By Stewie Sutherland
Over the winter holidays, I sat down with a few days off to read the latest book from HarperCollins Publishers, Pirate Latitudes by the late (and truly great) Michael Crichton. The tale revolves around a crew of privateers stealing a sizable treasure from under the noses of the Spanish guarding it. Do not, whatever you do, expect a story of banter and booze, parrying swords or armies of floating corsairs. Pirate Latitudes, written by Crichton before his death in 2008, is a story of blood, mud and sacrifice, and relentless storms waiting to crush those who sail the ocean unprepared.