By James Gilmore
Pirate Latitudes is taut genre novel written by one of the modern masters of suspense, Michael Crichton. Intense and inventive, the action and drama never fail to entertain in a story laden with clever ideas in plotting and execution while widely diverse, fascinating characters populate the novel. Crichton fulfills and defies every pirate cliché by making them his own, transforming each element into something unique and poignant and exploring to its logical, if not surprising, conclusion.
Unfortunately, Pirate Latitudes once again exhibits Crichton’s two major weaknesses: (1) his talent for gullibly accepting stereotypes (valid or not) based on his research, and (2) failing to provide any greater depth or meaning beyond the story itself, which is where the limit of the story’s impact can be felt most.
A thrilling ride for Crichton and pirate lovers; a guilty pleasure for lit-heads.
Rating: 3 / 5