A huge surprise – a pirate book by Michael Crichton – Pirate Latitudes

by admin on November 24, 2009

Bestselling author Michael Crichton, now sadly deceased, has written a number of top selling novels, including Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and others. He has sold over 150 million books, and has been translated into thirty-six languages. And as we have recently learned, he also wrote a pirate book: Pirate Latitudes, which was discovered as a complete manuscript on one of his PC’s after his death in 2008. It isn’t totally surprising, as he has also written books like The Great Bank Robbery, by still – not quite expected either.

I’m not going to review it here, as Pirate Latitudes is not properly a Navy fiction book. So the following is what I would call a non-review review (LOL). Or something similar.

Pirate Latitudes takes place in The Caribbean in the yearPirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton 1665. In Jamaica, a remote colony of the English Crown. The island is surrounded by the Spanish empire which holds both a number of islands and most of the South American continent. New Spain was a source of great wealth for Spain. It operated mines for gold, silver and precious stones all over the continent. And with fairly regular intervals it would send a heavily armed fleet back to Spain with the proceeds.

Port Royal, the capital of Jamaica, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. For Captain Charles Hunter, who calls himself a privateer, but whom in reality is probably just another money hungry pirate, Spanish gold is very tempting. Hunter is commanding, imperious, irresistible to various lasses and wenches, and a greedy bastard as well. For him, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

Dudley Pope’s Galleon, set in the same time and location, has a similar plot.

You may also want to have a look at other nautical fiction books!

Now the word in port is that the Spanish galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain and laden with gold, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. It is extremely tempting, and extremely dangerous. The stakes are high for Charles Hunter, but the possible rewards are almost astronomical and to Hunter irresistible.

So, 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.

Michael Crichton was a master story teller, and blessed with an ability to make his books virtually impossible to put down. In Pirate Latitudes we meet Michael Crichton once again at his best. This is a wonderful pirate tale – a tale of greed, skills, action, fighting, sea battles, a cracking atmosphere, and extreme suspense.

Links to books by Michael Crichton at amazon US, amazon UK, and amazon CAN.

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