Pirate Latitudes

Pirate Latitudes

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Jamaica in 1665 is a rough outpost of the English crown, a minor colony holding out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, Jamaica's capital, a cut-throat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses, is devoid of London's luxuries; life here can end swiftly with dysentery or a dagger in your back. But for Captain Edward Hunter it is a life that can also lead to riches, if he abides by the island's code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking. And law in the New World is made by those who take it into their hands. Word in port is that the Spanish treasure galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is stalled in nearby Matanceros harbour awaiting repairs. Heavily fortified, the impregnable Spanish outpost is guarded by the blood-swiller Cazalla, a favourite commander of King Philip IV himself. With the governor's backing, Hunter assembles a roughneck crew to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon, along with its fortune in Spanish gold.
The raid is as perilous as the bloody legends of Matanceros suggest, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he finds himself on the island s shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of the Spanish infantry are all that stand between him and the treasure. With the help of his cunning crew, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the deadly clutches of Cazalla, leaving plenty of carnage in his wake. But his troubles have just begun...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134.62 x 180.34 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • New South Wales, Australia
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0061929409
  • 9780061929403
  • 1,734,445

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Unabashed fun. --Cameron Martin, New York Times Pirates Latitudes has the loot: Gore, sex, action . A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure . History as entertainment . Crichton has done his homework. --Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today "Pirates Latitudes has the loot: Gore, sex, action.... A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure.... History as entertainment.... Crichton has done his homework."--Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today "Unabashed fun."--Cameron Martin, New York Times ""Pirates Latitudes" has the loot: Gore, sex, action.... A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure.... History as entertainment.... Crichton has done his homework."--Bob Minzesheimer, "USA Today" "Unabashed fun."--Cameron Martin, "New York Times" Unabashed fun. --Cameron Martin, "New York Times"" "The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero's galleon."--Benjamin Svetsky, Entertainment Weekly "A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure.... History as entertainment.... Crichton has done his homework."--Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today "It's not an ironic pirate novel. It's not a pirate novel with a secret gimmick. It's simply an entertaining tale filled with crafty privateers, despicable villains, treasure hoards, double crosses and a sea monster. Go figure."--Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle "Offers unexpected turns and plenty of yo ho ho's."--Richard Eisenberg, People (3 out of 4 stars) "Unabashed fun."--Cameron Martin, New York Times The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero s galleon. --Benjamin Svetsky, Entertainment Weekly" A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure . History as entertainment . Crichton has done his homework. --Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today" It s not an ironic pirate novel. It s not a pirate novel with a secret gimmick. It s simply an entertaining tale filled with crafty privateers, despicable villains, treasure hoards, double crosses and a sea monster. Go figure. --Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle" Offers unexpected turns and plenty of yo ho ho s. --Richard Eisenberg, People (3 out of 4 stars)" Unabashed fun. --Cameron Martin, New York Times"
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Back cover copy

"A lusty, rollicking seventeenth-century adventure. . . .History as entertainment."--USA Today

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease--or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

"Crichton's great talent was writing books that were virtually impossible to put down. . . . Pirate Latitudes is no exception."--Entertainment Weekly

"Crichton's ultimate adventure."--San Francisco Chronicle
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About Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton's novels include Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. He is also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER. Pirate Latitudes was discovered as a complete manuscript in his files after his death in 2008.
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2 13% (4,449)
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