Pirate Latitudes

Pirate Latitudes

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2009
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781554686612
155468661X
Branch Call Number: FIC Crich 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 312 p

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rfoster7
Jun 26, 2017

One of the weaker Chrichton novels. You can see why he put it in a drawer and chose not to release it... until his estate did. It feels half finished and seems to have been padded for length with some silly bits in the last third. But you see flashes of Chrichton's research and cleverness.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

I really enjoyed it, not his best novel. Quite graphic for a Crichton novel.

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di0nysus
Jul 21, 2015

Great read. Once the trip takes place it's hard to put down.

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Russ_A
May 28, 2015

This rollicking tale is chock full of blackguards, privateers, seamen, whores, villainous Spaniards, kraken, betrayal, hurricanes, cannibals, and more. The plot is strictly B movie, but it’s full of swashbuckling action. The squeamish reader need not apply, but the brutality and death, though prodigious in quantity, are relatively civilized by today’s standard. This novel was discovered among Crichton’s effects after his untimely death. It’s not among his best work, but it’s a fun read if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted and gory pirate story.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

A great rollicking ride of a book, Chrichton builds fantastical characters for a true piratical adventure. I'm very impressed with the amount of research he put into this book, yet it reads easily and smoothly. Definitely recommended for lovers of adventure, pirates, and/or historic novels!

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mgnyc
Jul 06, 2013

So much reminds me of Captain Jack Sparrow, of whom I am a fan.

A rollicking good read.

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Eternal6k
Jun 28, 2013

This book had all the required elements of a great Pirate/Privateer story. It was funny, exciting, and raw often all contained on a single page. Must read for M.C. fans

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SSHH
Jun 09, 2013

I enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. Agree with some of the previous comments. Yes it seemed not quite finished ( or maybe I just wanted more!) and some parts were a little rushed. Very violent and includes a few sex scenes but not pornographic in detail, so not suitable for younger readers. Intend to get my friend - who lives in Tunbridge Wells - to check out the graveyard!

Prospero_II Aug 24, 2012

Okay story with great action scenes but reads like a movie outline and not a complete novel. Could have been great read if he had put more of his creative genius into it.

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pjberry
Jul 24, 2012

I liked it. Not Crichton's best, but still very entertaining. I have a feeling that had this been published before his death it would have been more polished.

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