The Sun Over Breda (Capitan Alatriste Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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Acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s internationally bestselling series, the saga of the swordsman-for-hire Captain Alatriste, continues in The Sun Over Breda. Fifteen-year-old Iñigo Balboa enlists to serve as his master’s aide, and narrates their further adventures of swordplay and skirmishes, mutiny and wartime honor, as Captain Alatriste rejoins his Cartagena regiment to take part in the battles and siege of Breda. In Spain, Alatriste’s nemesis, Luis de Alquézar, grows more powerful, as Iñigo’s mysterious ...
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The Sun Over Breda (Capitan Alatriste Series #3)

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Overview

Acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s internationally bestselling series, the saga of the swordsman-for-hire Captain Alatriste, continues in The Sun Over Breda. Fifteen-year-old Iñigo Balboa enlists to serve as his master’s aide, and narrates their further adventures of swordplay and skirmishes, mutiny and wartime honor, as Captain Alatriste rejoins his Cartagena regiment to take part in the battles and siege of Breda. In Spain, Alatriste’s nemesis, Luis de Alquézar, grows more powerful, as Iñigo’s mysterious friend Angélica hints at some plans upon his return. Once again the exploits of the seventeenth-century mercenary will thrill and delight the legions of readers eager to cheer a hero for the ages.









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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Absolutely riveting from beginning to end.
New York Times
A flamboyantly entertaining series.
Washington Post Book World
A rousing escapade narrated by Alatriste's teenage page.
Publishers Weekly

A former war correspondent, Spanish novelist Pérez-Reverte continues his internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series with a third translated volume (following Purity of Blood), every bit as terse and engaging as previous books. Diego Alatriste, a 17th-century mercenary and wily veteran of campaigns from Italy to Flanders, is part of the army of Spanish King Philip IV—a defender of the Catholic faith—that's trying to suppress the Calvinist heretics of the Low Countries. Narrated is retrospect by Íñigo Balboa, who at the time of the action was Alatriste's 14-year-old page, this installment focuses on the Spaniards' siege of the fortified rebel city of Breda. As the stalemate drags on, the battle becomes less "a matter of military interest to Spain but, rather, one of reputation." Its power and influence in decline, Spain's lingering hopes to avoid another embarrassing setback in Flanders rest with stoic warriors like Alatriste. The action is fast, furious, and sanguinary, and Pérez-Reverte grimly recreates the universal madness and desperation of combat. He also captures the tedium and misery that is the common soldier's everyday fate and the zealotry with which Christians—Catholic and Protestant alike—once massacred each other. Factually sound and vividly imagined, this latest incarnation of Captain Alatriste will cheer old fans and win new ones. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

After the dark and moody swordplay of Captain Alatristeand Purity of Blood, featuring impeccably ethical mercenary-hero Capt. Diego Alatriste, Pérez-Reverte marches us to Flanders for the Siege of Breda in 1624–25. The good captain has rejoined his regiment to help Spain take the city, and his faithful young retainer, Íñigo Balboa, again narrates events. Professional to a fault, the Spaniards conduct difficult and dangerous raids without complaint while staging an effective protest over lack of pay. The captain coolly dispatches a fellow soldier who has insulted him after threatening Íñigo and just as coolly refuses to be drawn into a sanctioned duel with soldiers on the opposing side. Unfortunately, Alatriste does get a bit lost in the panoramic action—a real pity, given his riveting presence. This is very much a blow-by-blow account of battle, with the one overarching point of contention being whether the captain appears in Velázquez's sprawling Surrender of Breda. Not all readers will find it as engaging as the first two books in the series, though it's intriguing to see this battle from the Spanish perspective, and Pérez-Reverte is faultless in his portrayal of war as hell. [See Prepub Alert, LJ9/1/06.]
—Barbara Hoffert

Kirkus Reviews
The siege of the Dutch city of Breda in the late-16th century near the end of the Hundred Years' War is the subject of this third installment in Perez-Reverte's five-volume saga. As in its predecessors (Captain Alatriste, 2005, etc.), I-igo Balboa, teenaged servant and battlefield companion to the eponymous Captain, narrates a tale of violent action and courage under fire engaging enough to have flowed from the pen of another Dumas. At its outset, the adventurous pair have joined Spanish infantry troops fighting in Flanders to wrest possession of a thriving (and strategically located metropolis) from the "heretic" (i.e., Calvinist) Dutch and their allies, and bring it under the control of Spain's Catholic King Philip II. After a lively beginning, the narrative sputters, as the weight of its author's obviously considerable research permits I-igo to overindulge in expository detailing of military, political and religious particulars. Fortunately, his is an energetic intellect, and-like Thomas Berger's "Little Big Man" Jack Crabb-I-igo eavesdrops on great men's doings, and makes his own modest marks on history, first by helping future playwright Calder-n de la Barca rescue endangered books from a burning library, later by providing painter Diego Velazquez with information crucial to the creation of the latter's masterpiece The Surrender of Breda. The author neatly sidesteps redundancies implicit in successive descriptions of not dissimilar battles by focusing on such unconventional matters as burgeoning discontent (and near "mutiny") among exhausted and unpaid soldiers, a Dutch "challenge" which leads to an episode of "five against five" combat and, through I-igo's adoring yet sharp eyes, apowerful indirect characterization of his cynical, war-weary Captain ("sickened with pain and blood"). And there's some delightful metafictional misdirection in a pair of sly appendices. Don't miss the exciting conclusions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101213773
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: Capitan Alatriste Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 608,414
  • File size: 202 KB

Meet the Author

Arturo Perez-Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full-time. His novels include The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Fencing Master, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, and The Queen of the South. In 2002, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fabulous historical thriller

    The war between Spain and Holland has been going on for eighty years including a twelve year truce. Spain considers Holland as part of its empire, but the Calvinist Dutch want their freedom from Catholic Spain. Part of the Spanish army including Captain Alatriste is traveling to take Oudkerk, needs to be in Spain¿s territorybecaus the rebels supply Breda with mercenaries and supplies needed to survive the seige.--------- Dutch, English, and French troops battle the Italian and Spanish soldiers in deadly combat. Blood flows on both sides, but the Dutch and their allies prevail so that some rations reach the beleaguered townsfolk. Alatriste becomes the de facto leader of the squadron a cynic who sees the truth about the¿ glory ¿ of war yet passionately defends Spain¿s honor. His ¿apprentice' fifteen year old Inigo Bablbo worships him though he tries to temper the teen¿s enthusiasm for war. Still, Alatriste is on the front lines of breaking of the siege at the fortified town of Breda. He knows at all times this could be his last moment of life.----------------- Told in the first person by Inigo, readers obtain a deep look at a soldier¿s life in the early seventeenth century. The lead character understands that soldiering means kill or be killed. Dying is the only way of life in battle as death maiming and gore are the outputs of war. He hopes to purvey that message to the hero worshipping Inigo. THE SUN OVER BREDA is a fabulous historical thriller with a message that remains powerful even today.--------- Harriet Klausner

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