Thursday, September 5, 2013
I finished this book in two sittings and I have to say that it was the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a long time! This was also the first novel I've ever read by Michael Crichton, and I can see why so many of his books have been adapted to film. This book reads like an action film and I mean that as a compliment. No scene is wasted and the plot moves along at a very fast pace. Most of the story is centered on Captain Charles Hunter who is a privateer working in Port Royal in 1665. A number of sidekicks join his crew and they were all awesome in their own way. After hearing about a Spanish ship full of treasure docked on a notoriously dangerous island known as “Matanceros” Captain Hunter sets sail determined to ride the Spanish of their gold.
From the second the ship sets sail the action doesn't stop until the last page. Seriously I think Crichton fit everything into this book except for mermaids. Dangerous cannibals, hurricanes, a phenomenal chase scene on the high seas, an island raid, a daring prison escape, and even an appearance from a Kraken. If you have a fondness for pirates, sailors, and nautical mischief then you will absolutely adore this book. As I said I finished the book in two sessions but it can easily be knocked out in a day. It was surprisingly violent at parts, but this book is about pirate debauchery so that should come as no surprise. A perfect book to take with you on a lengthy flight, Pirate Latitudes was an awesome read!