Pirate Latitudes (Unabridged)
by Michael Crichton
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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.
Good, but perhaps incomplete
I haven't read a Michael Crichton book in a while, but the subject of this one caught my eye. I have to admit, it was a real page-turner. I didn't want to stop reading. But my complaint is that the end just, well, happened. Boom, it was over. I felt as though there were loose ends remaining. Perhaps Crichton passed away before he could write more, perhaps this was how he intended it.
Did not put it down until finished. I read it on Kindle. I plan to listen to it through iTunes audiobooks.
I listen to audiobooks while I'm at work every night, and this has been one of my favorites that I've listened to so far. I work 12 hours shifts and I listened to this book two nights in a row.