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!Download Book ⚖ The Sea-Hawk ♸ Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman who helped the English defeat the Spanish Armada, is betrayed by his ruthless half brother and seeks refuge in the Middle East, where he takes on a new role as a Barbary pirate I first came to Rafael Sabatini through his excellent 1922 pirate novel Captain Blood, and then read his fine 1921 swashbuckling tale, Scaramouche Continuing this journey through Sabatini s novels, I ve just completed his 1915 pirate intrigue, The Sea Hawk The Sea Hawk doesn t disappoint, living up exceedingly well to the high standards of Sabatini s other novels It s got everything adventure, drama, romance, and exotic locales There are some elements that echo Sabatini s other stories, bu I first came to Rafael Sabatini through his excellent 1922 pirate novel Captain Blood, and then read his fine 1921 swashbuckling tale, Scaramouche Continuing this journey through Sabatini s novels, I ve just completed his 1915 pirate intrigue, The Sea Hawk The Sea Hawk doesn t disappoint, living up exceedingly well to the high standards of Sabatini s other novels It s got everything adventure, drama, romance, and exotic locales There are some elements that echo Sabatini s other stories, but they re used with a new spin and combined in different ways, so it still seems fresh, and the setting helps with that a great deal as well.Our hero, Sir Oliver Tressilian, lives in England in the late 16th century under the cloud of his deceased father s bad reputation Like Peter Blood, the titular Captain Blood, he is victim of a great injustice, finds himself enslaved, gains freedom, and becomes a pirate, all while having a complicated relationship with a woman whose political background is a challenge However, his injustice is of a muchpersonal nature, and his saga of piracy, love, and redemption doesn t take place in the Caribbean, as Blood s does, but along the Barbary Coast, where Sir Oliver becomes known as Sakr el Bahr, the Hawk of the Sea, a feared corsair and major political power in Algiers.The setting and the political intrigue are what really stand out for me with The Sea Hawk There are countless tales about piracy in the Caribbean, but the Barbary Coast pirates are often forgotten, despite their effectiveness Seeing Sir Oliver plunged into the Muslim world of Algiers is fascinating This is Sabatini at his historical fiction finest He really immerses you in the culture, the religion, and both the glamour and unpleasant realities of the time and place It s not just window dressing, either, as important facets of the religion and culture play crucial roles in the plot There s also some excellent political scheming, as Sakr el Bahr is a favorite of the Basha of Algiers, and his conniving wife and jealous son try every trick in the book to turn them against each other Oh, and the romance Yeah, that gets caught up in all of this as well.I listened to Tantor s 2001 production of The Sea Hawk, read by John Bolen The audio quality was a bit rough, but I believe that s likely a result of the library s e audio book over compression, as I haven t noticed it with other Tantor productions As for Bolen himself, he does excellent work with character voices, but his general narration is oddly a bit flat Overall, he s perfectly capable I did find myself wishing that Simon Vance who also records as Robert Whitfield had recorded The Sea Hawk, though, as I ve enjoyed his narration on Sabatini s Captain Blood and Scaramouche immensely The unabridged recording runs approximately eleven hours.I highly recommend The Sea Hawk Fans of Sabatini s other work will immediately take to it, as will fans of pirate fiction, historical fiction, political intrigue or stories that take place in exotic locations The Sea Hawk has helped cement Sabatini s place as one of my favorite authors Sometimes roots of all evil lies within mankind, equally as a species I won t say anything but that, because I try to respect both men and women equally, but Well, read the story and you shall understand what I mean The Sea Hawk, indeed, was a epic saga So much story within one book, so many things happened within one fourth of the book, and so many ups and downs altogether all made me captive with awe A story told so long ago, yet it remains to be one of its kind Thus The Sea Haw Sometimes roots of all evil lies within mankind, equally as a species I won t say anything but that, because I try to respect both men and women equally, but Well, read the story and you shall understand what I mean The Sea Hawk, indeed, was a epic saga So much story within one book, so many things happened within one fourth of the book, and so many ups and downs altogether all made me captive with awe A story told so long ago, yet it remains to be one of its kind Thus The Sea Hawk is considered as a classic, independent of time and land It starts with Oliver, a nobleman, good guy He tends to his responsibilities well, he respect his love and honor equally So when love of his life, Rosamund, ignored her, he felt sad and weak But he never once doubted her love for him, and hoped things will come around once again soon enough Then conspiracy happens and things go south From then on, it was one non stop ride of tragic events towards the end From beginning to end it was an intriguing story I remained to the edges for each turn of event took place Felt sad many times, was afraid of the future that threatened the main protagonist And talking about evil deeds Oh man there were plenty I just kept my fingers crossed and hoped for the best until the end It was a clever storyline, which I am sure author crafted with complete outline before attempting to write There were many loose strings which gets tied up together nicely enough.There were pirates, attacks, love, hate, friendship, loyalty, conspiracy, tragedy, and muchThis is a story that has the power to keep you entrained, time and time again I read a translated version, and to describe in one word, it was a Flawless work I have a bit of a weakness for swashbuckling tales of adventure, and I think it s fair to say that the greatest writer of such stories in the English language was Rafael Sabatini 1875 1950 And The Sea Hawk, originally published in 1915, is generally regarded as one of his finest works.Sabatini was born in Italy His mother was English and from the age of seventeen he made his home in England All his books were written in English.Like his evenfamous Captain Blood which came out in 192 I have a bit of a weakness for swashbuckling tales of adventure, and I think it s fair to say that the greatest writer of such stories in the English language was Rafael Sabatini 1875 1950 And The Sea Hawk, originally published in 1915, is generally regarded as one of his finest works.Sabatini was born in Italy His mother was English and from the age of seventeen he made his home in England All his books were written in English.Like his evenfamous Captain Blood which came out in 1922 The Sea Hawk is the story of a reluctant pirate The Tressilian family has a reputation for hot tempers and for morals that could charitably be described as relaxed The young Sir Oliver Tressilian certainly shares the family reputation, although in his case it s a little unfair He is aware of his tendency to anger quickly and he is trying to curb that weakness He has an incentive to do so He is in love with Rosamund Goldolphin The Godolophins are both neighbours and traditional enemies of the Tressilians and Rosamund s unstable brother Peter hates Sir Oliver with a passion Sir Oliver is determined not to be provoked by the impetuous youth He has sworn to Rosamund that Peter will never meet with harm from him His good intentions are to no avail When Peter Godolphin is found dead of a sword thrust the general assumption is that Sir Oliver was his slayer Even Rosamund believes this He is in fact innocent, but is trapped between family loyalty and self interest and is unable to convince her that he is guiltless And his troubles have only just begun He is treacherously kidnapped and finds himself at sea, and worse soon follows The ship is taken by the Spaniards, and this being the late 16th century, the age of Queen Elizabeth, being taken by the Spaniards is very bad news indeed Particularly in light of the fact that Tressilian has in the past been involved in maritime adventures that the Spanish are inclined to regard as being simple piracy.Tressilian is sentenced to the galleys, but help comes from an unlikely quarter His galley is captured by Moslem corsairs Sir Oliver decides that being a Christian hasn t done him much good and is easily persuaded to adopt the Moslem faith This proves to be a very good move Like many another Christian renegade he adapts quickly to life as a Barbary corsair and within a few years is the right hand man to the Basha of Algiers Sir Oliver Tressilian is now the famous Moslem corsair Sakr el Bahr, the Sea Hawk Piracy is a profession for which he has a true gift.He believes he has shaken off his past, but it will come back to haunt him in unexpected ways and he will face some very difficult choices.And of course he will have many adventures on the way.Sir Oliver is a wonderful larger than life character He is a flawed hero, or perhaps an heroic villain, but either way he s entertaining and likeable He is in fact a classic swashbuckling hero but with a dark side.Sabatini tells his colourful tale with a great deal of flair The plot is quite intricate and although it relies rather a lot on coincidence this is one of the conventions of this type of fiction The lives of heroes are guided by fate, after all.Immense fun, highly recommended Buddy read with Bettie, Hayes and Wanda.Page 75 Sakr el Bahr, the hawk of the sea, the scourge of the Mediterranean and the terror of Christian Spain lay prone on the heights of Cape Spartel.This is the story of Oliver Tressilian who became a corsair since he was wrongly accused by this own brother of the murder of Master Peter Godolphin He then became a Barbary pirate after have spent a long time a galley slave Lady Rosamund Godolphin, his girlfriend, didn t trust him at the first time an Buddy read with Bettie, Hayes and Wanda.Page 75 Sakr el Bahr, the hawk of the sea, the scourge of the Mediterranean and the terror of Christian Spain lay prone on the heights of Cape Spartel.This is the story of Oliver Tressilian who became a corsair since he was wrongly accused by this own brother of the murder of Master Peter Godolphin He then became a Barbary pirate after have spent a long time a galley slave Lady Rosamund Godolphin, his girlfriend, didn t trust him at the first time and believed at his treasonous brother But their lives will cross again and the truth shall prevail.The original movie Sea Hawk 1924 was based on this book However, the story is completely different from the Errol Flynn movie Sea Hawk 1940 Having already read two of Sabatini s previous works, Captain Blood and Scaramouche, this book was enjoyable but really predictable view spoiler its hero is a falsely condemned man who becomes a slave, then a captain who must engage in a constant war of wits against his own supposed allies and eventually overcome empires to win his one true love recycled plot of Captain Blood hide spoiler , aside from the interesting influence of having part if the novel set in a predominately Muslim co Having already read two of Sabatini s previous works, Captain Blood and Scaramouche, this book was enjoyable but really predictable view spoiler its hero is a falsely condemned man who becomes a slave, then a captain who must engage in a constant war of wits against his own supposed allies and eventually overcome empires to win his one true love recycled plot of Captain Blood hide spoiler , aside from the interesting influence of having part if the novel set in a predominately Muslim country view spoiler and the hero not converting back to Christianity at the end hide spoiler Tis a wonder that one so cunning could have a brother so stupid In the end this book has an original star point for Oliver s character that is, for his wit, his intelligence and cunning, pretty great character building.One point for a natural ish plot, it didn t seem forced to me, and there was no other way clear to me that could have spared the characters the grief.One point for the other stupid characters that were there to compensate for Oliver In faith, if not for that Harry, I would ha Tis a wonder that one so cunning could have a brother so stupid In the end this book has an original star point for Oliver s character that is, for his wit, his intelligence and cunning, pretty great character building.One point for a natural ish plot, it didn t seem forced to me, and there was no other way clear to me that could have spared the characters the grief.One point for the other stupid characters that were there to compensate for Oliver In faith, if not for that Harry, I would have given up hope, even Rosamund There is a pride next to a natural evil that is the like of her brother s that bade her think a man beneath her and condemn him and his last attempt to reach out.Onepoint because this book deserves a 4 and I m lazy Rafael Sabatini is fast becoming one of my favorite authors The Sea Hawk is the 2nd book I ve read of his and it s already one of my favorite books of all time I look forward to reading manyof his work Sabatini seems so far to have a pattern to his writing His stories stop when the hero has his happy ending and justice has been delivered to his villains, i.e., actual scumbags for whom there is very little sympathy from the reader In all three books, there is also the woman who misunderstands the hero, the side villain that redeems himself, and the fool of a side character that makes life hard for the hero The hero is sardonic, honorable, stoic, steadfast, and faces adversity with a barbed t Sabatini seems so far to have a pattern to his writing His stories stop when the hero has his happy ending and justice has been delivered to his villains, i.e., actual scumbags for whom there is very little sympathy from the reader In all three books, there is also the woman who misunderstands the hero, the side villain that redeems himself, and the fool of a side character that makes life hard for the hero The hero is sardonic, honorable, stoic, steadfast, and faces adversity with a barbed tongue, dignity, and cunning resourcefulness Despite these patterns, I ve found that the three books I ve read of him thus far have been very different from each other and enjoyable in different ways, and that their heroes, while sharing personality points, are characters that stand on their own without borrowing fromt he others Even knowing that it will be a good ending doesn t stop me from getting caught up in the tension of the Sea Hawk, for example, and the emotions expounded on by the narrator You just want to know how the story will unfurl, how Oliver will dodge the bullet, and so on and so forth I think I could read Sabatini forever, hahaha It s been quite a while since I saw the Errol Flynn movie that I remember very little beyond the galley slaves rowing and Erich Wolfgang Korngold s memorable score, but I would be willing to bet on my fleeting memory that the film was considerably different than this book, and that s not a bad thing The film is enjoyable for its time, but the book stands strong as an adventure The idea of Christian Englishman with a sordid past being abducted and finding his way to becoming a Muslim pirate leg It s been quite a while since I saw the Errol Flynn movie that I remember very little beyond the galley slaves rowing and Erich Wolfgang Korngold s memorable score, but I would be willing to bet on my fleeting memory that the film was considerably different than this book, and that s not a bad thing The film is enjoyable for its time, but the book stands strong as an adventure The idea of Christian Englishman with a sordid past being abducted and finding his way to becoming a Muslim pirate legend seems like a radical plot for its time There are many intense scenes throughout, and I don t just mean action When he gets to prove his innocence to his former fiancee who believed the accusations that he was a murderer, while reconciliation is certainly to be expected in a novel of this type and time, it does not come easily In fact, the venom spoken between the two is cold and biting A bit melodramatic in places, but not nearly as much as I was expecting This was an excellent adventure novel