Friday, November 03, 2006

What I'm listening to..

I've been neglecting my audio book listening recently but I'm back in the swing of it with 'Captain Alatriste' by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

Synopsis: "In Madrid in the 1620s a man must live by his wits, and often by his sword. For this is a time when court intrigue is high, when the decadent young king has dragged the country into a series of disastrous wars, and citizens live in fear of the infamous Spanish Inquisition. In this political hotbed of hired assassins, court players, political moles, smugglers, and pirates, Captain Alatriste hires out his skills as a dashing swordsman with a mind as sharp as his blade. He is approached by two masked men to fake an attack on a pair of travellers who are stealing into Madrid in the dead of night. But things take a different turn when the Captain realises that this is no ordinary job, but is part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels..."

I am struggling a bit with the long Spanish names as there are a lot of characters. It might be set in 1620 but the bad language is C21st! You can listen to a sample at the Clipper website.


Anonymous said...

I bought the book the minute I heard Viggo was to be in the movie, but have not actually read it yet. Frank Wilson reviewed it in the Philly Inquirer, if you are interested in his review you could probably track it down via his blog Books, Inq.

Karen (Euro Crime) said...

Viggo as in Aragorn. Well he can do the sword thing. Worth seeing for that alone :-).