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Classic Adventure Stories: Swashbucklers

ISBN-13: 978-0-9815581-0-3
ISBN-10: 0-9815581-0-0 ..... $17.95

Violent, tumultuous times. Exotic locales. Evil, powerhungry villains. Beautiful women. Brash heroes with pistols and swords.

Sure sounds like a swashbuckling tale to me.

With the success of movies like The Mask of Zorro and the Pirates of the Caribbean series, swashbucklers have never been more popular than they are now. And Classic Adventure Stories: Swashbucklers brings together four novels that are standouts of the genre:

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883), the model by which all pirate stories and boy’s adventure novels are judged;
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1905), the original inspiration for modern costumed crimefighter characters (including the main character of our last novel);
  • Captain Blood by Raphael Sabatini (1922), possibly the most popular swashbuckler to feature an antihero—a hero driven into a life of crime by unfair circumstances, who seeks to maintain a code of honor while living a criminal’s life; and
  • The Curse of Capistrano (aka The Mark of Zorro) by Johnston McCulley (1919), which gave us the ever-popular Zorro, inspired the creation of Batman, and jumpstarted the adventure movie genre with the silent film The Mark of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, in 1920.

For more than a century, millions have thrilled to the stories in this book. So sharpen your cutlass, load your pistol, and prepare for some rollicking adventure as you journey through Classic Adventure Stories: Swashbucklers!

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