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The Sun over Breda: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, Book 3 (Captain Alatriste #03)

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte has enthralled readers and critics around the globe with his Captain Alatriste series. Having sold four and a half million copies to date in the Spanish-speaking world, the series has made Pérez-Reverte a literary superstar and his fictional seventeenth-century mercenary a national icon. And the appeal of Pérez-Reverte's adventurer and his exploits continues to grow, as evidenced by the extraordinary reception for the first two translated volumes in the series — Captain Alatriste and Purity of Blood.

And now, in The Sun over Breda, Pérez-Reverte continues his thrilling chronicle of the swordsman-for-hire, as Captain Alatriste takes up his blade and rejoins his elite Cartagena regiment as they take part in the battles and siege of Breda. Fifteen-year-old Íñigo Balboa enlists to serve as his master's aide, and narrates their further adventures of swordplay and skirmishes, of mutiny and wartime honor. And, back in Spain, Alatriste's nemesis Luis de Alquezar grows more powerful, as Íñigo's mysterious friend Angelica hints at some plans upon his return.

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"A former war correspondent, Spanish novelist Pérez-Reverte continues his internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series with a third translated volume (following Purity of Blood), every bit as terse and engaging as previous books. Diego Alatriste, a 17th-century mercenary and wily veteran of campaigns from Italy to Flanders, is part of the army of Spanish King Philip IV — a defender of the Catholic faith — that's trying to suppress the Calvinist heretics of the Low Countries. Narrated is retrospect by Íñigo Balboa, who at the time of the action was Alatriste's 14-year-old page, this installment focuses on the Spaniards' siege of the fortified rebel city of Breda. As the stalemate drags on, the battle becomes less 'a matter of military interest to Spain but, rather, one of reputation.' Its power and influence in decline, Spain's lingering hopes to avoid another embarrassing setback in Flanders rest with stoic warriors like Alatriste. The action is fast, furious, and sanguinary, and Pérez-Reverte grimly recreates the universal madness and desperation of combat. He also captures the tedium and misery that is the common soldier's everyday fate and the zealotry with which Christians — Catholic and Protestant alike — once massacred each other. Factually sound and vividly imagined, this latest incarnation of Captain Alatriste will cheer old fans and win new ones." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A rousing escapade narrated by Alatriste's teenage page." The Washington Post Book World

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"[A] tale of violent action and courage under fire engaging enough to have flowed from the pen of another Dumas....[T]here's some delightful metafictional misdirection in a pair of sly appendices. Don't miss the exciting conclusions." Kirkus Reviews

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"[Alatriste] has astonishing courage and resilience that make the heroism in these books so compelling....Mr. Pérez-Reverte's latest cliffhanger promises a return to more intimate plotting." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"[A] lively, riveting tale....It is splendid....This is a terrific, heart-pounding, accurately described landscape of battle in which we're immersed in brightly detailed, often lyrical prose." Providence Journal

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"Pérez-Reverte plods through the Spaniards' battles with all the excitement of a History Channel special, tossing in standard-issue whizzing musket balls and uninspired dialogue ('A man knows when the end has come. That man knew'). (Grade: C)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"This is very much a blow-by-blow account of battle....Not all readers will find it as engaging as the first two books in the series, though it's intriguing to see this battle from the Spanish perspective, and Pérez-Reverte is faultless in his portrayal of war as hell." Library Journal

Review:

"For all its rigorous authenticity, and lack of narrative surprise, The Sun Over Breda is no arcane, little-known exercise in military history....[J]ust as Velázquez painted himself into his own work as an observer at Breda, so one can visualize Pérez-Reverte writing himself into the character of a portrayer of warfare." The Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Pérez-Reverte continues his thrilling chronicle of a swordsman-for-hire, as Captain Alatriste takes up his blade and rejoins his elite Cartagena regiment as they take part in the battles and siege of Breda.

Synopsis:

Acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Revertes internationally bestselling series, the saga of the swordsman-for-hire Captain Alatriste, continues in The Sun Over Breda. Fifteen-year-old Iñigo Balboa enlists to serve as his masters aide, and narrates their further adventures of swordplay and skirmishes, mutiny and wartime honor, as Captain Alatriste rejoins his Cartagena regiment to take part in the battles and siege of Breda. In Spain, Alatristes nemesis, Luis de Alquézar, grows more powerful, as Iñigos mysterious friend Angélica hints at some plans upon his return. Once again the exploits of the seventeenth-century mercenary will thrill and delight the legions of readers eager to cheer a hero for the ages.

About the Author

Arturo Pérez-Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war journalist, he now writes fiction full-time. His novels The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Fencing Master, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, and The Queen of the South have been translated into twenty-nine languages and published in more than fifty countries. In 2003, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

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carusod22, October 21, 2008 (view all comments by carusod22)
El sol de Breda is what they commonly define as an “action-book”. The spanish siege of the town of Breda in 1625 is epically told in first person by the youngest soldier of the troop. A very simple plot is counterbalanced with beautiful and enthralling descriptions of battles, duels and ambushes. The course of events is made precious with many various quotes from poets of that age. This expedient, as much the detailed realism, contibute to make the third episode of Capitàn Alatriste’s saga not only a pure-entertainment novel but also a historical novel abounding in real anecdots. “Honor” is the book’s dominant topic, but the author treats this theme without making the story boring or unworthfully rethoric.
Daniele Caruso, Firenze, 2008
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399153839
Author:
Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Publisher:
Plume
Author:
Perez-Riverte, Arturo
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Captain Alatriste
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.56x5.84x1.06 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A former war correspondent, Spanish novelist Pérez-Reverte continues his internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series with a third translated volume (following Purity of Blood), every bit as terse and engaging as previous books. Diego Alatriste, a 17th-century mercenary and wily veteran of campaigns from Italy to Flanders, is part of the army of Spanish King Philip IV — a defender of the Catholic faith — that's trying to suppress the Calvinist heretics of the Low Countries. Narrated is retrospect by Íñigo Balboa, who at the time of the action was Alatriste's 14-year-old page, this installment focuses on the Spaniards' siege of the fortified rebel city of Breda. As the stalemate drags on, the battle becomes less 'a matter of military interest to Spain but, rather, one of reputation.' Its power and influence in decline, Spain's lingering hopes to avoid another embarrassing setback in Flanders rest with stoic warriors like Alatriste. The action is fast, furious, and sanguinary, and Pérez-Reverte grimly recreates the universal madness and desperation of combat. He also captures the tedium and misery that is the common soldier's everyday fate and the zealotry with which Christians — Catholic and Protestant alike — once massacred each other. Factually sound and vividly imagined, this latest incarnation of Captain Alatriste will cheer old fans and win new ones." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A rousing escapade narrated by Alatriste's teenage page."
"Review" by , "[A] tale of violent action and courage under fire engaging enough to have flowed from the pen of another Dumas....[T]here's some delightful metafictional misdirection in a pair of sly appendices. Don't miss the exciting conclusions."
"Review" by , "[Alatriste] has astonishing courage and resilience that make the heroism in these books so compelling....Mr. Pérez-Reverte's latest cliffhanger promises a return to more intimate plotting."
"Review" by , "[A] lively, riveting tale....It is splendid....This is a terrific, heart-pounding, accurately described landscape of battle in which we're immersed in brightly detailed, often lyrical prose."
"Review" by , "Pérez-Reverte plods through the Spaniards' battles with all the excitement of a History Channel special, tossing in standard-issue whizzing musket balls and uninspired dialogue ('A man knows when the end has come. That man knew'). (Grade: C)"
"Review" by , "This is very much a blow-by-blow account of battle....Not all readers will find it as engaging as the first two books in the series, though it's intriguing to see this battle from the Spanish perspective, and Pérez-Reverte is faultless in his portrayal of war as hell."
"Review" by , "For all its rigorous authenticity, and lack of narrative surprise, The Sun Over Breda is no arcane, little-known exercise in military history....[J]ust as Velázquez painted himself into his own work as an observer at Breda, so one can visualize Pérez-Reverte writing himself into the character of a portrayer of warfare."
"Synopsis" by , Pérez-Reverte continues his thrilling chronicle of a swordsman-for-hire, as Captain Alatriste takes up his blade and rejoins his elite Cartagena regiment as they take part in the battles and siege of Breda.
"Synopsis" by ,
Acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Revertes internationally bestselling series, the saga of the swordsman-for-hire Captain Alatriste, continues in The Sun Over Breda. Fifteen-year-old Iñigo Balboa enlists to serve as his masters aide, and narrates their further adventures of swordplay and skirmishes, mutiny and wartime honor, as Captain Alatriste rejoins his Cartagena regiment to take part in the battles and siege of Breda. In Spain, Alatristes nemesis, Luis de Alquézar, grows more powerful, as Iñigos mysterious friend Angélica hints at some plans upon his return. Once again the exploits of the seventeenth-century mercenary will thrill and delight the legions of readers eager to cheer a hero for the ages.

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