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Michael Crichton (1942--2008) was the author of the groundbreaking novels The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, and Next, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He was the director of Westworld, Coma, The Great Train Robbery and Looker, as well as the creator of ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.
Posthumously discovered among Crichton's files; DreamWorks has already nabbed the film rights; John Bedford Lloyd reads. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
In Crichton's posthumously published novel, Capt. Charles Hunter leads a lovable gang of pirates in a raid on a Spanish ship loaded with gold off the coast of Jamaica. Hunter's determination must contend with a host of rapacious cannibals, hurricanes, sea monsters, simmering mutiny, and capture by sadistic Spaniards. Crichton draws on every pirate cliche in the book, refreshing and reanimating them with heady atmosphere, crackling dialogue, and an endearing hero-all of which are brought to life by John Bedford Lloyd, who excels at accents and colorful personalities. Lloyd's deep and controlled voice projects energy and excitement, and steers clear of caricature. A Harper hardcover. (Dec.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"The plot sucks you in like the giant kraken monster that nearly sinks our hero's galleon."--Benjamin Svetsky, Entertainment Weekly "It's not an ironic pirate novel. It's not a pirate novel with a secret gimmick. It's simply an entertaining tale filled with crafty privateers, despicable villains, treasure hoards, double crosses and a sea monster. Go figure."--Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle "Offers unexpected turns and plenty of yo ho ho's."--Richard Eisenberg, People (3 out of 4 stars) "Unabashed fun."--Cameron Martin, New York Times "A lusty, rollicking 17th century adventure.... History as entertainment.... Crichton has done his homework."--Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today