PIRATE LATITUDES. Michael Crichton/ Harper Collins, £18.99
THE late Michael Crichton’s watchword in all of his fictional works was research, and the posthumously-published Pirate Latitudes, is a believable telling of swashbuckling based on the story of a real-life privateer.
With his famed attention to detail, Crichton transports the reader to the Caribbean, painting a thrilling picture of life on the high seas.
There’s enough action to keep anyone interested – Spanish gold, sea battles, the mythical sea monster known as the kraken and plenty of fighting thrown in for good measure.
But as with all pirates, in-fighting and backbiting sees our hero doomed to finish his days shunned by the king he had secretly served and unable to discover where his treasure was buried by a crewmate who turned against him.
A ripping yarn, this tale of cut-throat seafarers fits in well alongside the Jurassic Park author’s many other works.