Following on from the best-selling Next, Michael Crichton's new novel will repeat the winning formula established with novels such as Jurassic Park: to identify future trends in science and imagine the most astonishing - and terrifying - possibilities that they hold for Mankind.
Always interesting, often controversial, Next and State of Fear put him straight back in the headlines - and best-seller charts - and reaffirmed his position as the thriller master. Nothing less is expected of the next book from the man who managed to make subjects such as DNA, nanotechnology, and global warming both enormously popular and hugely exciting.
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When I first decided on this book I was a bit skeptical. Being a big pirate-genre as well as historical-genre fan I'm always on the lookout for a great fiction read which still contains the historic details that make the era which one is reading about so much more interesting. This book does just that. Michael Crichton has once again written a book which will become a permanent fixture on many book shelves. Intrigue, suspense, action, adventure, amazing depth of personality in each of the characters made this book a 5 star read for me.
The narration by John Bedford Lloyd deserves a further 5 stars. His amazing talent at defining each and every character in this book left me truly amazed, especially when it came to the swift yet smooth changed between both characters and the various accents required.
If you enjoy a good adventure read, something as good as Jurassic Park, then this is the book for you!
I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton but I was a bit apprehensive about this title - seemed to be another 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. However I was very impressed with it, a very compelling and factual novel with lots of action. Well worth a download.
Really, this is Michael Chrichton writing this? I think he would turn in his grave if he knew it was published. Its just a swashbuckling pirate yarn, like Johnny Depp on steroids.
I'd been looking forward to reading this, and did enjoy it, but felt that the ending was a little rushed. I didn't feel it was as fascinating and enthralling as other Michael Crichton books. On the positive side, it was easy listening and a good yarn.
Great Pirate story with some interesting historical quirks. Not Mr Crichtons best, but a good riproaring boys adventure. Mr Bedford Lloyd brought the feel of the times and Caribbean to life in his telling. I enjoyed it.
"Not as enjoyable as it might be!"
One of my favourite Crichton books is Eaters of the dead which was made into a film the Thirteenth Warrior so I was not expecting a standard Crichton book, it is as always well written with good characterisations and a good plot what spolit it for me was the narrator who I found it hard to listen too.
I found it impossible to suspend disbelief and difficult to get engaged with either the story or the characters.
The early section is reminiscent of 'Guns of Navarone' but with Pirates.
"Really don't bother"
Not a traditional Michael Crichton, not interesting and definitely not thrilling. If you want the normal formula, avoid this like the plague.
"Pity about the nonsense threequarters through"
Generally this is an entertaining novel, well researched and quickly ploted. It is undemanding, however it gives the reader of the sense of life in the 17th Centuary.
However all the well crafted realisim is blown out of the water but an unecessary episode 3/4 through the book that streches credibility and dos nothing for the book. It spoilt the enjoyment and without revealing too much I can only assume it is added for American tastes and a demand for monsters. Its a pity really
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