Captain Blood: His Odyssey

Captain Blood: His Odyssey

by Rafael Sabatini


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Captain Blood: His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini

The young physician Peter Blood, wrongly convicted of treason during the reign of King James II, is exiled from England and sold into slavery in Jamaica. He escapes and becomes a pirate. Later he returns to England, joining the Royal Navy in its efforts against France. Captain Blood, filmed in 1935, was Errol Flynn's first swashbuckler, his first pairing with Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone, and the film that made him a star. This is the only paperback edition in print.

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ISBN-13: 9780895263797
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/1998
Series: Gateway Movie Classics Series
Pages: 369
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Captain Blood (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd been planning on reading this oldie classic for several years, but truth be told I was expecting a shallow dime novel type story. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. As far as I can make out, Captain Blood is a fictional character, but based on several true life historical figures. It is also the first of three Peter Blood books. Apparently, the second two books are not sequels, but are accounts of Blood's adventures that chronologically occurred within the story of the first book. Several movies have been based on this old classic. This was a totally fun read. It has all the melodrama of an early black and white movie. You'll love the sarcastic wit and humor of the main character, Peter Blood, M.D. The book also has one of the cutest romances I've ever read written by a man. I thought it was interesting how Blood remained a gentleman and kept himself from turning a cold-blooded killer by the memory of a woman he knew was impossible to win. There really wasn't anything I disliked about the book. With all the swashbuckling adventures, it never gets boring. The last chapter left me with a grin and a sigh, and as I closed the cover I said, "That was a good book!" So I was thrilled to find there are more in the series. I had a little trouble trying to picture how Blood should look, though. Finally about midway through the story, I settled on an image of Richard Chamberlain from the old 1977 "Man in the Iron Mask" movie-- he's the only one I know who can look good in a black periwig!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Blood, an Irish physician recently settled in Bridgewater, England after serving in the Dutch navy, goes out to attend a patient and finds himself thrown into prison for his trouble. Blood's patient was fighting on the Duke of Monmouth's side in rebellion against King James, and that makes Blood equally guilty of treason in the law's eyes. Instead of being sentenced to execution, he's 'lucky' enough to be shipped off into slavery. In the British colony of Barbados, Colonel Bishop buys him and sets him to work as a physician rather than as a field hand. That gives Blood a great deal easier life, but slavery is still slavery so he still takes the opportunity for escape when it comes. As a fugitive slave, he cannot return to England. Blood, who served the Dutch as a sea officer in wartime rather than as a ship's surgeon, bases himself in the pirate haven of Tortuga. He's soon known throughout the Caribbean as Captain Blood, the most feared and yet most curiously honorable of pirates. Whose flagship is called the Arabella, which happens to be the given name of his owner Colonel Bishop's niece. I'm told that this novel defined its genre when it was first published, well over 80 years ago. I can well believe this. It's historical fiction solidly researched and accurately written, a rousing adventure tale, and a romance in the best old-fashioned sense of that word, all rolled into one. Tremendous fun to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. Sabatini's knack for combinging historical fact with a carefully woven fiction is a marvel to witness on the page. Here, historical personages like Henry Morgan are realized and idealized through the character and story of Peter Blood. I am torn over which part of him I admire more his sheer cleverness, or his strict moral code. Peter Blood is a rebel in the finest sense of the word one who values truth and holds the welfare of others above his own. I can't guarantee that this book will make you a better person, but it will certainly make you think about being one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really dubious about the book at first, but then I read and I absolutely loved it! It was so thrilling and suspenseful, I couldn't put it down! It's just as good as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Scarlet Pimpernel. If you loved those books, then you'll love this one!
Davidthemightytexan More than 1 year ago
i was looking for a book of fiction to take me far from modern day stress. this book languished on my library shelf for about a year before i picked it up. it certainly has the desired effect.sabatini writes a picturesque novel about peter blood, a doctor who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. it has almost hitchcock like qualities in that way.
the reader will enjoy sabatini's ship discriptions from the seventeenth century.and the carribean descriptions are fun.
crazydragongirl More than 1 year ago
I did not have any expectations before reading this book, but as soon as I'd read the first page, it sucked me in. I literally could not put it down. The writing style is amazing, the plot is thrilling, and the main character is so amazing that you really wish you could have met him. It is a literary masterpiece, and is one of my favorite books.
theokester More than 1 year ago
The adventure of Captain Blood is amazing. The writing is beautiful and captivating. Peter Blood's wit and logic are wonderful and help create him as an amazing hero, pirate and gentleman. His resolve is indefatigable. His creativity and persistence are superb. His adventures are tense and exciting while also being well crafted and believable. Sabatini creates in the world of Captain Blood, a vision of 17th century Caribbean that falls right in line with everything that encapsulates my visions of buccaneering pirates sailing the seas. The characters are vivid and believable. There are certainly stereotypical typed characters, but even with these, Sabatini adds subtle nuances to create some depth. To the central character of Blood, I found myself sympathizing and relating to intimately. At times he felt a little too cool and collected, so I was glad that, as we reached the climax and started to wrap things up, his personality took on a harder edge based on the trials and his even keeled personality took on a cynicism worth exploring. He became a truly n-dimensional swashbuckler that I'll hold up for examination when diving into other pirate adventures. While this story was filled with tons of wonderful adventure, excruciating tension, and exciting scenes of ingenuity, there were also some passages that slowed the pace down considerably through historical narrative and exposition on the nature of things in this time and place of history. In spite of slowing things down, these passages were still very interesting and added a wealth of depth to the story. I merely point this out to warn potential readers who are looking for a non-stop adventure that there will be moments of expository narrative as you sail the seas with Blood. In addition to these historical interludes, readers should also be aware that a budding romance adventure lurks beneath the surface here. This certainly isn't a romance of the Victorian style such as you might find with Jane Austen, but there is a romantic feel.both in terms of romanticizing the life and times and in terms of an actual romantic relationship between Blood and another character. To those adverse to romance in their adventures.don't worry, the romantic scenes are short enough that you should survive discussions of culture, civility and the nature of man while Blood 'chews the fat' with the girl of his dreams. I actually found the romance a delightful addition to the narrative. Like the adventure itself, the romance was well constructed and full of tension and problems. In fact, I sometimes found myself more frustrated at the perils of romance than at the perils of the battles. So, if you have any inkling towards historical adventures, particularly pirate adventures, I definitely recommend you pick up Captain Blood. He'll swash your buckle and plunder your adventuring spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like nothing I'd listened to before! This is not a group of people reading lines from a book - this is true theater! sound affects, orchestra - just amazing. My kids learned a valuable lesson - listening to this show, they discovered their own imaginations could exceed any movie's widescreen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book for the first time when I was ten and I absolutely loved it. I have read it at least 20 times since then and it's as exciting every time as it was the very first time. The story is absolutely amazing and captain Blood is a caracter that I admire - he is a real gentelman and a corsar at the same time. How many times I have imagined myself to be Arabela Bishop - the most wonderful and charming lady taht Peter Blood was in love with. I definetely recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for teenagers and older about the romantic life of a pirate in the Carribian during the 17th century. The author did an awsome job developing the characters. The naval battles are described so well, you feel like you've been there. According to the foreword in my Russian languache edition of the book, the battle scenes are done so well, the book was a required read at some British Naval academies. Don't know if its true, but I could believe that.
nausetsunriseKR More than 1 year ago
This book is written in another time from modern day, which gives it a richness in addition to the story itself. This is a classic adventure story. It is relatively short, yet a good read.
MrFlok More than 1 year ago
Great story, terrible format. I loved this book but the formatting errors and chopped up words made it hard to follow and understand at some points. I would recommend paying for this story because it will be a lot easier to read.
Margie_Reads More than 1 year ago
I love the energy and flow of this book, and the story. This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read, and I read a lot. This is no dry classic; it is an armchair adventure. Captain Blood is a great character. Do not miss out, read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would like Captain Blood, but boy was I wrong. I got it as a gift for a friend and then read it before giving it to him. It was very good, with a well-balanced combination of adventure, moral, and romance. I also loved the happy ending. I plan on reading other books by Sabatini.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story of an idealist. This book can't help but make the reader question himself and help him become more individualistic, more self-confident.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Captain Blood reads just like an old pirate movie. And almost exactly like the movie Captain Blood. WATCH IT! It's fun and very relaxing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 8 years old. I have been reading it once a year ever since.
redbike on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Exciting page turner. Very well-written novel based on the real-life adventures and exploits of Captain Henry Morgan.
williamcostiganjr on LibraryThing 7 days ago
I didn't enjoy this book. It was TOO swashbuckling and over-the-top for my taste. I guess I should have known by the title--I mean, it's hard for me to even buy the main character's name, much less all his adventures. I quit after about 75 pages.
chocolatechip on LibraryThing 7 days ago
well, no suprise this is a classic, its suprisingly exciting: peter blood is an educated doctor who is forced into piracy after being cruelly enslaved for a crime he did not commit, the rest is all super exciting=romance, adventure, intrigue, all on the high seas
emclem on LibraryThing 14 days ago
I always feel silly when I list a book titled Captain Blood on my lists of favorite books, but it's just so good! The book reads like a movie, which is no surprise since Sabatini was a screenwriter as well as a novelist. (This book became a film starring Errol Flynn.) It's extremely visual, and moves along at a very fast pace. The characters are engaging and personable, with all of them displaying strengths and weaknesses, faults and virtues. The title character is particularly well-drawn, and inspires the same admiration in the reader as a member of his crew would undoubtedly feel. An excellent and playful sea adventure.
SSkipper 20 days ago
Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini Peter Blood was an Irishman with a medical degree; however, he sailed as a mercenary for the French against the Spanish in the later seventeenth century. Later, he tended to the wounds of a man involved in the rebellion against King James II of England. For this, he was charged and convicted of treason and sentenced to hang. At the last minute, he was reprieved when James commuted the sentence to indentured servitude in the Caribbean. Blood was bought by a wealthy and well-connected planter on Barbados. The planter, Colonel Bishop, realized that Blood was worth more to him as a doctor than as a sugar cane cutter, so Blood was free to move about the island practicing his craft while Bishop collected the fees. An attack on Bridgetown by Spanish pirates gave Blood and a few other slaves the chance to make their escape by overpowering the scant guard left on the Spanish ship. Just before he made good his escape, he saved Bishop’s beautiful niece, Arabella, from the marauding Spaniards. Blood and his crew proved to be highly effective pirates, and he amassed a small fleet with which he plundered Spanish ships and colonies. His fame spread to England where James II decided to try to recruit him as a privateer, but Colonel Bishop couldn’t let go of his hatred for Blood, and Blood couldn’t let go of his infatuation with Arabella. I was astounded to learn that Captain Blood was first published in 1921. The style and language are convincingly contemporaneous with the time setting. The story is told as the recounting of journals kept by one of Captain Blood’s lieutenants. I suspect that a modern editor would dismiss it out of hand, but it works quite well. Few books have sent me scurrying for the dictionary like this one. It also has some of the greatest epithets I’ve ever heard. Captain Blood is simply a great old-fashioned pirate tale. I loved it, and yes, in the end, he gets the girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
crochetgal More than 1 year ago
This book needs to be reintroduced to this generation. There is so much to love about it - rich history, pirates, romance, unforgettable much to love. This is what the art of writing looks like. I highly recommend this book.