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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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Tags:USA, Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense

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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (2009)

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This book was a book club pick and seemed a bit rushed or unfinished. It seems Mr. Crichton had been working on this thing since the 70's and never got around to publishing it. That's probably because he never really put the finishing touches on it. It lacks any real surprises or twists. It's entertaining in a sort of swashbuckling adventure novel sort of way. Crichton was clearly a fan of historical naval trivia. He inserts a great deal of it throughout the book and I found it enjoyable. But some of the chapters felt like synopses that he never gotten around to finishing. Its a bit sad to read really. The family probably should have left this one alone and just treasured it as a family keepsake. ( )
  BenjaminHahn | Mar 27, 2017 |
THere is a plot and some memorable characters, but too much of the book reads like the manuscript it was and not a finished work. Several major scenes seem to be missing, and major plot points are introduced unexpectedly only to disappear again forever. Worth a read for Pirate fans and Crichton enthusiasts but all in all a poor novel that tarnishes his reputation in print as much as it would have tantalizingly enhanced it were it still a lost book. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
I really liked this but the part where they are fighting the kraken was just really stupid and should have been cut.Other than that if you want a quick read where you will be entertained and you won't have to engage your brain then this is the ideal book. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Review: Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton.

This book delivers everything a reader would want out of a pirate story. The setting takes place in 1655 in and around Port Royal, Jamaica. It’s well organized, interesting, and gives fairly accurate historical portrayal of 17th century pirates, even as far as the violent lives they lead. The story brings new characters and news of events that lead to adventure, destruction, romance and mystery on the high seas of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. I thought there were plenty of interesting, intimidating, and charming personalities among the characters as diverse as privateers, politicians, prostitutes, transvestites, and executioners, etc…

The main character, Charles Hunter, a crafty rugged privateer who graduated from Harvard in Massachusetts Bay Colony was hired by the colony’s governor to capture a Spanish treasure galleon that was floating in the fortified harbor of Matanceros. As Hunter manifested a strong crew that he thought were trustworthy, began his long journey across the high seas. His thoughts and plans where explained to his crew after they were well on their way not knowing but estimating some devious, self-serving agendas might take place from the lower class crew members. Hunter was a smart man and his adventure to capture this ship was beyond what anyone would expect. He knew he couldn’t make his way into the harbor because it was so well guarded so he, three other men and one women named Whisper were going to attempt an attack on foot by scaling a tall treacherous vertical rock wall from the back side of the fortress while his crew went with the ship and waited a few days to sail around and pick them up in the harbor where the Spanish ship was docked.

The story proved that Crighton did his research well. He developed compelling characters involved in interesting situations, an enticing plot, and using his skills building suspense and crafting actions of adventure with the twisted curse dialogue of pirates. There were many scenarios throughout this high sea voyage that keeps the reader interested to the end. They battled with another large ship, they meet up with cannibals, they saved a fair lady that was held captive, and they battle the stormy weather of the high seas. However, was the treasure what they expected…? It was a long voyage back for Hunter and his crew and a great surprise awaited them as they entered the harbor with the Spanish Ship. The story did not end there…….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
A fast paced, swashbuckling adventure set in the 17th Century Caribbean. A real page turner. ( )
  thejohnsmith | May 30, 2016 |
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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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Sir James Almont, appointed by His Majesty Charles II Governor of Jamaica, was habitually an early riser.
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The woman obviously thought he was a barbarian—or, worse, a Puritan. He smiled in the darkness at the thought. In fact, Hunter was an educated man.
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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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