Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

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22 Critic Reviews

Perhaps it’s fitting that the press notes for Pirate Latitudes work so hard to make the case for Crichton’s influence on American pop culture, because the book itself does a poor job of making any sort of argument in his favor.
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“Crichton’s ultimate adventure.”

San Francisco Chronicle

 

Pirates Latitudes has the loot: Gore, sex, action….A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure.”
USA Today

 

“Riveting….Great entertainment….The pages and minutes fly by.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

#1 New York Times bestselling author, the incomparable Michael Crichton (“One of the great storytellers of our age” —Newsday) takes to the high Caribbean seas for an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates, lost treasure, sword fights, duplicity, and hair-breadth escapes in the New World.

 

About Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
 
Published November 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 324 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 22 2009

They won’t mistake “Pirate Latitudes” for one of his best. Its posthumous publication is bittersweet, and no amount of “Smart there with the jib!” talk can disguise that. The Crichton reputation and legacy are based on works far heartier than this.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by FCEtier on Jan 31 2010

Readers will be glad that an assistant paid attention and found this complete manuscript in the late author's files as the book is a fitting conclusion to a remarkable career.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Dec 22 2009

Argh, me hearties, thriller fans, book lovers, here's your first great fun of the early winter season.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Jun 27 2011

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend ‘Pirate Latitudes’ unless you really are a huge fan of pirate novels. If you are a Crichton fan I’m sure it will only serve to disappoint.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Roz Shea on Jan 18 2015

Crichton’s well-earned reputation for research and attention to detail is evident in this romp of an adventure tale.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Spider Robinson on Dec 17 2009

Whatever his flaws, Michael Crichton was nearly always a good storyteller. This inexplicable cone of rapidly melting Frostee is a faded Xerox of an outline for a very bad story.

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AV Club

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Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Dec 10 2009

Perhaps it’s fitting that the press notes for Pirate Latitudes work so hard to make the case for Crichton’s influence on American pop culture, because the book itself does a poor job of making any sort of argument in his favor.

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AV Club

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Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Dec 10 2009

Perhaps it’s fitting that the press notes for Pirate Latitudes work so hard to make the case for Crichton’s influence on American pop culture, because the book itself does a poor job of making any sort of argument in his favor.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Benjamin Svetkey on Nov 18 2009

When it comes to sharp, slick techno-thrillers that you can polish off on a flight to Chicago, there’s never been anybody better. But a hackneyed historical novel filled with bosomy maidens and blustery old navy dialogue (”Mizzen top blown!”) is not what Crichton should be remembered for.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Tim Rutten on Nov 26 2009

In any event, if you're on an airplane for a flight of several hours and not in a particularly demanding mood, "Pirate Latitudes" would be a reasonably agreeable companion.

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Pajiba

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Reviewed by HarperJay on Feb 15 2013

There was a bit more blood and guts than I'm accustomed to in my usual fictional fare. On the flip side there was a good deal of pirate superstition and nautical folklore. Which I find to be interesting. All in all, a really good adventure story.

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About.com

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Reviewed by Shawn Stufflebeam on Dec 14 2015

...the reader is left with the distinct feeling that these relationships are more of just place markers that were intended to be fleshed out at a later time. That being said, Pirate Latitudes is a rollicking adventure from one of the world's favorite authors...

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Historical Novel Society

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Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan on Feb 01 2010

Crichton does not gloss over the slavery, addiction and brutality of colonial Jamaica...while the conclusion to the first Pirates of the Caribbean film is both predictable and campy, the ending chapters of Pirate Latitudes are sure to surprise readers.

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Russell Miller on Dec 14 2015

This novel is far less technical and certainly less political than his recent books. So to some it may not feel a fitting end to Crichton’s career. Remember, though, we don’t read Crichton for science or politics, we mainly read Crichton for his storytelling.

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Boston.com

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Reviewed by Carol Iaciofano on Dec 15 2009

But too often, these scenes bob on a choppy writing sea. Some characters who are introduced as apparent key players in specific subplots are just forgotten, never to be mentioned again...In the end “Pirate Latitudes’’ isn’t quite ready to sail.

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Booked Solid

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Reviewed by Brandon Murray on Jan 09 2016

Any adult who enjoys a classic adventure tale or historical fiction will find something enjoyable in this book.

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Alternative Magazine Online

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Reviewed by Stewie Sutherland on Apr 01 2010

Truly, the story is utterly addicting, and when it draws a person in (and it will, quickly, with the pull of any hurricane) it becomes nigh impossible to put it down.

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Creative Loafing Tampa

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Reviewed by SCOTT HARRELL on Nov 30 2009

Which is fine. The book is a solidly constructed and entertaining read, and perfect for one or two nights of staying up late turning pages to see what happens next. Longtime fans, however, will almost certainly feel something missing -- the weighty atmosphere of a fully-realized world...

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She Treads Softly Blog

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Reviewed by Lori L on Jan 03 2010

Even when writing an entertaining pirate yarn Crichton is the standard others hope to reach. highly recommended

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Book Him Danno

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Reviewed by Heidi and Doug Wimmer on Jan 24 2013

With all the 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.

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The Daily Monocle

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Reviewed by J. P. Wickwire on Jun 17 2010

Pirate Latitudes is a quick, movie-like read. With all the elements (almost a melting pot) of good pirate fiction, and the historical backing to boot, you'll not only learn much about sailing in the late 1600's—you'll be entertained at the same time

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Reviewed by Sayed Khadri on Mar 25 2010

In this you will see the characters are not well developed, and some scenes also not well developed. I don’t know whether Michael actually wanted to print this novel or he wanted to revisit it before printing, any how I enjoyed reading this novel and waiting to see the Movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

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