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The King's Gold (Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste #4)

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Pérez-Reverte, a former war correspondent, continues his popular Captain Alatriste series with a fourth swashbuckling volume (following The Sun over Breda). Diego Alatriste, a wily veteran of many 17th-century military campaigns, and his sidekick, Inigo Balboa-who narrates-have returned to Seville after fighting in the siege of Breda. With funds short, Alatriste accepts a ...more
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Published August 14th 2008 by The Penguin Group (first published December 2000)
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Jan 11, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The story follows close on the heels of the Flemish adventures in The Sun Over Breda with Diego Alatriste and Inigo Balboa returning to the homeland by galleon, just in time to witness a British attack on the city of Cadiz. The corsairs were looking for the Gold Fleet annual return with its holds full of treasure. This sets up the plot of the current episode in the ongoing saga of el Capitan, a swashbuckling thrill ride combining the classic style of Alexandre Dumas with the modern actio
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
It amazes me that the story is quite a simple one; the Captain is asked to put together a party of men who will act as a band of pirates in order to steal gold that has been embezzled by corrupt courtiers and return it to the king, its rightful owner. There, one sentence. But the book! A fabulous read that paints a glorious picture of the Spanish "underworld". It is amusing and fascinating. I loved the feast given in honour of the murderer about to be hanged, full of pithy quips and observations ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical
In the fourth Alatriste volume, the captain and his ward Inigo Balboa return to Seville after fighting in the siege of Breda. The very first scene shows them sailing into a home port festooned with English corpses. The slain enemies, fruit of a failed Anglo-Dutch attack on Cádiz, hang like "bunches of grapes ripe for harvesting, except that these grapes had been harvested already." It’s a war-torn, exhausted and corrupt Spain, but Alatriste clings to it loyally, having no other choice.

The gold a
Ben Peek
Shortly before N. and I took off, I found a copy of Arturo Perez-Reverte's The King's Gold for five bucks in a bargain bin. Hardly the first in a series--it is, in fact, the fourth--I had heard about his books based around the character Captain Alatriste and figured I'd give it a go if I ever came across one. According the what I'd heard, they were pretty enjoyable, and had a great use of history.

Perez-Reverte's series begins with Captain Alatriste and has proceeded through what I believe is sev
Dec 16, 2008 Dale rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, history, spain
This is the fourth in the Captain Alatriste series by Perez-Reverte. After their return from the war in Flanders, Alatriste and the narrator find themselves in Seville, with little money and no prospects. They are soon approached by an old friend, an undercover emissary from the King, and offered a dangerous but somewhat lucrative assignment.

As in the other novels in the series, Perez-Reverte manages to convey a sense of the profound corruption and dysfunction of Spanish society in the early 17t
D.K. Cherian
The King's Gold is apparently a Spanish novel that has been translated into English for our enjoyment. The novel tells of the adventures of one Captain Diego Alatriste narrated by hos canin boy Inego Balboa, from his perspective.
It is unusual in that, while many novels are told in the narrative of some person, they are generally about that person who is narrating the tale. Here however it seems that Balboa is recounting fond memories of his hero Alatriste. The persective is unique. However the
Jan 04, 2010 Mairi rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of the Alatriste books so far. The bits and pieces hinted at regarding the future of the characters are becoming more and more compelling. It almost feels like a well-paced suspense novel in which the end of each chapter leaves you racing to the next and the next to find out what happens. Except the reveal isn't in the next chapter. It may not even be in the next book. You know what's coming but he won't give the details. Not yet. I couldn't put it down and picked the ...more
Mark Robertson
This was a fun adventure book with lots of meditations on the place of Spain in the aftermath of the discovery of the New World, which brought Spain many riches, and also in the aftermath of the Reformation, which ended up splintering Christianity and sparking wars that were partly about religion but certainly also about the increased wealth resulting from the age of exploration.

The hero of this series, Captain Alatriste, is a largely silent killer who'd just as soon kill a man as smile at him.
Robin Riopelle
Mar 17, 2014 Robin Riopelle rated it liked it
Full confession: I've had a bit of a thing for Pérez-Reverte for several years. I've rifled through the canon, from the Club Dumas to the Fencing Master. Then alit on Captain Alatriste series, and my buckles were thoroughly swashed. Three years ago, and about halfway through this book, I put it down and didn't pick it back up. I was insufficiently intrigued. The poor man, he'd done nothing wrong, still with the laconic Alatriste and his ebullient Inigo sidekick. The poets and playwrights comment ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Bruna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa, prestati
Per quanto mi riguarda, questo quarto episodio della serie è finora il migliore: una sorta di cross-over tra I tre Moschettieri e una storia di pirati, con molta azione, una nuova città (Siviglia), una miriade di nuovi, anche se non sempre duraturi, personaggi e uno sguardo più approfondito su quelli che già conosciamo. Se non vi dispiace l'idea di dare un'occhiata al mondo dal punto di vista dei bravi che don Abbondio incontrò a quel fatale incrocio sulla sera del giorno 7 novembre dell’anno 16 ...more
Oscar Amador
Jan 26, 2015 Oscar Amador rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una aventura refrescante.

La 4ta entrega de la serie es refrescante sin duda, en especial tras lo sórdido del bélico Sol de Breda, y remonta al lector a un lugar distinto en este universo tan real y ficticio a la vez del entrañable Capitán Alatriste.

Place ver como Pérez-Reverte puede tomar los mismos ingredientes de los primeros libros y combinarlos de una manera tan nueva y acertada.

Si bien, la carga de duelos y encuentros a punta de espada y daga aumenta considerablemente, da gusto ir encontran
José Antonio
Jul 28, 2013 José Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado. En mi opinión consigue genialmente describir la Sevilla del siglo XVII, las germanías y el hampa sevillana. Muy emotivo el guiño que hace el autor al gran José Saramago. La honra siempre resulta complicada de adquirir, difícil de conservar y peligrosa de llevar.
Lucas Rodriguez
Dec 23, 2014 Lucas Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo que tuvo de pesado el anterior, en "El oro del rey" retoma el camino de acción y aventura que el otro perdió en algunos momentos.

En este cuarto título, hay escenas impecables de acción, como por ejemplo el ataque pirata a un barco es demasiado bueno como para contarlo, hay un mayor foco en la personalidad del capitán Alatriste que en anteriores libros no estaba, hay peligro, amor, moralejas, tiene todo lo que se pida.

Hay un capítulo en el que se retrata la última noche de un recluso condenad
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Nov 19, 2015 Farseer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book a lower rating than the previous books in the series, and it's not because it does anything particularly wrong. It's a rather entertaining yarn about a heist (or black op, since it's done at the behest of the authorities) commanded by Captain Alatriste during Spain's Golden Century.

The problem is that the mannerisms of the series are starting to tire me out. The narrator interrupts the story so much to give us the same lecture on how Spain at that time combined greatness in the
Jun 07, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's all about the Benjamins. From the beginning to the end Pérez Reverte shows how money lead to corruption in the 17th century and the reader will see the parallels with money in today's society. There is a lot of metaliteratura in the novel, especially that of Don Francisco de Quevedo, and suitably the poem Poderoso caballero es Don Dinero.

Parts of the novel also reminded me of the cuadros de costumbres de Larra (maybe Caldaso to a certain extent as well) because Pérez Reverte portrays una Es
Joyce Lagow

Fourth in the Captain Alatriste series, set in early 17th century Spain.

Superficially, the series looks like a variation of the swashbuckling action-adventure reminiscent of the pirate scene. Captain Alatriste, the protagonist, is anything but. He is a professional swordsman,an, sometimes soldier of the king of Spain, often a hired sword for whatever dirty work requires violence. He is also a devoté of the theater and friend of poets. An introspective man, he says little but stands fiercely by h
Alex Telander
Sep 16, 2010 Alex Telander rated it really liked it
In the fourth novel in the Captain Alatriste series by Spanish author, Arturo Perez-Reverte, it is the seventeenth century, and we are in the beautiful city of Seville. The great Captain Alatriste and his 16-year-old protégé, Iñígo Balboa--the narrator--are recently back from the wars of central Europe, nursing fresh scars and looking for action. Perez-Reverte skillfully catches the reader up on snippets of history from the series with enticing lines and anecdotes of the past that leave the read ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Harris rated it liked it
The fourth of Perez-Reverte's "Captain Alatriste" series, all of which I have enjoyed so far, "The King's Gold" brings the Captain and his protege back to a corrupt and gritty seventeenth century Spain from the battlefields of Flanders. The last of Alatriste's adventures was a bit of a departure from the swashbuckling first two novels, focusing more on the terrors of war, but this returns to those earlier themes. Alatriste, the relectunt yet deadly swordsman and well read soldier of Spain and hi ...more
M.J. Johnson
'The King's Gold' as a book is interesting, certainly the history of which I admit I knew very little. However, I admit that I did find it a little long-winded. He's the kind of writer who describes every tiny detail about what every single character in a scene is actually wearing. The plot only takes up about a third of the book and the writing gets a little repetitious(some lee-way always allowed for the fact I read it in translation!). I regret having read this (the fourth) volume in the seri ...more
Doug Newdick
If you are a fan of historical fiction (a la Bernard Cornwell) check out Arturo Perez-Reverte. The Captain Alatriste series is a really good, different, non-English, view of this period. A geat adventure story as well, with a mounting sense of expectaiton and dread, but in some ways it seems only secondary to painting the scene of imperial Spain. It is only by reading something like this that you can put novels like the Sharpe stories into perspective. It is interesting to get the Spanish view o ...more
Richard Harden
Aug 06, 2015 Richard Harden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed all the books of this series - indeed, all the books by this author - that I have read. As with the other Captain Alatriste books, the combination of historical accuracy, the poetry of Quevedo and the scenes of swashbuckling action make it a book that is a pleasure to read on so many levels.
Jan 26, 2015 Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alatriste recibe el encargo de reclutar un grupo de espadachines profesionales para una misión de alto riesgo, para investigar sobre el oro de contrabando que traen en los galeones desde las indias. Grandes lances y peleas a muerte serán el plato principal de esta maravillosa novela de aventuras
Vasco Ribeiro
Jan 01, 2016 Vasco Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Alatriste regressa da Flandres e está em sevilha onde todos, desde o rei, a corte e os maus esperam a chegada das Naus carregadas de ouro das américas. A Alatriste é confiada a missão de capturar um navio onde os maus queriam desviar ouro dos cofres do rei. Arranja um grupo de valentes homens do submundo entre os quais um português dado às letras chamado Saramago que até quer escrever um poema épico em que a península se desprende da europa ...
A missão não corre tão bem como esperam pois além do
Aug 02, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in the Captain Alatriste series, and it was every bit as enjoyable as the first three. This novel finds Alatriste and Inigo back from fighting the Dutch. Upon their return, they are thrust back into intrigue and swashbuckling action, this time in Seville. There, Alatriste is recruited to take part in the re-appropriation of some illegally smuggled treasure from the New World. This book is very action-packed and thoroughly entertaining. It also has the following wonderful ...more
Alex Marshall
(Read in English) Not up to snuff IMHO. The flair of the first two is almost completely lacking. Once a swashbuckler loses his swash, what's left? In this case, his young follower -- but not enough zizz there to keep a whole yarn alive.
Feb 14, 2010 Gleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book is telling about Spain. Author showed actions on higher level of control. The book contains interesting facts about gold movements from America to Spain. Author actually is proving that all the wars of 17 century were financed with Spanish gold. The facts used in this book are extremely interesting. They show underground history that not many know. The facts that we do not learn at school on basic course.
In all the books about captain Alatriste author shows some new aspect about
Jack Wright
Dec 14, 2011 Jack Wright rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like Arturo Perez-Reverte and/or those interested in Spanish history.
It was another straight forward Diego Alatriste story, and to date, was the one that I have enjoyed the most. (To note, I'm reading them in chronological order so the previous statement only applies to the previous three books).

I can't think of a lot to say about the book that wouldn't give the plot away. Again, it's pretty straight forward, Diego and Inigo return from Breda (previous book being "Sun Over Breda," they are approached with a mission and they do it. There really isn't a mystery to
Wayne Turmel
Apr 24, 2015 Wayne Turmel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, ripping read

After a slightly disappointing last book, the series picks up again. Lots of action in an old fashioned tale of gold, swordplay and Spanish history.
Rex Libris
Dec 02, 2013 Rex Libris rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by one of my most favorite authors. In this book, the third installment of the Captain Alitriste series, the Captain has to pirate a ship to retrieve a cargo of gold and silver that was skimmed from the treasure fleet. The battle scene on the deck of the ship is done wit the usual fine writing of the author (and translator!).

Aside from the swashbuckling elements of the book, Perez-Reverte revisits the consistent theme throughout most of his books, the moral integrity of th
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Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche', focusing on ...more
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“Sarebbe stato più sopportabile, indubbiamente, se invece dell'amara lucidità che impregnava ogni sua azione e pensiero, il capitano Alatriste avesse goduto dei doni magnifici della stupidità, del fanatismo o della cattiveria.
Perché solo gli stupidi, i fanatici e le canaglie vivono senza fantasmi, o senza rimorsi.”
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