The sixth book in Arturo Pérez-Reverte's Alatriste series continues the adventures of the "Spanish musketeers". After having found themselves in a position at the end of the previous installment of the series where they deem it best to stay away from Spain for a while, Alatriste and his companions travel to Naples and take part in some very exciting sea adventures.
Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers is one of those novels that everyone sees as a must-read – or if they are not readers, then they have seen at least one film version of this classic tale. But when it comes to the two sequels in the d’Artagnan Romances, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, even most readers are relatively unaware of them. I’ve previously written about the two first novels, and they are the ones I was familiar with from the past as well. The third novel in the series is a new experience for me, although I’ve seen parts of it turned into movies before – The Man in the Iron Mask, that is.
There are many authors writing about the Age of Sail, but most of them concentrate their attention to the 18th century. The master of the Age of Sail genre is naturally Patrick O'Brian who brings alive the friendship between Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in a way that has been never-before-seen in Literature. The only failing of the novels from my perspective is that they are set in the wrong century.