This rollicking tale is chock full of blackguards, privateers, seamen, whores, villainous Spaniards, kraken, betrayal, hurricanes, cannibals, and more. The plot is strictly B movie, but it’s full of swashbuckling action. The squeamish reader need not apply, but the brutality and death, though prodigious in quantity, are relatively civilized by today’s standard. This novel was discovered among Crichton’s effects after his untimely death. It’s not among his best work, but it’s a fun read if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted and gory pirate story.

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