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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton


Pirate Latitudes
by Michael Crichton

(Audio)

Once upon a time I went through a phase where I read every book written by Michael Crichton. Since then, I've missed a few but I love pirates so I was really interested in reading the last book Crichton wrote. Honestly, though, it feels a bit incomplete and unpolished in places.

The beginning was quintessential Crichton, going into extreme, useless, historical detail. He spent half an hour talking about the number of tooth cloths the Governor has, for example. But once the story got going at the dinner meeting and thereafter, it was definitely enjoyable. Some scenes seemed a lot shorter than they should have been, while others were in Crichton-like detail. There were quite a few glaring plot holes/impossibilities it was a little difficult to overlook. But, there were a lot of fun twists and turns, complications and solutions. On the whole, it was entertaining and a great pirate story (but don't you dare call Hunter a pirate! SO, really, strange title, don't you think?)

I really liked Hunter a lot. In fact, there is a fascinating cast of characters. However, with so many interesting characters, I would have liked if Crichton had done more with them.

I found the epilogue to be a bit unsatisfying. A little depressing, actually. But, apart from the small flaws, I came away from it with a smile.

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