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Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton

For many years, Michael Crichton's name was a byword for intelligent, cutting edge ... more

fiction, frequently utilising striking new
developments in science as the basis of his
narratives, or (most famously in Jurassic Park)
extrapolating scientific possibilities into highly
exciting (if implausible) tales of adventure.
After his recent death (at a relatively young
age), it was salutary to remember that his writing
career had been a very long one -- so that when he
took a concept that he might have used before
(i.e., high tech amusement park goes disastrously
wrong with fatal consequences for visitors) he
could ensure that there was a lengthy gap so that
people barely noticed (look at the plots of
Westworld (1973) and the aforementioned Jurassic
Park). And now we have his final book, published
posthumously, Pirate Latitudes. For once, though,
it looks as if Crichton were following the pack
rather than leading it -- but things are not that
clear cut as they might initially have
seemed.Pirate Latitudes takes the reader back to
1665, when Charles IIs Jamaican colony is under
serious threat, besieged on every side by the
voracious Spanish empire. At the centre of this
troubled outpost is its crowded capital, Port
Royal, a lively (if festering) hangout for
criminal dregs, who inhabit its taverns and
brothels. This is the time of the privateer, when
(with tacit royal sanction), ship's captains could
make sorties against Spanish ships and outposts,
plundering at will -- just so long as the Governor
and King Charles are taken care of. Michael
Crichton's protagonist in this colourful mix is
Captain Charles Hunter, educated at Harvard and a
man with keenly developed survival instincts. He
is made aware a treasure galleon, which is at
anchor in the heavily fortified Spanish island of
Matanceros, and Hunters interest is piqued -- not
least because this means he will be able to take
on Philip of Spain's most ruthless enforcer,
Cazalla. The stage is set for what will either be
a glorious bit of naval smash-and-grab or that
will end in the ignominious death of Charles
Hunter and his motley crew.All of this, of course,
suggests that Crichton (always a man aware of the
commercial possibilities of any material) had been
looking at the phenomenal success of the Pirates
of the Caribbean series of films, and there is no
doubt that some of the spirit of fun to be found
here echoes that of the Johnny Depp-starring
movies. But Crichton clearly remembered an earlier
era, and the swashbuckling style of the (less
parodic) Errol Flynn adventues is actually the
template here (you'll notice the comparisons drawn
here are cinematic rather than literary -- but
Michael Crichton always straddled the two fields,
and was a successful film director as well as
novelist). Perhaps Pirate Latitudes isn't the
final triumphant legacy we might wish for from
Crichton, but (taken in the right spirit) it's
uncomplicated, fast-moving fun. --Barry Forshaw

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Michael Crichton's posthumous book, Pirate Latitudes

AdvantagesVery readable, good character development

DisadvantagesMaybe too many characters which weren't always fully developed

"...is for the paperback book Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. The book was published in paperback in 2009, and was sadly published posthumously as Michael Crichton died in 2008. The basic plot of the book is set in the 1660s and involves Captain Charles Hunter who is put in charge of a large expedition to Matanceros, a fictional island in Jamaica. He reaches there successfully, but then becomes engaged in a project to return another ship back to ..." Read review
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Praise for Michael Crichton: 'A wonderful farrago! marvellous' Evening Standard 'A satirical black-comedy thriller! Crichton writes likes Tom Wolfe on speed! completely brilliant' Daily Mail 'A gripping, impeccably researched thriller!we don't get much politically engaged fiction these days. Here is a fine example' Evening Standard 'Exciting!a master storyteller' Sunday Telegraph 'Terrific fun. The pages whip by' Independent 'Intelligent, readable and guaranteed to get the grey matter going' Mirror 'One of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around! another high-concept treat!written in consummate page-turning style!fascinating' Observer 'This is Crichton on top form' The Times 'Mixing cutting-edge science with thrills and spills, this is classic Crichton' Daily Mirror

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EAN 9780007329083
Type Fiction
Genre Thriller
Title Pirate Latitudes
Author Michael Crichton
Release Date 40133
ISBN 0007329083

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