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Pirate latitudes : a novel (edition 2009)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:Pirate latitudes : a novel
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:New York : Harper, c2009.
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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

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Great solid Pirate book! It has everything you want for an adventure genre. I haven't read Crichton in years and it makes me want to pick up another one of his in the near future. He puts quite a bit into making the story live and breath with so many details. I recommend this as a beach book read... one that goes quickly but won't disappoint. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
Sicuramente non è il miglior libro sui pirati e nemmeno il miglior libro di Chrichton, ma la storia scorre abbastanza bene. La pecca è che in alcune parti si nota la mancanza di una rilettura (il libro è stato pubblicato postumo) che lo avrebbe senz'altro migliorato (es. non si capisce bene cosa c'entri il kraken...) Resta comunque una buona lettura sotto l'ombrellone (nel mio caso) ( )
  cecca | Jul 28, 2014 |
Very easy reading, but in the end, the novel is just "meh". The plot is extremely simple, almost predictable, and at the same time, it manages to throw in the mix every pirates novel cliche.
I don't think Pirate Latitudes would have been published had Crichton been alive. At least not in the way it was published. I've read (and enjoyed!) several Crichton novels, and this is by far the weakest, at all levels.
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  chaghi | Jun 1, 2014 |
excellent ( )
1 vote jsopcich | May 19, 2014 |
Oh, how I hate pirates! I hate them nearly as much as I hate ninjas! Why, you ask? Well, because everyone else likes them, that's why. HOWEVER, real pirates are fascinating. Not the silly kind with peg legs, dumb clothes, parrots and ridiculous intonations like "Arrrrrgh, matey." The kind that were hired as privateers, went rogue, raided trade ships and lived like kings for a short while...then died of scurvy.

In this particular fiction (Quiet, you! They're real pirates, I swear!) Captain Hunter is commissioned by the governor of Port Royal to attack a small fort that is rumored to be holding a fortune. The fort is though to be impenetrable, however, and it is guarded by a soldier known for his ruthlessness. It is up to Hunter to use his instincts and cunning to sack the fort, claim the treasure, and sail his way safely home with it. As you might imagine, however, things don't go as smoothly as he would like.

It's a pretty standard pirate adventure story, but done in a way that doesn't annoy me like most pirate stories. At first it seemed quite a bit different than the average Crichton novel, but I don't really think it's as far-fetched as it might seem at first. Crichton wrote a number of novels that fit into the adventure genre, such as Jurassic Park and Congo, and though this lacks the science fiction aspect that typically quantifies his novels, it's not such a stretch of the imagination that he may have written something like this.

The book does, as one might expect, feel a bit incomplete. Pirate Latitudes was published posthumously from a manuscript, and though the story is complete many parts of them feel rushed and lacking in detail. I can see why the book hadn't been published, it definitely needed a bit more fleshing out and refining. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading it, and was happily NOT annoyed by it, so hurray for that. ( )
2 vote Ape | Dec 9, 2013 |
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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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