El Oro del Rey: Volumen IV (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #4)
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...more
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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...more
Perez-Reverte's series begins with Captain Alatriste and has proceeded through what I believe is sev...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
In all the books about captain Alatriste author shows some new aspect about...more
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...more
Aside from the swashbuckling elements of the book, Perez-Reverte revisits the consistent theme throughout most of his books, the moral integrity of th...more
Dès son retour des Flandres, le capitaine Alatriste doit honorer une autre mission, d'importance nationale. Il est chargé de déjouer le complot d'une bande de contrebandiers qui souhaite mettre la main sur l'or espagnol rapporté des Indes. Son fidèle page Iñigo et son ami Francisco de Quevedo l'aident à se constituer un groupe pour l'aider dans sa tâche. Composée de truands, de galériens de Séville et de spadassins, la fine équipe entre en scène avec fracas.About the Author
The formula is getting somewhat overworked at this point, but I'm still a sucker for it. Maybe Pérez-Reverte has realized that he doesn't have to emulate Dumas at his best, but rather that the crapulous, assistant-writer-using incarnation is good enough.
I think the author should put Capt. Alatriste out of his world-weary pain. The man keeps killing and hating it. He's so tired of this murderous existence that he is thinking of sending away his young protege Inigo Balboa.
Wonder what is next in store for these characters?
This series gets better with each entry.