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The Sea Hawk

Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950)

1. 01 Preface and The Huckster
2. 02 Rosamund
3. 03 The Forge
4. 04 The Intervener
5. 05 The Buckler
6. 06 Jason Leigh
7. 07 Trepanned
8. 08 The Spaniard
9. 09 The Captive
10. 10 The Renegade
11. 11 Homeward Bound
12. 12 The Raid
13. 13 The Lion of the Faith
14. 14 The Convert
15. 15 Marzak-ben-Asad
16. 16 Mother and Son
17. 17 Competitors
18. 18 The Slave Market
19. 19 The Truth
20. 20 The Subtlety of Fenzileh
21. 21 In the Sight of Allah
22. 22 The Sign
23. 23 The Voyage
24. 24 The Pannier
25. 25 The Dupe
26. 26 Sheik Mat
27. 27 The Mutineers
28. 28 The Messenger
29. 29 Moriturus
30. 30 The Surrender
31. 31 The Heathen Creed
32. 32 The Judges
33. 33 The Advocate
34. 34 The Judgment

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First published in 1915, The Sea Hawk follows the adventures of its protagonist Sir Oliver Tressilian, as he is unjustly betrayed and left to the mercy of others by his selfish brother, who seeks only to save his own skin no matter the cost. Exploring various themes including betrayal, vengeance, sacrifice, injustice, and tormented love, the novel successfully demonstrate Sabatini’s exceptional flair for adventure. Set in the late 16th century, the tale begins with the introduction of Sir Oliver Tressilian, a wealthy gentleman who lives together with his brother Lionel, haunted by his family’s bad-tempered reputation. Aware of his irascible nature, Sir Oliver is adamant in controlling the unpleasant characteristic in order to prove himself worthy in the eyes of his love, Rosamund Goldolphin. However, the Tressilians and Godolphins have a history of mutual contempt, and this is enough reason for Rosamund’s reckless brother Peter to detest his sister’s betrothed. Making no attempt to hide his dislike, Peter insults Sir Oliver in the company of several nobles, but Sir Oliver is determined to keep his promise to Rosamund that no harm will come to Peter from him, and so dismisses the issue. Subsequently, Peter is found dead as a result of a fatal duel, incidentally occurring without any witnesses, between himself and Lionel over a woman they were both involved with. Considering his previous public humiliation, all fingers are pointed at Sir Oliver as the murderer. Swayed by family loyalty, he chooses not to reveal his brother’s guilt, and is instead shunned by society and Rosamund, while Lionel does not do much to redeem his brother’s reputation either. To make matters even worse, Sir Oliver is not only framed for murder and spurned by his fiancée, but his scheming brother further arranges to have him kidnapped, and sold as a slave in Barbary. Betrayed by those he values most, Sir Oliver becomes engulfed by hate and is guided solely by his thirst for revenge, which in turn results in his complete transformation. Needless to say, Sabatini offers a swashbuckling novel that is guaranteed to mesmerize its audience with it copious supply of thrilling adventure, action, excitement, romance, melodrama, and exotic locations. Furthermore, Sabatini offers an intricate plot, a vibrant set of characters, and historical elements that classifies The Sea Hawk as a gripping tale and an indisputable page-turner.



- Seahawk

I loved this story. The readers are excellent, and despite its length, kept me fully engaged.

Sherry Hoover

- Seahawk

LOVED this story! I thought the readers did a good job - the story was intricate and insightful of another era - with action and romance to keep it interesting!


- The Sea Hawk

A ripping yarn about a noble hearted man forced by into circumstances. Even a Pirate has a code of conduct. I'm not sure the Duet worked between male and female but once you get use to it and into the story it is worthwhile.


- Sea Hawk

No Daniel was right. I would like to here the whole story but the readers, especially the female voices sound like they are reading to preschoolers. I will look for another reading of this. Sorry.


- The Sea Hawk

Daniel must have had bad speakers, it was great, good story and a wonderful reading.


- Good story

Two excellent readers! Thank you for a great effort.


- Bad recording

This reader is so bad, I could not listen to it.