Peter Blood, a physician and an English gentleman, becomes a pirate after suffering a grave injustice. Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels—who were fighting the oppressive King James—Blood is enslaved on a Barbados plantation. He escapes to Tortuga and becomes the leader of a colony of buccaneers. This is a classic swashbuckler filled with swordplay and adventure.
Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950) was an Italian/English writer of novels of romance and adventure.
Glorious. . . . I never enjoyed a novel more than Captain Blood.
One of the great unrecognized novels of the twentieth century, and as close as any modern writer has come to a prose epic.