion are given a task by an unknown man to ambush and rob a couple of travelers. They are told "No blood," which means not to kill them. This makes the captain and his companion think that it will be an easy task. Then the man decides to change plans. He tells them that they have to murder the two travelers and that since they have to do this he will increase the pay in order to get them to kill the travelers. After this the man reveals his identity and his name is Emilio Bocanegra. It is a name that is identical with the Spanish Inquisition and is the bloodiest name in Europe. Emilio's requests cannot be denied or there would be consequences. The following night, with the attack about to happen, it becomes clear to the Captain that they aren't any ordinary travelers. You will have to read the book yourself to discover the twists and turns that occur throughout the book. I didn't really like this book that much. I thought it was kind of boring because I felt that there was a lot of un-needed information. I would recommend this book to anybody that likes mystery books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Alatriste is a sword for hire and he is approached by mysterious

    Alatriste is a sword for hire and he is approached by mysterious powers to attack two travelling englishmen at night as they are approaching the city. The intended victims turn out to be the duke and prince of wales that are on a mission to “seduce Infanta”. He soon finds himself in a dodgy political conspiracy and the only question left seems to be whether he will meet his end in an ambush in a dark alley or by the judge and executioner. 
      Since we known that there is more to this series it is clear to us that he will find a way out of this knotty situation but what most would guess that kept a reader reading is to see how Captain Alatriste would get out of this situation.
     In this book its mostly mysterious and at some points questionable but it is a fairly okay book that I would recommend to people who just enjoy reading   
     
    by eric murphy sorry i cant figure out the pen name thing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2005

    Slow Start for a Trilogy?

    Every book by Perez-Reverte has been a treat full of action and historical detail that delights and amuses, until this one. The story is about an aging survivor of the Spanish wars in Flanders who returns to Spain, a bankrupt kingdom, about 1620. He is hired as a swardsman by shadowy figures to harm (maybe kill) some suspicious visitors to Madrid. But guess what? Turns out the visitors are the egregious Duke of Buckingham and his protege, Charles, Prince of Wales. Their mission is to win an Infanta of Spain for Charles. In real life, the Spanish court were horrified at such a goofy approach to a princess of Spain, and also at the possibility of a Protestant marriage. But Perez-Reverte never identifies his secretive visitors, and focusses on the problem of the asassins arguing among themselves. The dramatic impact of this book is that of a first act. Only this time, there is not enough substance to make the reader come back for the second act. There is such brilliance in the other Perez-Reverte books, all of which I recommend heartily, that I hate writing this review. I waited two months after reading Captain Alatriste to write about it, and now do so only hoping that the author, his agent or publisher will wake up before bringing out a second instalment as thin as this one.

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