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Pirate Latitudes

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  23,819 ratings  ·  2,957 reviews
Book by Crichton, Michael
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
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"If only I'd have encrypted my hard drive...."

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
I was so happy to hear they were publishing this book. Crichton's death was so sudden and unexpected I literally mourned the untold stories we lost with his passing.

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
Jason Koivu
Mar 28, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pirate fans who don't mind shit
Pirates! Huzzah! What could possibly ruin a rollicking, randy, riotous pirate adventure? Bad writing, that's what. Hilariously caricatured characters, wincingly bad plot devices, implausible love scenes, stilted dialogue - Pirate Latitudes has it all! I could beat the crap out of this wretched wreck some more, but if I'm not mistaken Crichton died before this was published. In all likelihood he wasn't finished with it. I would like to think that if he'd lived he would have worked on this more, r ...more
This is not the way for a talented writer to go out. If Chrichton had lived and had the time to revise, edit, etc., I'm sure this would have been much better.
The Holy Terror
First off, I have to say this is only my second Crichton novel. I read Jurassic Park back when the movie came out but haven't felt like reading anything else by him since. That being said, I enjoyed Pirate Latitudes. The novel does have its shortcomings but you have to wonder if this is because it wasn't truly finished. It's hard to say. This book was found on Crichton's computer after his death so it's possible that this wasn't the intended finished product. I liked it though and I'm curious to ...more
First, did you know that Michael Crichton is dead?!? This is the first of two books published posthumously, the second being Micro.

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,
I had been looking forward to Pirate Latitudes ever since I'd learned of its existence. Michael Crichton knows (or knew, I suppose) how to craft an exciting novel. Crichton however peaked with Timeline, one of his best books, grounded in an historical setting. That's what I had been expeting to get with Pirate Latitudes. Unfortunately I was mistaken.

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
"Em Território Pirata" levou-me novamente para um mundo de aventuras no mar. Desde pequena que sempre adorei livros deste género e já li alguns, mas confesso que já algum tempo que não me chegava nenhum às mãos.

É um livro sem pontos mortos e, no qual, acompanhamos o capitão Charles Hunter numa aventura perigosa, repleta de perigos e reviravoltas, algumas que me apanharam totalmente desprevenida.

O único ponto que não gostei no livro foi a introdução do Kraken, que acabou por dar um toque demasia
Rick Spilman
Pirate Latitudes by Micheal Crichton, published a year after his death, is a romp. It is full of swashbuckling action and completely familiar characters. There is a bold captain, who is either a privateer or a pirate; several fair and comely maidens of high birth and low; and a band of adventurers each with special skills and powers.

The rough and tumble hero, Captain Charles Hunter, sets off to capture a Spanish galleon laden with treasure, at anchor under the guns of an impregnable fortress.


It's impossible to know whether Crichton intended this book to be published, or if he wrote it for fun. Considering it was written in 2006, and discovered on his hard drive after his death, it feels like maybe he wasn't rushing it off to his agent for publication.

It's not Crichton in peak form, that's for sure.

While the book is entertaining enough, it's missing what I love most about Crichton ... the research, the education, the intense build of excitement. It's a pirate story, and not a particu
Particularly since The Great Train Robbery, I often thought that Michael Crichton plotted his books deliberately so the movie scripts "fell out" of them. That is, his early work seems more literary, more novelistic, less structured like a three-act screenplay. Without any particular evidence except the usual Hollywood paranoia, I blamed his agents at CAA for insisting that he craft his novels with movie sales in mind. Obviously, given the path his career took, he succeeded spectacularly, at leas ...more
Published posthumously, Pirate Latitudes was discovered as a complete manuscript on Crichton's computer after his death. For years Crichton had alluded to a project about Jamaica and the Caribbean, and from all indications, Pirate Latitudes is that project. Over the years I have developed a great interest in pirates, particularly the pirates of the Spanish Main---the old Caribbean of the 17th century. Pirate Latitudesis a rousing pirate tale based on a composite of historical characters Crichton ...more
Adam Ross
I've always been a Crichton fan, and just couldn't pass up the opportunity to read his take on pirates. This, Crichton's final book, was discovered among his affects after his untimely death in 2008, and HarperCollins published it essentially as they found it.

When a Spanish treasure galleon, separated from its convoy near Jamaica, is sighted taking refuge in the bay of the impenetrable Spanish fortress of Monteceros, the Governor of Port Royal commissions a ship of pirates to assault the fortres
Joseph Finley
At barely 300 pages, Pirate Latitudes is a quick read that will remind Michael Crichton fans of The Great Train Robbery – except with pirates instead of Victorian-era thieves.

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
Tom Wiseman
Another great novel from Michael Crichton. The voice of the narrator and the dialogue are extremely realistic, containing such a rich flavor of verbiage of the times that you can't help but get into this story.
The hook of the plot keeps you wondering and turning pages.
Pirate Latitudes was the first of two novels of Michael Crichton to be published posthumously. Seeing the cover of this book in any store used to always make me feel a bit sad, for it reminded me that I would no longer be reading anything new from this terrific author whose works have been a great source of joy and adventure ever since I have started reading novels. But finally I have gotten myself to read Pirate Latitudes, and with the final page, I felt a sense of completion as well as that ol ...more
Patricia O'Sullivan
The year is 1665 and a Spanish treasure ship sits alone in a fortified Caribbean cove. It is as if the fates have placed it there, for only one man has the skill and daring to try to capture it: Captain Charles Hunter, a Puritan-born scholar from Boston turned Caribbean privateer. He gathers a crew like no other, a far-sighted female pirate, a mute Moor, a French assassin, an English barber-surgeon, and a Sephardic Jew skilled in explosives. Together they set out from Jamaica on an epic adventur ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Crimsonmorgan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pirate Lovers
A lovely book, in my opinion. I haven't read any other books by this author so I cannot comment on the writing and plotting in contrast to his other works. I only know that I liked this book tremendously. It was a rather light adventure with some action here and there, fun villains (Cazalla <3) and bad pirates. I found the atmosphere of the whole thing and the frankness of the descriptions (life was dirty, especially on ships) really good. I loved it.

The main protagonist is meh at times. He's
This was a rip-roaring, no-holds-barred rollicking adventure and I loved every minute of it! If charming pirates, high-seas adventure, dastardly intrigue, bawdy humour, deliciously evil blackguards, saucy wenches, horrifying sea monsters, and, of course, purloined treasure sound exciting to you, then Pirate Latitudes is the book for you!

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
Ross Evans
I finished this book in two sittings and I have to say that it was the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a long time! This was also the first novel I’ve ever read by Michael Crichton, and I can see why so many of his books have been adapted to film. This book reads like an action film and I mean that as a compliment. No scene is wasted and the plot moves along at a very fast pace. Most of the story is centered on Captain Charles Hunter who is a privateer working in Port Royal in 1665. A number ...more
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It's not worth buying, it's not worth reading. Thankfully, it's a fast skim. I picked this up from the library, but it really was a waste of the library's money too. Perhaps certain readers, such as teen boys, may enjoy the action, but experienced readers will feel reading this book is similar to eating cardboard.

What's wrong with it? It's a bad 1950's pirate movie, with actors who are mechanized store manikins, paper and paste special effects, stock film footage, bad dialogue, characters who h
Welcome to the good ship Cassandra! She will take you on exhilarating adventure on the high seas of the Carribean, looking for unknown treasures on a Spanish war ship. You will meet her Captain and come to know his ways and why he finds himself surrounded by a crew of unforgetable characters that you are going to love getting to know. And know them you will. This is great stuff that just keeps happening page after page.
I guess in the end, it is what is missing from this story that I just cannot
May 15, 2013 Geoffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fans of pirates, ships, history
Shelves: thrillers
Based on historical fact, Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (posthumously) tells the tale of Capt Charles Hunter, a privateer or pirate depending on who you ask, and his quest for Spanish gold and jewels. It is a rollicking sea adventure with dastardly villains, bawdy seamen, and women of questionable virtue. Quite fun and filled with interesting historical facts about the 17th century privateering racket. If you enjoyed Pirates of the Caribbean (movies), then this should fill that space in y ...more
I have mixed feelings about this. Crichton does a good job of creating the feel of what it may have been like to be a privateer in Jamaica in the mid-1600's but his characters are all a bit one dimensional and he goes more for quantity rather than quality in his scenes. The final attack faced by the ship on its return to Jamaica was enough to jolt me out suspension of disbelief. Enough so that I almost rated this at 2 stars. Ultimately I enjoyed the story enough to give it three but it was a nea ...more
I've been a Crichton fan for at least twenty years, ever since I found a copy of The Andromeda Strain on my mom's bookshelf. Though I continued to buy and read all his new books (actually I could only get half-way through Timeline), I fully acknowledge that they have been steadily going downhill since Jurassic Park, and some might say even earlier than that.

All of that is to say that I began reading Pirate Latitudes, Crichton's last novel, with not high expectations, but hopeful that he would g
Joshua Gross
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Schnelles, flottes Abenteuer

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
I am not a Crichton fan and I was surprised to find a book by him that wasnt SciFi. This is historical fiction at its best. A lot of research went into this book regarding how ships were made and controlled as well as how pirates (or "privateers") operated. I found the descriptions to be very astute and complete. I could "see" the characters and could relate to them as well, even if they were merely described, for the most part.
The one downside in this book is that I felt that there could have b
Found post-humously, "Pirate Latitudes" bears all the hallmarks of the great Michael Crichton: snappy dialogue, a churning, inventive plot, and exotic locales. It also bears the signs of an incomplete manuscript, and thus is an insight into Crichton's methodology.

He's big on descriptive details; indeed, I would guess that this book came out of his own boat travels to the Caribbean islands that pop up in this book. Like me, his travels must inspire stories to pop into his head -- how else do you
Do you like fast-paced historical adventures? Do you like pirates? If (like me) you answered yes to both questions, this book is definitely for you. If you answered yes to only one of the questions, it's probably still worth trying for 20-30 pages to see if it sucks you in. If you answered no to both, well, then this book isn't for you. Pulled off the hard drive of the deceased Crichton, this posthumous adventure is the first book of his I've read and it's a surprisingly good update on the swash ...more
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas ...more
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