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Captain Blood

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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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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 figure
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
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 (Back to the Books)
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: swashbuckling/pirate-themed adventure readers
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) 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 th
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

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
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
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,
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.

Varlan Georgian
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My favourite book.
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,
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.
Henry Avila
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,the losing side.Physician Peter Blood, narrowly escapes hanging, when captured.Sent to the West Indies instead, as a slave, dead men can't make money for the Crown! Peter was spotted by Arabella,the niece of the plantation owner ,who bought him and the games begin.Not liking the work, he leaves without permission ,wit ...more
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. Ther
Black Elephants
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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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
I really wasn't sure how to rate this. On the one hand the writing was great. On the other I don't know if I would have been able to finish it if I hadn't been listening to the audiobook in the car. I was digging it in the car (the accents were great), but every time I tried to actually read it, I would start to fall asleep. I loved the character of Peter Blood and I thought all the other characters were incredibly well drawn, I guess adventures just don't do it for me. But for the writing alone ...more
Ana Rînceanu
Having enjoyed the Errol Flynn movie as a kid, I decided to read the book. For the most part, it was a fun romp, albeit a little too long. That is until the end. It sort of soured it. I mean we are talking about a book that takes place in Barbados where we discuss the treatment of white slaves but not the indigenous or the black ones. (view spoiler)
Mar 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: period fiction/swashbucklers
Audio CD – 3 stars
Book – 5 stars

Just an adaptation (sigh)…As such, it’s not bad. The actors are good, particularly the one playing Arabella Bishop – her voice is perfect. I now have a beautiful voice to match the beautiful woman pictured on the inside cover of my printed edition. The only complaint I have is with the narrator. It’s hard to describe the nasal whine and stentorian intonation he adopts but it’s an all-around poor choice. Fortunately, much of the disc is dialog.

Ah…Captain Peter Bloo
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it

I've always been a sucker for a certain kind of swashbuckling adventure. As an awkward middle-school student, I found a kind of refuge in books like H. Rider Haggard's masterpieces King Solomon's Mines and Allen Quatermain; as an adult, the Tarzan books number among my guilty pleasures. So it's hardly surprising that, without knowing it, some piece of me was waiting forRaphael Sabatini's Captain Blood all along.

Captain Blood is, without question, one of the greatest pirate adventures ever writte
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.
So, wow, I loved this book. It just proves that a great work remains great even after so many years. And that is the reason why this book is considered a classic - it's just the ultimate adventure story. It's got everything that is cool - pirates, ships, battles, romance and humor, all mixed with just a little bit of historical aspect.

Captain Blood is an amazing character and I completely understood Arabella's infatuation with him. Despite having to lead the life of a pirate, he's still a man of

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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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“A man must sometimes laugh at himself or go mad,’ said he. ‘Few realize it. That is why there are so many madmen in the world.” 43 likes
“It came to Mr. Blood, as he trudged forward under the laden apple-trees on that fragrant, delicious July morning, that man—as he had long suspected—was the vilest work of God, and that only a fool would set himself up as a healer of a species that was best exterminated.” 32 likes
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