Book Review: Pirate Latitudes

Treasure Hunt

Pirate Latitudes (2009) by Michael Crichton is about a privateer, Charles Hunter, leading a crew to steal an enormous treasure from a galleon waiting for safe passage from the island fortress of Matanceros to Spain. Hunter gets hired by the Governor of Jamaica to carry out the dangerous mission. Hunter accepts to take on the mission, selects his crew and sets out to get the treasure.


Crichton takes the reader along as Hunter seeks out the members of his crew. He gives the characters a rich backstories. Their dialogue felt natural and it made them leap off the page.

History Lesson

I love how Michael Crichton writes; his weaving of real life facts into his stories makes them much more exciting. He manages to get an obscure fact and makes it indispensable to move the story forward. As a side effect of this, the reader learns. He uses this technique in almost all his books. I know it’s not a concept invented by him, but he is one of the few writers who was able to master it.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve ever read any of my previous posts, you know Michael Crichton is one of my all-time favorite writers. So yeah, I’m going to recommend this book to everyone. This book will immerse you into another time period and you’ll by the time you’re done you’re going to fell out of breath.

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