Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pirate Latitudes” as Want to Read:
Pirate Latitudes
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pirate Latitudes

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  31,536 Ratings  ·  3,494 Reviews
For many years, Michael Crichton's name was a byword for intelligent, cutting edge fiction, frequently utilising striking new developments in science as the basis of his narratives, or (most famously in 'Jurassic Park') extrapolating scientific possibilities into highly exciting (if implausible) tales of adventure.

After his recent death (at a relatively young age), it was
Paperback, 387 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harper (first published November 24th 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pirate Latitudes, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Marilyn It was a fiction based on history. We do have to give the author literary license.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 28, 2009 murph rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jason Koivu
Mar 22, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it it was ok  ·  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
Dec 08, 2009 Kandice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2012 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noir and pirate-fiction fans
Since I greatly enjoyed Crichton's Timeline and Jurassic Park (though I have yet to review the latter), I hoped to find a work of similar quality in this posthumous novel, though I knew that its ratings here on Goodreads varied widely. As usual, my reaction is my own; and as is sometimes the case, it falls somewhere between the extremes.

Crichton, of course, was best known for his science fiction. Here, he branches out into historical fiction, in a tale that doesn't really have any SF elements at
Jul 23, 2011 Arah-Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
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
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.
Jan 27, 2012 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Huh, this kind of has low ratings (3.36 avg????) for a Crichton book. But it's on sale at Amazon for $0.99 (20 October 2015). I already have a copy of it but wanted to share in case anyone is interested?
Nov 22, 2009 Bradley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2015 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Not good, not bad, just meh.
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.

Jul 11, 2015 Rade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

One thing I don't like is overly happy endings. If you got a story where the main characters go through what can only be described as a shitstorm, don't make them come out as heroes in every way possible. It is not practical and I hate it. Not saying this book was exactly like that but some points can be taken from my claim above.

This is one of those books that is hard to judge. On one hand you got a pirate story written by Crichton that was at times slow moving, but eventually it turned int
Oct 25, 2010 Alins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 06, 2010 Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adam Ross
Mar 28, 2011 Adam Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Aug 04, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joseph Finley
Aug 08, 2011 Joseph Finley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Христо Блажев
По пиратските ширини сигурност няма:

Историята се развива в средата на XVII век в Карибите. Дръзкият капер Чарлз Хънтър получава благословията на губернатора на Порт Роял да нападне непристъпна испанска крепост, под дулата на чиито оръдия се крие натъпкан със съкровища кораб. Планът му е абсолютно налудничав, но в тия времена смелчаци ще се намерят винаги, дори мисията да изглежда непосилна. Още от началото обаче нещата не се развиват според идеята му – ат
Apr 20, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this manuscript was found after Mr. Crichton's death. I did not see any notes of any editing. Given all the books Crichton wrote and movies made from them, this little gem you could tell he had fun writing. All the twists and turns you can think of and more. Little plausible, but who cares.

Set in Port Royal, Jamaica, circa 1665, a pirate's haven, the story tells of the exploits of Captain Charles Hunter and his cutting out of a Spanish treasure ship from a small fortified cove. All th
Asghar Abbas
Dec 02, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Sails and Pirates of the Caribbean-esque type story, familiar themes. The Manuscript of the book was found among his things after Crichton's death. I don't know, maybe he actually wrote it. But it's a nice way to cap off a distinguished career of a genremaker.
A pleasant enough sendoff as he sails into Valhalla.
Tom Wiseman
Nov 12, 2010 Tom Wiseman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Karolina Kat
Fast and enjoyable adventure book, perfect for summer.

Doesn't bring anything new to the pirate stories and lacks general "wow factor", but a pleasant novel none the less.
Oct 11, 2014 Abhishek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ross Evans
Mar 20, 2013 Ross Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nautical
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
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
Feb 02, 2012 Crimsonmorgan rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 06, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fluffy-reads
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2017 Reading Chal...: Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton 1 23 Jan 18, 2016 06:42PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Change cover 7 22 Nov 22, 2015 02:44PM  
You'll love this ...: Pirate Latitudes 69 53 Sep 30, 2013 05:44AM  
Book Junkies: June: Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton 1 18 May 31, 2013 08:29PM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: Pirate Latitudes 1 2 Dec 21, 2012 09:37AM  
Books like this??? 8 181 Dec 08, 2012 07:01AM  
  • Voices of the Dead
  • On Stranger Tides
  • The Guardship (Thomas Marlowe, #1)
  • The Pirate Devlin
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom
  • The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd
  • Easy Go
  • Will You Die for Me?
  • The Order of Things: How Everything in the World Is Organized Into Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders
  • Stop & Frisk
  • The Art of Sin City
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography
  • Back Channel
  • 1775: A Good Year for Revolution
  • Corsair (The Oregon Files, #6)
  • The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630-1730
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 Dougla ...more
More about Michael Crichton...

Share This Book

“I do so think well of a man who dies with finesse.” 10 likes
“There are no pirates in Port Royal” 2 likes
More quotes…