December 14, 2009

Review: Pirate Latitudes: A Novel by Michael Crichton

Product Description:
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.

My Review:

Finally, a much talked about book that lives up to the hype! I’ve read every single one of Michael Crichton books and loved most of them. Pirate Latitudes is right up there with Time Line, Sphere, Rising Sun and Next as one of my favorites.

From evil men, hurricanes, cannibals to a damsel in distress and a sea monster or two Captain Hunter and his cutthroat bunch of privateers took me on one wild ride after another. They are merciless yet you can’t help but root for them as they kill man after man in the quest to bring home their treasures.

This is a really quick read and not as long as some of Crichton’s other books but I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great adventure story. I’m just one of many who will miss Michael Crichton very much.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.

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Jen - devourer of books said...

I was really surprised how short it was, actually, compared to his other stuff. It was also just so...different to me. I haven't read any of his other historicals, just the technothrillers, so it didn't really seem like Crichton to me.

bermudaonion said...

I'm so glad to see this is good because I love Crichton's work.