Pirates of the Levant (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #6)
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
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
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
¿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
Unfortunately, however, Pérez-Reverte continues to write his books in the manner that I've learned to dislike. The first half of the...more
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
While I enjoyed thi...more
[english] from the beginnig this book kep...more
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
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
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...