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 wish I had read the other reviews before selecting this one. I just love adventure on the high seas and had never read Crichton. My local paper gave it rave reviews and I was looking forward to listening to it. Thank goodness it's not that long or I could have never finished it. I thought the reader did a terrible job. His voices were terrible and he somehow dragged. Almost like the old cassettes when you're battery was running low. No part of it was exciting, not even the sea battles. The sea monster was ridicules. I was so disappointed.
The raunchy nature of it. It didn't give pirates this sort of glossy, romantic image; it felt more true to their the realities of the time.
There were a bunch. Whereas with most stories, the main goal is established and the rest of the book is spent seeking to accomplish said goal, this one achieves goal resolution in the middle of the book leaving the reader guessing for the entire remainder of the book while it covers the return journey. Most books don't cover return journeys, so that in itself was pretty fun.
Probably the Kraken
We futz ta get crunk yo ho!
This is just a really fun book.
I don't know if this book qualifies as the cheesiest book of all time, but it certainly is the cheesiest book written by a "best selling author". It seems I only review books I dislike, but this book really pissed me off (sorry). "Cheesy"says it all.
If you like pirates and the idea of an old swashbuckling story - this book is great.
It's fairly predictable, if not unbelievable at times. When the situation is completely hopeless and there is no way out - something fantastic happens and the hero is miraculously saved - very Indiana Jones. Far fetched - but fun.
It's a very enjoyable listen and fun adventure.
Mostly historically inaccurate, with many ackward plot devices that are designed for a movie script. Writing for the lowest common demoninator?
Just the same, some interesting characters, although most are poorly developped.
I've listened to this over and over. It is absolutely marvelous. Still rough, as it was no-doubt a second to the last draft, since it was found under his bed after his death, but absolutely riveting and worth numerous re-listens of some of the great action sections, like when the Privateers are attacked by a Giant Squid. There is a tremendous amount of historical information that is just as intriguing. I am a pirate enthusiast now! If you like story telling, this is for you!
This book could have been the screenplay for a 1940s B-pirate movie with paper-thin characters, plot, and silly sea monsters. It simply had no substance and was only mildly entertaining. The narrator just did not fit this book or its characters, in MHO. Please do not judge Michael Crichtons body of work on this third rate book.
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