The detail - especially about the history of the area and sailing.
All the detail and build up - could have, SHOULD have, led somewhere much more interesting!
Planning the "heist".
Yes - the action lends itself to a movie and in 2 hours - i think it would flow better.
The end was clearly rushed. I suspect because the author died. There is a tremendous amount of detail and build up, and then BAM - game over. Bye!
Just not very good. Very little character development. The detail is very thin especially on the sea-faring stuff. Any aficionado (e.g. Aubrey-Maturin reader) will hold their nose at the ship-board stuff. The action is a bit unbelievable as well. How many people can you kill in complete and utter silence? Why is every guard either drunk or asleep? I'm not a Crichton reader, so I don't know if this is usual for him. I just like the genre, so I tried it. I didn't hate it, but I was not satisfied at all.
I would put it right along the middle of the books. It was well done.
The twists and turns. I also like the theme
The whole cast of characters were well done.
The story was disjointed and campy. My guess was an outline was created with maybe 12-15 points and everything else was fluff to get to the points - and then they were quickly and predictidly run through. This book should just not have been published.
I have a number of backlogged books. I will probably listen to The Periodic Table next.
I was pretty disappointed with this book. To this point I have like Michael Crichton novels, but clearly this was completely out of his realm.
I would advise skipping this novel. It was just poorly written.
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If you are looking for a staight story about a pirate expedition then this is the book for you. But if you are looking for Captain Jack Sparrow, you will be disappointed........
I downloaded this story because it sounded intriquing. I like pirate stories but was unaware this one was supposedly based on a real
The narrator did a good job giving the story some life and made it more interesting. I think I would have become bored with it as a regular book and perhaps not finished it.
I have not listened to any of his other narrations but overall I did like him.
no....there is nowhere for the story to go.
Great characters and detailed, engaging plot of pirate intrigue and a seemingly impossible heist. "Love" interest later in story is improbable and a bit sappy, making the hero/villain/babe ending rather predictable, but the main action is top notch. Speaker reads well, especially varied accents, but could use more dramatic phrasing and tone in the suspenseful parts.
This is a good novel, but since Crichton died before it was published, it seems obvious to me that he hadn't quite finished writing and editing it. Many of the characters feel like their story is mostly left unwritten. All in all, I liked the book but it was obvious Crichton had much more to write.
I read somewhere they found this unfinished under his bed after he died. I can believe that. It's a good decent read. But not as good as I've come to expect from him.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The overall plot is a great swashbuckling tale with most of the book fast paced. You can tell at times this was writting by multiple authors, without colaboration to the end. Some may have been there, but there is a disjointedness at times. I think if you removed the otherworldly elements it would be a very consistant story, or if you enhanced them and reduced the historical referances it would also be enhanced. But, I do think overall it was a fun read and not a waste of money.