HarperLuxe, Paperback, Large Print, 9780061929403, 439pp.
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
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.
“Pirates Latitudes has the loot: Gore, sex, action…. A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure…. History as entertainment…. Crichton has done his homework.”
-Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today
-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
“The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero’s galleon.”
-Benjamin Svetsky, Entertainment Weekly
Last year, when the best-selling novelist Michael Crichton died, he left behind a completed novel. It's set in the mid-17th century Caribbean. And it's about pirates. Alan Cheuse reviews the Michael Crichton novel Pirate Latitudes. More at NPR.org
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