Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte

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The novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte have captivated readers around the world and earned him a reputation as “the master of the intellectual thriller” (Chicago Tribune). His books have been published in fifty countries. Now, beginning with Captain Alatriste, comes Pérez-Reverte’s most stunning creation to date: a riveting series featuring the adventures of an iconic hero.

Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional seventeenth-century Spanish soldier who lives as a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Needing gold to pay off his debts, Alatriste and another hired blade are paid to ambush two travelers, stage a robbery, and give the travelers a fright. “No blood,” they are told.

Then a mysterious stranger enters to clarify the job: he increases the pay, and tells Alatriste that, instead, he must murder the two travelers. When the attack unfolds, Alatriste realizes that these aren’t ordinary travelers, and what happens next is only the first in a riveting series of twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.


About Arturo Perez-Reverte

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Novelist and former journalist Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez was born in Cartagena, Spain on November 25, 1951. He started his journalistic career writing for the Spanish newspaper Pueblo and later for Television Espanola - the Spanish state owned television, in the role of war correspondant. He worked as a war correspondent from 1973 to1994 before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, El húsar, which was set in the Napoleonic Wars, was published in 1986, and he is well-known internationally for his popular Captain Alatriste fiction series, which takes place in 17th-century Europe. Pérez-Reverte has been elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.
Published December 27, 2005 by Plume. 303 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The first of a projected five historicals from Pérez-Reverte (The Queen of the South, 2004, etc.) about the dashing fighter and gallant Alatriste.

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The New York Times

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This translation introduces to American audiences the swashbuckling hero of a string of neo-Dumas adventure novels by the Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

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The Guardian

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Alatriste, who still bears an old wound from his service in Flanders, sends Íñigo to find a priest for a man he has just felled, his shoulder "shattered … [with] splinters of his clavicle … protruding from the wound", and finds himself "arms heavy as lead … blinded by blood" only a paragraph or t...

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BC Books

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A marvelous swashbuckling, yet poetic picture of Madrid in Spain's Golden era.

Jul 14 2006 | Read Full Review of Captain Alatriste

BC Books

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Captain Alatriste's code of honor endangers him when he refuses to complete an assassination in 17th century Madrid.

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... A book review of the large print edition of Captain Alatriste, by Arturo Pérez-
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