In September 1665, a new ship docks in the harbor of Port Royal, the capital city of Jamaica. Sir James Almont is the governor of the Jamaica at this time. While spending the night with an young lady who arrived on the ship, Sir James Almont discovers vital information about a Spanish ship containing treasure during the conversation.
Sir James Almont enlists the help of Captain Charles Hunter, a well known and successful privateer, to steal the Spanish ship. After reaching an agreement with James Almont, Charles Hunter rounds up a crew of ruffians. Together, they hatch a daring plan to attack a Spanish island fortress which guards the ship. They embark on a journey where they have to fight humans, ships, weather and creatures!
Michael Crichton is the author of this book which was published after his death. Since the manuscript was uncovered and published after his death, some of the characters are underdeveloped. The writing style is similar to his earlier novel, The Great Train Robbery. The suspense is underplayed by the style of narration. The twists are predictable and hence this is a brisk read but not a compulsive page turner.
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