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.
About the Author
Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of the hit television show ER. Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. One of the most popular writers in the world, he has sold over 200 million books. His books have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and thirteen have been made into films.
“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
-Cameron Martin, New York Times
“Offers unexpected turns and plenty of yo ho ho’s.”
-Richard Eisenberg, People (3 out of 4 stars)
“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
“The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero’s galleon.”
-Benjamin Svetsky, Entertainment Weekly