Captain Blood Unabridged
Rafael Sabatini struggled for years as a writer before striking it big with his fabulous historical fiction stories. His breakthrough came with "Scaramouche" in 1921. Immediately following this novel was "Captain Blood." These two books alone sealed Sabatini's success with an audience hungry for adventure tales. Sabatini's fictional endeavors fed an increasing appetite amongst low level industrial workers for stories that placed the little guy against the vested interests (in this case, a wronged man turns pirate and fighting back against upper class nobles and landowners), but the story works just as well as an adventure story.