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Pirates of the Levant (Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste #6)

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This was a time when Spain was revered, feared, and hated in the easterly seas; when the devil had no color, no name, and no flag; and when the only thing needed to summon hell on earth (or sea) was a Spaniard and his sword.

Accompanied by his faithful foster son, Íñigo, Captain Alatriste accepts a job as a mercenary aboard a Spanish galleon. The ship sets sail from Napl
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2006)
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Just what this new Inigo Balboa had become you will find out in this adventure in which I propose to describe how Captain Alatriste and I fought shoulder to shoulder, no longer as master and page, but as equals and comrades. I will tell of skirmishes and pirates, of blithe youth and boarding ships, of killing and of pillaging. I will also explain precisely what it was that made Spain's name respected, feared and hated throughout the Levant. Ah, but how long ago it all seems, now that even my sc
Raro de Concurso
Bueno, la última tirada (por ahora) del bigotudo espadachín español.
Antes de empezar con el libro sólo había leído la primera novela de Alatriste, de la que tampoco recuerdo demasiado (tampoco es tan raro en mi). Y de golpe y porrazo salto a ésta. Y es que era lo lógico si te vas una temporada al levante precisamente. Aunque sea el levante español y no las islas griegas o los alrededores del Bósforo. Si viajas a Venecia, pues te llevas "fábula de Venecia" de Hugo Pratt y si lo haces a Avignon te

¿Y qué les puedo contar de Reverte que no les haya contado ya? Este libro es el sexto de las andanzas del Capitán Alatriste y de su fiel Íñigo Balboa, y es una auténtica maravilla. Me tuvo absolutamente enganchado desde la primera página. No me puedo resistir a la tentación de citarles el principio del libro, que sólo mejora y mejora.

La caza por popa es caza larga, y voto a Cristo que ésa lo había sido en exceso: una tarde, una noche de luna y una mañana entera corriendo tras la presa por una

The sixth book in Arturo Pérez-Reverte's Alatriste series continues the adventures of the "Spanish musketeers". After having found themselves in a position at the end of the previous installment of the series where they deem it best to stay away from Spain for a while, Alatriste and his companions travel to Naples and take part in some very exciting sea adventures.

Unfortunately, however, Pérez-Reverte continues to write his books in the manner that I've learned to dislike. The first half of the
Cork Tarplee
Could it be that my swash has come unbuckled and I've lost my taste for jolly rogering? Perhaps I'm simply not in the mood for an historical adventure. Or perhaps the superb Perez Reverte simply had an off month when he dashed this piece off. If you have enjoyed the character development of the taciturn but deep Captain Alatriste and the education of his young protege, you might be disappointed in this installment. Neither character advances much and the conflict between the two as the youth tri ...more
Carlos Lavín
Alguna vez me tocó leer en una entrevista a Pérez-Reverte comentando que, a diferencia de lo que había hecho Dumas con sus personajes, él sí había querido mostrar a través de Alatriste la amargura que significaba ser español.

Se me terminó perdiendo la entrevista, pero en ella comentaba también que actitudes claves del personaje del capitán (que básicamente es un mercenario) como dignidad, reputación, vergüenza y una muy firme ética apegada a lo que según su experiencia eran las reglas del juego
This is the latest instalment in the adventures of Captain Alatriste. I am an avowed fan of the Alatriste series, many of which remain my favourite historical novels. They match - if not exceed - my passion for Bernard Cornwell's 'Sharpe' stories.
For the uninitiated: the novels describe the adventures of Diego Alatriste y Tenorio (a veteran of the 17th C. Spanish army) and his adopted son, Inigo de Balboa, during the reign of King Philip IV in 17th Century Imperial Spain.
I would say that the A
A pesar de la jerigonza es una historia muy entretenida, espero poder leer los otros 6 libros de esta serie, claro, si los encuentro.
Lucas Rodriguez
Es una lástima que "Corsarios de Levante" prometa tanto y al final decepcione bastante. La historia del Capitán Alatriste y el joven Íñigo Balboa a bordo de la galera "La Mulata" prometía más aventuras que las anteriores entregas, y desafortunadamente se ven desperdiciadas por el tedio que resulta tener una constancia en la lectura.

¿Por qué lo digo? Con las anteriores entregas se tenía un fuerte conflicto que atrapaba al lector y lo llevaba hasta el final, bien contado y formulado; en el caso de
Arturo Perez-Reverte is a fantastic writer and his Captain Alatriste series in amazing. The thing I truly like about this series of novels is the amazing portrait the author is showing me of the Spanish Empire in the days of its gradual decline. He writes about war in the late Renaissance as if he lived through it himself. How often do you read novels that describe in perfect detail how an infantryman could fire a matchlock harquebuses while fighting in a drizzle? In many ways I enjoyed this boo ...more
Pérez-Reverte's talent for sucking you into the story is just incredible. In reading the final assaults of the men of La Mulata I can almost feel myself having turned "black from the gunpowder and red from the blood."
Oscar Amador
De regreso a este pasado tan familiar.

La 6ta entrega de las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste se enfoca en la vida de corsario y soldado hecho al mar, en el marco de aquellos territorios ocupados por España a lo largo del Mediterráneo.

Al igual que "Bajo el sol de Breda", 3era parte de la serie, éste es un capítulo que hasta podría sentirse aislado, de relleno, sin construir demasiado al universo central del buen Capitán. Al ser un episodio tan encapsulado y lejano de las conspiraciones y enredos p
Vasco Ribeiro
A aventura desta vez de inigo balboa e do capitão alatriste é nas galés espanholas do mediterrâneo. Inigo deixa de ser escudeiro do capitão e torna-se soldado com 17/18 anos e julga-se mais maduro do que efetivamente é havendo uma corte do relacionamento da sua parte, até com algum desrespeito. Aventuras de capturas de navios mouros e turcos, uma expedição no norte de áfrica em orã, onde um mouro (ou melhor dizendo, um Mogataz, estrangeiro para ambos os credos)de nome mouro Gurriato (deturpação ...more
Joe White
Set at the decline of Spain in the Mediterranean. The galleys in use were the last of the row-able ships, where sails were in use, but the fighting action still used oars and rams. Multiple men per oar, versus the Greek trireme style.
Naples is seen as a foreign Spanish holding. Venice is seen as a hostile province, even though Spain had been the principle source of defeat for the Turks in 1571, which had saved Venice.

For myself, this was a historically based rendition of a time period not us
How do you write a disappointing swashbuckler about pirates? Sadly, Perez-Reverte's latest tends to show us.

There's plenty of incident and action. Many of the scenes - a desperate attempt by galleys to break through enemy ships, a tense dawn waiting for a chance to ambush English raiders - are well drawn and convey genuine excitement, but too many do not. Even the climactic battle seems a bit half baked, as if the author lost faith in his ability to portray it properly part way through.

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I have an odd attachment to Arturo Pérez-Reverte's Captain Alatriste series of novels. Some of them, including Pirates of the Levant, lack much of a plot. What they do, though, is to take pains to explain the exaggerated pride and twisted sense of honor that characterized Imperial Spain (the story takes place in 1627). The books focus on the common soldier, murderous types who feel a strong allegiance to a monarchy that they openly admit does nothing
Joyce Lagow

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

As usual, Perez-Reverte, through the medium of the professional swordsman/soldier, Captain Alatriste, and his 17 year old protogé, Íñigo Balboa, explores yet another aspect of early 17th century Spain, that of its colonies in the Levant.

Alatriste and Íñigo have signed on as soldiers (marines, really) in the galleys, Spain’s navy. They are to patrol the Levant, harassing and destroying Turkish, English and other enemy shippin
This is the last* of the Captain Alatriste novels, and it was really exciting. This time Alatriste and Inigo are serving as soldiers on a Spanish galley sailing out of Naples and tasked with both defending Spanish ships and taking out Turkish and Barbary pirates when the opportunity arises. There is a lot of wonderful swashbuckling action, and lovely, warm descriptions of 17th century Spanish life. This book also sees some shifts in the relationship between Alatriste and Inigo, as the latter ent ...more
"Corsarios de levante" no me ha resultado tan entretenido como otras aventuras del Capitán Alatriste y la razón principal es precisamente que no existe tal aventura.
Pérez Reverte nos ha querido contar como era la vida en las galeras españolas que recorrían el mediterráneo, las batallas, los saqueos, las embarcaciones, los principales puertos y ciudades... y desde luego lo logra con la maestría de su profundización histórica y su buen hacer narrativo. Sin embargo se hecha de menos una aventura, u
Editorial Alfaguara
Durante casi dos aos serv con el capitn Alatriste en las galeras de Npoles. Por eso hablar ahora de escaramuzas, corsarios, abordajes, matanzas y saqueos. As conocern vuestras mercedes el modo en que el nombre de mi patria era respetado, temido y odiado tambin en los mares de Levante. Contar que el diablo no tiene color, ni nacin, ni bandera; y cmo, para crear el infierno en el mar o en la tierra, no eran menester ms que un espaol y el filo de una espada. En eso, como en casi todo, mejor nos hab ...more
In “Pirates of the Levant,” Captain Alatriste and his 17-year old protégé, Inigo, set off in a galley looking for adventure in the Mediterranean. Their latest enterprise serves two purposes: to let things cool down a bit in Madrid after their most recent activities (saved a king but strained the bonds of some powerful friendships); and to give Inigo a chance to get some military action under his belt as the poet don Francisco de Quevedo works to find him a place as a courtier.

While I enjoyed thi
WOW!.. [español]: este libro desde un principio pensé cómo iba ser pero no lo disfrute mucho estuvo bien pero no mucho, tiene sus descripciones demaciadas extensas y su desarrollo se limita mucho, yo pienso que no le entendí pues porque es el primero de la sere que leo entonces estoy conciente que no entendí muchas cosas, en el contexto historico si conocía pero el desarrllo del libro no mucho bueno.. pues solo si te gusta la ficción histórica esta bien..

[english] from the beginnig this book kep
There's not a lot of plot in this book, first and foremost. What there is is a string of really exciting action sequences, locked together through a tenuous thread of international politics and colonialism. I suspect this book would have been stronger having read earlier books in the series, but it stands well enough on its own as well.

The writing style was interesting to me - if I hadn't known better, I would have assumed this to be a book from the latter part of the 1800s based on language usa
Captain Alatriste is back in grand style! The green-eyed, grizzled infantryman, mercenary and hired blade is now in the corsair business; he and Iñigo are now on board a Spanish galley roaming all over the Mediterranean, hunting Ottoman Turks and other enemies of Philip IV. After the formidable “Sun over Breda” the quality of this beloved series kind of dropped; both “The King’s gold” with its minimal plot and character development, and “The cavalier in the yellow doublet” with its emphasis on r ...more
Rachel Brune
I agree with the other reviewers who stated there is something different about this particular adventure. But instead of something missing, I venture to say there is something added -- an overall tone of melancholy and a bitter realism. For that reason, I did not enjoy this book on the same level as previous novels of Captain Alatriste, but I appreciated it all the same.
El Segoviano
El autor es uno de mis favoritos y concretamente la serie de las aventuras del Capitán Alatriste, ambientada en los tiempos de las guerras de Flandes, están mas que entretenidas.
No puedo acordarme de los detalles de cada libro en la colección, pero el conjunto me ha parecido estupendo.
Alatriste, Inigo and friends old and new are in the Mediterranean, serving as marines on the Spanish galleys. They have run ins with Moors, Turks, Venetians and others, on board and onshore.

As always with this series it is the characterisation that lets them down. Most of the named characters are little more than ciphers fulfilling roles. But then, with Perez Reverte's syle that is exactly as intended. He is consciously trying to put into modern prose forms the sort of figure that populates the
The sixth book in the series of Captain Alatriste, a Spanish soldier/sword for hire struggling to make a living. In this book, Alatriste and IÃigo seek to advance their careers by joining the crew of a pirate hunting ship. This book is not as strong as the others in the series, as it does not really have much of a plot or intrigue, and rather, tells us the different unrelated adventures the characters experience while hunting pirates. It still is very entertaining, has plenty of action, and the ...more
This is probably the least fantastic of the Alatriste books, but I think still a worthy entry into the series based simply on the further development of the relationship between Inigo and Alatriste. When the series began they were near strangers no closer than an uncle and nephew, in the second they were more akin to master and caretaker with a hint of father and son, in the third they were brothers in arms if not more so, and so on. Now, in the sixth volume, Inigo is a man, though still young a ...more
Rick Ludwig
I enjoy the Captain Alatriste series and this book is no exception. An interesting story that takes the Captain and Inigo far away from madrid and into the dangerous world of the Mediterranean. It gets three stars instead of the usual four only because I miss Madrid and their interactions with the many interesting characters there. I also am impatient with Inigo's adolescent rebellions against the man who has given him his greatest lessons in combat and in life. I look forward to the next in the ...more
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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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