“I know I've just swooned over these stories, but I really, really enjoyed them so much and this one didn't fail me. Find the painting while you read the book. It adds a lot to the story.”see full review » see other reviews »
“It is a good book, but kind of a let down from the previous two in the series. But a 'let down' Perez-Reverte is better than the best of 98% of all the authors out there. It is a let down because the book is relatively short on plot. The characters are in the army at a siege in what is now the Netherlands. It is less a 'story' and more just a description of what was going on. And this the author does in superior style. His prose invokes true feeling and moves the reader deeply. It is not just an account of war and comradery, but a true invocation of the horrors of war and closeness of friendship with those in the unit.”David the Librarian wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“e- Reverte is the Spanish equivalent of Cornwell, with appropriate color and culture”alcarun wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tercera parte de las aventuras del capitán Alatriste”Marco wrote this review Monday, January 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
El Sol de Breda co1998. 250pgs. Read October 2005
(battling in Flanders for the spanish empire)”
“I know I've just swooned over these stories, but I really, really enjoyed them so much and this one didn't fail me. Find the painting while you read the book. It adds a lot to the story. ”V- wrote this review Wednesday, December 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The 3rd installment in the Captain Alatriste series, covering the battle at Breda. As far as Captain Alatriste goes, it was a bit disappointing: none of the conspiracy, plots, duels of the first 2 books. It didn't feel like it added much to the story of Captain Alatriste. Plenty of the usual monologue about the greatness of the Spanish soldiers, honor, duty, etc., so the beginning is a bit slow. If you get through it, you'll be rewarded with description of some battle action and carnage mixed in with "first hand" descriptions of soldier's life in the trenches. And this is far from the grandeur of the Velasquez' painting.
All in all, I'm waiting for the next book.
“Excellent book-lots of action in this novel! I think what I like about this series as a whole are the fascinating glimpses into Spanish culture of the 17th century. ”Nighthawk wrote this review Thursday, February 19, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Me ha gustado más que ningún otro de Alatriste, de momento.
Supongo que lo que más me ha gustado han sido sus descripciones de las batallas de la época y de algunos personajes conocidos.
Además, creo que pasan menos cosas pero más interesantes. La sensación que me daban otros libros era que lo que me contaban no me estaba interesando demasiado.”
“Third in the series of books about Captain Alatriste, a seventeenth century mercenary swordsman. In this book, he rejoins the Spanish army in the war against the Netherlands and other "heretic" nations (this is, after all, during the time of the Spanish Inquisition). This is the best in the series so far.”Michele P wrote this review Monday, July 14, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No