Captain Blood: His Odyssey

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - British - 341 pages
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Short Description: Peter Blood, an Irish physician and soldier in England in the 1680's, is wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to indentured slavery in the Caribbean. He escapes and becomes the most feared pirate captain on the Spanish Main, but all the glory of his adventures cannot help him, for the woman he loves cannot love a "thief and pirate." Even when he destroys England's enemies, even at his most triumphant...but wait! What's that... Long Description: Peter Blood, an Irish physician and former soldier is happily settled, in the 1680's, as the doctor in an English town, when the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth catches him by accident. He saves a man's life, as a doctor must try to do, but the man is a rebel and the hanging Judge Jeffreys sentences him to ten years as an indentured slave in the Caribbean colonies. Once there, his knowledge as a physician is recognized, and thus he meets and falls in love with the daughter of the man who own his servitude; not likely to be a successful love story! A Spanish ship attacks the town, and while the Spaniards celebrate their victory he boldly steals their ship, and he and his fellow convicts sail off to become the boldest and most fearless of pirates among the islands and on the Spanish Main. But all the glory of his adventures cannot help him, for the woman he loves cannot love a "thief and pirate." Even when he destroys England's enemies, even at his most triumphant...but wait! Is that... The classic novel of adventure and romance, and one of Sabatini's best.
 

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This title is immediately recognizable as the basis for Michael Curtiz's 1935 film starring Errol Flynn. At the time of its 1922 debut, however, the book was a smash hit and was followed up with ... Read full review

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Contents

THE MESSENGER
1
KIRKES DRAGOONS
10
THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE
19
HUMAN MERCHANDISE
33
ARABELLA BISHOP
41
PLANS OF ESCAPE
55
PIRATES
72
SPANIARDS
83
THE MILAGROSA
190
THE MEETING
204
THIEF AND PIRATE
216
THE SERVICE OF KING JAMES
228
HOSTILITIES
242
HOSTAGES
251
WAR
264
THE SERVICE OF KING LOUIS
278

THE REBELSCONVICT
90
DON DIEGO
103
FILIAL PIETY
110
DON PEDRO SANGRE
123
TORTUGA
130
LEVASSEURS HEROICS
139
THE RANSOM
149
THE TRAP
162
THE DUPES
175
M DE RIVAROL
288
CARTAGENA
301
THE HONOUR OF M DE RIVAROL
311
THE SERVICE OF KING WILLIAM
319
THE LAST FIGHT OF THE ARABELLA
325
HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR
332
SUGGESTED READING
341
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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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