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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional 17th-century Spanish soldier who, after being wounded in battle during the Thirty Years' War, is forced to retire from the army. Now he lives the comparatively tame, though hardly quiet, life of a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Approached with an offer of work, Alatriste is told to go with another hired blade to an unfamiliar part of the city at midnight and wait. They are received by men who explain that they want Alatriste and his companion to ambush two travelers the following evening, stage a robbery, and give the men a fright. No blood, they are told.

But then a third figure enters the room. He says the job requires some clarification: he increases the pay, and tells them that, instead, they must murder the two travelers. Then he reveals his identity: Emilio Bocanegra. It is a name synonymous with the Spanish Inquisition, the bloodiest name in Europe. This is a man whose requests cannot be denied.

But the following night, with the attack imminent, it becomes clear to Alatriste that these aren't ordinary travelers. And what happens next is only the first in a series of riveting twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.

For anyone who loves the work of Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and those who have not yet discovered the delights of this extraordinary writer, Captain Alatriste is one of the most stylish, singular pleasures to come along in years. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/20/2014

    " I HEART this book and its sequels "The Purity of Blood" and "The Sun Over Breda." Perez-Reverte is a lover of the swashbucking adventures of Dumas's "The Three Muskateers" and has created his own tribute in Captain Alatriste, a lone sword-for-hire-with-a-heart trying to survive 17th century Spain. Accompanied by a motley crew from all classes and walks of life, he survives adventure after adventure with his honor intact, taking on authoritarian hyprocrites in the aristocracy and the Inquisition. Escapism at its best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 2/16/2014

    " Action Genre: check. It's historical, set in 17th century Spain, and it's first in series so it gets of to a slowish start setting the scene, establishing the cast of characters. Slightly literary, slightly humorous, reminds me a lot of Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road. And short. Great swordfighting scenes. He mentions artists and writers of the period as peripheral characters in case you wanted visuals but I found his descriptions perfectly evocative. My first foray into Genre reading was not painful at all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 2/15/2014

    " An OK book but does not inspire me to read further Alatriste stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Simon Acland | 2/12/2014

    " Captain Alatriste is the first of a series of books featuring the eponymous hero, an ex-soldier from the Spanish army of Philip IV. Set in the Madrid of the 1620's it is told through the eyes of Alatriste's page/servant, the orphan of a former comrade-at-arms, aged, in this book, 13. One could quibble about some of the technical issues around the narrator (there are many scenes in which the narrator is not present, for example, and it is a little hard to believe that the taciturn Alatriste would have filled in all the gaps to enable these scenes to be retold with accuracy and the same vividness as those in which he was present). But overall this was a very enjoyable and easy to read historical romp, mixing excitement and humour in the way that I have tried to achieve, probably with less success, in my own book The Waste Land. The real historical and literary characters in Captain Alatriste are amusingly deployed and deftly portrayed, and I enjoyed the 'quotations' from Lope de Vega, Calderon and others, that would have worked even better in the original Spanish. "

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About the Author

Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s bestselling books, including The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, The Seville Communion, and the Captain Alatriste series, have been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty countries and have sold millions of copies. Pérez-Reverte was born in 1951 in Cartagena, Spain, and now lives in Madrid, where he was recently elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. A retired war journalist, he covered conflicts in Angola, Bosnia, Croatia, El Salvador, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, Romania, the Persian Gulf, and Sudan, among others. He now writes fiction full time.