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...
Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.
©2009 Michael Crichton; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
I quit listening after about 1/3 of the book. It moves very slowly.
The Master and Commander series by Patrick O'Brian are much better books with similar themes.
Every single pirate movie, story or book of fiction has already done the deeds performed by our intrepid protagonist. Buzz kill: he is a Harvard man. Anyhow, if it really happened, then I see this guy as the prototype for the legend/stories of pirates. I would perfer Drake v. Panama first person fiction but fact based
in the style of George MacDonald Fraser.
Love the setting, the content, the period and the writer. If you like Pirates you will love this book.
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