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From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

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

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Perhaps An Early Work?

There's been speculation that Crichton didn't write this book himself, since it was published posthumously. I think he did write the book, but perhaps it was an early work that he forgot about, or wanted to edit.

Overall, it's an enjoyable yarn. It's strictly entertainment. Crichton isn't known for character development, and that holds true in Pirate Latitudes. It's a good story though, and in true Crichton style moves quickly, with lots of twists and turns and much peril for the main characters.

The narrator does a yeoman like job, neither the best nor the worst I've ever heard. His skill is sufficient to distinguish the characters, and keep the story moving.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Lots of fun

This is predictable, but fun. I wanted something light for a long car ride, and it fit the bill. It kept me awake and made me laugh. John Bedford Lloyd was a terrific reader.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 02-08-10

Pirated Shorts Made Long

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cameron
  • Monterey, CA, United States
  • 04-22-10

OK but not that great

You can tell this book wasn't quite finished. I thought there were some plot lines left underdeveloped and overall, the story just seemed to move too quickly. Still, there were interesting characters and a satisfying ending. I think there are a lot of better Crichton noves though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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There were no characters in this book that I cared about and the story didn't have any threads that pulled me forward. The narration was also flat. I was expecting a sweeping tale with a lead character that had panache and style - needless to say, my expectation wasn't met. I listened to the end only because I kept hoping against hope that the book would redeem itself. Don't waste your time, your money or your book credits.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Drinker
  • Glenwood Springs, CO, United States
  • 03-17-10

Rock & Roll

and I'm not just talking 70's... this pirate story was right up my husband's alley, but... seriously? a few too many wenches and pistol duals for this kid :-)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not a Typical Crichton

This book was executed well, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if some grammatical forensic scientist comes out and says that this book really wasn't written by the man himself. I was suspicious before I bought it, but I didn't see anything else that really grabbed me, so I used a credit.

I'm not saying it was a bad book, whoever wrote it had some talent. However, it did not resemble anything else that Crichton had ever done in either style or content.

Maybe he was mulling over doing one of those ghost writing deals that are the only action you see out of Patterson. Most of those are simplistic and cookie cutter and I have decided to adopt the Nancy Reagan, "Just Say No!" slogan.

This book has good narration and pace and it is decently written from a plot perspective. If it does turn out to be ghosted, at least he was going to be choosing a talented one. Who knows, next they will probably find another book in a forgotten computer at a secret apartment he kept in Dallas.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Five stars! Sit back and enjoy! I absolutely loved the book, portraying life of privateers in 17th Century Caribbean. If you liked Timeline (the book,) I am very confident you will love this!

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Judith
  • North Stonington, CT, USA
  • 03-17-10

Resting on his laurels

I bought the book because Crichton wrote it and normally I enjoy his work, but this book was horrendous. The dialogue was amatuerish, the characters were stereotypical. There were no redeeming qualities including the naration which was flat. Listening to Mr. Lloyd attempt to read the parts of the women was painful. I do not recommend this book for anyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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View Into History

Great historical references, but left a little to be desired in plot

2 of 2 people found this review helpful