Monday, November 2, 2009

Giveaway: Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton


From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses.

In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease—or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure. . . .

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

~Synopsis from the publisher


Harper Collins has generously provided two copies for me to give away! To enter, leave me a comment here. The winner must have a US or Canada mailing address and will be drawn at random. Enter through midnight eastern on November 20th. Below are some ways for you to earn extra entries. Please leave ONE comment for each thing you choose to do. You can combine your comments together if you like but please do not leave multiple comments for the same extra thing (for example, one comment if you fave at Technorati or subscribe via Feedburner, not three). Anyone who already follows, subscribes, or has faved at Technorati still gets the extras, just mention it in your comment! Thank you for visiting and entering!

+1 become a follower
+1 tweet giveaway on twitter or blog about it (note that you did in your comment)
+3 fave this blog at Technorati (click on the little green box on the left sidebar)
+3 subscribe via Feedburner

100 comments:

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Ooh! Great giveaway. Please include me.

+1 follower
+1 posted this on my blog: http://bookshelfmonstrosity.blogspot.com/2009/10/weekly-monstrosity-giveaway-list-1029.html
+3 I subscribe

Thanks!

fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

bermudaonion said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
bermudaonion said...

I would love to win this! My whole family loves Michael Crichton's work.

+3 faved on Technorati
+3 subscribe via Feedburner

milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Jessica said...

Who wouldn't love to win this book. Please count me in for the giveaway. Thanks.

jessica(at)fan(dot)com

Julie said...

Please please please enter me! I would love a chance to win this one!

I'm also a follower!

Cheers,
julie.sherritt[at]gmail.com

susan.byerly said...

I think Michael Crichton is a great author and love his books.
+3 I subscribe

susan.byerly@comcast.net

holdenj said...

I was so glad to hear there was one last story left...I'll miss some of his imagination, that's for sure.
Thanks for the chance to win.

+1 I'm a follower.

JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

Pricilla said...

Sounds very interesting.
Thanks
+1 I follow
+1 I tweeted http://twitter.com/BrokenTeepee/status/5378371262
+3 I faved at technorati
+3 I subscribed at feedburner

thanks
kaiminani@gmail.com

Laura's Reviews said...

Michael Crighton and Pirates - wow, please enter me!

laarlt78(at)hotmail(dot)com

Laura's Reviews said...

I am a follower.

laarlt78(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kari said...

I would love to enter. Sounds like a great book to enjoy this winter while I'm curled up by the fire. Thanks.

Kari said...

I'm a blog follower.
Thanks.

rubynreba said...

This looks so good! Thanks!
+1 follow
+3 subscribe by feedburner
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Barb said...

Michael Crichton is one of my favorite authors and I try to read every one of his books. Please enter me into this giveaway. Thanks

+1 I am a follower
+3 I subscribe through Google reader
+3 I favd on Technorati

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

CelticLady said...

Please include me
+1 follower on google
+1 posted this on sidebar on blog
+3 I subscribe feedburner
+3 faved on technorati http://twitter.com/Celticlady1953/status/5380816699
tweeted here
Thank you, I love Michael Crighton

momkelly2003@yahoo.com

tanya904 said...

I am excited to read this book Please enter me
tanyainjville@yahoo.com

tanya904 said...

I follow
tanyainjville@yahoo.com

Riva said...

Looks like another great Crichton book. Please enter me.

I follow with my Google Reader.

dulcibelle at earthlink dot net

Searcher said...

Would love a chance!

I follow - LooseEnds AT Snet DOT Net

Pam said...

Blimey, I've loved pirates since seeing Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean!

+1 follower
+3 technorati fave
+3 subscribe via google reader

melacan at hotmail dto com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to read this. Please add my name to the hat.

Thank you!

wendy
tarrydiddle@gmail.com

Becca said...

Please enter me!

+1 I'm a follower
+1 I blogged about it here:
http://completepoppycock.blogspot.com/2009/11/pirate-latitudes.html

thanks
rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

Linda said...

I haven't read a Crichton novel in years. Would love to win this one.

I follow thru Google Reader

lag123 said...

I would LOVE to read this. Please enter me.

lag110@mchsi.com

lag123 said...

I follow via google reader.

lag110@mchsi.com

lag123 said...

I tweeted. @lag32583

lag110@mchsi.com

Zibilee said...

Wow, tons of great giveaways over here this week! Please enter me in this one as well, and thanks so much for hosting it!

zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

I am also a follower of your blog.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read Michael Crichton in a long time. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the possibility.

+3 I subscribe via email.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

mabelilly28 said...

I love Crichton's work! Thanks for this giveaway!

mabelilly28 at yahoo dot com

mabelilly28 said...

I am a Google follower

mabelilly28 at yahoo dot com

mabelilly28 said...

I subscribe via e-mail!

+3

mabelilly28 at yahoo dot com

Dawn M. said...

Oooo, this sounds really good. Count me in, please!

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Dawn M. said...

I subscribe with google reader.

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

409cope said...

This looks like a great read. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I follow. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I am an RSS subscriber. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gwendolyn B. said...

I've been waiting for this . . .

+1 Follower
+3 Subscriber
+3 Technorati Faved

geebee.reads At gmail DOt com

Beth F said...

No need to enter me, I just got it. But I think it looks really good.

brizmus said...

I <3 Michael Chrichton

+1 I'm a new follower
+1 tweeted it (http://twitter.com/brizmus)
+1 it's in my sidebar http://brizmusblogsbooksb.blogspot.com

carolsnotebook said...

My husband and I would both love this. I subscribe through Google reader.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Kat Bryan said...

This sounds like an action-packed book.
winterset AT peoplepc.com

Bridget said...

Just posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter me in the contest.

SandyM204 said...

+1 I am a follower
+1 tweeted - http://twitter.com/LMsMeeMaw/status/5490496021
+3 subscribed

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book. Please enter me to win!

jlcstewart (at) earthlink (dot) net

MoziEsmé said...

Would love to read this!
+1 follower

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Sarah said...

Please enter me in this giveaway!

+1 I am a follower

+1 I tweeted: http://twitter.com/saemmerson/status/5501919062

+3 I faved this blog at Technorati

+3 I subscribe via Feedburner

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah Emmerson

Beth (BBRB) said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a follower.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Marie said...

I really want to read this one!

I am a follower.

marielay@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please count me in...

I'm a subscriber via feedburner +3

karen k
kmkuka(at)yahoo(Dot)Com

Amy said...

I've read several of Crichton's books but not for many years! I would love to win this book and delve into another exciting adventure of his! Thank you for another great giveaway!

Aimala127[at]gmail[dot]com

Amy said...

+1 I'm a follower

Aimala127[at]gmail[dot]com

Amy said...

+3 I'm subscribe to you blog via feedburner


Aimala127[at]gmail[dot]com

Amy said...

I tweeted this giveaway:

http://twitter.com/Amestir/status/5542693245

Aimala127[at]gmail[dot]com

Sandra K321 said...

I haven't seen this one before; sounds good.
seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandra K321 said...

I follow you via google.

carolsnotebook said...

I included this in a blog post.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/giveaways-in-blogland-25/

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

ninefly said...

oh yay pirates! I'd love to read this!

+1 new follower
+1 post + sidebar
http://angeltyuan.blogspot.com/2009/10/book-giveaways.html

thanks!
ninefly(at)gmail.com

Sue said...

I'd love to have this!! Thanks for sharing.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Carol said...

+1 I follow on Friend Connect.

wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol said...

+3 I subscribe by feedburner.

wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

Gwendolyn B. said...

I blogged this giveaway here: http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/11/not-my-giveaways.html

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Bethie said...

Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I commented in a previous entry, but I am so excited, I just became a follower. +1

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patricia said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.
pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

ccqdesigns said...

I love MIchael Crichton and would love to win this book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

ccqdesigns said...

I am a long time subscriber on google reader.

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

ccqdesigns said...

http://twitter.com/ccqdesigns/status/5588705518
Here's a tweet!!

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

xxsquigglesxx said...

Please enter me!

+1 follower

squiggles87(at)aol(dot)com

Diane said...

great giveaway; i am a follower.

bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Wanda said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Alyce said...

I would be thrilled to win this!

+1 follower

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Karen in TN said...

Please enter me for this book

+3 - RSS subscriber


kolists a/t gmail d\t com

heatherzilla said...

+1 I am a follower

+1 tweet
http://twitter.com/heatherzilla8/statuses/5673862890

+3 fave this blog at Technorati


+3 subscribe via Feedburner

Anita Yancey said...

It's been a while since I read one of Crichton's books. But this one sounds really good, and I'd love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

+3 Subscribe via Feedburner.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Jemima said...

Please enter me. I am a follower. thereadingjourney[at]gmail[dot]com

Bethie said...

Please include me. Thanks,

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Marla Warren said...

It’s highly appropriate that Pirate Latitudes is being featured on a literary travel blog.

Michael Crichton’s autobiography Travels contains a chapter titled “Jamaica” in which he tells of a Christmas vacation in 1982 with a woman named Terry. Most of the chapter is about their relationship breaking up, but on pp. 268-269 Crichton writes:

“Before we left Jamaica, I wanted to go to Spanish Town in the south, where I had learned there was a new museum of early Jamaican artifacts. For many years I had been working on a book about seventeenth-century Jamaica, and now I wanted to visit this museum.”

Now I think it’s very probable that the book Crichton mentioned was a novel, as nearly all Crichton’s books have been novels. And from what I know of the history of Jamaica and the Caribbean, it is unlikely that the book would not involve pirates given their significance and centrality to Jamaica in the 1600s. This could be evidence that Pirate Latitudes was in the works at least 30 years ago.

And in 1970, Crichton (under the name John Lange) published a mystery thriller, Grave Descend, which takes place in Jamaica in modern times. That novel, which was republished in 2006, reflects a thorough knowledge of the island and includes a historical reference to Jamaica’s pirate history on p. 124.

I wrote about this giveaway on my blog Musings on Michael Crichton:

Win a copy of Pirate Latitudes!

But I don’t need to be entered in the contest. I work for a bookstore and have a nice employee discount. I am happy to notify my blog’s readers of this contest, and to also fave this delightful blog at Technorati on its own merits.

The Tome Traveller said...

Awww, thanks Marla! I have really enjoyed all of Michael Crichton's books and am really looking forward to this one!

Marla Warren said...

You can listen to a six and a half minute audio sample of the first chapter of Pirate Latitudes.

Even better is the 56-page "browse inside" preview from Harper Collins.

Jen - devourer of books said...

Like Kathy, my whole family loves Crichton's work, so I'd love to win this.

+5 I subscribe you via feedburner

devourers.books@gmail.com

pixie13 said...

I love Micheal Crichton; I'm right in the middle of rereading Jurassic Park. Please count me in. Thanks!
+1 Follower

gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

Katy said...

:-D I'm so excited I came across your giveaway! I've been eagerly waiting for this book to come out!

+1 Just became a follower (Twitter and Google Friend Connect)
+1 Just tweeted the giveaway at http://twitter.com/afewmorepages/statuses/5860202852

Thanks!

srfbluemama at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

Thanks! I'm a follower too.

And I like pirates :)

nycbookgirl at gmail dot com

CherylS22 said...

Interesting book - please enter me!
Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

CherylS22 said...

I already follow
megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

CherylS22 said...

I subscribe via Google Reader
megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

Icedream said...

I love Crichton but now I'm on a book spending freeze so I have to enter giveaways to try for the books I really want to read. Thanks for a chance at this one!
+1 I follow
+3 I faved at technorati
+3 I subscribed at feedburner

waitmantwillie AT hotmail DOT com

Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway


bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

Belinda M said...

I subscribe via feedburner

bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

Belinda M said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/Prairiebelle/status/5904980820

bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nancye said...

I would like to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

+1 Follower

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

+3 Faved you on Technorati

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

+3 Subscribe to feedburner (Reader)

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Marla Warren said...

I purchased my copy of Pirate Latitudes as soon as my bookstore opened on Tuesday. I'm up to p. 145 and am enjoying myself thoroughly.

Here are the video trailers for both the UK edition and the US edition of Pirate Latitudes.

johnny said...

Thank you so much for this good post. I love to watch TV Shows online. I have see lots of TV Shows and I have seen this too. Its really fantastic series...Right now I am watching 24 Season online.

Thank you!!

Thank you to Beth at Beth Fish Reads and to The Blogger Guide for helping me to customize my template and to Andrea at The Little Bookworm for improving my header!!

About Me

My photo
New Hampshire, United States
Bibliophile, Anglophile, Traveller... I have been an avid reader all of my life, since I took the Dr. Seuss Dictionary away from my Mom when I was less than a year old because I wanted to read it myself. In college, where I earned my degree in English Literature, I was often asked "What are you going to do with it?" Now I finally have the answer to that question!!! Being employed as a Flight Attendant for twenty years has given me a lot of life experience and, better still, a lot of time to read. I love to travel for fun, too.