Pirate Latitudes: A Novel

By Michael Crichton

In this New York Times bestselling novel, grasp of suspense Michael Crichton promises an impossible to resist story of swashbuckling pirates within the New World—a vintage tale of treasure and betrayal.

The Caribbean, 1665. A distant colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out opposed to the large supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat city of taverns, grog retailers, and bawdy homes. during this steamy weather there’s a dwelling to be made, a dwelling that may finish speedily via disease—or through dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish fingers is gold for the taking, and the legislation of the land rests with these ruthless adequate to make it. note in port is galleon, clean from New Spain, is anticipating upkeep in a close-by harbor....

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his top: a rollicking experience story pulsing with relentless motion, crackling surroundings, and heart-pounding suspense.

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He had as soon as been a profitable privateering captain in his personal correct. Then he had long past at the Matanceros raid with Edmunds. Whisper used to be the only real survivor, after Cazalla had captured him, lower his throat, and left him for lifeless. one way or the other Whisper lived, yet no longer with no the lack of his voice. This and the big, white arcing scar underneath his chin have been noticeable proofs of his prior. because his go back to Port Royal, Whisper had hidden during this again room, a powerful, lively guy yet one with out braveness — the metal long past out of him. He used to be worried; he used to be by no means and not using a weapon in his arms and one other at his part. Now, as he rocked in his chair, Hunter observed the gleam of a cutlass at the flooring inside effortless achieve. “What brings you, Captain? Matanceros? ” Hunter should have seemed startled. Whisper broke into laughter. Whisper’s laughter used to be a frightening sound, a high-pitched wheezing sizzle, like a steam kettle. He threw his head again to giggle, revealing the white scar it appears that evidently. “I startle you, Captain? you're shocked i do know? ” “Whisper,” Hunter stated. “Do others comprehend? ” “Some,” Whisper hissed. “Or they think. yet they don't comprehend. I heard the tale of Morton’s voyage. ” “Ah. ” “You are going, Captain? ” “Tell me approximately Matanceros, Whisper. ” “You want a map? ” “Yes. ” “Fifteen shillings? ” “Done,” Hunter stated. He knew he might pay Whisper twenty, to make sure his friendship and his silence to any later viewers. And for his half, Whisper could recognize the duty conferred via the additional 5 shillings. And he might be aware of that Hunter might kill him if he spoke to an individual else approximately Matanceros. Whisper produced a scrap of oilcloth and somewhat charcoal. putting the oilcloth on his knee, he sketched quickly. “The island of Matanceros, it ability slaughter within the Donnish tongue,” he whispered. “It has the form of a U, so. The mouth of the harbor faces to the east, to the sea. This aspect” — he tapped the left-hand aspect of the U — “is Punta Matanceros. that's the place Cazalla has equipped the fort. it's low land right here. The castle isn't any greater than fifty paces above the extent of the water. ” Hunter nodded, and waited whereas Whisper gurgled a sip of kill-devil. “The citadel is eight-sided. The partitions are stone, thirty toes excessive. inside of there's a Spanish military garrison. ” “Of what power? ” “Some say 200. a few say 300. i've got even heard 400 yet don't believe it. ” Hunter nodded. He should still expect 300 troops. “And the weapons? ” “On facets of the citadel only,” Whisper rasped. “One battery to the sea, due east. One battery around the mouth of the harbor, due south. ” “What weapons are they? ” Whisper gave his chilling snicker. “Most fascinating, Captain Hunter. they're culebrinas, twenty-four-pounders, solid bronze. ” “How many? ” “Ten, probably twelve. ” It was once fascinating, Hunter idea. The culebrinas — what the English referred to as culverins — weren't the main strong category of armament, and have been not favorite for shipboard use. as an alternative, the stubby cannon had develop into commonplace on warships of each nationality.

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