16 April 2007

Book Banter -- The Sun over Breda

Title: The Sun over Breda (Captain Alatriste, book 3)
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte
Length: 253 pages
Genre: historical fiction
Plot Basics: Sometimes soldier-sometimes mercenary Captain Diego Alatriste is back with his page and the story's narrator, Inigo Balboa, under the employ of Spain, fighting against the Dutch in the Eighty Years' War. Inigo recounts the life of the campaign, Alatriste's involvement in several key raids against the Dutch and the toil of the siege at Breda.
Banter Points: The writing is good in this book as in the first two of the Captain Alatriste series. Also, it's nice to have a writer not overly glorify warfare. The reader gets a clear picture of how hard life was as a soldier during the early 1600s. Though the series is named for Alatriste, the reader gets a lot in this book of how 15-year-old Inigo is changed by going to war.
Bummer Points: Unlike the first two Alatriste books that had more intrigue and swash-buckling, this one is largely about war. The story is more violent and more bloody.
Word Nerd recommendation: Not the best book so far in the Captain Alatriste series, but worthwhile if you enjoy the first two, Captain Alatriste and Purity of Blood.

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