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What branch of fiction combines romance, travel, history, and fun? Swashbuckling adventure! OK, don't look at us like that. What good is having a Twenty-First Century, and all it entails, if you can't have a good romp through the previous ones?

So we're doing a line of fiction by masters of Adventure. We start with Rafael Sabatini, the acknowledged 20th-Century master of the genre. If you're already sold on adventure fiction in e-books, you can buy them directly from our many retailers: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Kobo, Barnes & Noble.


Six "Lost" Sabatini Adventures Collected for the First Time

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The King of England is Dead! Murdered by a treasonous Parliament, beheaded and buried in a desecrated grave. His son, the rightful King Charles II, is a fugitive, living in exile in Scotland surrounded only by his closest friends and retainers. One of these is Lionel Faversham, loyal Cavalier and swordsman, handsome and elegant, the toast of what passes for society among the dour Scottish Presbyterians and the court-in-exile. His adventures, escapades, and his greatest romance make up the six stories of this book. Out of print for more than eighty years, and never before collected in book form, the "Lal" stories form the second of our new e-book editions of "unknown" Sabatini stories. Edited, and with an introduction by, Sabatini scholar Jesse F. Knight. Classic adventures, of the kind that only Sabatini could write. Be with Lal on his joyful return, as a desperate nation begs its King to come home and reign; follow Lal as he defeats his enemies and exposes the treacheries that endanger the King; as he wins, and then loses, and now finally comes to happiness with the great love of his life. 96 pages; file size 376 kB [PDF]On sale now!

Long Before Dot-Com, There Was the South Sea Bubble

In The Lion's Skin, a man is raised in France from infancy to destroy his true father; for his father deserted and abandoned his mother and left him to die. Now he's in England for the first time, carrying a message that will suck Lord Ostermore into a doomed conspiracy to throw out the King of England and replace him with the Stewart Pretender. But now he meets and challenges his brother, and meets and falls desperately in love with his father's ward. The King's spies can't find the evidence that will put him in prison; but he finds himself entranced, and entrapped, and finally on the point of death. And now things really get complex.

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One of Rafael Sabatini's Most Famous Books

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Possibly the best-known of Sabatini's novels is Captain Blood, a classic pirate tale of a gentleman physician of England, unjustly accused of treason in Monmouth's Rebellion against King James II, and sent to the Caribbean as an indentured slave to a plantation owner. Blood is strong and defiant, and a raid by a Spanish warship gives him chance of escape, and a new career as the most-feared pirate of the Spanish Main. But he cannot forget his desire for the niece of the man who held him slave, and she haunts him through his triumphs over the Spanish, the French...and the English! Part of our cultural heritage; read the book and see why.

He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad

Scaramouche is the story of a man born on the wrong side of the blanket, fugitive from the King's justice, star of traveling players, and the finest swordsman in all of France. Scaramouche, who without believing in Egalité helps to incite the French Revolution and then has to deal with the consequences. Scaramouche, who is tormented by a love for a woman who will not have him, and a hatred for a vile noble whose fate is linked to his in mysterious ways. In Scaramouche, Sabatini gave us an unforgettable character, and the archetype of the loyal adventurer who can incite a revolution but must live always with part of himself missing. Inscribed on Sabatini's gravestone is this sentence, the opening line of the novel that made him famous: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad."

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A new story collection by Rafael Sabatini

Available right now: the first time these stories have ever been available to the the mass market. The Outlaws of Falkensteig contains seven stories about, well, the Outlaws of the Falkensteig mountain region, in a fabulous 17th-Century Germany that lives only in our imagination. And what an imagination Sabatini gave us to play with! Kings and courtiers, bad men and captains of the guard; fops and swordfighters and rustic innkeepers; and women who love, and threaten our hero and save his life, drive him to the edge of destruction and bring him true happiness. We haven't even mentioned the plot twists that turn the world inside out, and the secret information that the reader is privy to—or maybe not!

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Sabatini scholar Jesse F. Knight has written an introduction that places these stories in Sabatini's oeuvre, and Karen Schaffer has created a cover based on one of the original magazine illustrations hand-colored in the style of an engraving of the period. This book is a Hidden Knowledge exclusive, and is not available in any other electronic format.

Classic Sabatini novels now available in high-quality e-book formats

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A little-known gem by Sabatini is Bardelys the Magnificent. Bardelys "the Magnificent," brilliant but erratic courtier to the great King Louis XIII of France, wagers that he can win the hand of the beautiful but reluctant Roxalanne of Lavédan. But he has reckoned without the confusions of the Orléanist rebellion, and a case of mistaken identity that furthers his romantic mission seems destined to make him fodder for the Hangman. Danger, excitement, swordplay, romantic interludes—you name it, this book has it. The 1926 silent film [now, incredibly, lost forever!] starred John Gilbert and Eleanor Boardman in no-holds-barred performances. [It was also notable for having included the first credited part for John Wayne.]

One of his most famous books: The Sea-Hawk—which you can sometimes catch on the movie channels in the famous cinema version starring Errol Flynn. Sir Oliver Tressilian is betrayed by his brother and sold into slavery, and spurned by the woman he loves. Escaping the slavers, he becomes the leader of the Barbary pirates of Algiers. Now is the time for his revenge; a stunning raid on the Cornish coast yields not only his brother, but his ex-fiancée.... A must-read!

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Love-at-Arms is an exuberant romp through love and war, heroism and treachery in late 15th-Century Italy. A strong and noble Count must save the Prince's beautiful niece from the unwanted attentions of a loathsome Duke and a treacherous courtier. As the Duke's armies lay siege to the impregnable castle, which must survive on supplies of much wine and little powder, the count turns the tables on his enemies. You'll see why Sabatini is considered the all-time greatest writer of historical adventure.

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OK, enough of this here; let's go buckle some swash!

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Adventure page created 31 July 2005; latest update 2 April 2019