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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (final thoughts)

March 14, 2010

It’s 1665 and the English colony of Port Royal, Jamaica plays by a different set of rules than the homeland does. While Pirating is punishable by death, a lack of legal industry makes Privateering a profitable business. When news comes that a Spanish Galleon full of treasure is sitting in a nearby, albeit well-protected, cove, the opportunity is too tempting for Governor James Almont to pass up. He calls upon the best Privateer in Port Royal, Captain Hunter, who then quickly rounds the best crew in the area and sets off for the little island of Matanceros.

Pirate Latitudes was one of two manuscripts found on Michael Crichton’s computer after his death in 2008. Most of Crichton’s books deal with science and mixing truth and fiction until the line between the two are so blurred you’re not sure exactly what to believe. Pirate Latitudes is completely different in that it is history rather than science based, but it’s still full of Crichton’s fantastic storytelling which makes it easy to suspend reality and just enjoy the ride.

However, while I was reading the book I couldn’t help but wonder what Crichton would think about this finished, but obviously rough, manuscript being in print and available to the public. Or if he had even planned on ever having it published. It’s a full story, and I’m sure everything he intended to be in the book is there, but here and there awkward sentences pop up that shows that Pirate Latitudes isn’t as polished as his other works.

Overall, Pirate Latitudes was a fun read and I highly recommend it for any Crichton fans. It’s not packed full of action, but it is an entertaining Pirate tale.

My rating: 7.25/10

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2010 6:50 am

    My husband said the same thing about this book. That it felt unfinished. I’ve got it on my desk to read either this week or next. It’ll be my first voluntary trip into Michael Crichton’s books.

  2. March 15, 2010 2:46 pm

    I felt the same way when I read it. It was good but not as good as I expected from him.

  3. March 16, 2010 9:07 am

    I am a Crichton fan and look forward to reading this, but feel bad that he probably didn’t feel it was ready for publication.


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