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The Nautical Chart (2000)

by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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At a maritime auction in Barcelona, Merchant Marine officer Manuel Coy sees an intense bidding war erupt over a seemingly innocuous 18th-century atlas. The auction winner is the beautiful Tnger Soto, who is obsessed with a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates in the 17th century. Joining forces, Tnger and Manuel hit the seas in search of Dei Gloria and its precious, yet unidentified, cargo.… (more)
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I do not know even after all these pages whether the translation sucks or the whole thing misses the mark ?

it feels like when you go to an elaborate dinner served by a drunk foodie couple whose overambitious menu features dishes with expensive and exotic ingredients that they just can't quite pull off while inebriated and interacting with their guests. Stuff comes to the table late, under or over-cooked. The dialogue is banal, and what should tickle the senses falls flat.

if you put a post-it over the author's name you might think Dan Brown and Clive Cussler's manuscripts got misfed in adjacent Xerox machines that spat out the pages and the people who came upon the papers scattered about published the stuff they picked up off the floor and shuffled back together. ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
Helped pass a dull daytime flight. Read a bit like a sub-Bond movie at times. Unreconstructed misogynist as anti-hero grated at times. ( )
  celerydog | Nov 3, 2017 |
ahi pérez, se anche tu ci abbandoni come faremo a tirare avanti. Il marinaio, l'amico generoso, la donna fatale...che palle!
  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
This is billed as an adventure but the action of the adventure starts towards the end. The writing is deeply descriptive in developing the absorbing characters and their situations. I know I would have enjoyed it more than I did if I had read it not needing action-adventure at the time. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Feb 28, 2017 |
The seafarin' adventure and noir combine in this tale of a melancholy sailor, an enigmatic blonde, a 200-year-old shipwreck, and a passel of bad guys who also want to find the ship. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
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Une carte marine est bien plus qu'un instrument indispensable pour aller d'un point à un autre ; c'est une gravure, une page d'histoire, parfois un roman d'aventures.
Jacques Dupuet, Marin
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We could call him Ishmael, but in truth his name is Coy.
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At a maritime auction in Barcelona, Merchant Marine officer Manuel Coy sees an intense bidding war erupt over a seemingly innocuous 18th-century atlas. The auction winner is the beautiful Tnger Soto, who is obsessed with a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates in the 17th century. Joining forces, Tnger and Manuel hit the seas in search of Dei Gloria and its precious, yet unidentified, cargo.

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