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.
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.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
From the words of a review before this it seem's some may not know that Michael Crichton died from cancer over a year ago and this was found in His files! Anyway on to the review! The story is on a diffarant road than His other work that I have read and much less technical and more towards entertainment although it is a very good story with a touch of fantasy mixed in!
It is a bit bloody at times and the main character is just as bloody as most others in it. If You are looking for His typical book that teaches You alot of information about the subject then You will instead be treated to a fun and bloody pirate tale! I really liked it but it was not quite on par with the great pirate book "On Stranger Tides" by Tim Powers, But which book's are! Nevertheless It is a keeper!
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!
After finishing (and mostly enjoying) this novel, I realized that I don't think there is a single female character who is not raped or sold for sex in this book.
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.
I am sorry this was Michale Crichton's last book. I could have read 10 more just like it. It is a wonderful pirate adventure and a love story between a man and the sea.
If you like pirates at all or just like adventure stories, this is a read for you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks Michael!!!!!