Captain Blood

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Fiction - 367 pages
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Wrongfully convicted of treason, a man escapes from slavery in the West Indies and becomes a pirate, determined to right the injustices that he sees around him, but his quest is undermined by his love for the plantation owner's beautiful niece, in a swashbuckling, historical adventure. Reprint.
 

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User Review  - mausergem - LibraryThing

Peter Blood is a doctor who does not want to be involved in the politics. This is seventeenth century England and monarchies are ever changing. Peter Blood is accused of treason when he treats on of ... Read full review

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User Review  - KatieBeitz - LibraryThing

Growing up, this was my favourite book. It continues to hold this position today. A cracking adventure with a beautiful use of language. I do love the work of Rafael Sabatini - and this is his writing at its best. Read full review

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Contents

The Messenger
3
Kirkes Dragoons
13
The Lord Chief Justice
23
Human Merchandise
38
Arabella Bishop
46
Plans of Escape
61
Pirates
79
Spaniards
91
The Dupes
190
The Milagrosa
206
The Meeting
221
Thief and Pirate
234
The Service of King James
247
Hostilities
262
Hostages
272
War
286

The RebelsConvict
99
Don Diego
113
Filial Piety
120
Don Pedro Sangre
133
Tortuga
141
Levasseurs Heroics
151
The Ransom
162
The Trap
176
The Service of King Louis
300
M de Rivarol
311
Cartagena
325
The Honor of M de Rivarol
336
The Service of King William
345
The Last Fight of the Arabella
351
His Excellency the Governor
358
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About the author (2002)

Rafael Sabatini was born April 29, 1875 in Jesi, Italy. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, and attending school in Portugal and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was seventeen, when he went to England to live permanently, he could speak five languages. He quickly added English and chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini almost a quarter of century before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. It became an international best-seller. Captain Blood followed in 1922 and was equally as successful. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. While he would never achieve the success of Scaramouche and Captain Blood, Sabatini still maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed. By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. His body of work consists of 31 novels, 8 short story colections and 6 books of poetry. He died February 13, 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland.

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