Gr...I wanted to like this more than I did. Pirates! Rafael Sabatini, who wrote Scaramouche, one of my favorite books! But no. On top of being rambling, ranting, and overly episodic and without much point other than "I did it all for the respect of a woman," it was hypocritical! Captain Blood is MADE A SLAVE in the West Indies and the big deal was escaping slavery from the planter, then from various governments...Well, Blood then completely looks aside from slavery throughout the book. Negroes this and that, come here, do this, then disappear. It's not enough to assign menial tasks to nobodies, no, they specifically have to be Negroes. GAH. Published in 1922, so he should have figured it out by then. You know what? It wasn't realistic then, either. I just could not get over the hypocrisy of it. Could not.