The Man In The Yellow Doublet : The Adventures of Captain Alatriste Paperback
Captain Alatriste returns in a swashbuckling tale of intrigue, romance and regicide.
Captain Alatriste's affair with the beautiful actress Maria de Castro is rankling not only his long-term mistress but also the King of Spain.
With loyal companion Inigo distracted by the affections of Angelica, Alatriste becomes embroiled in a series of tussles outside his lover's house.
Ambushed by arch-nemesis Malatesta, a skirmish ensues that leads to the death of Maria's other lover - the monarch himself.
But behind this tale of sexual jealousy lurks a darker truth.
As it becomes clear that both Alatriste and Inigo have been cunningly honey trapped - and that the dead man was an impostor.
With a puppet king waiting dutifully in the wings, Alatriste must use all his cunning and swordsmanly guile to prevent the murder of the real king - and his implication in a crime for which he has been perfectly framed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 04/02/2010
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780753826935
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Review by Joycepa
5th in the Captain Alatriste series, set in early 17th century Spain.In every installment of this very fine series, Perez-Reverte provides a plot to keep Alatriste and his (now) 16 year old protogé, Íñigo Blaboa, appropriately employed and busy. Suffice to say, that there’s plenty of violent action, very well writtten.But the real focus of the book is on the literary and theater life of early 17th century Spain. It was a rich, thriving, bursting-with-life scene. In fact, if you believe Íñigo, Shakespeare (contemporary in the era) wrote these silly little plays with absurd plots and dull characters! At the time the story takes place--1626--Cervantes has died a few years before, impoverished and scorned as a literary figure of no merit. The brightest star of the poetry (and therefore dramatic) firmament is Lope de Vega. A rising figure is Pedro Calderón, one of whose plays I saw about 10 years ago. A court favorite, who writes poetry for the king and plays for the queen, is Francisco de Quevedo, another historical literary figure who, along with a famous actress and her husband, figure prominently in the story. Pérez-Reverte works all of his obvious love for the literature of the era seamlessly into the book and the plot.At the end of the book, as in others in the series, there is a selection of poems from de Quevedo, Lope de Vega, and Luis de Góngora, another prominent poet and bitter, life-long rival of de Queveda. It’s either slicing a rival to pieces ( with not exactly delicate language) or else commenting with eyes open about love and life.Highly recommended.