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 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 a galleon, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. But Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on its shores. . . .
With all the page-turning suspense that readers have come to expect from one of the best-loved authors of all time, "Pirate Latitudes" is an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.
From the Publisher:
English Captain Charles Hunter and his crew of ruffians sail from colonial Jamaica to infiltrate the Spanish-controlled island, commandeering the galleon El Trinidadand its fortune in gold after a bloody battle, but Hunter and his crew have plenty of danger and adventure ahead of them, in this 17th-century swashbuckling tale found among the late author's files after his passing. (Historical fiction). Simultaneous.English Captain Charles Hunter and his crew of ruffians sail from colonial Jamaica to infiltrate the Spanish-controlled island, commandeering the galleon El Trinidadand its fortune in gold after a bloody battle, but Hunter and his crew have plenty of danger and adventure ahead of them, in this 17th-century swashbuckling tale found among the late author's files after his passing. (Historical fiction). Simultaneous.
Discovered posthumously (or at least that's how it's being spun), PIRATE LATITUDES was completed shortly before best-selling super-star Michael Crichton died in 2009. Crichton's first foray into pirate adventures, this is a classic adventure tale: a pirate and a politician from Jamaica seek their fortunes with a plan to steal a Spanish treasure. Crichton's research and imagination are evident, and he was clearing enjoying himself while working on this final project.
Born in Chicago, Michael Crichton was grew up on Long Island, where he was a 6' 9" basketball star at Roslyn High School. In 1960 he entered Harvard University to study English, but after receiving poor grades, he switched his major to anthropology, graduating summa cum laude in 1965. Crichton then attended Harvard Medical School, where he graduated with an M.D. in 1969. To help pay his way through medical school, Crichton began writing thrillers under a variety of pseudonyms. The most successful effort from this period was "A Case Of Need", written as Jeffrey Hudson, which went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year. Though he never became a licensed doctor, Crichton did go on to work as a postdoctorate fellow, but soon decided to turn his full attention to writing. His background in anthropology and medicine helped him write a long list of bestsellers. "The Andromeda Strain", which he wrote in his final year of medical school, sold millions and helped established him as a perennial best-selling novelist. Many of his novels have been made into Hollywood movies, including the phenomenally successful "Jurassic Park" and its sequel "The Lost World." Crichton has also run his own software company, written both a computer game and one of the first books on information technology, and made the first film to feature computerized images ("Westworld", 1973). He created the Emmy Award-winning television drama "E.R.", a show on which he also served as the executive producer, and has written books on two of his long-standing passions: modern art and travel. After a long battle with cancer, Crichton died in Los Angeles on August 4, 2008 at the age of 66.
"This hilariously exciting book already reads like a film treatment, jumping from one cinematic, doom-filled episode to the next as it cuts its bloody way through the encyclopedia of piracy from 'Ahoy' to 'Yo-ho-ho.'"
- Ron Charles
"If this really is Crichton's final book, it's a splendid send-off: something new, different, and daring." (starred review)
- David Pitt
- Cameron Martin