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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
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Dec 12, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

For those who have read Jurrasic Park and understand that it is primarily about chaos theory and not dinosaurs will be disappointed in Pirate Latitudes, which does not offer a multi-level storyline.

However, as one who was more interested in the dinosaurs and the adventure and who admittedly skimmed through the mathematical jargon in JP, I enjoyed Pirate Latitudes tremendously.

Michael Crichton's completed manuscript (found and published after his death) is a wonderful old-fashioned story. It is an adventurous romp in the New World - filled with pirates, damsels in distress, corrupt politicians, cannibals and buried treasure.

The pace is brisk and very visual, lending itself easily to a movie version, perhaps offering a little more authenticity and grit over Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. (Whoever holds the rights to the book would be wise to discuss the leading role with Hugh Jackman.)

If you can wait until the summer, this is a perfect beach read. Those who are lucky enough to have a winter escape planned should bring it with them on their Caribbean cruise...if they dare!
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