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oh heavens i dislike admitting that am not 100% cynical about things, that life will all its ignominy and disappointments, vacillations and cupidity has not yet extinguished my ability to dream of freedom and unfettered joy, that there might still be a heart under all this bravado but there it is, that little squeak that i cannot suppress oh, captain blood how you have undone me captain peter blood is a little wild he loves the poetry of horace he s sharp witted, and impudent a cunning oh heavens i dislike admitting that am not 100% cynical about things, that life will all its ignominy and disappointments, vacillations and cupidity has not yet extinguished my ability to dream of freedom and unfettered joy, that there might still be a heart under all this bravado but there it is, that little squeak that i cannot suppress oh, captain blood how you have undone me captain peter blood is a little wild he loves the poetry of horace he s sharp witted, and impudent a cunning strategist he cuts a fine figure in black clothes and flashing eyes he has the misfortune to lose his liberty for doing the right thing, and his heart to the niece of the reprehensible man ostensibly made his owner, a woman never wooed because she was too companionable and frank with men he stands by his word and turns himself inside out to protect the men who serve under him and the woman he loves to satisfy his unattainable lady s ideas of honour, he tries to give up the pirate life that was the only option left him, only to find that men pursuing outwardly honourable professions are in fact privateers in sheep s clothing he is surrounded by hot heads, morons, and avaricious s.o.b.s who somehow have the world in the palms of their hands and try as he might, he sees no way to escape his sorry fate he decides to give up and get really stinking drunk but then it all changes on a dime, as fate is wont to do, and he gets a chance to turn it all around view spoiler and he gets his happy ending, and for a moment i forget all the heartbreak and pain and loneliness because my heart is so full for him hide spoiler and so i squeak and should you fear that i have become an utterly romantic fool, i proffer this, in quick strokes this novel is a boisterous tale set in the 17th century concerned with pirates and adventures on the high seas the book breaks down into three parts the creating of a pirate, his success, and then his end it s dated and contains some vile racial descriptions i could have done without not from captain blood, thank heavens but the book generally reflects the attitude of the time, and while there is prejudice and nationalism rampant on the spanish main, the book doesn t dwell on it, and it is easy enough to acknowledge, disparage, and move on from this into the spirit of the book, and the heart of its protagonist, whose charms it s clear that i for one, could not resist I have read this book so long ago that I nearly forgot some events in it and to my joy, I was reminded about this great book while stalking awesome updates of excellent pirate captain Craig and wonderful pirate lady Dawn Thank you This book was a great find after the torture in Black Company and I fell into a nice BR with Craig What attracted me some years ago and gave me pleasant moments in the reread, is that the story is written in old fashioned English and the pace of action is just fab I have read this book so long ago that I nearly forgot some events in it and to my joy, I was reminded about this great book while stalking awesome updates of excellent pirate captain Craig and wonderful pirate lady Dawn Thank you This book was a great find after the torture in Black Company and I fell into a nice BR with Craig What attracted me some years ago and gave me pleasant moments in the reread, is that the story is written in old fashioned English and the pace of action is just fabulous Alongside with beautifully written descriptions of people, nature and sea battles, it s a great read Characters Remembering my first read of this book, I know I was stunned a bit as starting the book I imagined that I ll be thrown into the harsh sea battle times from the very start and instead I found a kind and calm gentleman, smoking a pipe and tending his flowers, who enjoys his life as a simple doc I know that back then I checked the blurb at the back of the book a couple of times, to see if I m still to have some piraty read ButLife can be infernally complex17th century, injustice, war, slavery that are the core factors to make lifecomplex to anyone But this calm gentleman gets his share of various adventures, too Experiencing all the struggle and making his new life aboard his ship, the Arabella, he remains true to himself, especially in doing the right things, protecting the innocent and helping others Sometimes for too much asHe s chivalrous to the point of idiocyThat leads me to conclusion that Captain Blood is quite a predictable story about a great hero gentleman as justice wins after all I view it as an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time I m not a great fan of romance, especially old fashioned dragging one, so I had a couple eye rolling moments when reading the passages about the eternal love This led me to another trouble I found in Captain Blood A strong kick ass heroine I admit, Miss A is a strong female, she has great character features indeed, but what annoyed me a bit is that despite playing an important role in the story, she has only a couple of scenes for her personality to bloom I d have wanted her to kick some ass, make some plotting with unexpected twists But I know that this book was written quite a long time ago, when kick ass heroines weren t very widely incorporated into books Narrative Choosing a playdate with Captain Blood you ll experience grand piracy, scheming, fab sea battles, near misses and some old fashioned love There s def a tasty treasure, a gulp of politics and a dash of romance for you in store in this fast paced fun adventure Mr Sabatini really knows how to command wordsAn intelligent observation of the facts of human existence will reveal to shallow minded folk who sneer at the use of coincidence in the arts of fiction and drama that life itself is littlethan a series of coincidences Open the history of the past at whatsoever page you will, and there you shall find coincidence at work bringing about events that the merest chance might have averted Indeed, coincidence may be defined as the very tool used by Fate to shape the destinies of men and nationsTo sum up, I can put Rafael Sabatini books with such masters of adventure like Alexandre Dumas and Robert Louis Stevenson I admit this author present the story in his own, different way but his sea adventures and awesome pirates are definitely worth a playdate.P.S I just loved and laughed hard when I met one character, it was a short acquaintance but really fun oneYou said you vould show us zome vine dings Vhere are dese vine dings One bright day of the seventeenth century a former soldier turned physician Peter Blood was minding his own business taking care of his flowers Those days very bored people entertained themselves by organizing yet another rebellion and one such swept across the small English town where our hero settled down Peter Blood did his best to stay away from the troubles and almost but not quite succeed The rebellion was suppressed and now the victors got to punish the losers Thanks to the King s One bright day of the seventeenth century a former soldier turned physician Peter Blood was minding his own business taking care of his flowers Those days very bored people entertained themselves by organizing yet another rebellion and one such swept across the small English town where our hero settled down Peter Blood did his best to stay away from the troubles and almost but not quite succeed The rebellion was suppressed and now the victors got to punish the losers Thanks to the King s need for cheap labor force in the Caribbean Peter Blood and some other unlucky people went straight there as slaves instead of gallows What is the first thing that comes to mind if we think seventeenth century and Caribbean at the same time Unicorns and rainbows No Cute kittens No Pirates aplenty, that is what This is a classic pirate book, make no mistake about it While some might argue Robert Louis Stevenson s Treasure Island is the classic pirate tale, this one most definitely holds the second spot Unlike Treasure Island it has everything you can ask from this kind of story naval battles, desk melees, hidden treasure, storming of heavily armed sea forts, defense of said forts, romance, and everything else you can think of Are you unsure about the difference between a pirate and a buccaneer Read the book and find out This novel did and still does influence everything related to pirates in all art forms, especially noble romantic pirate image While the following guy is not exactly noble and romantic, I am sure Johnny Depp had this story in mind when he portrayed Jack Sparrow as you can see some similarities I mentioned that the main character of the tale comes out as mostly good guy, but he still has enough shades of gray to look fairly realistic His development makes up one of the greatest parts of the book The actual rating would be closer to 4 stars than 5, but I still remember the impression the book made on me when I read in during my teens Hint my parents literally had to force me away from it So I upgrade the rating to 5 stars considering its nostalgia factor This book is a classic of genre even if a little forgotten now Blood Blood Blood Captain Blood , the fiercest pirate since Blackbeard But Blackbeard was real and Bl never mind After helping a wounded rebel in England , in 1685, a bad decision always, when on the losing side, however the future buccaneer was a dedicated medical practitioner, he will learn Physician Peter Blood, an Irishman narrowly escapes hanging, when captured, treated very harshly, though Eventually sent to the British West Indies instead, as a slave on the island of Barbado Blood Blood Blood Captain Blood , the fiercest pirate since Blackbeard But Blackbeard was real and Bl never mind After helping a wounded rebel in England , in 1685, a bad decision always, when on the losing side, however the future buccaneer was a dedicated medical practitioner, he will learn Physician Peter Blood, an Irishman narrowly escapes hanging, when captured, treated very harshly, though Eventually sent to the British West Indies instead, as a slave on the island of Barbados, dead men can t make money for the Crown Peter was spotted by Arabella, the exquisite niece of the sugar plantation owner Colonel Bishop, who bought him and the games begin Not liking the work, he leaves without permission , not a grateful man , with a group of friends, I must admit no gentlemen in the whole set Before you know it, Blood becomes a pirate of the Caribbean, the legendary sea thieves celebrated by some nations and despised by others All depended on the flags of the ships attacked, no Spanish vessel is safe from these bands of marauders Making their base in Tortuga a French island off the coast of Haiti and protected by them, for a share of the plunder The Frenchmen look the other way, quite lucrative bargain indeed, for a few killings High adventures on the Caribbean waters follows as the ambitious captain, modeled after the notorious to same and brave, patriotic, noble to others Captain Henry Morgan, like many books about sea raiders Magnificent scenes of ships battling, the action exciting and the gruesome carnage unending, both on land and sea, the conflict brutal under the warm tropical sununtil the conclusion You are there experiencing it, hearing the sounds of cannons roaring, the smoke hiding the damage, feel the masts crumbling, hitting the decks as the screaming sailors succumbWhen his enemy the evil King James the Second is overthrown later, in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the brilliant Peter, rather good at his new profession, can go back home with Arabella, the lady is reluctant and needs a lot of persuasion if only he can locate the buried treasure Dig , dig, dig CaptainThe Italian Rafael Sabatini was the best writer of pirate tales ever, many authors tried the genre but none could top the gifted man, his novel a classic in this, is proof of that undeniable fact, he had an unique talent, love of the sea, and fun doing them, it showed 4.5 With the world in crisis, this is the sort of escapist reread I needed Unjustly convicted after the Monmouth rebellion for an act of humanity,Dr Peter Blood is transported to the Caribbean becomes a slave to the cruel Colonel Bishop The colonel has a lovely nieceOn about my tenth read I still loved this book, although it doesn t hold up to rereading as well as the author s Scaramouche did The hero and heroine are both appealing characters view spoiler although man, Bloo 4.5 With the world in crisis, this is the sort of escapist reread I needed Unjustly convicted after the Monmouth rebellion for an act of humanity,Dr Peter Blood is transported to the Caribbean becomes a slave to the cruel Colonel Bishop The colonel has a lovely nieceOn about my tenth read I still loved this book, although it doesn t hold up to rereading as well as the author s Scaramouche did The hero and heroine are both appealing characters view spoiler although man, Blood really needs to let go One remark by Arabella colours his actions for chapters And chapters And hide spoiler I loved the physical description of Arabella I could see her in front of me So far all the Sabatini s I have read have given his heroines very varied descriptions.While there are exciting parts where I could scarcely bear to put the book down, there are also parts that drag Sadly the heroine appears only in Peter s thoughts for large chunks of the book I knocked half a off my rating, but keep in mind if you area reader of the historical than the historical romance genre things that bothered me may not bother you Captain Blood, scourge of the high seas Maybe 3.75 stars This is a tough one for me to rate Peter Blood is an Irish physician living in England in the late 1600s When the Duke of Monmouth rebels against King James, Blood wants nothing to do with the rebellion, but when he treats some of the rebels for their injuries and is caught by the king s men, he s sentenced to be hanged by the infamous judge, Judge Jeffries His death sentence is commuted to a sentence of slavery in the sugar cane plant Captain Blood, scourge of the high seas Maybe 3.75 stars This is a tough one for me to rate Peter Blood is an Irish physician living in England in the late 1600s When the Duke of Monmouth rebels against King James, Blood wants nothing to do with the rebellion, but when he treats some of the rebels for their injuries and is caught by the king s men, he s sentenced to be hanged by the infamous judge, Judge Jeffries His death sentence is commuted to a sentence of slavery in the sugar cane plantations of the Caribbean Peter Blood is bought at a slave auction by Colonel William Bishop, a truly horrible man whose only good points are that he lets Blood practice medicine rather than slaving in the fields it makes Bishopmoney and that he has a beautiful niece, Arabella Peter Blood and Arabella get to know and like each other, but Blood knows that his position as a convict slave makes any relationship hopeless He and his buddies hatch a plan to escape, but when a Spanish force attacks the town, it might just be Blood s chance for somethingexciting and lucrative Captain Blood is a fine adventure novel, about a good man turned pirate due to mistreatment by King James, a hanging judge and ruthless slaveholders, but trying to keep his honor as much as possible Because lurrve and also because he s simply an honorable man Lots of sea battles and romantic drama here It reminded me a lot of The Scarlet Pimpernel, another old adventure romance novel, but withoceans and ships, fewer Frenchmen and guillotines, and rather better writing.My big problem with Captain Blood is that there s just so much unexamined racism here You have to take into account that this was written in 1922, but clearly Sabatini had a lotproblems with white men being enslaved than negroes he never questions the latter at all though granted, the novel is set in the 1600s , and the black characters are all completely stereotypical, mindless slaves, just background to the main story It made parts of the novel tough sledding for me You have to be able to give those parts a pass to really enjoy this novel.March 2020 buddy read with the Retro Reads group Many of you who ve read some of my reviews know that there is another Sabatini book that is a long time favorite of mine But while this one isn t my top all time favorite it s still excellentwell, it s Sabatini of course.Rafael Sabatini is one of the great adventure writers of all time though it s not all he wrote, it s what we re discussing here While the sea genre and the pirate genre in particular isn t one I routinely seek out there are books of this type I like immensely For insta Many of you who ve read some of my reviews know that there is another Sabatini book that is a long time favorite of mine But while this one isn t my top all time favorite it s still excellentwell, it s Sabatini of course.Rafael Sabatini is one of the great adventure writers of all time though it s not all he wrote, it s what we re discussing here While the sea genre and the pirate genre in particular isn t one I routinely seek out there are books of this type I like immensely For instance I m a huge fan of C S Forester s Horatio Hornblower books Here we re discussing Captain Blood, possibly the premier pirate novel The book was not at the time it was first written Sabatini s most popular though it did ride the success he was currently enjoying having been popular in Europe for a while and then being discovered by Americans The book is today possibly his best known work largely because of the 1935 Movie staring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland justly by the way This is one of those rare occasions when the movie comes close to doing the book justice The book is better, but the movie is good It follows the general story only collapsing one main plot point for time Today the movie still shows up regularly on Turner Classic Movies and is available to buy.I think it s fair here to say that I can t recommend this book too highly It s a good story told with a fairly solid historical background If you ve read Sabatini before you ll see some of the plot devices he likes to use, misunderstanding, judgmentalism backfiringdaring do.Really this book has, Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles okay no giants per se and no obvious miracles, but there are people murdered by pirates From the word go when Peter Blood is taken and wrongly condemned to the very final climax of the book it doesn t often slow down to take a breath You get to know the characters and the book is driven by both them and it s plot Peter may be a bit of an over achiever in the storybut hey doesn t the world need some over achievers So grab those flintlocks, strap on your sword, rapier or cutlas and pull on those swash top boots Time to open this book and be part of high adventure Enjoy This is definitely a book to read if a reader likes pirate swashbuckling novels The setting, characters, scenes, and dialogue took me back to the 17th century in a time of political turmoil and wild seas and locales where the wars between countries play out in a very personal matter And Peter Blood, the main character is one that claims your affection and doesn t let go I sometimes find reading on the Kindle a chore, but with this story, I got so sucked in, that before I knew it, it was endin This is definitely a book to read if a reader likes pirate swashbuckling novels The setting, characters, scenes, and dialogue took me back to the 17th century in a time of political turmoil and wild seas and locales where the wars between countries play out in a very personal matter And Peter Blood, the main character is one that claims your affection and doesn t let go I sometimes find reading on the Kindle a chore, but with this story, I got so sucked in, that before I knew it, it was ending And I had a smile on my face as I read the last sentence.Captain Blood is not a predictable read, at least for me I literally didn t know what was going to happen from one scene to the next I loved reading about Peter rely on his wits and face each obstacle with courage and determination, always working towards the end goal, even when it didn t seem in sight He is a charismatic character who kept me captivated, through his quick thinking, and his powerful manner of expressing himself Although Captain Blood is a pirate, he is very much a man of honor, for his profession He is, in my opinion, the preferred antihero One who doesn t let go of his sense of honor, even if it doesn t necessarily follow the established rules And because of that, I rooted for him.The one part that didn t sit right with me as I read, was how a distinction was made between Peter Blood and the English captives sold into slavery and the negro slaves As though they were too good to be slaves when the negroes weren t I realize that it was the ideas of race at the time, but that doesn t make it right Slavery to me is wrong, period It doesn t make itwrong when the enslaved is a white man versus a black man I wouldn t presume to call the author a racist I think he was painting a realistic picture for the times, and I can t fault him for it I personally find the idea of racial superiority offensive, and it can slap me in the face even in the context of a historical work Overall it was a pebble in my shoe as I read, but not so much I couldn t read the book Otherwise, I enjoyed this novel I ve always had a yen for pirate stories, and it s great to go back and read a classic in the genre Rafael Sabatini is an author who writes this type of story well, so I ll be back to readof his books Old School, feel good, swashbuckling derring do, performed with style and panache, and featuring a larger than lifer whose battle savvy and intrepidity are matched only by his integrity, his keen intellect, and his imperturbable grace Captain Peter Bloodis the MANand the myth, and the legend, and the whole kit and caboodle, and he deserves VIP seating within the inner sanctum of literature s most memorable heroic characters.No wonder Errol Flynn became a star playing this singular fig Old School, feel good, swashbuckling derring do, performed with style and panache, and featuring a larger than lifer whose battle savvy and intrepidity are matched only by his integrity, his keen intellect, and his imperturbable grace Captain Peter Bloodis the MANand the myth, and the legend, and the whole kit and caboodle, and he deserves VIP seating within the inner sanctum of literature s most memorable heroic characters.No wonder Errol Flynn became a star playing this singular figure He s everything the hero should be, and this novel is adventure as it was born to be done If you haven t read this, do so If you have read this, may I suggest a re read along while listening to the superb narration of Simon Vance, who performs the audio version to perfection PLOT SUMMARY Set in the 17th century, during the reign of James II, Peter Blood, Irish physician and former solider, is wrongfully convicted of treason for providing medical attention to a rebel combatant Kangaroo courted and sold into slavery, Blood quickly finds himself in Barbados as the property of the malicious Colonel Bishop From there follows hardshipsinjusticesangerseeds of romanceescapespiracybattles and strategy and tacticsblossoming romancebetrayalsbootyrevenge battlesfriendshipcourage battles andbetrayalsa reckoningand a final comeuppance that will have you whooping and fist pumping THOUGHTS I loved it and sprained my jaw from excess grinning at the pure joy wafting off the pages The writing is polished and absorbing and very clever Foregoing any hint of pretension or the use of overly ornate language, Sabatini simply goes about telling his story, and he tells it with skill, with wit, and with an eloquence at which you can not help but be impressed The man s storytelling is fluid and flawless In addition, the story itself is so wonderfully deployed The plotting is intricate and nuanced, yet remains inclusive and engaging throughout True, Sabatini s characters are somewhat married to their roles of white hats and black hats, but this is hardly a cause for criticism in this kind of tale, and even in this regard, there are moments of shading where splotches of gray appear And, of course, there is Captain Peter Blood An attention captivating, envy inducing, singular aggregation of that which is cool Sabatini never angers or disappoints the reader with Blood s decisions or actions Blood never plays the patsy simply because he s the good guy, he never makes you question his honor, he never makes you feel a twinge of uncertainty at the rightness of his cause He is the consummate hero 4.5 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION P.S A big thank you to Richard for insisting that I read this, and hammering the order home by rudely sending me a copy Well played, sir, you win this round ^FREE PDF ↚ Captain Blood ⇯ Short Description Peter Blood, an Irish physician and soldier in England in thes, 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 triumphantbut wait What s that Long Description Peter Blood, an Irish physician and former soldier is happily settled, in thes, 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 triumphantbut wait Is that The classic novel of adventure and romance, and one of Sabatini s best