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Captain Alatriste by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Feb 08, 10

it was ok

The first adventure of Captain Alatriste was enjoyable. It is a quick read through a pretty short book. Perez-Reverte's tone is pitch-perfect, his narrative voice is right-on, and his characters are real and well-written. The sword fights are great, and the sense of adventure is high.

However, I felt myself a little bogged down as Perez-Reverte keeps quoting poetry and explaining the attitudes and mores of the Spanish (capital P) People to the audience. I wanted more swash-buckling. But the trajectory of the story is quite complex, using Spanish and European politics as it relates to the fate of a simple Spanish swordsman, and our author makes easy work of smoothing out the curves and keeping the reader engaged and enthralled.

The Captain is courageous and I look forward to the further adventures. I would imagine there's a few more swashes to be buckled.
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