Pirate Latitudes

Michael Crichton

Pirate Latitudes

Jamaica, in 1665 a lone outpost of British power amid Spanish waters in the sunbaked Caribbean. Its capital, Port Royal, a cuthroat town of taverns, grog shops and bawdy houses -- the last place imaginable from which to launch an unthinkable attack on a nearby Spanish stronghold. Yet that is exactly what renowned privateer Captain Charles Hunter plans to do, with the connivance of Charles II's ruling governor, Sir James Almont. The target is Matanceros, guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, and considered impregnable with its gun emplacements and sheer cliffs. Hunter's crew of buccaneers must battle not only the Spanish fleet but other deadly perils -- raging hurricanes, cannibal tribes, even sea monsters. But if his ragtag crew succeeds, they will make not only history ... but a fortune in gold. 2.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Pirate Latitudes

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Classification Fiction
Genre Historical Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Hardback
Pages 320
RRP £18.99
Date of Publication November 2009
ISBN 978-0007329083
Publisher Harper Collins
 

Jamaica, in 1665 a lone outpost of British power amid Spanish waters in the sunbaked Caribbean. Its capital, Port Royal, a cuthroat town of taverns, grog shops and bawdy houses -- the last place imaginable from which to launch an unthinkable attack on a nearby Spanish stronghold. Yet that is exactly what renowned privateer Captain Charles Hunter plans to do, with the connivance of Charles II's ruling governor, Sir James Almont. The target is Matanceros, guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, and considered impregnable with its gun emplacements and sheer cliffs. Hunter's crew of buccaneers must battle not only the Spanish fleet but other deadly perils -- raging hurricanes, cannibal tribes, even sea monsters. But if his ragtag crew succeeds, they will make not only history ... but a fortune in gold.

Reviews

The Washington Post

Ron Charles

This hilariously exciting book already reads like a film treatment, jumping from one cinematic, doom-filled episode to the next as it cuts its bloody way through the encyclopedia of piracy from "Ahoy" to "Yo-ho-ho."... The only distraction from these rip-roaring pages is fantasizing about which Hollywood pinup will traipse around deck in her underwear delivering lines like, "What will you vagabonds have with me? I presume I am in the clutches of pirates."

25/11/2009

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The Los Angeles Times

Tim Rutten

...if you're on an airplane for a flight of several hours and not in a particularly demanding mood, "Pirate Latitudes" would be a reasonably agreeable companion... A reader will want to be sufficiently undemanding so as not to mind the fact that potentially interesting characters simply vanish from the narrative and there's a good bit of repetition. Similarly, meticulous research always was a hallmark of Crichton's better books, but it's not in evidence here.

26/11/2009

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The New York Times

Janet Maslin

With a bold leading man who sounds like Indiana Jones crossed with Errol Flynn, “Pirate Latitudes” offers more swagger than suspense and more atmosphere than story... 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.

22/11/2009

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The Sunday Times

John Dugdale

Although the late Michael Crichton sometimes tried his hand at historical thrillers, it’s still a surprise that his first posthumous novel is an able but unremarkable tale of 17th-century piracy... Was it designed to woo Pirates of the Caribbean fans, or a bottom-drawer effort penned long before the films?

22/11/2009

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