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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 December 3, 2012

    Captain Alatriste I read Captain Alatriste by Artu

    Captain Alatriste

    I read Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez Reverte. It was published in 1996 and translated to English from Spanish in 2005. Captain Alatriste is about a career swordsman who was once a soldier fighting for good King Philip the 3rd in the war against Holland rebels seeking independence from Spain. I say ‘Good’ because Captain Alatriste and other Spaniards look up to their king as we look up to our president. He was never a real captain his name was Merely Diego Alatriste Tenorio. Alatriste gained the honorary title of captain because he led a group of soldiers to safety. Unfortunately, Inigo’s father was the only one to make it out with him. But that was all a long time ago. Since then Inigo’s father had died and when that happened Inigo himself was sent to be looked over by his father figure Captain Diego Alatriste Tenorio. Inigo is the one that tells this story in a memoir.
    Barely making ends meet in 1620 Madrid Spain as a Hirable swordsman living in an apartment, he was about to get a task that would change all that and that’s when the story really gets interesting. “’I want no deaths’, said the tall masked man.” He had two companions who helped him describe the quest in a dark room. Diego and Don Francisco were friends for a long time. He and Don Francisco were both good swordsmen who got a quest to ambush two men to get their self out of poverty and trouble with the law. After all was said and done at the meeting two of the three men walked out. The third increased the pay and told them to kill the two men riding for the destination of the House of Seven Chimneys. In the end Diego didn’t kill them and told Don Francisco to leave. Don Francisco was mad because he knew and said “This could cost us our necks.” Diego for no good reason committed this act a traitor would make that would surely backfire on him for Don Francisco new people that could easily get Diego killed. He also said he would kill Diego as he ran away. Later Captain Alatriste was arrested and brought to his assigners and was later let go only to be ambushed outside the door by three men in front of Inigo. Inigo was there outside the building called The Gate of Lost Souls, wondering if his master would come out of this or not.
    I’ve never been in this situation before but I probably would do exactly what Inigo did if I was in his position. He realized there were three men going to attack Diego. “I made out a third dark shape, silhouetted against the moonlight.” Inigo shot one of the three men before he could get to Diego with his gun as he snuck up behind him. Then the other two started running for Diego so fast that Inigo had to throw Diego his sword when he got close enough. “In the blink of an eye, he had it in his hand, just in time to confront two furious, deadly blades. He barely made it out alive and in the end he knew two things. First, Don Francisco was one of them and second he got away again. Then while at a play, Captain Alatriste noticed five men were looking at him meanly and coming at him with blades. Captain Alatriste would have to defend himself against five blades when he could barely take on two. You will have to read the book two find out what happens next. All of these exciting moments of pure terror and the fact that it is detail filled makes this a killer story for anybody that likes suspense and action adventure.

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

    Bravo! Captain Alatriste is a Spanish equivalent of England's Hornblower!

    Welcome to Spain of the 1600s ... the Inquisition, the Conquistadors, the Hundred Years War, the piracy and poetry, the art, drama, culture and science ... washed down with an adequate dose of swashbuckling and not too much sour wine. Perez-Reverte is a masterful conveyor of the tempo and temper of the times. The adventures of Captain Alatriste and his witness, Inigo, awaken the senses to one of history's most misunderstood periods. Perez-Reverte's Alatriste brings 17th Century Spain to life in the manner that E.M. Forester's Hornblower engages us in the Napoleonic Wars. This series is terrific.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Success in Swashbuckling

    Captain Alatriste, written by Arturo Perez-Reverte, is a historically based 'for setting' fictional 'as far as the main characters' novel aimed at those who enjoy the tales of swashbucklers and daring heroes of old who faced seemingly insurmountable odds and dangers in the name of honor. The author intends for the reader to see the glorious days of Spain as it was during the 17th century, and introduce readers to characters and places from Spain¿s past in a way that is accessible and interesting. The novel reaches out to all those who enjoy tales told in the spirit of Dumas and long for adventures set against an age when men lived not just by their words, but their swords as well. It is plain to see and easy to recognize the pride and affection the author holds for his homeland of Spain. Through the story, the narration argues that for the many faults inherent in the great empire and majesty of the Spain of the kings Philip that it was a beautiful country and peopled by a community equally worthy of admiration. The values of chivalrous actions, the dedication to living with honor, and distinguishing one¿s self through being a dignified member in service to one¿s country are highlighted. Courage and the need to follow one¿s instincts in the direction of what is right instead of what is easy is also given emphasis. The author is skillful in his portrayal of these attributes through the hero of the story, as well as those who are his friends and those who become his allies. Our hero, Captain Alatriste and his young ward Inigo are prime examples of individuals living their lives in accordance with these beliefs. Alatriste, despite his position as a mercenary or sword for hire, is still guided by his morals. Both he and the teenage Inigo exemplify courage through the numerous encounters with those who try to kill them. It is also apparent from the disdain of the narrator for those who lack these qualities that such positive attributes are to be emulated and sought after in life instead of those exemplified by villains. The example of the person not to be emulated is personified in the mortal enemy of our hero, a man named Gualterio Malatesta. The villain takes pleasure in menace and murder, while the hero does not fight unless it is necessary. Captain Alatriste is disciplined in conduct and combat, the audience even sees a respectful appreciation for those who Alatriste confronts who exhibit courageous or noble traits. The author succeeds in taking the audience back to a time of honorable heroes who serve more than personal desires for the betterment of society. Captain Alatriste is an enjoyable read filled with all of the things that made swashbuckling tales great through the centuries. The novel covers all of the necessary ingredients for adventure. There is a hero worth cheering for, allies in his times of need, conspiracies of sinister men, numerous swordfights, intrigue, and villains who are deplorable. What else could one ask for in a novel?

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Ffast-paced, filled with non stop action

    The invincible Armada has recently lost and Spain is in upheaval from the shocker. Meanwhile former Spanish Captain Diego Alatriste returns home to Madrid because war injuries make the life of a soldier impossible to continue. Still he is a renowned swordsman so the President of the Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition Fray Emilio Bocanegra hires him and an Italian assassin who normally works for the King¿s Secretary Gualterio Malatesta to allegedly frighten two Englishmen who have come to Madrid.................... Gualterio is irate because Diego confronts the two visitors giving them a chance to defend themselves; Gualterio prefers to kill from behind as a frontal fight frightens him. When the two Brits put up a strong defense, Diego, adhering to his mission, prevents Gualterio from killing them. However, by doing so he now has a deadly livid enemy who will patiently wait for the moment to strike him down from behind. Diego assists the English on their mission by keeping them safe, but also finds he is caught in the middle of disputing factions blaming one another for the Armada debacle................... CAPTAIN ALASTRISTE is such a superb seventeenth century swashbuckler that any moment this reviewer expected Errol Flynn to show up. The story line is fast-paced, filled with non stop action, and the fully developed cast provides a deep look at Spain still reeling from the Amada catastrophe. It is that latter element that refreshes the sword swinging tale as readers will appreciate how deep a cut the impact that disaster had on the country and to a lesser degree through the two visitors on England. Arturo Pérez-Reverte writes a strong historical novel..................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Extremely good book

    Captain Alatriste is the first in a series of books and is an amazing book. It takes place in 17th century madrid and is filled with swordfights, romance, and suspense. its one of my favorite books of all time. its addicting. once you pick it up you wont put it down. If your into reading good books and feeling like your actually in the book, then this book is perfect for you. Its the 8th wonder of the world.

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    Swashtastic!!!

    Captain Alatriste by Arturo Reverte Perez is a riveting swashbuckling tale set in 17th century Spain of a washed up military man who, now that he was wounded and discharged from the army, makes a living supporting himself and the son, Íñigo, of one of his best friends who died in the war, by acting as a hired sword. His highly developed sword fighting skills he learned in the war are the only help his valiant military career has provided. As a hired sword he natural partakes in some excursions of rather dubious natures and will often find himself in jail for as long if not for longer then he is a free man. So when he was hired in addition to a shady Italian to scare a couple of British travelers and steal their documents he thought nothing of it. However, after his primary employer leaves a religious figure of high status with known connections to the inquisition, Fray Emilio Bocanegra, enters the room and informs the two that they are to assassinate rather then merely scare the heathenish bastards. This concerns the Captain who would like to preserve the last shreds of self respect he has for himself since he had little else. During the attack he has a change of heart when the target he picked to kill was pleading for mercy for not himself but his traveling companion right as Alatriste was about to run him through. This made the Captain think deeper as to why he was sent to kill these two seemingly insignificant men and prevents the Italian from finishing off the second of the two intended targets. This one deed sets the action rolling in the book by creating many powerful enemies for himself and some even more powerful friends. Captain Alatriste is a captivating tale of the swashbucklers of 17th century Spain and I would recommend it to anyone who loves dynamic plots complemented by spellbinding fight scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

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    Captain Alatriste by Arturo Pérez-Reverte was an outstanding novel for all ages. Arturo Pérez-Reverte did a remarkable job on this 248 page book. It was an action packed novel full of swordplay and heroism, but mostly of a man trying to survive in the harsh conditions of 17th century Spain. The book takes place in 17th century Spain during the Flemish wars over the Netherlands. Gold is coming from the Americas to Spain but is being spent on goods from other country making Spain have a decreasing economy. In the book Diego Alatriste, the protagonist is a Spanish soldier on leave from the Flemish Wars because of an injury suffered. To survive he hires his sword skills to who ever will pay. One day a friend of Alatriste comes to him with a job he can do. The Captain later finds out that if he carries out this job then there will be a new war on the horizon. One of the things I enjoyed best about this book was how Arturo brought up so much history that was going on during 17-century Spain. Another thing that I enjoyed is how he also tied in Alatriste into all the history as though he was actually there and that he did all the stuff he did. Overall I found this book to be a breathtaking novel. I would recommend this book to all ages and especially people who enjoy history because of it many ties into history but if you like action books then you will also enjoy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    cling clang slash!

    For anyone who loves a good adventure, this is the book for you! It is more intelligently written than most of the who-dunnits you find on the mystery shelves. Reverte writes with a very subtle and dry humor that accents his hero, Alatriste, perfectly. The more humorous sidekick, don Francisco de Quevodo, emerges more en force in the sequel, 'Purity of Blood'. His catch phrase is an adequate tagline for the series: 'We have no choice but to fight!' My final reason for anyone to read this wonderful epic, another line from Mr. Reverte himself: 'without adventures, we would never know our heroes'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Great Read!

    This book is a very fun and interesting read. The book is very fast paced until about three fourths of the way through. The action was non stop and then it got a little dull, but after a few pages the book continues to be a great read with a good ending. It is a great way to begin what will be a series of five books.

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