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The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #5)

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From the acclaimed and bestselling author comes the fifth adventure of Captain Alatriste, [the brooding, charismatic hero of his wildly successful Spanish swashbuckling novels[ (The New York Times).
In the cosmopolitan world of seventeenth-century Madrid, with its posh theaters and gleaming palaces, Captain Alatriste and his protg, igo, are fish out of water. But the king
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Plume Books (first published December 30th 2003)
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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
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
Lucas Rodriguez
!Por fin una de las aventuras de Alatriste que resulta impecable!
No quiero desmerecer a las otras que fueron buenas, pero en "El caballero del jubón amarillo" hay intrigas palaciegas, asaltos, conspiraciones y romances que hacen de su lectura un placer.

En esta entrega, lo que la diferencia de las otras es que se explora más a fondo el orgullo, la testarudez, la mentalidad y la pasión del capitán Alatriste al expresar sus verdaderos sentimientos hacia María de Castro, una hermosa actriz a la que
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rex Libris
In this addition to the Captain Alatriste series there is a plot afoot to kill the King of Spain and then to frame Alatriste as the assassin.

Regardless the of the plot, Perez-Reverte's books are always a joy to read. His illustrations of life in the early 1600's in and about Madrid are of the highest quality (and an excellent translator too!). The author catches the contradictions found in the declining Spanish empire. The soldiers like Alatriste and Inigo are hard yet honest, while those who ru
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
El Segoviano
Al igual que los otros títulos de esta colección es muy entretenida y trata los asuntos con un profundo conocimiento de la epoca de los Austrias.
Ha sido llevada al cine. Para mi gusto con bastante desacierto comercial, porque aunque la pelicula está bien hace un refrito de media docena de libros, evitando haber hecho peliculas diferentes para explotar mucho mejor al personaje y sus vicisitudes.
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
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
Renee Harmon
the most wonderful thing about the Capt.Alatriste series, besides the great adventures and Inigo, is the great job the translators do. I adore all of the books written by Sr.Reverte but without the translators we english only speakers would be out of luck. I can't wait for Bridge of the Assassins.
Quinta entrega de las Aventuras del Capitan Alatriste, en la que nuestro protagonista se vera envuelto en una intriga palaciega que podria costarle la vida. Otra excelente novela de aventuras.
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
Jose Esquibel
Seventeenth-century Spanish court intrigue, Spanish theatre, a conspiracy to murder the king, and the pursuit of ill-fated romances. Another thrilling read by a Spanish literary maestro.
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.

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
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
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
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
Excellent, as always. Reverte brings you right into the thick of Spain during the 16oos.
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.
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.
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.
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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 I>Pueblo/I>. 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', f ...more
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