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The Sun Over Breda (Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste #3)

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Acclaimed author Arturo Perez-Reverte's internationally bestselling series, the saga of the swordsman-for-hire Captain Alatriste, continues in "The Sun Over Breda." Fifteen-year-old Inigo Balboa enlists to serve as his master's aide, and narrates their further adventures of swordplay and skirmishes, mutiny and wartime honor, as Captain Alatriste rejoins his Cartagena regim ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Plume Books (first published 1998)
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2.5 stars

What can I say? I find myself constantly underwhelmed by this series despite loving other books by Perez-Reverte. I guess I just want a really good historical swashbuckler with a bit of meat on it and despite having been generally underwhelmed by each book in the series so far I keep hoping that Perez-Reverte warms up in the next one. So far in my mind this hasn't happened.

There's nothing terrible about this story: we get to see Captain Alatriste through the eyes of our narrator Inigo (
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fic, lit, action-susp
By coincidence, I read this book in December in Belgium, of which Brel said: "With a sky so gray a canal got lost, with a sky so low a canal got hanged, with the damp westerlies, listen to her hanging in there, this flat country which is mine."
I knew the story of the Flanders campaigns, the siege of Oostende and the sack of Antwerpen, from the point of view of Tÿl Uilenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak — Pérez-Reverte shows it from the other side of the harquebus, as told by the Vascon 'mochilero' Íñigo
Ana  Vlădescu
I loved the writing in this one, especially because it is a very dirty and gritty description of war, from the point of view of the Spaniards, during their battles in Breda and Antwerp. Captain Alatriste is a fascinating character - he seems so poised and detached in his role of experienced soldier. Not to mention the historical side of some battles that I've actually studied (like Rocroi, for example), really tickled my nerd bone. This could be read for the writing, as well as for the story. Th ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third volume in the Captain Diego Alatriste saga is historically interesting but more about the young sidekick/narrator Iñego Balboa (now 15 years of age in this installment) than the Captain. The story is about the seige of Breda, a Dutch fortified city, in 1624-1625 during the Eighty Years War, with Alatriste and Balboa having been called up again and re-deployed to the Netherlands with Alatriste's "outfit", the Cartagena tercio. I'm giving this 3-stars because it "goes nowhere", stuck in ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
My favorite so far in the Captain Alatriste series. And a serious competition to Bernard Cornwell in his field of expertise of historical novels with great battle descriptions.

The first two books in the Alatriste epic were set in Madrid at the beginning of 17 century, and were a mix of swashbuckling and cultural (literature, poetry, dramaturgy) references. The Sun Over Breda discards most of the "artist cafe" distractions in order to focus on the military campaign of Spain and its Catholic allie
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
This was the book I was dying to read. After all, I came to Perez-Reverte's "Alatriste" series via the film, "The Spanish Musketeer" and, whilst I enjoyed the film as a whole, it was the battle scenes that were a revelation to me. So, "The Sun over Breda"!
Well, I found it strange at first. The story is narrated, once again, by "young" Inigo Balboa but, whilst the two previous sets of recollections were relaxed conversations over a few glasses of wine in the heat of the afternoon, this one seemed
Julia DeBarrioz
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spain, historical
I love this series more and more with every book. In this adventure Captain Alatriste and young Inigo are off to war in Flanders. Inigo is well on his way to becoming a man, and though the captain is no mother hen, he has his hands full serving his duties as a soldier and watching over his charge. The father/son interaction in this installment was quite touching without being mushy at all.

The way Perez-Reverte writes of war in this time and a soldier's struggle to keep his honor and his hide in
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this in Spanish, "El sol de Breda," the second volume in the Capitan Alatriste series by Perez-Reverte. The historical backdrop is the invasion of the town of Breda in the Netherlands, owned by Spain, whose surrender to Spinola is depicted in "La rendicion de Breda" by Diego Velazquez in the Prado Museum. Perez-Reverte refers to paintings frequently in his novels; in the first volume, the young hero, Inigo Balboa, falls in love with the princess depicted in "Las Meninas." Readers fa ...more
Bettie Pathway
No es que el libro sea peor que los otros, es que el argumento me ha resultado menos interesante. Escaramuza arriba, escaramuza abajo... He echado en falta ese toque misterioso de las otras dos novelas, que es una de las cosas que más me gustaban.
Lo que me llamó la atención de este libro es el punto de vista en el que está escrito. Los libros del Capitán Alatriste están escritos todos desde el punto de vista de Iñigo. La diferencia es que en este caso el Capitán pasa a ser un personaje secundario y es Iñigo quien no solo cuenta la historia, sino también el personaje que lleva el protagonismo de la historia.

Esta novela pone a nuestros personajes en una de las trincheras del asedio de Breda en la guerra de Flandes. Lo primero que me sorpre
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jak napisać książkę, która pokazuje brudną wojnę, opisaną narracją wystylizowaną na Dumas, powiesci pikarejskie etc.? Ja nie wiem. Spytajcie Perez-Reverte!
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the series, although it takes greater advantage than the others of the author's background as a war correspondent. No, the plot is decidedly less suspenseful in this one. All the excitement is contained within battle scenes (the entire plot is set amidst the Spanish tercios in a 1625 campaign against the Dutch) that don't build towards any meaningful climax. Rather than the highly personal "capa y espada" brawls that drive the first two novels, the battles here contribute to a ...more
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not as fond of the Captain Alatriste novels as I am of Perez-Reverte's other work. In fact, as I was reading this one, I was telling myself that I'd just skip the next one. Then I got to the ending, and the magnificent epilogue, which put it all in perspective.

I love Perez-Reverte's erudition, the way he makes the past relevant. I enjoy his melancholy too, because he wraps it in tradition, and makes it seem not aberration, but a kind of strong national character.

I can't say more about this b
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"He who kills from afar knows nothing at all about the act of killing. He who kills from afar derives no lesson from life or from death; he neither risks nor stains his hands with blood, nor hears the breathing of his adversary, nor reads the fear, courage, or indifference in his eyes. He who kills from afar tests neither his arm, his heart, or his conscience, nor does he create ghosts that will later haunt him every single night for the rest of his life. He who kills from afar is a knave who co ...more
Oscar Amador
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un capítulo de guerra.

La tercera entrega de la serie tiene un sabor un tanto distinto a los anteriores. No por la receta, sino quizá, por los ingredientes.

Si bien Pérez-Reverte mantiene la fórmula narrativa, lo que le da un matiz completamente distinto al Sol de Breda es el contexto en el que sucede y todo el entorno bélico del asunto. Las "retratos literarios" del autor provocan sin duda en esta ocasión una fiel reproducción del cansancio, el dolor y la crudeza bélica. Hay páginas en las que pu
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the previous 2 in that this is about the horrors of 17th cent warfare rather than aristos jockeying for position and duels.
More blatant in its's presentation as a "found manuscript", with editorial comment at the end. The usual sprinkling of faux 17th cent poetry, and literary name dropping (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and Lope de Vega more often than anyone else).
Slightly rambling in places yet hinting frustratingly at Alatriste's past when I wanted whole books on the subject.
Nasty and
Giovaennchen Lozano
Dentro de la serie " Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste " encontramos la tercera de la serie, la cual trata sobre las penurias de la guerra de insurrección de Breda, y la batalla que Diego de Velázques inmortalizará en un cuadro muy famoso. Ahora, Íñigo Balboa, el fiel acompañante del Capitán Alatriste, no es más un chiquillo, ya es mayor y se alcanza a percatar de los horrores de la guerra. Gracias a Pérez-Reverte, somos capaces de conocer el otro lado de esas batallas tan hermosamente pintada ...more
Costea Constantin
Soarele de la Breda (1998) este cel de-al treilea volum din seria Aventurilor căpitanului Alatriste, ecranizată de curând, cu Viggo Mortensen în rolul principal. De data aceasta, năstrușnicul și îndrăznețul căpitan se află în prima linie a armatei regelui don Felipe al IV-lea, luptând împotriva „ereticilor calviniști” din Țările de Jos. Regimentele spaniole asediază cetatea rebelă Breda și, pe măsură ce bătălia se prelungește, rezultatul ei se transformă, dintr-o chestiune de strategie militară, ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book, which tells about day-to-day life of a soldier. It shows all the specter of their life like: cooking, women, holding defense, conflicts with commend and other. It’s interesting, because mostly we read about wars like historical facts, which look like statistics rather than reality, and this book is showing a life of soldier who is a patriot even though he doesn’t understand what is he doing so far from home and why is he killing other people.
Like in the previous books autho
Doug Newdick
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the third book in the Captain Alatriste series Perez-Reverte adds great art to the poetry and literature that flows through these books - and improves on them. A painting by Velazquez is the detail which constantly reappears in this story. In the background of the painting, but the foreground of the story, we have the daunting figure of Alatriste (portrayed at one remove, as always through the eyes of his companion, the boy Iñigo) channeling the religious intolerance, racism, intolerance of ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El sol de Breda es una clase de historia de una época que parece olvidada en nuestros días y constituye la más redonda de todas las novelas de Alatriste (junto con El Caballero del Jubón Amarillo). Épica, acción, la pateticidad de la vida y las desgracias que jalonan una vida dura y desagradable. Hará las delicias a todos aquellos que disfruten de las novelas históricas, de las novelas de aventuras o de las novelas en general. Indispensable para cualquier fan de las aventuras del Capitán. Y si ...more
Javier Sánchez
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantástico. He oído y leído a muchos decir que es el peor de la saga y, sin perjuicio de que para gustos los colores y sin haber leído lo suficiente para saber si es cierto, diré que no baja en calidad respecto a sus predecesores aunque puede que para muchos sí en entretenimiento dado el carácter de la historia. Este libro va de la guerra en Flandes y de cómo funcionaban los tercios. Los anteriores eran más tipo aventura en Madrid. De ahí, entiendo yo, que no a todo el mundo le haya interesado t ...more
The Sun over Breda was an interesting entry in a lacklustre series but the book generally fails to engage. There will be fans of historical fiction that will fall over themselves to find superlatives to describe this series, but for the average reader this is a series that does not inspire or enlighten. Not terrible...just not inspiring.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

For hardcore fans of the series only.
I was already very fond of Captain Alatriste and Purity of Blood before reading this book, and at first, was surprised by how different this book felt. It is very different, both in subject and in tone, than the prior two novels, but that is not necessarily bad. This book isn't really about the swashbuckling, larger-than-life hero of Alatriste, but more about how even larger-than-life heroes can be swallowed by engines of society (in this case, being a war) and made to play their role.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oli ehkä huono idea aloittaa lukeminen sarjan kolmannesta kirjasta, mutta minkäs teet? Periaatteessa kaikki kiinnostavat emmeet olivat kohdillaan. Historia loistavasti hallussa, ja vieläpä meikäläiselle vieraampi aika&paikka. Kai ajan henki henkilöissäkin oli tavoitettu. Jollakin tapaa touhu ei tuntunut seikkailulta, vaan puisevalta. Seuraavaksi koetan onneani jonkin ei-Alatriste-pohjaisen P-R:n kanssa.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Especially after reading the first two which were great. This was like one looong description of a very repetitive battle scene. Yawn.
Замечательный русский язык, много батальных сцен в грязи, в аду и в Голландии; гимн испанской доблести, ода национальному характеру; задорно и человечно; очень хорошо.
Iván Molina
La prosa revertiana típica pasa a convertirse en una narración histórica fidedigna —con sus más y sus menos— de los precedentes y consecuencias del asedio y rendición de Breda. Pérez-Reverte se olvida de sus palabrotas, chascarrillos y juicios más que discutibles para transmitirnos una crónica bélica por completo de batallas, toledanas y trincheras desde el punto de vista del joven Íñigo Balboa y Aguirre.

El conflicto se presenta para Íñigo como la oportunidad de adquirir experiencia en combate,
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the siege of Breda. It is 1625, in the waning years of Spain's hegemony over Europe under the auspices of the HRE and the Church. The Thirty Years War is in progress. Captain Alatriste and his men, along with other 'tercios' of the Spanish army, are in Flemish Holland fighting the Dutch.

Captain Diego Alatriste y Tenorio and the rest of the Spanish battalions in Holland are in rags, ill-fed if they are fed at all, and haven't been paid in two years. This administrative (and r
Greg Z
Captain Alatriste says, toward the end of this novel, "There are things that they [women] know from the time they are born. Though, they are not even aware that they know them." He, as often, stops his flow of words, turns, and walks away from his mystified ward, Inigo, with no further explanation. Inigo thinks, " many women, how many wounds, how many roads, and how many deaths... a man must know for those [unsaid] words to remain unspoken." This author does write wonderfully, then serves ...more
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Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche', focusing on ...more
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“He who kills from afar knows nothing at all about act of killing. He who kills from afar derives no lesson from life or from death; he neither risks nor stains his hands with blood, nor hears the breathing of his adversary, nor reads the fear, courage, or indifference in his eyes. He who kills from afar tests neither his arm, his heart, nor his conscience, nor does he create ghosts that will later haunt him every single night for the rest of his life. He who kills from afar is a knave who commends to others the dirty and terrible task that is his own.” 3 likes
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