The Man In The Yellow Doublet: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste (Book 5)
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The Man In The Yellow Doublet: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #5)

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Don Francisco de Quevedo me dirigió una mirada que interpreté como era debido, pues fui detrás del capitán Alatriste. Avísame si hay problemas, habían dicho sus ojos tras los lentes quevedescos. Dos aceros hacen más papel que uno. Y así, consciente de mi responsabilidad, acomodé la daga de misericordia que llevaba atravesada al cinto y fui en pos de mi amo, discreto como u...more
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Published February 4th 2009 by Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (first published 2003)
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Ensiform
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. The fifth Captain Alatriste novel. The Captain and his young (but now rather handy with a blade) ward Inigo are in Madrid, walking a tightrope between their strict standards of honor and their rather lowly status among the pomp, poetry, and provocation of that city’s many cavaliers and officials. Alatriste begins an affair with a famous and beautiful actress, María Castro (whose husband serves as some sort of half-jocular, half-bitter pimp), but is warned to st...more
Gleb
We often hear legends about Spanish love. This book is all full of it. As for me it was the most boring book from all the series about captain Alatriste. Don’t even know how I finished it. Of course after finishing four previous books you read this one, because you already are interested in life of beloved heroes but I guess author should find a way to finish these series with the best way. Book by book I am losing interest in the story. Characters lose their real image and realism goes on secon...more
Algernon
[9/10] great addition to the Alatriste Saga. This volume started a little slow with the first half focused on the Madrid cultural scene and setting up the pieces for the drama about to unfold. The second half made up for the leisure pace of the beginning with emotional intensity ramped up and actual cloak and dagger duels. The first person narrator - the young page Inigo Balboa - made me think of the Arthurian knight from Bernard Cornwell Warlord Chronicles: a very old soldier recalling his yout...more
Joyce Lagow

5th in the Captain Alatriste series, set in early 17th century Spain.

In every installment of this very fine series, Perez-Reverte provides a plot to keep Alatriste and his (now) 16 year old protogé, Íñigo Blaboa, appropriately employed and busy. Suffice to say, that there’s plenty of violent action, very well writtten.

But the real focus of the book is on the literary and theater life of early 17th century Spain. It was a rich, thriving, bursting-with-life scene. In fact, if you believe Íñigo, Sh...more
Michael Sedano
Arturo Pérez-Reverte fills this fifth Captain Alatriste / Íñigo Balboa novel with the literary ambience of sixteenth century Madrid, less with the swashbuckling action that made earlier Alatriste novels happy exciting reads.

As the title suggests, the King plays a central role in the regicide plot. The womanizing Phillip IV becomes Alatriste's rival for the same woman, putting the Captain on the collision course plot that ends well, but by the skin of his teeth.

Sadly, the novel bogs down after t...more
Kelly
I was introduced to Perez-Reverte based on information that this man's writing was inspired by Dumas. And I must say, I could not have been better informed. Alatriste is the foil companion of D'artagnan set in 17th century Spain. But of course, unlike the noble hot-headed musketeer, Alatriste is an age worn soldier, coarse, stubborn, and often times temperamental, but nonetheless a hero. The narrator of his story takes the form of his young apprentice Íñigo Balboa, who like all young boys are in...more
Rhys
Easily the best of the 'Captain Alatriste' books so far... Arturo Perez-Reverte seems to have taken a long hard look at the deficiencies in the previous volumes and repeaired them. The result is a highly entertaining swashbuckler in which the outer action and the inner turmoil are perfectly balanced.

Previous volumes in the series suffered from a strange distancing effect, partly the result of the narrative construction (the events are related in hindsight by the now elderly former apprentice of...more
Marko
For a few years now, I've enjoyed Pérez-Reverte's Alatriste novels at a suitable pace so as not to catch up with his writing speed too quickly (I'm failing). Simply put, the series is a must-read for any fan of the musketeer period (early 17th century). The hero of the series is Alatriste, affectionately titled captain, who is rather a stubborn and coarse man with a noble soul.

The Man in the Yellow Doublet starts slow - even annoyingly so - as Pérez-Reverte repeats the basic premise of the serie...more
M M
This is superb stuff, twirling moustaches, withering scorn, flashing swords, love across social classes, all set in the declining Spain of the 17th century. This is not literature of nuance, but it is exciting, punctuated by sparkling line and verse by the greats of the time: Quevedo, de Vega, Cervantes. The young narrator of the series, Iñigo Balboa, is growing up, as besotted as ever with the beautiful and treacherous Angelica de Alquezar, who has no qualms about loving him at the same time as...more
Jennie
In this fifth installment of the Captain Alatriste series, Inigo (now nearly 17) and his mentor discover a plot to murder the king. Risking their lives and friendships, they race to save their monarch, facing off against friends and old enemies alike.

I love these books, and am almost reluctant to pick up the next one, which is the last one I have in translation (I understand there might be more?). They're not perfect, but they're so entertaining that I'm willing to overlook the sometimes lengthy...more
Matt
This is in some ways the best written of the Alatriste books that I've read so far, but it's not the most enjoyable. Perez-Reverte continues his tradition of using each book to comment on a specific aspect of the culture of the time, and in this book he takes on one of the biggest, honor codes. I don't want to give spoilers, but the book portrays several very clear examples of just how much an honor code society can trap people into attitudes and behaviors that they don't really want to engage i...more
Rick Ludwig
This is the fifth in the Captain Alatriste series and I enjoyed it. The setting of these stories in 17th century Madrid gives the stories a special feeling. This is a Spain that has been a world leader, but whose people feel this predominance slipping away. The Captain's loyal ward, Inigo, has grown to be a formidable young man, but is still vulnerable to the wiles of a the young aristocrat, now a lady of the court, who stole his heart when he was a youth. Captain Alatriste is also struggling wi...more
Hank Quense
This novel details the further adventures of Captain Alatriste, the protagonist in several previous novels. Much of the story is related through the point of view of Inigo Balboa, a protege of Alatriste.
The story starts off rather slow, but the tension quickly builds as the plot grows. Basically, Alatriste is having an affair with the most beautiful actress in Madrid, but he is squeezed out by the king who is infatuated with the actress. Inigo and Alatriste become involved in a plot to assassin...more
Carol
This is the fifth book in the Captain Alatriste series, and it's one of the best of them. Alatriste has an affair with a beautiful and popular actress, which leads him into court intrigue and enemies who are trying to maneuver and/or force him to be the fall guy in a plot to assassinate King Philip IV. This gets Alatriste and Inigo into situations even more dangerous than the Dutch battlefields of The Sun Over Breda. Angelica Alquezar, the Machiavellian young noblewoman Inigo loves, plays a sign...more
Nathan
A brief affair with an actress gets Alatriste and his apprentice Inigo into trouble at court, with some old enemies joining new. Daring and urgent hijinks ensue.

Perez-Reverte continues with his series about a boy growing up in the 17th century Spain of swordsmen, soldiers, nobles and poets with this solid entry. It takes a while to really get going, but the climax over the final third of the novel is well worth the earlier scene setting and construction. He also seems to realise that some of his...more
Ritz
Ay que pena se me acabaron por ahora las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste.

Tal vez sea bueno parar, porque me leído de Limpieza de sangre en adelante todos seguidos y mientras más profundizaba mi ciego enamoramiento de Diego Alatriste más me crispaba cada vez que Íñigo menciona su muerte.

¡No! ¿cómo es posible? ¡Alatriste no puede morir jamás!

Tengo un doble enamoramiento o fetiche, me niego a comprar otra edición que no sea la que lleva en la portada a Vigo Mortensen, él es Alatriste y nadie más.

Cu...more
Jack Wright
So far, this has been my favorite book in the Alatriste series and I have no shame in saying why. This book seemed to have more action/sword fighting than previous Alatriste books and it's not just simple hack & slash descriptions either but fencing terminology which is still very understandable to the layman. The story was more in depth than say, "Captain Alatriste" and "The Sun Over Breda."

I can't really think of much more to say, which makes this a not-so-great book review, so I'll just f...more
Allissa
This is a great addition to the Captain Alatriste series. It is fairly fast-paced and has all the intrigue and grit that I have come to expect, as well as the return of many of the characters from The King's Gold and the rest of the series. Although it took me awhile to get through The Sun Over Breda and I couldn't imagine how the author could top The King's Gold without getting overly dramatic or even silly, this book exceeded my expectations and is probably my favorite of the series, with the...more
Lee
This seemed rather slow to get started to me, and there was a lot of repetition. The narrator is very fond of relating how some other character would die, years after this story, and of mourning the greatness of Spain in the previous century. Again and again-- I think the book might have lost 10-20 pages by excising either of these themes.

The plot ran very smoothly, and felt like an adventure series should-- flashing swords, loyal friends, beautiful (and perhaps treacherous) women, and enemies t...more
Kathryn
I think this is my favorite book so far in this series--more and deeper aspects of Captain Alatriste's character are revealed, and we experience the pangs and elations and disillusionments of his young protege Inigo on the path to adulthood (as well as Inigo's often wise, frequently ironic perspective as he narrates the story from the distance of old age). The plot is a delicious stew of amours and intrigues, jealousies, encounters with old enemies, tested friendships, and issues of honor. And t...more
Zrinka Jelic
Although I'm not reading these books in order they are written, I had no trouble getting into the story. I truly enjoyed this one. The pacing was just right, not too fast nor too slow. Once again the Captain comes to the rescue, but this time he is questioning his motives, as to is it worth it saving a Monarch who nearly had him killed. The ending epilogue is quite a neat surprise, though one could almost predict that kind would be both forgetful and ungrateful.
Wolf
Alatriste is caught up in a new love affair with a dangerous woman. But she has another powerful lover: the man in the yellow doublet. Circumstances that others seek to exploit for their own ends - and frame the Captain.

With courtly intrigue, swordfights in moonlit gardens and stabbings in pitchblack alleys, the latest Alatriste novel delivers exactly what the series has always promised, but not always achieved: swashbuckling fun.
Mary
I like it, though the underlying nihilism was a bit depressing. It would have helped if I had read anything else in this series-I had a lot of blanks to fill in. I doubt that I will read any of the other ones, though- the aforementioned nihilistic view that all people (particularly women) are lying, self-interested, cheating, scum is a little too close to reality for me. I read to escape disappointmnt, not to see it confirmed in print.
Angela Rand
Perez-Reverte is one of my favorite writers. I love the mysteries that he wrote and was sorta lukewarm over Captain Alistre series but they are starting to grow on me. I blame my luckwarmness on poor translations. He is another masterful writer that will always be a favorite of mine. The Ninth Gate was a favorite title he wrote about a rare manuscript. It was made into a movie with my favorite actor Johnny Depp! LOVE.
Jen
Another good Capt Alatriste novel. The Captain is involved with a beautiful actress, who just happens to also be the lover of the young Philip IV. This entanglement leads Alatriste to be framed for the attempted assassination of the king, which is only foiled by the quick thinking of Inigo, and their luck in the final duel with Malatesta. The Captain lives to fight another day.
Jen
Another good Capt Alatriste novel. The Captain is involved with a beautiful actress, who just happens to also be the lover of the young Philip IV. This entanglement leads Alatriste to be framed for the attempted assassination of the king, which is only foiled by the quick thinking of Inigo, and their luck in the final duel with Malatesta. The Captain lives to fight another day.
Sebastián Vallejo
Iñigo la pone aunque casi le cuesta la vida y se roba buenas páginas al capo de Alatriste
Víctor
Creo que este es la mejor entrega del Capitán Alatriste. Me pareció mejor desarrollado, las pinceladas poéticas muy a tino, La historia romántica y de faldas me llenó la pupila, por no mencionar las estocadas y las correrías. Pero es el último y me desconsuela no saber más del futuro de Angélica y de Íñigo, salvo los comentarios al margen a lo largo de las entregas.
Michael Sanderson-green
I've read all of his non captain Alatriste books and he's one of my favourite authors , the swashbuckling 17 th century story doesn't interest me so I've avoided the series. I thought it only fair I gave it a go so picked one . I won't read any other, it was interesting enough well written and great plot but still not my cup of tea .
Francisco
Quinta parte de Las Aventuras del capitán Alatriste. Entretenida, bien documentada, bien trabada... Con estas novelas, Pérez Reverte parece querer emular a Alexandre Dumas. Y por el impacto mediático y popular que consigue, seguramente está teniendo éxito. Pero no es gran literatura, ni son sus mejores novelas.
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