***New York Times best-selling author Michael Crichton's novels include The Lost World, Airframe, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. He is also known as a film-maker and the creator of ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, he has sold over 150 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen have been made into films. He remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie and TV show at the same time. Pirate Latitudes was discovered as a complete manuscript in his files after his death in 2008.*** (HarperCollins)
Pirate Latitudes was published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2009.
The Caribbean has it's secrets in 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown on the island of Jamaica, Port Royal is a pirate's delight with taverns, grog shops and bawdy houses galore. But for Captain Charles Hunter and his cutthroat crew, it is an island sanctuary, from which they launch many a thieving expedition and where privateering is considered a legal endeavour.
This day, Capt. Hunter learns that the Spanish galleon El Trinidad is lying in port at the island strong-hold of Matanceros and it's holds are full of Spanish booty ripe for the taking. But the island is well fortified and the harbor is guarded by the treacherous Cazalla, who has murdered many for the pure sport of doing so, Hunter's own brother being among those he has had slaughtered.
Hunter comes up with a plan to take the El Trinidad but he and his crew must contend with the Spanish garrisons, the perils of Mother Nature and the back stabbing and lies of others to commandeer the ship and get the treasure.
Michael Crichton has once again taken us on a tantalizing adventure, but this time into the world of swash-buckling pirates and days of old. He has created a story that is exciting and powerful with characters that come alive on the page. Crichton's writing is fresh and moves at break-neck speed toward an unsuspecting ending that will surprise and delight any reader. Mr. Crichton is a master in the art of storytelling and this is one of his best, with action, adventure and heart-stopping suspense beyond our wildest imaginings. If you are a fan of Crichton, as am I, this story will become one of your favorites in a long line of Crichton's writings.
I am giving Pirate Latitudes a 4-spider rating and recommending that you read this tale as soon as you can. Aughrrr....there be pirates here!