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Publisher's Summary

Following on from the best-selling Next, Michael Crichton's new novel will repeat the winning formula established with novels such as Jurassic Park: to identify future trends in science and imagine the most astonishing - and terrifying - possibilities that they hold for Mankind.
Always interesting, often controversial, Next and State of Fear put him straight back in the headlines - and best-seller charts - and reaffirmed his position as the thriller master. Nothing less is expected of the next book from the man who managed to make subjects such as DNA, nanotechnology, and global warming both enormously popular and hugely exciting.
©2009 Harper Collins; (P)2009 Harper Collins
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By Matthew Fritz on 01-03-10

An Absolute Must Read

When I first decided on this book I was a bit skeptical. Being a big pirate-genre as well as historical-genre fan I'm always on the lookout for a great fiction read which still contains the historic details that make the era which one is reading about so much more interesting. This book does just that. Michael Crichton has once again written a book which will become a permanent fixture on many book shelves. Intrigue, suspense, action, adventure, amazing depth of personality in each of the characters made this book a 5 star read for me.

The narration by John Bedford Lloyd deserves a further 5 stars. His amazing talent at defining each and every character in this book left me truly amazed, especially when it came to the swift yet smooth changed between both characters and the various accents required.

If you enjoy a good adventure read, something as good as Jurassic Park, then this is the book for you!

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By Jay on 12-06-09

A real surprise!

I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton but I was a bit apprehensive about this title - seemed to be another 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. However I was very impressed with it, a very compelling and factual novel with lots of action. Well worth a download.

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By Peter Thomas on 05-27-10

Not as enjoyable as it might be!

One of my favourite Crichton books is Eaters of the dead which was made into a film the Thirteenth Warrior so I was not expecting a standard Crichton book, it is as always well written with good characterisations and a good plot what spolit it for me was the narrator who I found it hard to listen too.

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By Brendan Jackson on 09-14-16

Fantastic writing, story telling and narration

This book is a great story about piracy in the Caribbean. It's got storms, treasure, plunder and swashbuckling aplenty. The book is also steeped in historical accuracy, and any fans of the game "Assassin's Creed, Black Flag" will love this.

The narrator has a steady soothing voice and brings different characters to life with pleasant skill and ease.

All in all, a pleasure

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By Stephen on 02-24-16

Took me back to when I was a kid

I loved this story as I always read these pirate books as a kid. And this was as good.

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