Pirate Latitudes

by Michael Crichton

September 21, 2011 | Hardcover

Pirate Latitudes is rated 2 out of 5 by 1.

Jamaica in 1665 is a rough outpost of the English crown, a minor colony holding out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, Jamaica′s capital, a cut-throat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses, is devoid of London′s luxuries; life here can end swiftly with dysentery or a dagger in your back. But for Captain Edward Hunter it is a life that can also lead to riches, if he abides by the island′s code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking. And law in the New World is made by those who take it into their hands.

Word in port is that the Spanish treasure galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is stalled in nearby Matanceros harbor awaiting repairs. Heavily fortified, the impregnable Spanish outpost is guarded by the blood-swiller Cazalla, a favorite commander of King Philip IV himself. With the governor′s backing, Hunter assembles a roughneck crew to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloody legends of Matanceros suggest, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he finds himself on the island′s shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry are all that stand between him and the treasure.

With the help of his cunning crew, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the deadly clutches of Cazalla, leaving plenty of carnage in his wake. But his troubles have just begun. . . .

Format: Hardcover

Published: September 21, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061929379

ISBN - 13: 9780061929373

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Incomplete I'm a big fan Crichton's, but this is not one of his best works. This novel is a prime example of the fact that sometimes there is a good reason why authors choose not to have their own creations published. Set during the golden age of privateering, the novel follows the adventures of Captain Charles Hunter as he attempts a daring raid of the fortified Spanish fortress of Matanceros. Pirate Latitudes has its moments - intense action sequences that often get resolved in unexpected ways. In addition, keeping true to his style, Crichton inserts many fascinating factual details about piracy in that era that often don't make it into other media about the subject. As such, the novel is at times both entertaining and educational. However, the elements that work are loosely hung on a plot that often meanders without purpose. Plot elements are introduced and then are never resolved. The overall story ends up feeling like a hodgepodge of vaguely-connected ideas that never come together as a coherent whole. So even though the book provides sporadic rewards to the reader, there is never any sense of closure. Unfortunately, this manuscript was better off sitting as an unpublished draft in Chriton's desk. I would only recommend this book to those who are serious about completing their Michael Crichton collection.
Date published: 2012-11-26

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Pirate Latitudes

by Michael Crichton

Format: Hardcover

Published: September 21, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061929379

ISBN - 13: 9780061929373

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Jamaica in 1665 is a rough outpost of the English crown, a minor colony holding out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, Jamaica′s capital, a cut-throat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses, is devoid of London′s luxuries; life here can end swiftly with dysentery or a dagger in your back. But for Captain Edward Hunter it is a life that can also lead to riches, if he abides by the island′s code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking. And law in the New World is made by those who take it into their hands.

Word in port is that the Spanish treasure galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is stalled in nearby Matanceros harbor awaiting repairs. Heavily fortified, the impregnable Spanish outpost is guarded by the blood-swiller Cazalla, a favorite commander of King Philip IV himself. With the governor′s backing, Hunter assembles a roughneck crew to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloody legends of Matanceros suggest, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he finds himself on the island′s shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry are all that stand between him and the treasure.

With the help of his cunning crew, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the deadly clutches of Cazalla, leaving plenty of carnage in his wake. But his troubles have just begun. . . .

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