Pirate Latitudes ePub by Michael Crichton

Pirate Latitudes ePub

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Pirate Latitudes ePub

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 a galleon, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor….

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

Editorial Reviews – Pirate Latitudes ePub

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“Unabashed fun.” (Cameron Martin, New York Times)

“Offers unexpected turns and plenty of yo ho ho’s.” (Richard Eisenberg, People (3 out of 4 stars))

“It’s not an ironic pirate novel. It’s not a pirate novel with a secret gimmick. It’s simply an entertaining tale filled with crafty privateers, despicable villains, treasure hoards, double crosses and a sea monster. Go figure.” (Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle)

“A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure…. History as entertainment…. Crichton has done his homework.” (Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today)

“The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero’s galleon.” (Benjamin Svetsky, Entertainment Weekly)

Review

Shiver Your WHAT?
By Bob Gelms
You know how sometimes you get a gift you had no idea was coming? It’s a gift you didn’t know you wanted. The surprise gift turns out to be wonderful, exciting, and it gives you an enormous amount of pleasure, you know? Well that’s what happened to the publishing world and a giant number of readers in 2009.
Michael Crichton had a literary gift far too often nonexistent in a lot of writers. He was, first and foremost, a teller of stories. He could tell stories better than almost anyone. It’s almost like you didn’t read his books, he was in the room telling you the story. He had a limitless imagination. Crichton was the only creative artist to have a #1 TV show, ER (he created it), a #1 movie, Jurassic Park, and a #1 book, Disclosure, all at the same time.
Michael Crichton passed away in 2008. One of his assistants was organizing the papers in Mr. Crichton’s office. When he opened the computer that Crichton used to compose his books he found the surprise gift. There was a completely finished novel that he never talked about and also a partially finished book saved on the computer. The finished book was Pirate Latitudes. It was published in 2009 and sped up the charts. Steven Spielberg secured the film rights and intends to make a movie based on the book.
I have read almost everything Michael Crichton has written but never this one. There it was in the bargain bin for a $1.00. That was my surprise gift. I took it home and didn’t put it down for two days. Even forgot to eat lunch on the second day, LOL. I absolutely loved it. Pirate Latitudes ePub
This is something of an historical novel. The main plot actually happened and the main character, Captain Charles Hunter, is more or less based on the famous pirate Henry Morgan. Captain Hunter is hired by the Governor of Jamaica to plunder a Spanish galleon laden with gold and silver stolen from the inhabitants of South and Central America.
Hunter was a privateer not a pirate. (They convinced themselves there was a difference.) Privateers, like some pirates, were incredibly democratic in how they conducted business. The whole crew shared in the plunder according to his station on the ship so if it was a great haul, everyone got rich. The Captain ruled by election. If the crew wanted another Captain they were given the right to vote on whomever they wanted in the job.
Hunter provisioned his ship in the pirate city of Port Royal, Jamaica. That’s where he got the very colorful crew as well. They were to make way to the Spanish island fortress of Matanceros. It was a Spanish stronghold in the Caribbean, very well defended with huge guns lording over the bay and hundreds of well-trained soldiers. The city was built at the end of the bay with its back to a very large hill. The back of the hill, the other side of the island, was impregnable. It was a sheer vertical cliff. Pirate Latitudes ePub
The galleon was anchored in the bay. The problem was how to get the gold from a place that was unassailable. This is where the story turns into something like thieves robbing a bank in the guise of a pirate story. It’s a caper and you won’t find anything like Captain Jack Sparrow here. This isn’t your kids’ Pirates of the Caribbean. These pirates are violent killers, full of lust, probably sociopaths, cunning and very, very dangerous.
How Captain Hunter solves the problem of separating the gold from the Spanish ship is ingenious. It comes out in the story that his parents brought him to American as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They were pretty well off so they sent him to a new school in Boston, Harvard. There he was taught critical thinking and problem solving using logic learned from Greek writers. He puts all of this to good use. Pirate Latitudes ePub
They set sail. The adventure begins and it’s splendid. They bump into many obstacles, not the least of which is being captured by a Spanish war ship commanded by Hunter’s nemesis who is also commander of the fort at Matanceros. That’s when everything becomes very personal for both men.
As the Brits say, this is a ripping yarn. I’m sad that Michael Crichton is not with us because Captain Hunter could sure use a sequel. Pirate Latitudes does feel a bit rushed at the end and I think that Mr. Crichton probably would have done another polishing draft but this is a mighty entertaining saga and more than worth the price of admission.

Review – Pirate Latitudes ePub

This is Crichton’s last book and he veered into historical fiction – Pirates. I read reviews that somewhat sniffed at this book, claiming it must have been instead one of his first books. Well, surprise! I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the characters, good and bad. I liked the descriptive locals and the subdued politics of living in the Caribbean and dealing with swashbuckling pirates/privateers fighting for the crown against Spain. It was a story of pure escapism and it was nice to dive into the lives of men and women trying to make a living…even if they were Pirates. Pirate Latitudes ePub

I especially liked LaZue, a female pirate who could guide a ship between rocks and not even scrape the sides. The characters were well written; Crichton put emotions and feelings into real people who are now long gone. When you want to slip away to a place you’ve never been before, and a time that is long since past, delve into this and just enjoy it. It’s escapism at it’s best.

From the Back Cover

“A lusty, rollicking seventeenth-century adventure. . . .History as entertainment.”—USA Today

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.

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

“Crichton’s great talent was writing books that were virtually impossible to put down. . . . Pirate Latitudes is no exception.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Crichton’s ultimate adventure.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Details: Pirate Latitudes ePub

  • Name: Pirate Latitudes: A Novel
  • Author: Michael Crichton
  • ISBN: 978-0062428875
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Sea Adventures Fiction, Men’s Adventure Fiction, Sea Stories
  • ePub
  • Size: 1 MB
  • Page: 384

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About the Author – Pirate Latitudes ePub

Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the bestselling novels The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Next and Dragon Teeth, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into forty languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He wrote and directed Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, RunawayLookerComa and created the hit television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.

Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. Wilson earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.

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