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Captain Blood (Captain Blood #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  8,387 ratings  ·  475 reviews
The sharp-witted Dr. Peter Blood, an Irish physician, is convicted of treason in the aftermath of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685, and enslaved on the Caribbean island of Barbados. After his daring escape he becomes a pirate, driven to revenge his enslavement and clear his name.
ebook, 313 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Start Publishing LLC (first published 1922)
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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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 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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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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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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Mick
Jan 04, 2008 Mick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Black Elephants
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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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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.
Kathryn
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
Terence
Mar 24, 2009 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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

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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Eric_W
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
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
Michael Mallory
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
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
Deanne
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.
Charles
The story is a little slow for modern readers but it really is quite good and I give it an extr star because it was such an early work of its kind and very influential on later swashbuckling adventures.
Chris
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
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
Daniel
Jun 14, 2010 Daniel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who won't giggle when they read the phrase "poop deck"
Shelves: fiction
"Captain Blood paced the poop of his ship alone in the tepid dusk, and the growing golden radiance of the great poop lantern in which a seaman had just lighted the three lamps"

Tell me you didn't snicker a little bit reading that sentence.

So, right off the bat, there are some pretty glaring things one needs to overlook as an anarchist reading this book:

The protagonist is assumed to be a better pirate for his professional-class upbringing: he is without the trappings of a more proletarian pirate
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Tocotin
Aug 17, 2010 Tocotin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tocotin by: my SO
I expected this book to be much livelier and funny. The characters felt somewhat dull (except for the girl's suitor Lord Julian or whatever his name was), the hero not especially likable. He thought himself very wronged because of having been sold into slavery, but completely okay with non-whites being slaves. I understand the period being such and all that, but it was quite obvious that it was the author's decision to show no sympathy whatsoever for non-white people, not even through the narrat ...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
Chris
I am of an age that remembers spending Saturday afternoons at my local movie theater with a bag of popcorn and a box of milk duds and a coke that in total cost me about a dollar. The movies (and there were always two of them----with a cartoon just to get you going) were 50 cents. Those hours were magical and movies have never been better. They say you can't go back home again; but reading Captain Blood took me right back to being 10 years old. The hero is larger than life, as good with his brain ...more
Kevin
Eh. Perfectly serviceable pirate story. I figured I'd read one since I never have, and now I have, and ... yep, that's about it. Apparently this book was enormously popular in the 1920s when it was published, and I can see why, and I can also see that it hasn't held up terribly well. But hey, what do I know? I'm not well-versed in Pirate Literature so maybe this is the apex of the form and the novel to which all other authors operating in this genre hopelessly compared their own work.

Point is: y
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Curtiss
Filled with action, romance, and delightfully florid language, which was faithfully adapted in the 1935 Errol Flynn & Olivia DeHavilland film version. This is one of Raphael Sabatini's best novels.

He wrote two other adventures featuring the illustrious physician turned pirate; "Captain Blood Returns" and "The Fortunes of Captain Blood", which fill in the gaps in Blood's "career" between his escape from slavery up to his return to lawful society after being pardoned by good King William of Or
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R. G. Nairam
Okay, so this probably doesn't deserve four stars. BUT I ENJOYED IT DOGGONE IT.

Similar to the movie, there's a lot of clever dialogue and some clever battles/escapes, as well as some depth and conflict to the main character, more fully explored in book format.

Warnings: there's some swearing, maybe racist undertones? (it just doesn't really address/include African slaves except very minor ways, and they were around a lot in this time period, which stuck me as odd). The French and Spanish aren't r
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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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