Pirate Latitudes by: Michael Crichton

After posting the last entry about Jurassic Park, I type Michael Crichton’s name into google to see if his website was still up and if they had any news about any potential publishing of works that he may have been working on. Sure enough, Pirate Latitudes is coming out this Fall! November 24, 2009. Ohh man! Add this to my 2009 Christmas list!


From crichton-official.com:

Pirate Latitudes:

To Be Published November 24, 2009
by HarperCollins
320 pages
Discovered among Crichton’s files after his passing last fall, Pirate Latitudes is an adventure tale unlike anything Crichton readers have seen before. Demonstrating the versatility and raw storytelling power of this master of suspense, it is sure to generate tremendous reader interest and media coverage.

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Devoid of London’s luxuries, Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate, life can end swiftly by dysentery—or dagger. But for a daring soul like Captain Edward Hunter, this wild outpost in the New World can also lead to great fortune, if he abides by the island’s code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

Word in port is that the Spanish galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in nearby Matanceros. Heavily fortified, the impregnable Spanish harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of King Philip IV. With the Jamaican governor’s backing, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon and its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of Matanceros legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he makes it onto the island’s shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure.

With the help of his cunning band, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the deadly clutches of Cazalla, leaving plenty of carnage in his wake. But the danger—and adventure—are only just beginning. . .

Apparently, there is another book coming out in 2010…I’m so excited.

PIRATE LATITUDES to be released November 24, 2009
Michael’s fans will be happy to know that two new novels will be published in the coming months. Click below to learn more and check back here for all the latest information …

PIRATE LATITUDES – Available for Pre-Order Now!
UNTITLED TECHNO-THRILLER – To be published in Fall 2010

On a side note, it looks like I’ll have two books to read this fall, Pirate Latitudes and Dan Brown’s upcoming Robert Langdon novel The Lost Symbol…hmm, did I write about this one yet?


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