Monday, February 8, 2010

Pirate Latitudes – Book #3

| Title | Pirate Latitudes |
| Author | Michael Crichton |
| Genre | Adult Fiction |
| Pages | 312 |
| Publisher | HarperCollins |
| Copyright | 2009 |

Synopsis (from web-site)
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. . . .

Why I read It
Michael Crichton’s last book!

What I Thought About It
I really enjoy Crichton’s books, and when he is on there are few better. When he is off it is not because of quality, it is because it seems like he never fully threshed out the whole story. Unfortunately this book has that feel, but I think that was due to circumstances beyond his control. The story was solid and entertaining, very Pirates of the Caribbean feel to it, it just would have been nice if it had been several hundred pages longer.

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography

Michael Crichton was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Pirate Latitudes, published posthumously in November 2009, is a suspenseful adventure story set in the 17th century.
Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)


Lena said...

I have never read anything of his. But I like pirates...

TStevens said...

it is very piratey