The fourth installment of Arturo Perez-Reverte's Captain Alatriste series, "The King's Gold," is my favorite in the series as of this review. "The King's Gold" sees Captain Diego Alatriste and his ward Inigo Balboa caught up in a plot to recover gold stolen en route from the Americas to Seville, Spain. The book starts up right on the heels of the third book "the Sun over Breda," and sees the Alatriste and Balboa returning home from a long military campaign, rather than returning to Madrid, where the first two books were set, the pair travel to Seville. Perez-Reverte does a superb job of capturing the historical essence of the Golden Age of Spain, recreating a time and place very distant from ours in a believable and lively manner. In this way Perez-Reverte seems to be finding his feet, as these descriptions are becoming more streamlined than in the last three books. "The King's Gold" also returns to the series swashbuckling roots, there is a great deal of action in this book. The action is grabbing and holds the reader. I look forward to reading the next book in the installment.