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Captain Alatriste

Author: Perez-Reverte, Arturo Set In . . .
 Europe, Spain, Madrid
Genre: Historical Novel
Time Frame: 1600s
Published: 2005
Description: The first action-packed adventure in the internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series, with Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s most stunning creation to date. 

Captain Alatriste is a Spanish soldier who lives as a swordsman-for-hire in seventeenth-century Madrid. Needing gold to pay off his debts, Alatriste and another hired blade are paid to ambush two travelers, stage a robbery, and give the travelers a fright. “No blood,” they are told.

Then a mysterious stranger enters to clarify the job: he increases the pay, and tells Alatriste that, instead, he must murder the two travelers. When the attack unfolds, Alatriste realizes that these aren’t ordinary travelers, and what happens next is only the first in a riveting series of twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.

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