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Captain Alatriste by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Jul 30, 10

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Read in July, 2010

I like Perez-Reverte's intellectual mysteries, but this is something different: the first in a series of swashbuckling genre novels set in 17th century Spain and centered on the titular sword-for-hire, a veteran or the wars with Holland eking out a living in the Madrid of Philip IV. Kind of "Dumas lite," but pretty fun. This book had a few too many digressions on the glories of 17th century Spanish culture for my tastes, but presumably that will recede in future installments.
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