Captain Blood

Captain Blood
His Odyssey

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4.75
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Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

Published:

1922

Pages:

329

ISBN:

0142180106

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21,298

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Captain Blood
His Odyssey

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4.75
(20 Reviews)
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

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I’m a fan of Sabatini’s books and while they are almost all excellent, this is his masterpiece. If you haven’t read the author, start here and you’ll be hooked.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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...