The new thriller from Michael Crichton, one of the most famous authors in the world, the most exciting, anticipated publication of Christmas 2009.
From one of the best-loved and bestselling authors of all time comes and irresistible tale of swashbuckling pirates in the New World – a classic story of adventure and betrayal.
Jamaica, in 1665 a lone outpost of British power amid Spanish waters in the sunbaked Caribbean. Its capital, Port Royal, a cuthroat town of taverns, grog shops and bawdy houses – the last place imaginable from which to launch an unthinkable attack on a nearby Spanish stronghold. Yet that is exactly what renowned privateer Captain Charles Hunter plans to do, with the connivance of Charles II's ruling governor, Sir James Almont.
The target is Matanceros, guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, and considered impregnable with its gun emplacements and sheer cliffs. Hunter's crew of buccaneers must battle not only the Spanish fleet but other deadly perils – raging hurricanes, cannibal tribes, even sea monsters. But if his ragtag crew succeeds, they will make not only history … but a fortune in gold....Continua
L’isola dei pirati è quel libro che prendi in mano quando vuoi ricordare un vecchio amico che ti ha accompagnato per tanto tempo e che ora non c’è più. Seduto in poltrona, con un bicchiere di whisky e una Lucky blu, lo leggi. Lui non ti deluderà.
Per la recensione completa: http://wp.me/p4X9gY-3f...Continua
Questo “Pirate Latitudes” viene spacciato per un manoscritto ritrovato, completo, tra le carte del defunto Crichton. Be’, è una simpatica lettura ma Crichton, se avesse voluto pubblicarlo, ci avrebbe lavorato ancora parecchio. Sono visibili alcuni marchi di fabbrica (la formazione di un gruppo di protagonisti con abilità complementari, qualche trovata tecnologica, anche se commisurata alle conoscenze della seconda metà del ‘600) mala vicenda, anziché farsi più complicata e avvitarsi su se stessa rendendo sempre più difficile un’impresa già quasi impossibile (come accade nei migliori libri di Crichton) procede per stadi, ad ognuno dei quali corrisponde un tema tradizionale della narrativa piratesca. Così il capitano Charles Hunter deve prima vincere una battaglia navale impossibile, conquistare una fortezza inespugnabile, sopravvivere a una tempesta insostenibile, uccidere un mostro marino invincibile e affrontare indigeni e cospiratori. Nulla più che una lettura spensierata....Continua
I enjoyed it only from the second half on. Before the story proceeds so slowly that more than once I was tempted to give up and put this book back on the shelf.
It is as if the first part is merely a draft. Events, characters' actions and details are just put in the page without going deeper into them, without explaining, without clarifying why they have been put on there.
I couldn't help but notice this book can be divided into three sections: the first, which is absolute rubbish. The second, which is kinda of preparation to the final action and the final action, which is gripping very much indeed. Sure enough, the final escape is a bit improbable, but still...
I've read many books of Michael Crichton. Some of them I loved and some I just liked. As for Pirates I'm afraid I'll keep feeling it is a book that was never actually completed nor refined....Continua
Not up to Crichton's usual standard, Pirate Latitudes is still a fast paced and fun novel - nothing special, but solid all the same.
As a long-time fan of Michael Crichton, I feel extremely sorry to have to say that I simply couldn't finish this book. It's sad that this is his last book before death, but it's sadder that it could not live up to any of his other works.
This book is about pirates and I have no particular interest in this area, but that is not the only reason I can't read on. This book simply does not have much of a grip on the reader. The story is very flat and predictable. I find myself having to force myself to read on simply because I want to get it over with.
I'm disappointed, to say the least....Continua