In November 2009, I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news that Michael Crichton had died. For a long time now, Crichton has been one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed almost all of his books. He does a great job of research before writing any book, which pays of in drawing the reader into the story. Though most of his works deal with science fiction (Jurassic Park, Timeline, Sphere, Prey, State of Fear, etc.), occasionally Crichton wrote historical fiction (such as The Great Train Robbery, Pirates).
After his death, two complete novels were discovered on his computer. When I found out this out, I immediately purchased the first one: Pirates.
I was not disappointed. As always, Crichton does a masterful job of developing interesting characters, with an even more interesting story line filled with twists and turns, and suspense lasting until the last page. This was a fun story set in the Caribbean world of 1665.
The downside of the book was the high level of gore and violence along with occasional sexual references (not gratuitous descriptions) – Which I suppose I should have expected given that it was a story about pirates!
Though not my favorite Crichton book (that would be State of Fear or perhaps Timeline), I enjoyed the day and a half it took me to read this one.