When talking about Rafael Sabatini, most people think of high adventure, sword-fighting and damsels in distress. Sabatini's writing, usually functioning in a historic setting, explores political intrigue, religion, and the place of chivalry and honour, while entertaining with clever dialogue, deftly drawn characters and action sequences as vivid and thrilling as modern movies. In all, he produced thirty-one novels, eight short story collections, six nonfiction books, numerous uncollected short stories, and a play. Captain Blood was originally published in 1922. Sabatini was a proponent of basing historical fiction as closely as possible on history. Although Blood is a fictional character, much of the historical background of the novel is based on facts. Sabatini based the first part of the story of Blood on Henry Pitman, a surgeon who tended the wounded Monmouth rebels and was sentenced to death by Judge Jeffreys. For Peter Blood, scholar and doctor, the quest for justice is not an idle or abstract discussion. He is confronted with injustice of the most terrible kind: slavery. Peter Blood, after years of adventuring as a soldier, has now decided to retire and be a physician in the English countryside. Unfortunately, a rebellion breaks out in the area again King James. Blood wants nothing to do with the rebellion, but when a friend is wounded in the fighting, Blood feels it his duty as a physician to help the man… You can listen online to free English audiobook “Captain Blood” by Rafael Sabatini on our website.