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The King's Gold


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Arturo Perez-Reverte's novels have captivated readers around the world and earned him a reputation as "the master of the intellectual thriller" (Chicago Tribune). Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full-time. His novels include the Captain Alatriste series, The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Fencing Master, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, The Queen of the South, and What We Become. His books have been published in fifty countries.He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy. He lives near Madrid, Spain.


Verdict: Laced with snippets of period poetry and descriptions of cities, geography, and historical figures, Perez-Reverte's fourth swashbuckling Captain Alatriste adventure (after Captain Alatriste, Purity of Blood, and The Sun Over Breda) immerses readers in the world of 17th-century swordplay and traitorous duplicity. Suitable for public libraries where the author's books and historical adventure fiction are popular. Background: Captain Alatriste and his young squire, IOigo Balboa Aguirre, tired and broke from the war in Flanders, arrive at the Spanish port of Cadiz. Alatriste is at home in Spain's mercenary world and soon finds work, hired by the King to intercept a Spanish galleon laden with contraband gold and silver returning from the West Indies. Vivid descriptions of the voyages, the Spanish underworld, the nobility's decadence, and the misery of the poor in 1630s Spain give the story realism. Despite the book's straightforward plot, readers unfamiliar with the previous series entries may find allusions to prior events (e.g., IOigo's fateful attraction to the queen's maid of honor) baffling and characters sketchily drawn; for example, Alatriste is depicted as a man of few words, often standing in the shadows in his black hat and cape. There is nothing here that explains why he remains hidden and silent, although it is a major part of his character.--Sally Bickley, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The King's Gold

"[Perez-Reverte] brings Seville to life as if her were animating a painting by Velazquez."--The New York Times

"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."--Publishers Weekly More Praise for the Captain Alatriste series

"Equipped with a quick-witted, charismatic hero and much to provoke and goad him, Mr. Perez-Reverte has the makings of a flamboyantly entertaining series. Captain Alatriste ends with a wicked flourish, an evil laugh, and a strong likelihood that the best is yet to come."--The New York Times "Perez-Reverte's moody, wounded semi-hero--part cantankerous mercenary, part man of honor in a roiling society of pomp, pistols, and provocation--is a whole-cloth invention out ofa17th-century Madrid that has led to a 21st-century literary phenomenon....The clash and dash are thrilling; the swordplay is a bonus."--Entertainment Weekly "High-level intrigue and double-dealing in the tradition of Alexandre Dumas."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Though Perez-Reverte fills the swashbuckling story with nonstop action, Captain Alatriste is also a contemplation of life and death, which adds depth to the good, unclean fun."--The Miami Herald "Perez-Reverte's pacing is swift and suspenseful, the narrative voice both crisply cinematic and true to the setting of seventeenth-century Spain...a feast of dark historical detail and believable danger."--The Denver Post

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