Captain Alatriste

7 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 197 ratings

Captain Alatriste Publisher's Summary

Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional 17th-century Spanish soldier who, after being wounded in battle during the Thirty Years' War, is forced to retire from the army. Now he lives the comparatively tame, though hardly quiet, life of a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Approached with an offer of work, Alatriste is told to go with another hired blade to an unfamiliar part of the city at midnight and wait. They are received by men who explain that they want Alatriste and his companion to ambush two travelers the following evening, stage a robbery, and give the men a fright. "No blood," they are told.

But then a third figure enters the room. He says the job requires some clarification: he increases the pay, and tells them that, instead, they must murder the two travelers. Then he reveals his identity: Emilio Bocanegra. It is a name synonymous with the Spanish Inquisition, the bloodiest name in Europe. This is a man whose requests cannot be denied.

But the following night, with the attack imminent, it becomes clear to Alatriste that these aren't ordinary travelers. And what happens next is only the first in a series of riveting twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.

For anyone who loves the work of Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and those who have not yet discovered the delights of this extraordinary writer, Captain Alatriste is one of the most stylish, singular pleasures to come along in years.

©2005 Arturo Perez-Reverte (P)2005 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Captain Alatriste

    • By: Arturo Perez-Reverte
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Margaret Sayers Peden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional 17th-century Spanish soldier who, after being wounded in battle during the Thirty Years' War, is forced to retire from the army. Now he lives the comparatively tame, though hardly quiet, life of a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Approached with an offer of work, Alatriste is told to go with another hired blade to an unfamiliar part of the city at midnight and wait.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story...reader could be better.

    • By Adina R. Montgomery on 07-26-05

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 2

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  • Book 6

    • Pirates of the Levant

    • Captain Alatriste, Book 6
    • By: Arturo Perez-Reverte
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Accompanied by his faithful foster son, Íñigo, 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 17, Íñigo is almost ready to leave Alatriste, his foster father and fellow soldier.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • suberb thoughtfull history

    • By Chris on 11-06-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Pirates of the Levant

    • By: Arturo Perez-Reverte
    • Narrated by: Dave John
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Accompanied by his faithful companion, Inigo, Alatriste joins a Spanish galleon and sets sail from Naples towards the east on a journey that will take them to Melilla, Oran, and finally Malta, where they must struggle against the Turk. On board, they will have many adventures, including an encounter with The Moor Gurriato. Now 17, Inigo is still in love with Angelica, but will wisdom come with age and experience?

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