Pirate Latitudes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Crichton
Narrator: John Lloyd
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: November 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
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From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

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.

Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure. . . .

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

Reviews (5)

Great Adventure!

Written by Wendy on January 5th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What a great adventure!

Not the usual Michael Crichton book

Written by Anonymous on August 31st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I love Michael Crichton's books. They are so believable, so supported by well done research. The characters are fully developed. . . except in Pirate Latitudes. This is a cross between the Perils of Pauline and a Tarantino movie. I can honestly say every single character is one dimensional--even the heroes. And none of them have any socially redeeming value. The plot line is filled with endless "cliffhanger" challenges, always resolved in hard-to-believe ways. The gratuitous violence is brought to a new, low level. Crichton revels in laying out, with sadistic glee, every pain inflicted on hero and villain alike. I can only hope his next book will be better. Don't rent this one unless your health insurance covers nausea and disgust.

Murphy's Luck

Written by Anonymous on August 30th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Typical Crichton. If something can possibly go wrong, it will.


Written by Anonymous on June 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Everything you could ever want in a pirate novel. Adventure, suspense, courtroom drama thrown in and even a sea monster. And attitude. Loved it.

Wonderfully Entertaining

Written by Donn Edwards on February 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Its a pity this book was only released after his death, because Michael Crichton has done a superb job of conveying the corruption, danger and high adventure of the Caribbean. It's a very different style to his "science" books, and is much more like "The Great Train Robbery" in terms of style and subject. I loved it and was glad to have bought the unabridged version.

Author Details

Author Details

Crichton, Michael

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Next, about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He has taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling goes back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications include a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

He's had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He has a daughter, Taylor, and lives in Los Angeles. Crichton remarried in 2005.