Captain Blood

His Odyssey

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Author: Rafael Sabatini
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 114,037 / 330 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.3
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 18,772 6054

The sharp-witted Dr. Peter Blood, an Irish physician, is convicted of treason in the aftermath of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685, and enslaved on the Caribbean island of Barbados. After his daring escape he becomes a pirate, driven to revenge his enslavement and clear his name.

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ue of a pretended secret marriage between Charles Stuart and Lucy Walter - it was possible that this Monmouth who now proclaimed himself King of England was not even the illegitimate child of the late sovereign. What but ruin and disaster could be the end of this grotesque pretension? How could it be hoped that England would ever swallow such a Perkin? And it was on his behalf, to uphold his fantastic claim, that these West Country clods, led by a few armigerous Whigs, had been seduced into rebellion!

"Quo, quo, scelesti, ruitis?"

He laughed and sighed in one; but the laugh dominated the sigh, for Mr. Blood was unsympathetic, as are most self-sufficient men; and he was very self-sufficient; adversity had taught him so to be. A more tender-hearted man, possessing his vision and his knowledge, might have found cause for tears in the contemplation of these ardent, simple, Nonconformist sheep going forth to the shambles - escorted to the rallying ground on Castle Field by wives and daughters, sweeth


Average Rating of 4.8 from 20 reviews: *****

Iím a fan of Sabatiniís books and while they are almost all excellent, this is his masterpiece. If you havenít read the author, start here and youíll be hooked.


No different from his other book 'The Sea Hawk'.


A ripping yarn and real page turner.


I can't imagine a better pirate novel. Sabatini makes Peter Blood such an enjoyable character, without overdoing his awesomeness. The guy has character, and he's a good quick thinker. I love the subtle snarky comments that Blood is so good at dishing out. The relationships are interesting, and setting is easy to envision, and the swashbuckling adventure elements are plentiful. I highly recommend this book for fans of seafaring adventure.

James Stang

Absolutely wonderful story. I was hooked from the first page to the end. Highly recommended.


The background development at the beginning of the book is overly long. The real story begins once Blood gets to the sea. Excellent.


This is a book that you will read more than once if you enjoy swashbuckling adventure. After reading the book, rent the DVD with Errol Flynn as Captain Blood.

Steve Peters

A tale of Pirates of the Caribbean but where the main character, wrongly convicted rebel Peter Blood - who is forced to escape to the high seas and ply a trade as a buccaneer, never loses sight of the fact that his initial conviction was as the result of the law being applied correctly but unfairly. The result is Captain Blood is a fair minded leader of brutal pirates intent on ravaging various ships on the oceans. Once again Sabatini entraps the main character via the shadow of his love for a women, Arabella Bishop, who similar for other Sabatini books is created to appear somewhat disingenuous. Not quite as good a read as The Sea-Hawk but still quite difficult to put down.


I debated giving this 5 stars but decided to limit it to 4. The book is immensely readable and definitely a page turner. That being said, the book stretches plausibility just a few times too many for my tastes. Still, if you are looking for a good swashbuckling tale, I think this deserves to be a classic of the genre; definitely faster pacing and tighter plotting than Dumas.

Judy Downs

Absolutely brilliant!

I rate 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' in my best all-time reads, and this is every bit as good.

I intend to read more Sabatini immediately...

J. de Vere

Such excellent book and admirable author! I very much wonder why I hadn't encountered any of his work before this. Sabatini is, in my opinion, a truly attentive, artistic, affluent, and accomplished writer, not to mention a shrewd philosopher. I highly recommend this story to everyone. It is my belief that all will enjoy such an ingenious and thrilling tale.

Aseel Goro

Am not much of a reader , and I read this book cuz of the reviews it had , just right after I read it, I downloaded other books for the same author, All I can say is that this book made me relize that reading is NOT STUPID AT ALL, TRY IT this is all i can say


An excellent adventure tale.

R Stephan

Note to previous commenter: From Wikipedia:

Captain Blood Returns and The Fortunes of Captain Blood are not sequels, but collections of short stories set entirely within the timeframe of the original novel.


enjoyed it beggining to end.


Out Friggin' standing. This is far better than Pirates of the Carabian. Captian Blood is a great tatical thinker. I love it.

It just gets better and better as you read along. I wish they had the sequels 'The Fortunes of Captain Blood' and 'The Chronicles of Captain Blood' at this site.


very good book....i recomend it for first time readers of pirate stories


VERY GOOD book. Highly recommended.

Fred Smooty

If you enjoy high adventure, this is a must read and worth your time! And if you have not read high adventure yet, this is one of the first books you pick up - particularly to taste the adventures of pirate.


Captain Blood is a great story of piracy in the West Indies. Lots of swashbuckling action, with a romance mixed in. Sabatini is easy to read, and tells a good tale. There were lots of similarities to the exploits of Henry Morgan, but overall....I'd recommend it as a good introduction to the glorious age of buccaneers. Exciting to read, and well worth your time. Sabatini is in the same league as Robert Louis Stevenson, but for some reason he's not as well known. It's time to get the word out....this guy can write!!!!

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