Synopses & Reviews
"With his chess-like plots and mysterious characters, Arturo Pérez-Reverte has established himself as the master of the intellectual thriller, a reputation again confirmed with The Nautical Chart.
Coy is a suspended sailor without a ship. At an auction in Barcelona, he meets a beautiful woman obsessed with the Dei Gloria, a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates in the seventeenth century. Tánger uses her considerable skills with men and her expertise with atlases and nautical maps to search for the ship's rumored lost treasure. Coy is quickly drawn into her search and finds himself falling in love as they seek their fortune together-or do they? This masterfully plotted novel combines richness of atmosphere with the addictive romance and mystery of the sea. It is an unforgettable adventure.
Internationally acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte was born in 1951 in Spain, where he lives. His bestselling books have been translated into nineteen languages in thirty countries and have sold millions of copies.
"[A] marvelous thriller....A classic of its genre, equal to the best of Eric Ambler
and Patrick O'Brian
and, beyond genre, not far below the levels and depths plumbed by Melville
themselves." Kirkus Reviews
"Adept as ever at mixing historical and contemporary material, Pérez-Reverte takes his genre-bending to another level...by merging the swashbuckling spirit of the best sea adventures with an introspective, philosophical meditation on the idea of navigation." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Pérez-Reverte has melded old-fashioned adventure with modern self-consciousness; he ends up with an utterly absorbing and unpredictable hard-boiled sea story. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly
"The Nautical Chart is a sea story told as a sailor might, off duty on the deck of his ship. With appreciation for character and detail....Like any good storyteller, writer or musician, Pérez-Reverte makes eye contact to be certain that he's got hold of you." Los Angeles Times
"Pérez-Reverte is too accomplished a novelist to write a truly dull book, and the underwater sequences that climax the story are masterfully done. But any sea adventure that is more than half over before it makes it to the sea has to be in some kind of trouble." Publishers Weekly
"The set-up is intriguing and the ending persuasively suspenseful, but in the middle stretches a long, becalmed section that dwells tediously on maritime detail and on Coy's endless seesawing as he considers whether to trust the obviously treacherous Tánger." Library Journal
"More of an intellectual's boyish fantasy than a mystery, Arturo Pérez-Reverte's ingenious novel...presents an attractive hero with a provocative proposal from an irresistible woman and then hands him a map guaranteed to get him lost." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"It's an irresistibly juicy set-up, and when Pérez-Reverte is really cooking he gets you high on his own hokum....Instead of immersing you in a world of adventure and romance, the facts that Pérez-Reverte keeps enumerating get in the way of the story, and the action sputters along." Charles Taylor, Newsday
Coy is a suspended sailor without a ship. At an auction in Barcelona, he meets a beautiful woman obsessed with the Dei Gloria
, a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates in the seventeenth century. Tánger uses her considerable skills with men and her expertise with atlases and nautical maps to search for the ship's rumored lost treasure. Coy is quickly drawn into the search, and finds himself falling in love as they seek their fortune together. Or do they?
Their journey becomes dangerous. Does the treasure really exist? Are there secrets dwelling in the depths of the sea? And what of the depths of the heart? This suspensefully plotted novel combines the richness of atmosphere we have come to expect from Arturo Pérez-Reverte with the addictive romance and mystery of the sea. A riveting read, it is an unforgettable adventure.
Coy is a sailor without a ship. Tánger Soto is a woman with an obsession to find the Dei Gloria, a ship sunk during the seventeenth century, and El Piloto is an old man with the sailboat on which all three set out to seek their fortune together. Or do they?
About the Author
Arturo Pérez-Reverte is an internationally acclaimed author whose books have been translated into nineteen languages in thirty countries and have sold more than three million copies worldwide. He was born in 1951 in Spain, where he still lives.
Table of Contents
I Lot 307 3
II The Trafalgar Showcase 33
III The Lost Ship 56
IV Latitude and Longitude 84
V Zero Meridian 119
VI Of Knights and Knaves 150
VII Ahab's Doubloon 179
VIII The Reckoning Point 204
IX Forecastle Women 236
X The Coast of the Corsairs 264
XI The Sargasso Sea 293
XII Southwest Quarter to South 326
XIII The Master Cartographer 358
XIV The Mystery of the Green Lobsters 389
XV The Devil's Irises 415
XVI The Graveyard of Ships With No Name 438