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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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