Pirates of the Levant

Pirates of the Levant The sixth novel in the adventures of Captain Alatriste set in a time when the only thing needed to summon hell on earth or sea was a Spaniard and his sword Accompanied by his faithful foster son igo

  • Title: Pirates of the Levant
  • Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The sixth novel in the adventures of Captain Alatriste, set in a time when the only thing needed to summon hell on earth or sea was a Spaniard and his sword Accompanied by his faithful foster son, igo, Captain Alatriste accepts a job as a mercenary aboard a Spanish galleon The ship sets sail from Naples on a journey that will take them to some of the most remote andThe sixth novel in the adventures of Captain Alatriste, set in a time when the only thing needed to summon hell on earth or sea was a Spaniard and his sword Accompanied by his faithful foster son, igo, Captain Alatriste accepts a job as a mercenary aboard a Spanish galleon The ship sets sail from Naples on a journey that will take them to some of the most remote and wretched outposts of the empire Morocco, Algeria, and finally to Malta for a stunning and bloody battle on the high seas that will challenge even the battle hardened Alatriste s resolve Now seventeen, igo is almost ready to leave Alatriste, his foster father and fellow soldier But will age and experience bring wisdom, or is he likely to repeat many of his mentor s mistakes

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    1. Just what this new Inigo Balboa had become you will find out in this adventure in which I propose to describe how Captain Alatriste and I fought shoulder to shoulder, no longer as master and page, but as equals and comrades. I will tell of skirmishes and pirates, of blithe youth and boarding ships, of killing and of pillaging. I will also explain precisely what it was that made Spain's name respected, feared and hated throughout the Levant. Ah, but how long ago it all seems, now that even my sca [...]

    2. Bueno, la última tirada (por ahora) del bigotudo espadachín español.Antes de empezar con el libro sólo había leído la primera novela de Alatriste, de la que tampoco recuerdo demasiado (tampoco es tan raro en mi). Y de golpe y porrazo salto a ésta. Y es que era lo lógico si te vas una temporada al levante precisamente. Aunque sea el levante español y no las islas griegas o los alrededores del Bósforo. Si viajas a Venecia, pues te llevas "fábula de Venecia" de Hugo Pratt y si lo haces a [...]

    3. ¿Y qué les puedo contar de Reverte que no les haya contado ya? Este libro es el sexto de las andanzas del Capitán Alatriste y de su fiel Íñigo Balboa, y es una auténtica maravilla. Me tuvo absolutamente enganchado desde la primera página. No me puedo resistir a la tentación de citarles el principio del libro, que sólo mejora y mejora. La caza por popa es caza larga, y voto a Cristo que ésa lo había sido en exceso: una tarde, una noche de luna y una mañana entera corriendo tras la pre [...]

    4. The sixth book in Arturo Pérez-Reverte's Alatriste series continues the adventures of the "Spanish musketeers". After having found themselves in a position at the end of the previous installment of the series where they deem it best to stay away from Spain for a while, Alatriste and his companions travel to Naples and take part in some very exciting sea adventures.Unfortunately, however, Pérez-Reverte continues to write his books in the manner that I've learned to dislike. The first half of th [...]

    5. This is the latest instalment in the adventures of Captain Alatriste. I am an avowed fan of the Alatriste series, many of which remain my favourite historical novels. They match - if not exceed - my passion for Bernard Cornwell's 'Sharpe' stories. For the uninitiated: the novels describe the adventures of Diego Alatriste y Tenorio (a veteran of the 17th C. Spanish army) and his adopted son, Inigo de Balboa, during the reign of King Philip IV in 17th Century Imperial Spain. I would say that the A [...]

    6. Alguna vez me tocó leer en una entrevista a Pérez-Reverte comentando que, a diferencia de lo que había hecho Dumas con sus personajes, él sí había querido mostrar a través de Alatriste la amargura que significaba ser español. Se me terminó perdiendo la entrevista, pero en ella comentaba también que actitudes claves del personaje del capitán (que básicamente es un mercenario) como dignidad, reputación, vergüenza y una muy firme ética apegada a lo que según su experiencia eran las [...]

    7. Could it be that my swash has come unbuckled and I've lost my taste for jolly rogering? Perhaps I'm simply not in the mood for an historical adventure. Or perhaps the superb Perez Reverte simply had an off month when he dashed this piece off. If you have enjoyed the character development of the taciturn but deep Captain Alatriste and the education of his young protege, you might be disappointed in this installment. Neither character advances much and the conflict between the two as the youth tri [...]

    8. Tiempo que no leía una más de las aventuras del Capitán Alatriste. Este libro simplemente continúa la serie, con el mismo verbo rico y variado, los mismos personajes duros, orgullosos y entrañables en su rudo y particular honor, el mismo ritmo profusamente salpicado de batallas, pequeñas y grandes, con la crueldad inevitable que las acompaña y la amargura de saber, con certeza, que nadie te lo agradecerá, mucho menos el rey al que con tanto pundonor defiendes. Y seguirás defendiendo.El [...]

    9. El que menos me ha gustado de la serie, aunque tiene algunos momentos francamente notables, como un ar de los enfrentamientos entre Iñigo y el capitán, o la carta de Angélica. En cualquier caso, da la sensación de una historia gratuita, más para chochear con el mar y las embarcaciones que otra cosa, llena de páginas y páginas de descripciones monótonas que no ayudan, como en otras entregas, a entender a través de ellas a personajes y situaciones.

    10. Pérez-Reverte's talent for sucking you into the story is just incredible. In reading the final assaults of the men of La Mulata I can almost feel myself having turned "black from the gunpowder and red from the blood."

    11. A pesar de la jerigonza es una historia muy entretenida, espero poder leer los otros 6 libros de esta serie, claro, si los encuentro.

    12. Assigned to the Mulata out of Naples, Alatriste and Inigo Balboa sail the wine-dark sea looking for privateers, corsairs who make their living by piracy. Piracy during this time, specifically 1627, is an unclear enterprise, since what privateers take from others can be taken from them by the ships of other kingdoms. In the case of those Spanish ships that clear away the privateers, they take from the pirates what the Spanish King neglects to pay them in wages.Much has been made of 'reputation' b [...]

    13. All it took then to create a Hell on both sea and land was a Spaniard with a sword When I finish a Perez-Reverte book my brain huddles down into a mantra of ahhhh so good so good so good XD This one was no exception. Inigo has grown up and with that comes the growing pains of a young man clashing with his father. I think Alatriste handles that with more grace than most. Exciting, bloody, adventurous, heart-wrenching and heart-warming--an excellent installment in the Alatriste series.

    14. Another excellent adventure. This time the action moves to the eastern Mediterranean and features galleys fighting battles at sea.

    15. This episode was long on atmosphere, but mot of its drama seemed to come at the end. Still worthy because of its deep insights into the nature and brutality of the times.

    16. Otra aventura del capitán Alatriste, esta vez en entorno naval.La historia y los personajes me han gustado, aunque tanto vocabulario naval me pierde un poco, por desconocimiento del mismo.

    17. Las memorias de Iñigo, quien ya se siente adulto y con la rebeldía de esos años, nos llevan al mar Mediterráneo. Embarcado en una galera junto con el capitán Alatriste y Sebastián Copons, así como otros nuevos personajes, cuenta la historia de la vida militar en el mar, los peligros que los asedian y la soledad mortecina que sólo hombres de hígados podrían encarar.En esta historia Arturo Pérez-Reverte ratifica la gallardía del capitán Alatriste y nos muestra el nacimiento de la rebe [...]

    18. Picked this up because it was set in the Levant. I didn't realise that it was 6th in a series and hardly noticed that it was originally Spanish. And I really enjoyed the half I read. The historical background to the Jewish and particularly Moorish expulsions from Spain was riveting and the picture of the diverse inhabitants and seamen around the Mediterranean was equally interesting. I also enjoyed the characters. I'm not quite sure why I abandoned it half way through - perhaps there was not eno [...]

    19. Es una lástima que "Corsarios de Levante" prometa tanto y al final decepcione bastante. La historia del Capitán Alatriste y el joven Íñigo Balboa a bordo de la galera "La Mulata" prometía más aventuras que las anteriores entregas, y desafortunadamente se ven desperdiciadas por el tedio que resulta tener una constancia en la lectura.¿Por qué lo digo? Con las anteriores entregas se tenía un fuerte conflicto que atrapaba al lector y lo llevaba hasta el final, bien contado y formulado; en e [...]

    20. Sixth in the Captain Alatriste series set in early 17th century Spain.As usual, Perez-Reverte, through the medium of the professional swordsman/soldier, Captain Alatriste, and his 17 year old protogé, Íñigo Balboa, explores yet another aspect of early 17th century Spain, that of its colonies in the Levant.Alatriste and Íñigo have signed on as soldiers (marines, really) in the galleys, Spain’s navy. They are to patrol the Levant, harassing and destroying Turkish, English and other enemy sh [...]

    21. De regreso a este pasado tan familiar.La 6ta entrega de las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste se enfoca en la vida de corsario y soldado hecho al mar, en el marco de aquellos territorios ocupados por España a lo largo del Mediterráneo.Al igual que "Bajo el sol de Breda", 3era parte de la serie, éste es un capítulo que hasta podría sentirse aislado, de relleno, sin construir demasiado al universo central del buen Capitán. Al ser un episodio tan encapsulado y lejano de las conspiraciones y en [...]

    22. How do you write a disappointing swashbuckler about pirates? Sadly, Perez-Reverte's latest tends to show us. There's plenty of incident and action. Many of the scenes - a desperate attempt by galleys to break through enemy ships, a tense dawn waiting for a chance to ambush English raiders - are well drawn and convey genuine excitement, but too many do not. Even the climactic battle seems a bit half baked, as if the author lost faith in his ability to portray it properly part way through. More pr [...]

    23. Arturo Perez-Reverte is a fantastic writer and his Captain Alatriste series in amazing. The thing I truly like about this series of novels is the amazing portrait the author is showing me of the Spanish Empire in the days of its gradual decline. He writes about war in the late Renaissance as if he lived through it himself. How often do you read novels that describe in perfect detail how an infantryman could fire a matchlock harquebuses while fighting in a drizzle? In many ways I enjoyed this boo [...]

    24. "Corsarios de levante" no me ha resultado tan entretenido como otras aventuras del Capitán Alatriste y la razón principal es precisamente que no existe tal aventura.Pérez Reverte nos ha querido contar como era la vida en las galeras españolas que recorrían el mediterráneo, las batallas, los saqueos, las embarcaciones, los principales puertos y ciudades y desde luego lo logra con la maestría de su profundización histórica y su buen hacer narrativo. Sin embargo se hecha de menos una avent [...]

    25. �Durante casi dos a�os serv� con el capit�n Alatriste en las galeras de N�poles. Por eso hablar� ahora de escaramuzas, corsarios, abordajes, matanzas y saqueos. As� conocer�n vuestras mercedes el modo en que el nombre de mi patria era respetado, temido y odiado tambi�n en los mares de Levante. Contar� que el diablo no tiene color, ni naci�n, ni bandera; y c�mo, para crear el infierno en el mar o en la tierra, no eran menester m�s que un espa�ol y el filo de una espada [...]

    26. This is the last* of the Captain Alatriste novels, and it was really exciting. This time Alatriste and Inigo are serving as soldiers on a Spanish galley sailing out of Naples and tasked with both defending Spanish ships and taking out Turkish and Barbary pirates when the opportunity arises. There is a lot of wonderful swashbuckling action, and lovely, warm descriptions of 17th century Spanish life. This book also sees some shifts in the relationship between Alatriste and Inigo, as the latter ent [...]

    27. In “Pirates of the Levant,” Captain Alatriste and his 17-year old protégé, Inigo, set off in a galley looking for adventure in the Mediterranean. Their latest enterprise serves two purposes: to let things cool down a bit in Madrid after their most recent activities (saved a king but strained the bonds of some powerful friendships); and to give Inigo a chance to get some military action under his belt as the poet don Francisco de Quevedo works to find him a place as a courtier.While I enjoy [...]

    28. From weeksnotice/2011/I have an odd attachment to Arturo Pérez-Reverte's Captain Alatriste series of novels. Some of them, including Pirates of the Levant, lack much of a plot. What they do, though, is to take pains to explain the exaggerated pride and twisted sense of honor that characterized Imperial Spain (the story takes place in 1627). The books focus on the common soldier, murderous types who feel a strong allegiance to a monarchy that they openly admit does nothing for them. The king doe [...]

    29. 1627Set at the decline of Spain in the Mediterranean. The galleys in use were the last of the row-able ships, where sails were in use, but the fighting action still used oars and rams. Multiple men per oar, versus the Greek trireme style.Naples is seen as a foreign Spanish holding. Venice is seen as a hostile province, even though Spain had been the principle source of defeat for the Turks in 1571, which had saved Venice.For myself, this was a historically based rendition of a time period not us [...]

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