Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) was a noted British/Italian author of romance and adventure novels. Born in Italy to an Italian father and English mother, Sabatini moved to England at age 17 and began a career as a writer. His career spanned more than half a century, during which time he produced a number of well-received works including SCARAMOUCHE, CAPTAIN BLOOD, and THE SEA HAWK.
The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatiniby Rafael Sabatini
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Set in the late 16th century, this pirate tale follows a Cornish sea-faring gentleman, Sir Oliver Tressilian, as he is villainously betrayed by his jealous brother. Forced to serve as a slave on a Spanish galley, Sir Oliver is liberated by Barbary pirates, whom he joins under the name 'Sakr-el-Bahr', the hawk of the sea, and swears vengeance against his brother.
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