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Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman, is blessed with 'youth, wealth, and good digestion'. He is betrayed by his half-brother and becomes a renegade and Barbary corsair winning the title of Sakr-el-Bahr - hawk of the sea. This is the thrilling, full-blooded adventure of how a man wronged became the scourge of the Mediterranean and the terr
Paperback, 364 pages
Published June 30th 2011 by Vintage Classics (first published 1915)
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Rachel Teng
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sabatini seems so far to have a pattern to his writing. His stories stop when the hero has his happy ending and justice has been delivered to his villains, i.e., actual scumbags for whom there is very little sympathy from the reader. In all three books, there is also the woman who misunderstands the hero, the side villain that redeems himself, and the fool of a side character that makes life hard for the hero. The hero is sardonic, honorable, stoic, steadfast, and faces adversity with a barbed t ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rafael Sabatini! Oh, this generation doesn't even KNOW. This is a classic swashbuckling novel by the author of Captain Blood, and it is deliciously over the top. Handsome, powerful Oliver Tressilian, in love with the fair Rosamund, is working to overcome the opposition that Rosamund's sleazy brother and guardian are posing to their marriage. R's brother Peter provokes Oliver into public threats, but Oliver controls himself for love of his fair one; alas, Oliver's weasly brother Lionel kills Pete ...more
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Sometimes roots of all evil lies within mankind, equally as a species.

I won't say anything but that, because I try to respect both men and women equally, but ... Well, read the story and you shall understand what I mean.

The Sea-Hawk, indeed, was a epic saga. So much story within one book, so many things happened within one fourth of the book, and so many ups and downs altogether... all made me captive with awe. A story told so long ago, yet it remains to be one of its kind. Thus The Sea-Hawk
Alfie Shuvro
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
রাফায়েল সাবতিনি এর লেখা আগে পড়ি নি । যদিও অনুবাদ পড়েছি কিনতু সবীকার করতে বাধা নেই যে এমন রোমাঞচ উপনযাস আগে কখনো পড়িনি । উপনযাসটাই টুইসটে ভরপুর। এক টানে পুরো ৪২৯ পাতা মনতর মুগধের মত পড়েছি । আর অনুবাদক ইসমাইল আরমান ও যথারথ গুণের পরিচয় দিয়েছেন । এই বইটি রাফায়েল সাবতিনি এর সবচেয়ে বিখযাত উপনযাস। ইনটার নযাশনাল বেসটসেলার বলতে যা বুঝায় তা শুরু হয়েছিল এই বইটির মাধযমেই । ...more
Ana Rînceanu
Having already read two of Sabatini's previous works, Captain Blood and Scaramouche, this book was enjoyable but really predictable (view spoiler), aside from the interesting influence of having part if the novel set in a predominately Muslim co ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nach gefühlten eintausend Seiten streiche ich endgültig die Segel und gebe diesen Roman auf. Rafael Sabatini muss sich in einer unkreativen Schreibstimmung befunden haben, als er diese Geschichte aufs Papier brachte.
Ich bin es zwar inzwischen gewohnt, dass das glühende Verlangen seiner Hauptfigur nach einem natürlich überirdisch schönen weiblichen Wesen, zentrales Thema seiner Romane ist. Aber in seinem wunderbaren "Captain Blood" fügte er es gekonnt zwischen Meer und Takelage ein.

So verbringt d
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a bit of a weakness for swashbuckling tales of adventure, and I think it’s fair to say that the greatest writer of such stories in the English language was Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950). And The Sea Hawk, originally published in 1915, is generally regarded as one of his finest works.

Sabatini was born in Italy. His mother was English and from the age of seventeen he made his home in England. All his books were written in English.

Like his even more famous Captain Blood which came out in 192
Gary Hoggatt
I first came to Rafael Sabatini through his excellent 1922 pirate novel Captain Blood, and then read his fine 1921 swashbuckling tale, Scaramouche. Continuing this journey through Sabatini's novels, I've just completed his 1915 pirate intrigue, The Sea-Hawk. The Sea-Hawk doesn't disappoint, living up exceedingly well to the high standards of Sabatini's other novels. It's got everything - adventure, drama, romance, and exotic locales. There are some elements that echo Sabatini's other stories, bu ...more
Kazi Raquibul Islam
কাহিনির নায়ক ইংলযানড এর করনওয়াল এর বাসিনদা অকুতোভয় নাইট সযার অলিভার টরেসিলিয়ান। সৎ ভাইয়ের ষড়যনতরে কপালে জুটলো মিথযা খুনের অপবাদ; হারালো পরেমিকা রোজামুনড এর বিশবাস ও তার পদমরযাদা। ঘটনাপরবাহে অপহৃত হয়ে বনদি হলো অনয জাহাজে; বরণ করে নিতে হল করীতদাসের জীবন।

সময়ের পরিকরমায় করীতদাসের জীবন থেকে মুকতি পেয়ে অলিভার পরিণত হল করসেয়ার জলদসযু Sea-Hawk (সাগরের বাজপাখি) -তে শাকের-আল-বাহার নামে, যার নাম শুনলেই কেপে উঠতো ইসলামের বিধরমীদের জাহাজগুলো। আলজেরীয় বাদশাহের পৃষঠপোষকতায় সাগরে একের পর এক বিজয় ছিনিয়ে আনতে শু
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hannahr, Misfit
Recommended to Laura by: Old-Barbarossa
Buddy read with Bettie, Hayes (?) and Wanda.

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Sakr-el-Bahr, the hawk of the sea, the scourge of the Mediterranean and the terror of Christian Spain lay prone on the heights of Cape Spartel.

This is the story of Oliver Tressilian who became a corsair since he was wrongly accused by this own brother of the murder of Master Peter Godolphin.

He then became a Barbary pirate after have spent a long time a galley slave.

Lady Rosamund Godolphin, his girlfriend, didn't trust him at the first time an
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2017
Sir Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman, finds refuge in the Middle East after his half-brother's betrayal almost gets him sold into slavery. There, he converts to Islam and joins the ranks of the Barbary pirates, building a fearsome reputation as Sakr-el-Bahr, the Sea-Hawk, and awaiting his opportunity to take revenge for the fate that has been visited upon him.

Much as I enjoy a good swashbuckling tale and pirate adventure, this one was just a little too full of unlikable characters and over
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অসাধারণ এক কলাসিক বই দয সি-হক। পরতিটি পাতা মনতরমুগধর মতো গিলে খেয়েছি আমি। এই বই এখনো যারা পড়েননি জলদি পড়ে ফেলুন। অনেকেই বলেছে এই বইতে ইসলাম ধরমকে ছোট করা হয়েছে। আমার মনে হয়নি ছোট করা হয়ছে শুধু সতযটাই বলেছেন লেখক। অতীতে হয়তো আললাহ আর রাসুলের নাম নিয়ে দসযুতা করে ভেড়িয়েছে মানুষ। অনেকটা পাকিসতানিরা যা করেছিল আমারদের দেশের নারীদের পরতি। পাকিসতানিরা কী মুসলিম ছিল না? তাদের নিয়ে সতয কথাটা বললে কী ইসলাম ধরমকে ছোট করা হয়ে যাবে?অলিভার টগবগে এক তরুণ। বীরতবের জনয পেয়েছেন নাইট খেতাব। অবিশবাস,বিশবাসঘাতকতা আর ...more
Adrian Găinaru
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romanul de calatorie si aventuri, cu actiune, istorie, pirati, un preambul pentru genul cinematografic al trillerului intitulat Sakr el Bahr, traducerea denumirii in limba araba a personajului principal al cartii, britanicul sir Oliver Tressilian, este o carte recomandabila din start tuturor acelora ce simt o pasiune pentru lecturarea acestui tip de roman, unde intriga, pasiunile intense sunt traite la cote ridicate, moartea-i prezenta la fiecare colt de a
Ignacio Senao f
Los barcos y guerras marinas han pasado fugazmente por la historia. Quedándose en una lucha constante por el amor de una mujer. No he encontrada el sentido de la aventura propia de las clásicas películas de piratas.
Noor Jahangir
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Oliver Tressilian is the elder son of a man remembered by people as a foul-tempered despot and some of that bias has passed on to his son. Sir Oliver has paid of his father's debts and made his fortune by privateering in the name of the Queen, piracy by a gentler name. Now he is in love with Lady Godolophin, who has had a gentling effect on his troubled soul. But all is not well, for Lady Godolophin's borther, Peter, intensely dislikes Oliver due to their Guardian's dislike of the man, a gru ...more
Kevin Brandon
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Ahhhh so fun. I think Scaramouche may have been a better book, but I liked this one more. That's saying something because the Scaramouche audiobook was narrated by the wonderful Simon Vance, where this book was narrated by perhaps my least favorite narrator John Bolen.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the Errol Flynn film based on this novel many years ago, and along with Captain Blood and Scaramouche, it made me curious to read the works of Sabatini--for starters, one of the great names in literary history. Doesn't it just fall trippingly from the tongue?

So I got The Sea-Hawk from the library, and read it . . . and discovered that the film and the novel are not really that similar. This should not have shocked me. It is certainly not the first time a film has been very different from t
John Beach
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is a more difficult Sabatini historical fiction to get into, I think, because none of the main characters are exactly… well, likable. We see some good character traits in the main character, like fidelity, but we also see him spending much of his time seeking vengeance and dreaming up punishments to exact his revenge.

Like most of Sabatini's swashbuckling heroes, Sir Oliver Tressilian/The Sea Hawk/Sakr-el-Bahr is very capable, strong, daring—arrogant, but he comes off much more gruff, short-
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Oliver Tressilian is a wealthy landowner who plans to marry his beautiful neighbor, Rosamund. But after Rosamund's brother is murdered, not even she believes he's innocent of the crime. Before he can clear his name, his brother betrays him into slavery, where a chance encounter propels him into the ranks of the Barbary pirates. Five years later, he's Sakr-El-Bahr, the Sea Hawk, and he decides that it's time to use his new position to settle old scores.

Sir Oliver is more difficult to like tha
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Another reviewer described it as escapist, and it is. Duels, kidnapping, treachery, betrayal, vengeance, love . . . it's all there. The language seems deliberately old-fashioned but it's still easy to understand. Sabatini even tries to get into the characters' heads and presents them as individuals with choices rather than cardboard figures he can move at will. My biggest problem is that he describes the slavery the Algerian Muslim pirates practice as more picturesque than an abomination. H ...more
Julie Davis
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood is a story I've enjoyed in the past but it never prompted me to explore his other novels. This is, apparently, the time for exploration. It began with noticing this title which matches my favorite Errol Flynn movie. Turns out the title is about all they took from the book, if indeed the book was at all involved.

This is a much better tale, one of a family feud, betrayed brotherhood, and love gone awry which results in galley slavery, more than a flirtation with Isl
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sabatini

My least favorite of Sabatini's so far.
I don't understand why this is one of the most popular of his works. If you are expecting much in the form of action and adventure you will be disappointed. The "Part One" of the novel kept my interest but after that first ship battle it really slowed down. The book was too long for how uneventful it was and yet the ending was too sudden. The setting is quite exotic and vivid and one chapter: "The Slave-Market" although it does seem to deviate from the mai
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad that initially took the Goodreads recommendation to read Scaramouche (also by Savatini), since I loved that I picked up Captain Blood, another big winner, and now Sea-Hawk.

This book was a fast paced
swashbuckler that seemed to me what you would get if you combined Captain Blood with Ben-Hur, then added a dash of Laurence of Arabia. The story was well done and quite intriguing, the characters developed well and were relatable, and as I've already stated, the pace kept me on the edge
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this romantic adventure. I know, I know, it's totally sexist. But that needs to be forgiven, because it is just such good fun. I can't give a book like this 5 stars, because it's not much more than fun, and because of the imbalance between the strong, witty alpha male and the "faithless," easily manipulated, weak-minded but lovely and virtuous woman.

But it's just so fun, and pretty well-written.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic bit of swashbuckling, high seas adventure as a young nobleman is framed for a crime and, fleeing England, ends up as a corsair in a middle-eastern rulers fleet.
Fun, as it is not the typical pirate story setting and enough adventure that you can live with all the cliches of the genre.
The book was a surprise, because in the movie, the Sea Hawk is very typical english pirate. In the book he's more 'Lawrence of Arabia'.
Penelope Marzec
Sir Oliver Tressilian is wronged by his half-brother, Lionel. Kidnapped, Oliver survives slavery at the oar of a Spanish ship and becomes a Muslim pirate. Feared and respected, Oliver becomes Sakr-El-Bahr. When an unexpected chance comes along for him to wreak vengeance upon Lionel, he sets out for England. However, in seeking to settle the score, he puts his own life in grave danger.
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rafael Sabatini is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The Sea Hawk is the 2nd book I've read of his and it's already one of my favorite books of all time. I look forward to reading many more of his work!
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Banaz Rashad
Recommended to Tara by: Hevi Rashad
one of the best stories, interesting and full of adventures ;)
Ahahahaha. Cheesier than I remember, but fun. Will have to review this properly soon. ;)
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to podcast at ( Interesting view of Islam by the Italian author in 1915.
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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the ...more
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