Pirate Latitudes

by Michael Crichton

September 21, 2011 | Hardcover

Pirate Latitudes is rated 2 out of 5 by 1.

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Pirates Latitudes has the loot: Gore, sex, action….A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure.”
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“Riveting….Great entertainment….The pages and minutes fly by.”
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#1 New York Times bestselling author, the incomparable Michael Crichton (“One of the great storytellers of our age” —Newsday) takes to the high Caribbean seas for an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates, lost treasure, sword fights, duplicity, and hair-breadth escapes in the New World.<_o3a_p>

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 1.05 in

Published: September 21, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061929379

ISBN - 13: 9780061929373

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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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 Unfortunately, this manuscript was better off sitting as an unpublished draft in Chriton's desk.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

Pirate Latitudes

by Michael Crichton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 1.05 in

Published: September 21, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061929379

ISBN - 13: 9780061929373

From the Publisher

“Crichton’s ultimate adventure.”<_o3a_p>

San Francisco Chronicle<_o3a_p>

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Pirates Latitudes has the loot: Gore, sex, action….A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure.”
USA Today<_o3a_p>

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“Riveting….Great entertainment….The pages and minutes fly by.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer<_o3a_p>

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#1 New York Times bestselling author, the incomparable Michael Crichton (“One of the great storytellers of our age” —Newsday) takes to the high Caribbean seas for an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates, lost treasure, sword fights, duplicity, and hair-breadth escapes in the New World.<_o3a_p>

From the Jacket

“A lusty, rollicking seventeenth-century adventure. . . .History as entertainment.”—USA Today

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.

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

“Crichton’s great talent was writing books that were virtually impossible to put down. . . . Pirate Latitudes is no exception.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Crichton’s ultimate adventure.”—San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator ofER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crichton was well into the writing ofMicro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is the internationally bestselling author of eight books, includingThe Hot ZoneandThe Wild Trees. He is a regular contributor toThe New Yorker. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews

“The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero’s galleon.”