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Pirate Latitudes (2009)

av Michael Crichton

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The Caribbean, 1665. Pirate captain Charles Hunter, with backing from a powerful ally, assembles a crew of ruffians to take the Spanish galleon, "El Trinidad," guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself.
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A fun read but the ending felt a little rushed. I saw where he was going with the pushy second in command suddenly turning against the crew and trying them for piracy but the execution just didn't work for me. I would have preferred to see the book end with them sailing into Port Royal and let me fill in their further adventures. ( )
  Jthierer | Aug 21, 2020 |
I have been reading a lot of history about both the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean, and the North African corsairs of the Mediterranean. During my recent beach vacation I wanted to indulge myself of some new pirate fiction, and this novel by Michael Crichton was perfect. Yes, I read many of the reviews here that were very critical, and that it should never have been published. But I, for one, am glad it was. It had great characters, action, adventure, and very few slow parts. Really the perfect beach read. I loved that Crichton made the historical period of the late 1600's come alive with accurate descriptions of conditions in Port Royal, aboard ship, and on desert islands. I loved the other six or seven Crichton novels I've read in the past, and I'm sure he intended to "clean" this one up a bit, but all things considered, it was a fun, enjoyable read. ( )
  TBatalias | Feb 22, 2020 |
In Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton filters just about every pirate adventure trope going, and it makes for a fast-moving and enjoyable – if pulpy – read. Indeed, so much is crammed in that it often moves too fast: character, dialogue and even the savour of action are surrendered for the sake of hitting plot points.

The book was published posthumously, and they said Crichton had already completed it, but I have my doubts. There is evidence that he had been working on it here and there since the 1970s, and I suspect the manuscript was finished but he knew it wasn't good enough yet, and perhaps never would be. It has little of the zest – and none of the originality – of classic pirate adventures like Treasure Island and Captain Blood. There is a lot of bawdiness, and the content is a bit darker than you would perhaps expect, but aside from that, it doesn't stand out. This book wouldn't have made waves if it were not for the Crichton brand.

That said, it is a solid pirate adventure, and who doesn't love a pirate adventure? Crichton can tell a story, and the book is good for a lazy afternoon or two. ( )
  Mike_F | Sep 9, 2019 |
A fun short read. It's pirates in the Caribbean killing and stealing for treasure. Enjoyed it and will one day read again. ( )
  HarpersOmah | Jul 24, 2019 |
Not his best book, but still a good read. Seemed to be a lot of historical facts that were interesting. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
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Not surprisingly, Crichton’s book is at least halfway to being a film: indeed, it is more interesting to read as an extended film treatment than as a book in its own right. It is in effect the "novelization" of an (as yet) unmade film, leaving language as the temporary incarnation of a work intended for the eye rather than the page.
 
Crichton’s devoted readers knew how taut and exciting his books could be and how much fascinating minutiae he could deliver. They won’t mistake “Pirate Latitudes” for one of his best. Its posthumous publication is bittersweet, and no amount of “Smart there with the jib!” talk can disguise that. The Crichton reputation and legacy are based on works far heartier than this.
 
It may make a dandy movie but, as a novel, it's forgettable, and then some.
 
When it comes to sharp, slick techno-thrillers that you can polish off on a flight to Chicago, there's never been anybody better. But a hackneyed historical novel filled with bosomy maidens and blustery old navy dialogue (''Mizzen top blown!'') is not what Crichton should be remembered for. This is one chestful of doubloons that should have been left hidden in the sand.
 
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The Caribbean, 1665. Pirate captain Charles Hunter, with backing from a powerful ally, assembles a crew of ruffians to take the Spanish galleon, "El Trinidad," guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself.

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