Pirate Latitudes

  • by Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Perhaps An Early Work?

There's been speculation that Crichton didn't write this book himself, since it was published posthumously. I think he did write the book, but perhaps it was an early work that he forgot about, or wanted to edit.

Overall, it's an enjoyable yarn. It's strictly entertainment. Crichton isn't known for character development, and that holds true in Pirate Latitudes. It's a good story though, and in true Crichton style moves quickly, with lots of twists and turns and much peril for the main characters.

The narrator does a yeoman like job, neither the best nor the worst I've ever heard. His skill is sufficient to distinguish the characters, and keep the story moving.
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- Eva Gannon

Not as good as it looks...

I generally like Crichton novels, but this one was disappointing to me. The characters were not engaging and you find yourself not caring about any of them. Also, while the idea of the plot is OK, it was written very poorly so that nothing was shocking or surprising for very long because he turns right around and explains everything right after it happens. I like novels where something exciting and unexpected happens and you are left to think about it for a while and try to figure it out. You wont get that here...

It also seemed to have parts in it that were added as an after thought...like certain oceanic beasts who appear out of the blue for a second, in the middle of another event happening. It just felt out of place.

The comments at the end also allude to some historicity of the characters...that would have been nice to preface and include at the beginning of the chapters...it might have made the characters more interesting to look them up on wikipedia while following the story...

i would not recommend this to anyone except maybe pirate novel lovers...
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- avoidthelloyd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio