From acclaimed and bestselling author Arturo P?rez-Reverte comes the fourth adventure of Captain Alatriste, ?the brooding, charismatic hero of his wildly successful Spanish swashbuckling novels? ("The New York Times"). Arturo P?rez-Reverte has enthralled readers and critics around the globe with his Captain Alatriste series. Having sold four and ...
From acclaimed and bestselling author Arturo P?rez-Reverte comes the fourth adventure of Captain Alatriste, ?the brooding, charismatic hero of his wildly successful Spanish swashbuckling novels? ("The New York Times"). Arturo P?rez-Reverte has enthralled readers and critics around the globe with his Captain Alatriste series. Having sold four and a half million copies to date in the Spanish-speaking world, the series has made P?rez-Reverte a literary superstar and his fictional seventeenth-century mercenary a national icon. "The King's Gold" picks up in Seville, 1626. After serving with honor at the bloody siege of Breda, Captain Alatriste and his prot?g?, Inigo Balboa, have returned: battle-weary, short of cash, and with few prospects for honest work. But the Spanish empire is as dangerous as ever, and it's not long before Alatriste receives an intriguing offer of short-term employment. He and Inigo must recruit a dozen swordsmen and mercenaries for a risky job involving a dazzling amount of contraband gold and a heavily guarded Spanish galleon returning from the West Indies. The offer comes from the king himself, for at stake is nothing less than the Spanish Crown, and its dominion over the wealth of the Americas. The seedy taverns, the teeming prisons of Seville, the sand dunes of Guadalquivir find Alatriste, Inigo, and their motley band of cutthroats embarking on a new adventure, one that brings them surprising new alliances and perilous encounters with old enemies.
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-06-09 Perez-Reverte, a former war correspondent, continues his popular Captain Alatriste series with a fourth swashbuckling volume (following The Sun over Breda). Diego Alatriste, a wily veteran of many 17th-century military campaigns, and his sidekick, Inigo Balboa--who narrates--have returned to Seville after fighting in the siege of Breda. With funds short, Alatriste accepts a dangerous mission to intercept a load of smuggled gold and deposit it in the royal coffers. Trolling the criminal underworld of Seville, Alatriste recruits a band of ruffians, and disguised as pirates, they prepare to slip aboard the ship transporting the gold, surprise and subdue the crew and beach the vessel. What Alatriste doesn't expect to find on board is his old adversary Gualterio Malatesta and a large contingent of mercenaries. Fans of the series have come to expect historical authenticity, crisp prose, complex characters, exotic settings and plenty of sanguinary action. They won't be disappointed. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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