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Pirates of the Levant (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #6)

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The sixth novel in the adventures of Captain Alatriste, set in a time when the only thing needed to summon hell on earth (or sea) was a Spaniard and his sword.
Accompanied by his faithful foster son, Inigo, Captain Alatriste accepts a job as a mercenary aboard a Spanish galleon. The ship sets sail from Naples on a journey that will take them to some of the most remote-and...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Plume Books (first published 2006)
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Algernon

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...more
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...more
Remo

¿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

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Marko
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...more
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...more
James
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...more
Shawn
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
Joe White
1627
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...more
Wolf
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.

More pr...more
Gregory
From http://weeksnotice.blogspot.com/2011/...

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...more
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...more
Carol
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
Sonia
"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...more
Editorial Alfaguara
�Durante casi dos a�os serv� con el capit�n Alatriste en las galeras de N�poles. Por eso hablar� ahora de escaramuzas, corsarios, abordajes, matanzas y saqueos. As� conocer�n vuestras mercedes el modo en que el nombre de mi patria era respetado, temido y odiado tambi�n en los mares de Levante. Contar� que el diablo no tiene color, ni naci�n, ni bandera; y c�mo, para crear el infierno en el mar o en la tierra, no eran menester m�s que un espa�ol y el filo de una espada. En eso, como en casi todo,...more
Jennie
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...more
Antony
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...more
Lissibith
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...more
Ernesto
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.
Nathan
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...more
Ale
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 Iñigo 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
Rob
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
Tim
Pirates of the Levant is a novel that offers a direct and brutal look at life on a Spanish galley in the 17th century Mediterranean. As a narrative it is held together by the characters who move from adventure to adventure, but not by any particular plot. The violence is widespread and only occasionally heroic and the hatreds are many (Moriscos, the English, Venetians, and, of course, the Turk). It feels historically realistic, from port life to the battles as well. The latter do feel rushed and...more
David
Reverte da un giro a las aventuras de Alatriste y Balboa, que ya toma un papel mucho más protagonista, huyendo de las intrigas de palacio para llevarnos a un terreno que el autor adora: el Mediterráneo. Recuerda al Sol de Breda cambiando la ambientación pero siendo más ligero, menos agobiante, le hacía falta un giro así a la saga, sobre todo tras la entrega anterior. Es incluso posible leerlo sin conocer el resto de novelas, las referencias son bastante escasas para centrarse más en la acción y...more
Alexis Vélez
Novela más reciente del Capitán Alatriste que nos muestra otra parte de la historia de España para los 1600, que es la de las galeras; navíos propulsados a remo por prisioneros de España y en busca de riquezas en nombre de la corona en el Mar Mediterráneo. Interesante como siempre si quieres saber un poco más de la historia de Europa para el siglo 17. Si quieres saber un poco más de los personajes principales tendremos que esperar a la próxima novela para ver si tenemos suerte.
Anna
This is the second novel in Perez-Reverte's series about a Spanish soldier named Diego Alatriste. I haven't had a chance to read the first novel, but the second book reads nicely as a solo novel. It takes place during the 17th century and focuses mostly on Alatriste's adventures in the Mediterranean chasing down corsairs and pirates. It's an interesting and entertaining read, mostly because of the realistic depiction of what life what like in the Mediterranean in the 17th century.
Zrinka Jelic
Great descriptions of soldiers' lives on board Spanish galleons and fights against Turks. Excellent usagae of nautical terms of the time. Again, it's pretty much non stop action from the page one on. Some peacefull periods in Italy but those are not good times for a soldier, because that is when they spend their hard earnd coin on booze, dice, women and other things. And they have to surrender their service back to military to earn their living and the cycle goes on and on.
Ladusvala
Entretenido, como suele. Aun así, estoy empezando a pensar que me ocurre a mí lo mismo que a Íñigo. Antes era como mirar a Dios, dice. No, pero casi. Sin embargo, vuelve a ser el Alatriste estoico de antes y no el que aparecía brevemente en el quinto libro y que sigo sin entender.

Supongo que, en el fondo, me gusta llevar la contraria, pero disfruto mucho más las novelas de campaña militar que las que ocurren en Madrid...
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