Books: 30 before 30: Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

While I was away from the computer, I went back to reading a little more regularly. Specifically, I read my second of Matt’s books – Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton.

Ultimately this book is a fun, swashbuckling adventure on the high seas with interesting characters, pirate adventures and even a sea monster. However, I really felt that it ended sort of abruptly and that the end sequence should have been as long and involved as the rest of the book. What took 90% of the book to set up was finished in a much shorter space than it deserved.

Basic plot: Port Royal in 1665, full of whores, grog, fights and pirates working under the name of privateers. Captain Charles Hunter, one such privateer, is enlisted by the mayor (in an indirect way) to get a crew together and go in search of Spanish treasure – one particular ship that rests in a harbor not far away. The book begins with the crew build up, introducing you to each character in detail and then continues on to the adventure and consequences of such a risk.

I recommend it as a fun read, especially if you are already a Crichton fan like myself.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?


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