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In 1685, Irish physician Peter Blood is happily settled in a small English town when the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth interrupts. After saving the life of a wounded nobleman who turns out to be a rebel, Blood is charged with treason and sentenced to ten years as an indentured slave in the Caribbean colonies. On the islands, Blood is recognized for his knowledge as a p ...more
Published by Harper Perennial (first published 1922)
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Sanjay Gautam
Feb 07, 2016 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9/10

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini is a riveting swashbuckling adventure novel which is very vivid in its depiction of pirates and their life at sea. It is not only a tale of misfortune, betrayal, treachery, and deceit but also of love, courage, allegiance, and friendship.

Captain Blood is the protagonist of the novel. He is a great man - a just man, with honor and integrity. Blood was a medical man by vocation who eventually, under desperate circumstances, turned into a pirate - that too a ge
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Stephen
Old School, feel good, swashbuckling derring do, performed with style and panache, and featuring a larger-than-lifer whose battle savvy and intrepidity are matched only by his integrity, his keen intellect, and his imperturbable grace.
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Captain Peter Blood...is the MAN...and the myth, and the legend, and the whole kit and caboodle, and he deserves VIP seating within the inner sanctum of literature’s most memorable heroic characters.

No wonder Errol Flynn became a star playing this singular figure
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Evgeny
Aug 31, 2015 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
One bright day of the seventeenth century a former soldier turned physician Peter Blood was minding his own business taking care of his flowers. Those days very bored people entertained themselves by organizing yet another rebellion and one such swept across the small English town where our hero settled down. Peter Blood did his best to stay away from the troubles and almost - but not quite - succeed.

The rebellion was suppressed and now the victors got to punish the losers. Thanks to the King's
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Mike (the Paladin)
Many of you who've read some of my reviews know that there is another Sabatini book that is a long time favorite of mine. But while this one isn't my top all time favorite it's still excellent...well, it's Sabatini of course.

Rafael Sabatini is one of the great adventure writers of all time (though it's not all he wrote, it's what we're discussing here). While the sea genre and the pirate genre in particular isn't one I routinely seek out there are books of this "type" I like immensely. For insta
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This is definitely a book to read if a reader likes pirate/swashbuckling novels. The setting, characters, scenes, and dialogue took me back to the 17th century in a time of political turmoil and wild seas and locales where the wars between countries play out in a very personal matter. And Peter Blood, the main character is one that claims your affection and doesn't let go. I sometimes find reading on the Kindle a chore, but with this story, I got so sucked in, that before I knew it, it was endin ...more
Maureen
oh heavens. i dislike admitting that am not 100% cynical about things, that life will all its ignominy and disappointments, vacillations and cupidity has not yet extinguished my ability to dream of freedom and unfettered joy, that there might still be a heart under all this bravado... but there it is, that little squeak that i cannot suppress. oh, captain blood! how you have undone me!

captain peter blood is a little wild. he loves the poetry of horace. he's sharp-witted, and impudent; a cunning
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
This review is written to satisfy a group read in the Action/Adventure Aficionados discussion group.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/8...

The format fits the suggested format for discussion of this book. It may not be what you expect ...then again, if you read my reviews, you might like it better.

1. Plot/Storyline/Setting--was the historical flavor authentic?

The plot was more sophisticated than I had expected. The timeline was more complicated than expected to the point where Sabotini felt th
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Pam (E.P. Scott)
An adventure that takes the reader from a battlefield, to a Jamaican plantation, a daring escape to the high seas and an exciting conclusion and thrown in the mix is a romance that touches the heart and frustrates the mind but certainly doesn’t overpower the story.

Peter Blood, a doctor, is caught up in a fight that was never his, as fate draws him to the rescue of a friend but lands him in jail accused of being a rebel in a twisted battle between two fools fighting for the right to be King. Inst
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Mr. Matt
When I picked up this book, I originally failed to make the connection with the 1935 classic black and white flick with Errol Flynn. That lasted about half of the first chapter.

Captain Blood is the story of Peter Blood, a former soldier, sailor, and doctor who settles down to practice his trade in obscurity in Ireland. Summoned in the middle of the night to help save a wounded rebel in the wake of the failed Monmouth Rebellion, Blood is arrested for treason against King James. The trial is a per
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Linda
The physician Peter Blood is unjustly arrested for treason under unfortunate circumstances, and sold into slavery in Barbados. In the beginning of the book, before the trial, he doesn't even take sides in the ongoing political debate, but the circumstances changes him. When he and the other slaves escape the sadistic Colonel Bishop, they are desperate and adapt to their new life.


Spoiler's alert!

This is pure entertainment, and I really like the main protagonist for his sharp-witted, arrogant and
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J.G. Keely
Reading Scaramouche is one of those odd experiences where a genre book really surprises you with its depth and complexity. It's a swashbuckling story with only two swordfights, where political theory, masked theater forms, and the science of fencing all take center stage, and where the hero is strangely shy, introverted, and reluctant. But Captain Blood never strays as far from its genre boundaries.

We still have a somewhat quiet, humble, over-educated hero (Scarmouche is the lawyer-turned-actor,
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Vivian
Aug 31, 2015 Vivian marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-me
My GR friend Evgeny so kindly informed that yes, this is the inspiration for the Errol Flynn adventure: Captain Blood. Sourcing my copy, now.

Mick
Jan 04, 2008 Mick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pirates and the people who love them.
Recommended to Mick by: My Grandfather - posthumously
Shelves: favorite
What a pleasure to read. Although I'm not very informed on these matters, I would hazard a guess that most readers would consider Captain Blood the definitive pirates tail - when told from the pirates perspective.

The story is one of war, slavery, love, conviction and morality whose plot I’ll not cheapen by summarizing here. The language inside is easily as beautiful and inspiring as the appearance of the book itself. I’ll quote a passage.

”Open the history of the past at whatsoever page you will,
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Emmy
I really wasn't sure how to rate this. On the one hand the writing was great. On the other I don't know if I would have been able to finish it if I hadn't been listening to the audiobook in the car. I was digging it in the car (the accents were great), but every time I tried to actually read it, I would start to fall asleep. I loved the character of Peter Blood and I thought all the other characters were incredibly well drawn, I guess adventures just don't do it for me. But for the writing alone ...more
Dan Schwent
In this tale of swashbuckling adventure, Peter Blood goes from being a doctor to a slave to a pirate captain and beyond. It is the measuring stick against which other pirate novels are measured.

So why did I only give it a three? It's pretty slow moving. Blood doesn't become a pirate until over a third into the book. The writing style didn't exactly thrill me either. Other than that, I enjoyed it.
Black Elephants
Feb 17, 2009 Black Elephants rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Kathryn
Oct 08, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am extremely surprised with how much I enjoyed reading this! I loved nearly everything about it, the pacing, the characters, the writing, and even the history involved, something that I generaly dislike. This was such a quick read because the story flowed so well and there was little waste, with every word or description carrying the story further along without boring me. Once I was into the story I did not put it down and read it straight through. There are adventures, a little romance, and e ...more
Liz
After spending the majority of his life as a solider and adventurer, Peter Blood retires to the bucolic English town of Bridgewater in pursuit of a quiet life. Here he takes up practice as a doctor, and settles into a pleasant routine. When the Duke of Monmouth stages his rebellion against King James, Peter steadfastly refuses to become involved, despite the disapproval this garners him from the townsfolk. However, when one of the rebels is gravely wounded, Pete feels that it is his duty as a do ...more
Henry Avila
Blood!Blood!Blood!Captain Blood ,the fiercest pirate since Blackbeard.(But Blackbeard was real and Bl... never mind)After helping a wounded rebel in England ,in 1685,a bad decision,the losing side.Physician Peter Blood, narrowly escapes hanging, when captured.Sent to the West Indies instead, as a slave, dead men can't make money for the Crown! Peter was spotted by Arabella,the niece of the plantation owner ,who bought him and the games begin.Not liking the work, he leaves without permission ,wit ...more
Terence
Mar 24, 2009 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: period fiction/swashbucklers
Audio CD – 3 stars
Book – 5 stars


Just an adaptation (sigh)…As such, it’s not bad. The actors are good, particularly the one playing Arabella Bishop – her voice is perfect. I now have a beautiful voice to match the beautiful woman pictured on the inside cover of my printed edition. The only complaint I have is with the narrator. It’s hard to describe the nasal whine and stentorian intonation he adopts but it’s an all-around poor choice. Fortunately, much of the disc is dialog.

Ah…Captain Peter Bloo
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Matthew
May 13, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've always been a sucker for a certain kind of swashbuckling adventure. As an awkward middle-school student, I found a kind of refuge in books like H. Rider Haggard's masterpieces King Solomon's Mines and Allen Quatermain; as an adult, the Tarzan books number among my guilty pleasures. So it's hardly surprising that, without knowing it, some piece of me was waiting forRaphael Sabatini's Captain Blood all along.

Captain Blood is, without question, one of the greatest pirate adventures ever writte
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Oksana
So, wow, I loved this book. It just proves that a great work remains great even after so many years. And that is the reason why this book is considered a classic - it's just the ultimate adventure story. It's got everything that is cool - pirates, ships, battles, romance and humor, all mixed with just a little bit of historical aspect.

Captain Blood is an amazing character and I completely understood Arabella's infatuation with him. Despite having to lead the life of a pirate, he's still a man of

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Dfordoom
Rafael Sabatini was arguably the last of the writers of old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure romances. Peter Blood is a doctor who is caught up in the events surrounding Monmouth’s rebellion against King James II in 1685 when he tends the wounds of one of the rebels. He soon finds himself clapped in irons and shortly thereafter shipped to the West Indies and sold into slavery. But of course the story doesn’t end there and Blood ends up a reluctant pirate. This is a classic story of a man condem ...more
Eric_W
Jan 04, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nautical-fiction
McBooks Press began some years ago issuing a new “Classics of Nautical Fiction” series (pant! pant!) No doubt related to the success of the O’Brian books. Sabatini wrote several swashbuckling tales during the early twentieth century. Captain Blood was one turned into a famous movie starring Errol Flynn. Typical of many books written before the enlightened days of political correctness, it suffers from racism and sexism. The romance is a bit mushy, but what the heck, it’s a rousing good story. Pe ...more
Althea Ann
Sep 25, 2013 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't heard of Sabatini until quite recently, when I saw him credited as one of Arturo Perez-Reverte's major influences - along with Alexandre Dumas. That was enough to make me seek out a book!
This 1922 novel is the story that the movie starring Errol Flynn was based on - and it is indeed, as one might expect, a swashbuckling pirate adventure.
Peter Blood, an educated doctor with a military background, runs afoul of the law for giving medical aid to a political rebel against King James Stuart.
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Chris
Sep 28, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it, i-own
I've loved pirate adventures for as long as I can remember. I've picked up Sabatini's novels at Barnes & Nobel so many times it's pathetic…what's more pathetic is that I never bought one…until this past summer.

Part of the tipping point was that The Classic Tales podcast was offering an audiobook version of Captain Blood at a stellar price. Add to that the fact that BJ Harrison does a wonderful job in his readings, and I was determined to pick up the audio book and the novel itself for some s
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Megan
Sep 23, 2007 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swashing! Buckling! What a fun, light bit of entertainment. As a longtime ardent fan of the naval adventure stories of Patrick O'Brien, I was disposed to like this book. But still, it was a surprisingly enjoyable read. Or in my case listen, as I got this as an audiobook. Peter Blood is a former soldier retired to country life as a doctor in 17th century England. When called to treat a man wounded in the Monmouth Rebellion, he is arrested for treason by the king's men. Shipped to the Caribbean, h ...more
Michael Mallory
Apr 21, 2009 Michael Mallory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn! I love this book. I own a 1922 edition. I read it every seven or eight years. Wonderful swashbuckling story of Peter Blood, trained as a physician, he served as a sailor/soldier for nearly ten years before taking up the practice of medicine. Wrongly accused of being one of the Monmouth rebels in 1688, he's tried and sold into slavery, sent to the Jamaicas. Once there the Irishman and his mates escape the brutal, inhuman plantation owner, steal a Spanish pirate ship and sail the carribean u ...more
Deanne
Apr 11, 2011 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started today and finding it a blast to read.
Finished Captain Blood last night after getting back home from work. Loved the pace of the book, and Sabatini seemed to really enjoy writing about Peter, the pirates and the period. Any book which includes a place called Tortuga has got to be fun to read.
Leslie
This review is for this audiobook edition only; see my paperback edition for my thoughts on the novel itself.
4.5*
Robert Whitfield (aka Simon Vance) is one of my favorite narrators, particularly for classics. He doesn't disappoint in this historical fiction about 1760s England & Caribbean. However, perhaps because I first encountered this story via the Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland film, I found that I preferred my experience reading this to that of listening to it. Whitfield's various voic
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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the ...more
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“It came to Mr. Blood, as he trudged forward under the laden apple-trees on that fragrant, delicious July morning, that man—as he had long suspected—was the vilest work of God, and that only a fool would set himself up as a healer of a species that was best exterminated.” 26 likes
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