Waiting on Wednesday

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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

From the Michael Crichton official website:

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. . .

Michael Crichton was a multi-talented person who died way too young. There are two books which will be published posthumously with the first, Pirate Latitudes set to be released November 24th. This is just the kind of adventure story I love, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!


bermudaonion on November 25, 2009 at 8:42 AM said...

My son is reading this right now and he says it's good so far.

Staci on November 25, 2009 at 5:32 PM said...

I never read his dinosaur books but I have read some of his other stuff.

Literary Feline on November 26, 2009 at 10:58 PM said...

This does sound like it will be good. I've only read one book by Crichton, but there are a couple more of his I've had my eye on for awhile. I'll have to add this one to my list. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


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