Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
Friday, Mar 5, 2010
This novel was found on Michael Crichton’s computer after his death. How convenient! Steven Spielberg has bought the film rights and I understand why. Every conceivable adventure that could happen to a pirate in the 1600’s of the Spanish Main does so- hurricanes, battles at sea, fortress attacks. There is even a “cracken”! Charles Hunter is a Harvard educated (what else?) privateer who preys on the hated Spanish for the crown in the Caribbean of 1665. Once the treasure ship is captured, the long knives of betrayal come out and the fun begins! Crichton does his usual thorough research on pirate customs and navigational operations of ships of the day. Arrghh!