In this fourth instalment, Captain Alatriste becomes involved in a mission to save the King of Spain's gold... Swashbuckling adventure and high octane action.
The year is 1626 and a battle-weary Captain Alatriste and his companions sail home from the on-going war in Flanders. He returns to a Spain that is rotten to the core, as gold from the Americas floods into the port of Seville, brought by the country's infamous treasure fleet.
As various factions within the Court vie for supremacy, certain interests are creaming off undeclared profits from the galleons' cargo, thus depriving the royal treasury of its lifeblood. Indeed some of the booty is finding its way into the hands of the same rebel provinces Spain is fighting to suppress.
The King and his most trusted advisor, the Count-Duke Olivares, have become aware of one such plot and have decided to teach the perpetrator a lesson. Once more, they must call upon Captain Alatriste's blade in a dangerous adventure that will bring the captain face to face with his nemesis and with a ruthless man who has designs on the throne...
another swashbuckling thriller set in the turbulent 17th century - GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Arturo Perez-Reverte is one of the foremost living Spanish novelists. He began life as a reporter and has covered conflicts such as the wars in Eritrea, Sudan, Mozambique and the first Gulf War. But he is also an internationally bestselling author, best known outside Spain for books such as The Dumas Club, The Fencing Master and The Flanders Panel.