You have to think Michael Crichton's ghost is mouthing those words.
Written in 2006 and published only after being digitally pried from the late author's cold, dead computer - Pirate Latitudes comes across as a vanity project never intended to see the light of day.
I'm sure it was great fun to write, but Crichton's attempt to inject research into worn out pirate clichés falls far short of a good story. Several parts of the story read as if they were f...more
Told as something of a more "realistic", less "Disney" Pirates of the Carribean, Crichton weaves the tale of Captain Charles Hunter's greatest raid of a Spanish treasure ship. From the first chapter, we are placed in the adventure and it ends up being a quick, fun ride.
The story was pure Chrichton, well told, detailed, obviously well...more
Pirate Latitudes is the story of Charles Hunter, privateer, and his crew of misfits as they attempt to take the Spanish galleon El Trinidad. The pre...more
The hook of the plot keeps you wondering and turning pages.
We've had a lot of romanticizing (Disneyification) of pirates these past few years; it's nice to find a well-written novel that sets a...more
Crichtons Manuskript, geschrieben wohl irgendwann in der Mitte der 1990er Jahre, findet nun posthum den Weg zum Leser. Stellenweise packend und mit sehr forschem Tempo geschrieben merkt man zwar an vielen Stellen, dass eine Überarbeitung dem Buch recht gut getan hätte, doch insgesamt wartet der Text mit einer durchaus ansprechenden und sympathischen Geschichte ohne übermäßigen Tiefgang auf.
Der Überfall eines englischen Freibeuters auf eine spanische Inselfestung: Viel...more
Starred Review Crichton, who died in 2008, was known primarily for such high-tech thrillers as Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. This new novel, found in manuscript form among his papers, will come as a bit of a surprise to many of his fans. It is, of all things, a pirate novel. Set in 1665, it tells the story of Captain Charles Hunter, a privateer who’s hired by the governor of Jamaica’s Port Royal to steal a Spanish galleon and its cargo of gold treasure. Don’t expect to s
Overall I was very surprised because I thought the climax of this book would be about trying to captur...more
Pirate Latitudes is everything I want in a Crichton novel: careful research, fascinating ideas and facts, historical accuracy (well, to an extent), flat characters, and rousing adventure. The guy was never really a literary artist per se, but he could tell a great story. Here, he does just that, and fans will surely not be disappoint...more
Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed. Full of stock characters, this was very much a Plot novel (with a capital 'P') and yet I didn't feel like it had the depth of plot that I remembe...more
This book comes with a mixed review. The reason I say that is because Pirate Latitudes was an unpublished work by Mr. Crichton and was only published after his death. So it is very difficult to know how much of the story was left unfinished---so we'll go with what we have. The book centers around a privateer named Charles Hunter who plans an attack on a Spanish Island controlled by King Philip in th...more
There is some violence and it's a little on the graphic side, but there's nothing here that should shock you if you keep in mind this is a book about pirates. I...more
Set in the Caribbean in 1665, the hero of the tale, Captain Charles Hunter sets of from Port Roy...more
The main protagonist is meh at times. He's...more
Em Território Pirata foi um livro descoberto, e consequentemente publicado postumamente, e acho que só essa razão terá compensado a sua publicação. Agora também percebo o porquê da oferta do baralho de cartas, foi para o livro vir emb...more
I've read a little Michael Crichton in the past - Sphere was wondeful, Prey was OK, Timeline was intriguing but ultimately corny. I have no idea what lead me to pick up Pirate Lattitudes, but it was fun. It is a strong entry in the Pirates versus Ninjas debate, and lends a much needed blow for the Pirates.
Set in the Carribean (primarily Jamaica) in the mid 1600's,...more
The story is good, although I always worry when a book starts with a long list of characters, setting up the group for the rest of the pages. I am always concerned I’ll never remember them all, but of course, a good writer makes th...more
Set in 1665, Pirate Latitudes involves a team of privateers, each with unique talents, who are hired to capture a treasure-laden galleon from an island fortress ruled by a brutal Spanish commander. The novel’s protagonist is Captain Charles Hunter, a Harvard educated privateer from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but it’s hi...more