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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rafael Sabatini Narrator: John Bolen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400180875
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Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman who helped defeat the Spanish Armada, is betrayed by his jealous half-brother. When the ship he is on is captured by the Spanish, he is made a galley slave. Freed from slavery by Barbary pirates, he joins up with them and becomes a follower of Islam and the scourge of European ships. Taking the name “Sakr-el-Bahr,” or “The Hawk of the Sea,” he swears vengeance against his brother. It is this desire for revenge that brings him back to British shores, where he is a wanted man.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/11/2014

    " Excellent old-time swashbuckling adventure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 2/7/2014

    " What a wonderful book! I read Scaramouche some time ago, and I enjoyed it enough to pick up this one, but, wow, this one was just so much more fun. An easy, quick read; there's no deep philosophical meaning or message here. Strong hero, heroine with a backbone, villians that get their just desserts in the end and plenty of easily seen, but still thrilling dips and turns. Overall just a well-written, well-plotted, lark of a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indra Anderson | 1/26/2014

    " Brilliant writing. This author should be a must read for would-be authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiera Beddes | 1/20/2014

    " The Sea-Hawk was just a fun book to read. It was fluffy and adventurous and somewhat silly. The main character was superhuman in almost all of his qualities. Of course he won in the end. But still, it was a nice book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ang | 1/17/2014

    " Great adventure with frequent splashes of romance. Had believable family, friend, and political relationships. Well written. Wit and rich vocabulary as well--a rare treat in an adventure novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 1/15/2014

    " Full of kidnapping, piracy, and improbable last minute deliverance with a powerful hero, a sneaky villian, and a lovely lady. Fun stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Clemons | 1/11/2014

    " Crazy book that goes from England to Algiers and back again. Revenge, sword fighting, true love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaotician | 1/4/2014

    " An excellent book. a little odd though, as the author presents views of both Christian and Muslim warriors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gingerbiscuits | 12/29/2013

    " A real page-turner full of vengeance, violence, intrigue and plotting. Echoes of the Count of Monte Cristo. Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pinky | 12/19/2013

    " Rafael Sabatini is the master of the pirate escapade! There is a reason that during the golden age of films and Errol Flynn, they were based off of Sabatini novels. So if you have a piraty fetish, or just want a very good read, pick up this classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jag | 12/5/2013

    " A wonderful story of a man wronged and the years of struggle he goes through to find justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 12/1/2013

    " A classic from a classic writer: a sea-faring old school story based in jolly old England: swashbuckling story in the strain of The Count of Monte Cristo, but with a more satisifying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 11/8/2013

    " Betrayed by his treacherous brother, Sir Oliver Tressilian is captured by pirates. As a galley slave, he swears vengeance and eventually becomes Sak-el-Bahr, the Sea Hawk. Another adventure-filled pearl from the pen of Raphael Sabatini (and nothing like Errol Flynn's film, though that was good too). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dell | 5/3/2013

    " My second swashbuckler after I got hooked by Captain Blood. Just as good, the Arabic/Barbay Coast flavor was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Nolan | 1/29/2013

    " I only wish Rafael Sabatini were still alive and still writing. I really can't get enough of his words and inspirational prose. I think I can picture Hugh Jackman in every single one of his leading character roles. Always an adventure and a romance involved in his tales! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Ascunce | 2/27/2012

    " I gotta say...I asked the dude at the used book store to find me a great pirate story. He pulled out this old tattered book and I absolutely loved it. The story was interesting and the characters were diabolical. Check it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Callaway | 1/26/2012

    " Another Sabatini adventure/melodrama--the sort of guilty pleasure that you don't have to feel all that guilty about reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nitramjules | 12/25/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Good balance of everything.(Mystery,Love and a happy ending) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 5/9/2011

    " Having rapidly read "Captain Blood" I continued with "The Sea Hawk". Wonderful in its own right, "The Sea Hawk" retains the appeal and excitemtent of "Captain Blood" in a different tale of love, faith, loyalty and honor. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pandora Kat | 6/17/2010

    " Read this on my vacation in England. It was a great read. I got caught up in the characters and action in the plot. Like a great Errol Flynn movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 6/1/2010

    " Full of kidnapping, piracy, and improbable last minute deliverance with a powerful hero, a sneaky villian, and a lovely lady. Fun stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiera | 4/20/2010

    " The Sea-Hawk was just a fun book to read. It was fluffy and adventurous and somewhat silly. The main character was superhuman in almost all of his qualities. Of course he won in the end. But still, it was a nice book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/2/2010

    " Sabatini tell a rousing good story. He gets a bit long-winded in his exposition and rushes the denouement, but the climax is everything the reader expects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ang | 12/11/2009

    " Great adventure with frequent splashes of romance. Had believable family, friend, and political relationships. Well written. Wit and rich vocabulary as well--a rare treat in an adventure novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jag | 5/17/2009

    " A wonderful story of a man wronged and the years of struggle he goes through to find justice. "

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About the Author
Author Rafael Sabatini

Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950) was the son of two opera singers. Schooled in England and Switzerland, he would learn many languages. His first job was as a translator, and he would later translate for British Intelligence during World War I. He began writing historical romances for fun, and after publishing his first story in the mid 1890s, produced a new book every year for the next twenty five years.

About the Narrator

John Bolen brings his extensive theater, film, and television experience to audiobooks. His work in film includes The Land, The Inn Outside the World, Dream Parlor, and the American Film Institute’s Women Directors Workshop short This Is Bill. His television appearances include “CIA: Masters of Deception” on the Discovery Channel. He has performed at many theaters in the Los Angeles area. He is also a playwright and a member of the New Voices Playwrights Theatre.