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Black Bartlemy's Treasure

Jeffery Farnol

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . of these staples and the ivy, until at last my fingers grasped the stone sill of a window; and now, the lattice being open, I contrived (albeit it with much ado) to clamber into the room. It was a fair-sized chamber, and the moonlight, falling athwart the floor, lit upon a great carven bed brave with tapestried hangings. Just now the silken curtains were up-drawn and upon the bed I saw a bundle of garments all ribands, laces and the like, the which, of themselves, gave me sudden pause. From these my gaze wandered to where, against the panelling, hung a goodly rapier complete with girdle and slings, its silver hilt, its guards and curling quillons bright in the moonbeams. So came I and, reaching it down, drew it from the scabbard and saw the blade very bright as it had been well cared for. And graven on the forte of the blade was the Conisby blazon and the legend:


Now as I stood watching the moonbeams play up and down the long b. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I'd never heard about this book before I was researching writing a pirate book of my own. It was super, though a little long in the romance. I enjoyed the visualization, the "everything I wanted in a pirate story" aspects, as well as great pirate-y dialogue.

This is one of these deals where the hero basically just needs to get his head out of his ass. Comparable to Sabatini in that sense, except that with Sabatini it's the heroine. I was looking forward to this because, hey, Farnol, pirates, how do you go wrong. Farnol has written stuff that's more f...more

From BBC radio 4 Extra:
Jeffrey Farnol's swashbuckling tale of piracy, love and death on a desert island.

Bettie's Books

Originally published on my blog here in May 1998.

Swashbuckling would not have been the same without Jeffery Farnol. He wrote many books in the spirit of the Errol Flynn films of the twenties; this one and its sequel, Martin Conisby's Vengeance, are typical, though among his best. These are the so...more

"The Frenchman beside me had been dead since dawn. His scarred and shackled body swayed limply back and forth with every sweep of the great oar as we, his less fortunate bench-fellows, tugged and strained to keep time to the stroke."

Mr. Farnol brings back the pirate days of the Spanish Main in t...more

4 1/2 for Martin Conisby's be moaning his lot. Could have been a 5

Martin Conisby is more animal than human. For the last five years he has been chained to the rowing bench of a galley ship. The hot sun baked his brains till his every waking and dreaming thought was bent on getting revenge. For a...more

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