From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease-or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it. Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure. . . .Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.
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1 . Nice and dynamic pirate story... no more, no less
Posted September 02, 2010 by Arnaud , Rixensart, BELike a clean car without polish.... this book is nicely written but miss some finishing work as well as a more developed story and characters. Crichton just sketched the book and you feel that immediately if you already read him. I had the funny impression to read a comics which is far from being a bad experience. In the same genre " Master & Commander" by P. O'Brian stay de reference... Nice post mortem shot though Mr Crichton !!!
2 . Don't see all the excitement
Posted August 15, 2010 by Don't see the excitement , Fountain ValleyI'm sorry, I might have missed it. I was expecting something a little bit less predictable. Definitely not one of his best, I half expected Capt Jack Sparrow to make an appearance. The Spanish are evil, the pirates have honor and morals, the woman are all cheap and easy. That about sums it up.
3 . A Bittersweet Goodbye
Posted May 31, 2010 by Streets , Hometown IdahoI really liked the fact that I got to read one last novel from what now seems like an old friend. Have read Crichton so many years it almost felt like I knew him. Alas, did not.
This seemed like a fresh new direction, but did not enjoy as much I had had hoped.
Events just kind of happened, and it seemed their was know real purpose or direction to this motely cast of characters.
Glad I read it, just hoped for a bigger send off from the author I loved to read!
4 . Very nice read
Posted May 12, 2010 by Mark , Toronto, OntarioThough relatively short at about 250 pages, the book is filled with action and adenture with quite a few twists in the plot that had me surprised. Definitely on par with Crichton's other works such as Jurassic Park or Lost World. Highly reccomended. This is the last book that Michael Crichton completed before his untimely death in 2008, but it shows that he went out with style as proven by the book.
5 . Great Read
Posted April 16, 2010 by dsmb , CollegevilleThe book held my interest from the begining to the end. Situations in the book were not the normal predictable situations. Loved every minute of it.
6 . Fun Book
Posted March 29, 2010 by Patrick , Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaVery fun to read. Great at the beach, or to just get away for a few hours of swashbuckling fun. Highly recommend.
7 . Great
Posted March 25, 2010 by MT , JacksonvilleThis was an action packed book that hooked me from the very start.
8 . Just a good book
Posted March 14, 2010 by Hudd , CaliAnd what's wrong with that, right? It's a pretty evenly paced read with pirates as the topic. What more could you ask for? It was entertaining and the characters were fun to hang with for a day or so. Not the typical Crichton, but I think that's part of the charm.
9 . A Decent Read
Posted March 03, 2010 by Raif , VirginiaWhen you read other projects by Michael Crichton you come to have great expectations. This book talks about the amount of research and work done on this volume that had somehow been found on a file (computer?) after Michael's passing. It is a different book than expected from Crichton, moves along rather well with only an occasional soggy segment or two. I enjoyed the book and later had a copy of the audio book which I enjoyed as well. Some have surmised the ending, or parts of the book, were written by someone other than Crichton because of the differing methods to his previous works. This makes sense, save for the fact that the entire subject is different for this author, so it may only be a chance of all things that are being noted. It's not the typical Crichton book, nor his best, it is definitely a solid 'pirate era' type book with good characters and nice flow. A definite four, only missing a five because of the sluggish areas. I would recommend this book. It is also a very easy read, so it does not take long to get through it.
10 . Swashbuckling Fun
Posted March 01, 2010 by Jeremy , RiverbankPirate fantasy, escapism at its best. Great characterization with the honest, popular, smart, and creative Captain Charles Hunter and the shrewd, common-sense diplomacy of the Governor, Sir James Almont. Much better entertainment than the 2nd and 3rd Disney Pirate movies. Highly recommended for those who like adventure and just a good, fun pirate story.
November 24, 2009
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