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Pirate Latitudes: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:Pirate Latitudes: A Novel
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Harper (2009), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (2009)

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Here's what I think happened: Michael Crichton thought it would be fun to write about pirates. So he did a lot of research and wrote the book around that. Indeed, probably the biggest positive of this book is that it's researched very well. In the end, he must've realized the story didn't hold up, so maybe he tucked it away to work on later. In a nutshell, it felt very realistic (except for the kraken parts) but was very slow story-wise. But I'm still glad I read it. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
This was enjoyable fast-paced reading. Charles Hunter, a pirate, who is based at the colony of Jamaica is planning and undertaking a theft from the Spanish crown in the Caribbean. Therefore he is looking for the most skilled men who are coming along with him. He is making an unorthodox approach to get to his target.
The story is written very gripping and I could laugh out loud at the different incidents which have taken place during this endeavour. ( )
  Ameise1 | Apr 25, 2015 |
Pirate Latitudes is a fictional story published after the death of Michael Crichton. The book is written in a way that till the end it feels like a real story. The Plot is based in the 17th century Jamaica. And involves a complex political situation where Piracy and Privateering are words for the same act but with quite different consequences. The main Character Captain Hunter embarks on a mission that is considered impossible. There are problems at every step of his plan. But the treasure that they will have if it is successful is worth it. The interesting thing about this expedition is that Hunter took a very small crew and almost no supplies to attack a Fort with a ruthless General. Something that had been tried once before with complete failure. There are a lot of characters who play an important role in this book. There are also a lot of twists and turns. However the book fails to create the kind of suspense Michael Crichton books usually have.

Read more: http://www.thewhatsupguy.in/2011/11/Pirate-Latitudes-Adventure-Of-Caribbean-Pira... ( )
  sougat818 | Apr 25, 2015 |
I'm reading this because pirates, but I will note that it still doesn't come near the shores of the POTC movies. The verdict is still out on the POTC novel though; that's next in line to read. ( )
  AnigL | Mar 23, 2015 |
2 1/2 stars for this one; my least favorite of Michael Crichton's so far. Impeccably researched as usual, but I just don't think historical fiction suits his style as well as the science fiction does. ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
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Not surprisingly, Crichton’s book is at least halfway to being a film: indeed, it is more interesting to read as an extended film treatment than as a book in its own right. It is in effect the "novelization" of an (as yet) unmade film, leaving language as the temporary incarnation of a work intended for the eye rather than the page.
Crichton’s devoted readers knew how taut and exciting his books could be and how much fascinating minutiae he could deliver. They won’t mistake “Pirate Latitudes” for one of his best. Its posthumous publication is bittersweet, and no amount of “Smart there with the jib!” talk can disguise that. The Crichton reputation and legacy are based on works far heartier than this.
It may make a dandy movie but, as a novel, it's forgettable, and then some.
When it comes to sharp, slick techno-thrillers that you can polish off on a flight to Chicago, there's never been anybody better. But a hackneyed historical novel filled with bosomy maidens and blustery old navy dialogue (''Mizzen top blown!'') is not what Crichton should be remembered for. This is one chestful of doubloons that should have been left hidden in the sand.
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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. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer the ship, 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 gets to shore, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure.
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The Caribbean, 1665. Pirate captain Charles Hunter, with backing from a powerful ally, assembles a crew of ruffians to take the Spanish galleon, "El Trinidad," guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself.

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