The Sea-Hawk

The Sea-Hawk

Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman who helped the English defeat the Spanish Armada, is betrayed by his ruth half-brother and seeks refuge in the Middle East, where he takes on a new role as a Barbary pirate.

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Despite these patterns, I've found that the three books I've read of him thus far have been very different from each other and enjoyable in different ways, and that their heroes, while sharing personality points, are characters that stand on their own without borrowing fromt he others.

But Lionel is afraid Oliver will break down and tell, so he has him kidnapped! AND THEN THEY ALL MEET UP AGAIN - Lionel, Oliver, and Rosamund.

Well, read the story and you shall understand what I mean. So much story within one book, so many things happened within one fourth of the book, and so many ups and downs altogether... He tends to his responsibilities well, he respect his love and honor equally. But he never once doubted her love for him, and hoped things will come around once again soon enough. From beginning to end it was an intriguing story.

Nach gefühlten eintausend Seiten streiche ich endgültig die Segel und gebe diesen Roman auf. Man muss nicht lange überlegen, ob es Sir Oliver am Ende gelingen wird, seine Rosamunde von seiner Liebe und Treue zu überzeugen.

I have a bit of a weakness for swashbuckling tales of adventure, and I think its fair to say that the greatest writer of such stories in the English language was Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950). The young Sir Oliver Tressilian certainly shares the family reputation, although in his case its a little unfair. The Godolophins are both neighbours and traditional enemies of the Tressilians and Rosamunds unstable brother Peter hates Sir Oliver with a passion. When Peter Godolphin is found dead of a sword thrust the general assumption is that Sir Oliver was his slayer. Particularly in light of the fact that Tressilian has in the past been involved in maritime adventures that the Spanish are inclined to regard as being simple piracy. Sir Oliver decides that being a Christian hasnt done him much good and is easily persuaded to adopt the Moslem faith. Sir Oliver Tressilian is now the famous Moslem corsair Sakr-el-Bahr, the Sea-Hawk.

I first came to Rafael Sabatini through his excellent 1922 pirate novel Captain Blood, and then read his fine 1921 swashbuckling tale, Scaramouche. Continuing this journey through Sabatini's novels, I've just completed his 1915 pirate intrigue, The Sea-Hawk. However, his injustice is of a much more personal nature, and his saga of piracy, love, and redemption doesn't take place in the Caribbean, as Blood's does, but along the Barbary Coast, where Sir Oliver becomes known as Sakr-el-Bahr, the Hawk of the Sea, a feared corsair and major political power in Algiers. Fans of Sabatini's other work will immediately take to it, as will fans of pirate fiction, historical fiction, political intrigue or stories that take place in exotic locations. The Sea-Hawk has helped cement Sabatini's place as one of my favorite authors.

However, the story is completely different from the Errol Flynn movie Sea-Hawk (1940).

Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English.

  • English

  • Historical

  • Rating: 4.05
  • Pages: 400
  • Publish Date: July 17th 2002 by W. W. Norton Company
  • Isbn10: 0393323315
  • Isbn13: 9780393323313