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The corsairs were looking for the Gold Fleet annual return with its holds full of treasure. This sets up the plot of the current episode in the ongoing saga of el Capitan, a swashbuckling thrill ride combining the classic style of Alexandre Dumas with the modern action tropes seen in The Dirty Dozen.
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The fabulous wealth coming from the colonies attracts around it predators from inside Spain and all over Europe, all trying to cheat the King and his accountants of his rightful share. The crooks have become so powerful that the King is forced to act secretly through soldiers of fortune in order to recover the gold and silver. Alatriste is tasked with gathering a band of the most dangerous criminals in Seville and executing a commando attack on a galleon carrying undeclared cargo.
The premise offers rich material for social commentary on the economic and social status in the early 17th century, portraying Spain as a victim of envious neighbors and of internal corruption: If one were to believe their chroniclers, we Spaniards made war and enslaved people purely out of pride, greed, and fanaticism, while those who murmured against us behind our backs, they, of course, plundered and trafficked and exterminated in the name of liberty, justice and progress.
But that, alas, is the way of the world. One is tempted think the way of the world hasn't changed all that much in the next four centuries. Most of the book is set in the city of Seville, with mentions of Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda, places I visited only last autumn and whose familiarity added an extra touch of interest to my reading. The Guadalquivir, The Torre de Orro, the Cathedral with its impressive moorish tower, the Jewish quarter and the Alcazar Reales with its extensive gardens are still the most celebrated landmarks in Seville, and Perez-Reverte is very succesful at integrating them into the story.
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As far as characters go, it was refreshing to meet several recurring personages: Angelica de Alquezar, Francisco de Quevedo, the Count of Guadalmedina, the eternal adversary, Gualterio Malatesta what a great name choice for the bad guy. They give a sense of continuity to the series and help in revealing different aspects of the personality of the main heroes, Alatriste and Inigo. If Alatriste is the focus, the rock around which the others gravitate like satelites, Inigo Balboa y Aguirre is the one who evolves most spectacularly from novel to novel.
English translation of 'apretar'
Here, at sixteen years of age, he is already a man who has killed in battle and has earned the right to wear sword and dagger and to be treated as an equal by the dons of the underworld. His passion for Angelica is as fierce as ever, as is her fiery temper and general unreliability, strongly reminding me of the relation between Pardaillan and Fausta in another popular swashbuckling series by Michel Zevaco. The author is using a clever trick with Inigo, who is narrating his chapters as an older man reminiscing about his youth.
The technique allows for insights and commentaries well beyond his actual life experience, and also provides some foreshadowing of events to come, wetting the reader's appetite for continuing with the series. Alatriste proves in this volume once again that he deserves to be the main character of the epic, a tragic figure of an intelligent man forced by society and necessity to become a killer: Silent, solitary, and selfish, oblivious of everything except the clear-sighted indifference of one who knows the narrow line that separates being alive from being dead, of one who kills in order to keep himself, too, in hot meals.
One who is reluctant to obey the rules of that strange game: the old ritual in which men like him have been immersed since the world began. Such things as hatred, passionate beliefs, and flags had nothing to do with it. It would doubtless have been more bearable if, instead of the bitter clarity that filled his every act and thought, Captain Alatriste had enjoyed the magnificent gifts of stupidity, fanaticism, or malice, because only the stupid, the fanatical, and the malicious live lives free from ghosts and from remorse.
Passages like this one make the series one of my favorites for historical fiction, together with Perez-Reverte compact style that packs quite a punch for such a slim volume. If I were to find something to grumble about, it would be the slightly bombastic patriotism and the not always smooth inclusions of period poetry into conversations. I'm also wishing the series were already finished and gathered into an omnibus edition like The Chronicles of Amber, because I believe a reader with a poor memory for details and character names like me would benefit from reading them in sequence.
Excellent yarn. The best so far in the series. Perez-Reverte's reveries on the soul of Spain, expressed in the observations of Inigo Balboa, are poignant and beautifully woven into the fabric of a story of greed and honor. And, of course, some graphic passages of sword-fighting.
A hidden bonus that emerges from immersing one's self in these stories is the subtle incorporation of certain expressions from the period into everyday speech. Now, when some f-stick cuts me off on I-4 at 80 mph, my Excellent yarn. Now, when some f-stick cuts me off on I-4 at 80 mph, my response to the affront is a more satisfying "By my troth!
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Shortly before N. Hardly the first in a series--it is, in fact, the fourth--I had heard about his books based around the character Captain Alatriste and figured I'd give it a go if I ever came across one. According the what I'd heard, they were pretty enjoyable, and had a great use of history. Perez-Reverte's series begins with Captain Alatriste and has proceeded through what I believe is seven novels, becoming an increasingly successful series based in the 17th Century to a backdrop of Spain's slow, crumbling power and corruption, and the rise of the British.
Without wanting to diminish the adventure aspect of The King's Gold, there is no doubt in my mind that the plot and, perhaps, yes, the characters, take a backseat to the recreation of historical Spain, a subject that Perez-Reverte has a fine and easy grasp of, and lets run in the background of his book like a wild, half mad behemoth that will, ultimately, be the death of all. It's fairly glorious, to be quite honest with you, and I am not going to lie that one of the big draws for me when I hunt down the earlier and later parts of this series, is that setting.
Narrated by Alatriste's squire, Inigo, Perez-Reverte grabs an old pulp style of narration, having the story told long after the fact by an older Inigo who constantly makes references to the fate of characters throughout the book--going so far as to tell the death of Alatriste himself within the first chapter, years later. It is the kind of narrative style that will not work for some people, but I like it, and I've always had a soft spot for that particular form--though I do think that Perez-Reverte lets it drop in places when he focuses on Alatriste away from Inigo.
They're good scenes, mind, and Alatrise is a much more interesting character than his squire--world wearied, cynical, hard and dangerous with his own strange loyalty to the King--it did break with some of the consistency with the novel, I thought.