An irresistible tale of swashbuckling pirates in the New World from master storyteller Michael Crichton - now in paperback 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780007329106
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Review by john257hopper
A good, rollicking and quick read. As I was reading it, though, it struck me how much more this felt like a Bernard Cornwell novel than a Michael Crichton one. I wonder how much work was done on it when it was discovered on the author's computer after his death.
Review by reading_fox
Slow but entertaining. Perhaps more interesting than his obviously political thrillers, and a marked improvement from <i>Timeline</i>. Here MC has abandoned any pretense at technology and is simply relating a historical tale. The forward notes that this manuscript was found, as is, amoungst his files after his death. Unfortunetly there is no other information provided, as to whether it was work in progress, long forgotten, or ready to submit. It reads well as a finished draft, for a story. but it's lacking all the historical footnotes and commentry that normally defines MC's work.The story set in the late 1600s, follows one Captain Hunter - educated american now residing in Port Royal, Jamaica. One of the few English outposts amoungst the Spanish Main. Depending on how technically one reads the dictates of King Charles, Hunter either clearly is, or isn't, a pirate. Given that a sizable percentage of his "finds" makes its way back to both Port Royal and the Crown, the present Govenor is happy to maintain his status. Word comes in that a lost Spanish treasure galleon has been found, and might be susceptable to one of Hunter's clever plans. Some of the details TBC
Review by Ameise1
This was enjoyable fast-paced reading. Charles Hunter, a pirate, who is based at the colony of Jamaica is planning and undertaking a theft from the Spanish crown in the Caribbean. Therefore he is looking for the most skilled men who are coming along with him. He is making an unorthodox approach to get to his target.The story is written very gripping and I could laugh out loud at the different incidents which have taken place during this endeavour.