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Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Apr 14, 2012

it was ok

Pirates of the Levant is a novel that offers a direct and brutal look at life on a Spanish galley in the 17th century Mediterranean. As a narrative it is held together by the characters who move from adventure to adventure, but not by any particular plot. The violence is widespread and only occasionally heroic and the hatreds are many (Moriscos, the English, Venetians, and, of course, the Turk). It feels historically realistic, from port life to the battles as well. The latter do feel rushed and incompletely described. An interesting vantage and characters, but short of plot.
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