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by Rafael Sabatini
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From Library Journal
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 additional adventures of swashbuckler Peter Blood in numerous sequels. A salty dose of high-seas adventure for all fiction collections, this is the most affordable edition currently available.
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The Colonial Radio Theatre's performance of Sabatini's historical adventure about an Irishman wrongly convicted of treason who escapes slavery into the life piratical is generally well served by sound effects (good explosions!) and music. The adaptation, however, is serviceable, if sometimes awkward. And the actors are not easy and natural in their roles, and a few are quite bad. Accents (which are constant) are a sore point: the British weak, the Spanish clichd, the French abysmal. Especially hard to listen to is the mannered and sepulchral narrator. This program deserves credit for effort and earnestness, and for some rousing moments, but mediocre acting, like Captain Blood himself, triumphs in the end. W.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
George MacDonald Fraser
One of the great unrecognized novels of the twentieth century, and as close as any modern writer has come to a prose epic.
A salty dose of high-seas adventure....First-class storytelling.
In 1685, Irish physician Peter Blood is happily settled in a small English town when the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth interrupts. After saving the life of a wounded nobleman who turns out to be a rebel, Blood is charged with treason and sentenced to ten years as an indentured slave in the Caribbean colonies.
On the islands, Blood is recognized for his knowledge as a physician, and thus he develops a romance with a young lady. But their attachment is ill-fated, as her father is the owner of Bloods servitude. When Spaniards attack the colony, Blood and his fellow convicts take advantage of their victory celebration to steal their ship, sailing off to become the boldest and most fearless pirates on the Spanish Main.
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