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The king's gold by Arturo Perez-Reverte

By Arturo Perez-Reverte

From acclaimed and bestselling writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte comes the fourth event of Captain Alatriste, “the brooding, charismatic hero of his wildly profitable Spanish swashbuckling novels” (The manhattan Times). Arturo Pérez-Reverte has enthralled readers and critics worldwide together with his Captain Alatriste sequence. Having bought 4 and a part million copies up to now within the Spanish-speaking global, the sequence has made Pérez-Reverte a literary star and his fictional seventeenth-century mercenary a countrywide icon. The King’s Gold alternatives up in Seville, 1626. After serving with honor on the bloody siege of Breda, Captain Alatriste and his protégé, Inigo Balboa, have lower back: battle-weary, wanting money, and with few clients for sincere paintings. however the Spanish empire is as risky as ever, and it’s no longer lengthy ahead of Alatriste gets an fascinating provide of temporary employment. He and Inigo needs to recruit a dozen swordsmen and mercenaries for a dicy activity regarding a blinding quantity of contraband gold and a seriously guarded Spanish galleon coming back from the West Indies. The supply comes from the king himself, for at stake is not anything below the Spanish Crown, and its dominion over the wealth of the Americas. The seedy taverns, the teeming prisons of Seville, the sand dunes of Guadalquivir locate Alatriste, Inigo, and their motley band of cutthroats embarking on a brand new event, person who brings them amazing new alliances and dangerous encounters with previous enemies.

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You'll find out if you read our story. GARCILASO DE LA VEGA 1. THE HANGED MEN OF CADIZ The reason we are brought so low is that those who should honor us instead conspire against us. Once, it was enough merely to brandish the word "Spaniard" for all to tremble; now, for our sins, that reputation is almost lost. I closed the book and looked where everyone else was looking. After several hours without a breath of wind, the Jesus Nazareno was finally heading into the bay, driven by the westerly breeze now filling the creaking mainsail.

In contrast, what I remember most about that journey is the stink of dirt and sweat, the galleymaster's whistle marking time, the labored breathing of the galley slaves, and the clink of their chains as the oars entered and left the water with rhythmic precision, driving the galley forward against the current. The galleymaster, sub-galleymaster, and constable walked up and down the gangway, keeping a watchful eye on their parishioners, and every now and then the whip would come down hard on the bare back of some idler and weave him a doublet of lashes.

There were no further incidents apart from the discomforts of the voyage itself, and if we discount the three days of storm halfway between Ireland and Cape Finisterre, which flung us about belowdecks and had us all saying our Paternosters and our Ave Marias--indeed, before it could be resecured, a loose cannon rammed several men against the bulkhead, crushing them like bedbugs--leaving the galleon San Lorenzo so much the worse for wear that in the end she limped off to seek shelter at Vigo. Then came the alarming news that the English were once again attacking Cadiz, something we learned only in Lisbon.

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