I have read many of Michael Crichton's books. This was not one of his best, but it sure was up there with the others, really kept my interest. The second half of the book was very good. I am very happen with this book.
I enjoyed this story of the affable Captain Hunter and his rag-tag group of privateers. Although the action in this tale may have been piled on a little too thick, I still found this to be a very entertaining story. I won't get into the debate over whether or not Crichton actually wrote this and I won't call it Crichton at his best. But it sure made the commute go quickly!
The genius of Crichton is not as evident in this book as all his others (all of which I've read). Did he really write all of this? Parts are suspect. But a fun story.
I'm an avid listener with over 1000 books in my library. I have a job that requires me to travel about 1000 miles per week.
Sometimes it is nice to just go on a good adventure and this was exactly what I needed. The characters were good and the description of Jamaica and other colonies almost put you there.
I really loved this book. I listened to this while I was driving and it was very engaging. The whole story was so vivid with lots of good gore. I have listened to a lot of Micheal's books and I have loved them all - well OK Next was not great but I really did enjoy it. This book really was well done and the story is so engaging. I really think anyone would love this story if you like Pirates!!
An excellent book with an interesting epilogue, seems like some of it was based in fact. One chapter was dissappointingly...far-fetched with respect to an encounter with a sea-monster, but then again the sailors of the time commonly reported such things. Never-the-less, it was a brilliant story that kept me totally into it throughout.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Crichton writes stories. Often, as in Jurassic Park, a Crichton novel might be two stories with a barely concealed seam (Part One: The Science Mystery, Part Two: The Action Adventure Tale). It is his strength and weakness... Unfortunately in Pirate Latitudes the short stories just keep on coming, each sloppily grafted onto the last. I'm guessing they were sitting on his desk when he died and an editor tried to conceal the seams. OOOPS... bad job.
BUT... each story is fun, reasonably well researched, and better than a lot of stuff on TV on any given night. You will forget Pirate Latitudes quickly, but if it is your intention to forget the world for a while... Pirate Latitudes will do that - well. BTW... John Bedford Lloyd ROCKS!
This is a great pirate yarn, with all the fixins -battles! hurricanes! sea monsters! bloody murders! wenches! double crossing! This story is Homeric. MC had fun writing it and you can have fun reading it if you stay in a margarita frame of mind. The narrator sounds a little like Mr. Worf, so I just pictured Mr. Worf reading this on the Enterprise several hundred years from now. Have fun with this book!
Quite astounding - the sum total of Captain Aubrey's 20 books of adventures captured in one - the sea monster was a bonus. It's no wonder the book's charactors are created and disposed of so rapidly.