Title: Pirate Latitudes
Author: Michael Crichton
Release Date: November 24, 2009
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pirate Latitudes is set in the year 1665 in the English colony of Port Royal in the Caribbean. Piracy is not tolerated in Port Royal, but privateering (state-sponsored piracy in which the Governor of the colony gets a portion of the plunder) is encouraged. Captain Charles Hunter, one of the most skilled privateers, hears of a Spanish ship that could hold a vast treasure. The only problem is the fortress that is protecting it is unbeatable…
When I received a review copy of Pirate Latitudes, I was incredibly excited, yet so sad. I absolutely love Michael Crichton – I’ve read almost all of his books, and I think he was an amazingly talented author. Pirate Latitudes was found on Crichton’s computer after his death, along with another, unfinished manuscript that someone else will be completing. Therefore, Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton’s last official book.
I’m thrilled to say that Pirate Latitudes doesn’t disappoint – it’s got all the action and adventure you’d expect from a Michael Crichton novel. I was a little sad it wasn’t about science, but it’s much more reminiscent of The Great Train Robbery – it’s a bit of a caper book.
This book reminded me so much of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The setting was similar (Port Royal) and they contained some of the same myths and legends. Additionally, I could see a bit of Jack Sparrow in Captain Charles Hunter. You’d think that would take away from the book, but it really doesn’t. Instead, I think it adds to it. It makes it much easier to visualize what’s going on in the book and makes it that much more fun to read.
I enjoyed Pirate Latitudes. It wasn’t Crichton’s best novel, but it was definitely worth reading. If you’re a Michael Crichton fan, you should pick this book up.