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Short Description: Peter Blood, an Irish physician and soldier in England in the 1680's, is wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to indentured slavery in the Caribbean. He escapes and becomes the most feared pirate captain on the Spanish Main, but all the glory of his adventures cannot help him, for the woman he loves cannot love a thief and pirate. Even when he dest ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1922)
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Don Ryan No, they’re not. The “N-word” used is “Negro”, not the other “n-word.” If you have issues with negro, take it up with the scientific community, where …moreNo, they’re not. The “N-word” used is “Negro”, not the other “n-word.” If you have issues with negro, take it up with the scientific community, where it’s used in Anthropological taxonomy.

SPOILER ALERT: In the novel, Colonel Bishop uses armed black retainers to guard and control his white slaves...scarcely an inferior position, I’d say. In the raid on Cartagena, the French governor of Hispaniola raises a “Negro Corps” of fighting troops to spearhead the invasion along with French troops.

Did blacks play a featured role? No...the story is a mid-20th Century historical novel about an Irish physician unjustly-enslaved, not 21st Century “Woke” Cancel Culture sensitivities. (less)
Parzival yes, it is a fun, light, and easy read. I personally didnt get to it until Uni, but that is just because I didnt come across it earlier, though I wish…moreyes, it is a fun, light, and easy read. I personally didnt get to it until Uni, but that is just because I didnt come across it earlier, though I wish I had. If kids were given books like this to read at an earlier age then more children would turn into readers. Scaramouche is also a very good book.(less)
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Sanjay Gautam
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini is a riveting swashbuckling adventure novel which is very vivid in its depiction of pirates and their life at sea. It is not only a tale of misfortune, betrayal, treachery, and deceit but also of love, courage, allegiance, and friendship.

Captain Blood is the protagonist of the novel. He is a great man - a just man, with honor and integrity. Blood was a medical man by vocation who eventually, under desperate circumstances, turned into a pirate - that too a ge
Old School, feel good, swashbuckling derring do, performed with style and panache, and featuring a larger-than-lifer whose battle savvy and intrepidity are matched only by his integrity, his keen intellect, and his imperturbable grace.
Captain Peter the MAN...and the myth, and the legend, and the whole kit and caboodle, and he deserves VIP seating within the inner sanctum of literature’s most memorable heroic characters.

No wonder Errol Flynn became a star playing this singular fig
Henry Avila
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Blood! Blood ! Blood! Captain Blood the fiercest pirate since Blackbeard (But Blackbeard was real and Bl... never mind) . After helping a wounded rebel in England in 1685, a bad decision always when on the losing side, however the future buccaneer was a dedicated medical practitioner, he will learn. Physician Peter Blood, an Irishman narrowly escapes hanging, when captured, treated very harshly though . Eventually sent to the British West Indies instead, as a slave on the island of Barbados dead ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
One bright day of the seventeenth century a former soldier turned physician Peter Blood was minding his own business taking care of his flowers. Those days very bored people entertained themselves by organizing yet another rebellion and one such swept across the small English town where our hero settled down. Peter Blood did his best to stay away from the troubles and almost - but not quite - succeed.

The rebellion was suppressed and now the victors got to punish the losers. Thanks to the King's
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every pirate

I have read this book so long ago that I nearly forgot some events in it and to my joy, I was reminded about this great book while stalking awesome updates of excellent pirate captain Craig and wonderful pirate lady Dawn. Thank you :) This book was a great find after the torture in Black Company and I fell into a nice BR with Craig. What attracted me some years ago and gave me pleasant moments in the reread, is that the story is written in old-fashioned English and the pace of action is just fab
Jeffrey Keeten
”On the crest of the dunes behind them, in sharp silhouette against the deep cobalt of the sky, they beheld a tall, lean figure scrupulously dressed in black with silver lace, a crimson plume curled about the broad brim of his hat affording the only touch of colour. Under that hat was the tawny face of Captain Blood.”

Errol Flynn plays Captain Blood in the 1935 movie version of this book.

Doctor Peter Blood has settled down in Bridgewater to a quiet life of contemplation while tending to his g
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Captain Blood, scourge of the high seas!

Maybe 3.75 stars? This is a tough one for me to rate.

Peter Blood is an Irish physician living in England in the late 1600s. When the Duke of Monmouth rebels against King James, Blood wants nothing to do with the rebellion, but when he treats some of the rebels for their injuries and is caught by the king's men, he's sentenced to be hanged by the infamous judge, Judge Jeffries. His death sentence is commuted to a sentence of slavery in the sugar cane plant
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

With the world in crisis, this is the sort of escapist reread I needed!

Unjustly convicted after the Monmouth rebellion for an act of humanity,Dr Peter Blood is transported to the Caribbean & becomes a slave to the cruel Colonel Bishop. The colonel has a lovely niece...

On about my tenth read I still loved this book, although it doesn't hold up to rereading as well as the author's Scaramouche did. The hero and heroine are both appealing characters (view spoiler)
Mike (the Paladin)
Many of you who've read some of my reviews know that there is another Sabatini book that is a long time favorite of mine. But while this one isn't my top all time favorite it's still excellent...well, it's Sabatini of course.

Rafael Sabatini is one of the great adventure writers of all time (though it's not all he wrote, it's what we're discussing here). While the sea genre and the pirate genre in particular isn't one I routinely seek out there are books of this "type" I like immensely. For insta
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: swashbuckling/pirate-themed adventure readers
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) by: A/A group read
This is definitely a book to read if a reader likes pirate/swashbuckling novels. The setting, characters, scenes, and dialogue took me back to the 17th century in a time of political turmoil and wild seas and locales where the wars between countries play out in a very personal matter. And Peter Blood, the main character is one that claims your affection and doesn't let go. I sometimes find reading on the Kindle a chore, but with this story, I got so sucked in, that before I knew it, it was endin ...more
oh heavens. i dislike admitting that am not 100% cynical about things, that life will all its ignominy and disappointments, vacillations and cupidity has not yet extinguished my ability to dream of freedom and unfettered joy, that there might still be a heart under all this bravado... but there it is, that little squeak that i cannot suppress. oh, captain blood! how you have undone me!

captain peter blood is a little wild. he loves the poetry of horace. he's sharp-witted, and impudent; a cunning
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
This review is written to satisfy a group read in the Action/Adventure Aficionados discussion group.

The format fits the suggested format for discussion of this book. It may not be what you expect ...then again, if you read my reviews, you might like it better.

1. Plot/Storyline/Setting--was the historical flavor authentic?

The plot was more sophisticated than I had expected. The timeline was more complicated than expected to the point where Sabotini felt t
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
This is a swashbuckling tale, and if I'd been a teenager reading it in the 1920s, when it was written, it would have gotten at least four stars.

I have to dock it, however, for the persistent casual racism about the "negroes" with whom he is enslaved, and for the comments about anyone not English. It's mentioned as extraordinary that his father was not a drunkard, because he was Irish, for example.

This novel was made into a movie in 1935, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, which is gre
The physician Peter Blood is unjustly arrested for treason under unfortunate circumstances, and sold into slavery in Barbados. In the beginning of the book, before the trial, he doesn't even take sides in the ongoing political debate, but the circumstances changes him. When he and the other slaves escape the sadistic Colonel Bishop, they are desperate and adapt to their new life.

Spoiler's alert!

This is pure entertainment, and I really like the main protagonist for his sharp-witted, arrogant and
Mr. Matt
When I picked up this book, I originally failed to make the connection with the 1935 classic black and white flick with Errol Flynn. That lasted about half of the first chapter.

Captain Blood is the story of Peter Blood, a former soldier, sailor, and doctor who settles down to practice his trade in obscurity in Ireland. Summoned in the middle of the night to help save a wounded rebel in the wake of the failed Monmouth Rebellion, Blood is arrested for treason against King James. The trial is a per
Anna Nesterovich
Captain Blood is a delightful example of a romantic story that is so refreshing! And by romantic I don't mean a romance, which it kinda is, but a book representing romanticism, though it was written some 30 years after the peak of the movement. It is, of course, naive in some regards, featuring a romantic and idealistic pirate figure, but it's not naive in a crude and inexperienced way. It's idealistic in a way of old stories with knights and ladies. It takes the reality and subtracts ugliness, ...more
J.G. Keely
Reading Scaramouche is one of those odd experiences where a genre book really surprises you with its depth and complexity. It's a swashbuckling story with only two swordfights, where political theory, masked theater forms, and the science of fencing all take center stage, and where the hero is strangely shy, introverted, and reluctant. But Captain Blood never strays as far from its genre boundaries.

We still have a somewhat quiet, humble, over-educated hero (Scarmouche is the lawyer-turned-actor,

Fantastic read! I liked it better than Treasure Island!

I honestly can't believe this was published in 1922. ( In a good way.)

Not going into a huge review. Just want to say the writing was excellent for it's time. I actually felt emotions, passion...whereas others I have read from this era (1920's) seemed stiff and cartoonish.

Blood was an honorable Pirate and I loved him so much. ( I also believe the book is based on actual
events..or loosely based..not sure, not a history major)

Great history, n
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't heard of Sabatini until quite recently, when I saw him credited as one of Arturo Perez-Reverte's major influences - along with Alexandre Dumas. That was enough to make me seek out a book!
This 1922 novel is the story that the movie starring Errol Flynn was based on - and it is indeed, as one might expect, a swashbuckling pirate adventure.
Peter Blood, an educated doctor with a military background, runs afoul of the law for giving medical aid to a political rebel against King James Stuart.
Aug 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: read-me
My GR friend Evgeny so kindly informed that yes, this is the inspiration for the Errol Flynn adventure: Captain Blood. Sourcing my copy, now.

Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun story! I was surprised at just how interesting it was for all its age & somewhat stilted language, but even there many gems surfaced.

There was a great historian lost in Wolverstone. He had the right imagination that knows just how far it is safe to stray from the truth and just how far to colour it so as to change its shape for his own purposes.

A fantastic & funny observation from the narrator who has told us several times that he is writing the history of Captain Blood. There's a lo
A swashbuckling tale full of adventure and romance in the traditional sense, well worth being read alongside Kidnapped and Ivanhoe. I probably would have given it 5 stars if it hadn't taken me over a year to actually finish. That's mostly on me, though.
What's more to say? It was fun. It was adventurous. It was classic. It is worth reading.
I found the last third particularly hard to put down. Very engaging and suspenseful!
Dan Schwent
May 20, 2009 rated it liked it
In this tale of swashbuckling adventure, Peter Blood goes from being a doctor to a slave to a pirate captain and beyond. It is the measuring stick against which other pirate novels are measured.

So why did I only give it a three? It's pretty slow moving. Blood doesn't become a pirate until over a third into the book. The writing style didn't exactly thrill me either. Other than that, I enjoyed it.
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pirates and the people who love them.
Recommended to Mick by: My Grandfather - posthumously
Shelves: favorite
What a pleasure to read. Although I'm not very informed on these matters, I would hazard a guess that most readers would consider Captain Blood the definitive pirates tail - when told from the pirates perspective.

The story is one of war, slavery, love, conviction and morality whose plot I’ll not cheapen by summarizing here. The language inside is easily as beautiful and inspiring as the appearance of the book itself. I’ll quote a passage.

”Open the history of the past at whatsoever page you will,
Anirud Thyagharajan
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic swashbuckling story set in the 1600s with prose set in Victorian style. The author juxtaposes two seemingly opposite characteristics into the same person - piracy and chivalry. Pulling off buccaneering heists through sheer presence of mind and wit, the protagonist Captain Blood's actions are governed by a strong set of scruples that conflict with his other pirate companions; this enables him to redeem his honour and win the love of his life. The story is drawn across various ad ...more
A well written, nice storytelling and for most of the time enjoyable. As a side effect - one can learn a bit of history.

But it was, subjectively, a long listening (from LibriVox). And I must confess, sometimes I lost interest (I caught myself a few times on thinking about something else when I was listening to it). I have the feeling that in this case - reading it by myself would have been a better solution.
After spending the majority of his life as a solider and adventurer, Peter Blood retires to the bucolic English town of Bridgewater in pursuit of a quiet life. Here he takes up practice as a doctor, and settles into a pleasant routine. When the Duke of Monmouth stages his rebellion against King James, Peter steadfastly refuses to become involved, despite the disapproval this garners him from the townsfolk. However, when one of the rebels is gravely wounded, Pete feels that it is his duty as a do ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am extremely surprised with how much I enjoyed reading this! I loved nearly everything about it, the pacing, the characters, the writing, and even the history involved, something that I generaly dislike. This was such a quick read because the story flowed so well and there was little waste, with every word or description carrying the story further along without boring me. Once I was into the story I did not put it down and read it straight through. There are adventures, a little romance, and e ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Rafael Sabatini was arguably the last of the writers of old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure romances. Peter Blood is a doctor who is caught up in the events surrounding Monmouth’s rebellion against King James II in 1685 when he tends the wounds of one of the rebels. He soon finds himself clapped in irons and shortly thereafter shipped to the West Indies and sold into slavery. But of course the story doesn’t end there and Blood ends up a reluctant pirate. This is a classic story of a man condem ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Why, what’s to fear?” he said. “It’s a Christian country, this, and Christian men do not make war upon the wounded, nor upon those who harbour them.” He still had, you see, illusions about Christians.

Enjoyable old-fashioned sea opera. Better, if more simply, developed than many more modern adventure novels. Written in 1922, Captain Blood spawned a generation of swashbuckling copies and movies.

“The wise thing’d be to hang him, along o’ all the rest.”
“It is not human to be wise,” said Blood. “It
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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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