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A final farewell,
This review is from: Pirate Latitudes (Hardcover)
I cried reading the end of this book, not because it was particulary a sad book, but because I mourned the loss of the author. This is is last book. And this was the FIRST adult author. This was the author that made me dip away from children's fiction (of course, I do dip back in quite often), and start reading more grownup books. I read Jurassic Park when I was 12-13 and loved it, my copy is very dog-eared from being read so often and it will probably take even more loveable bashings in the future.
Onto the review itself. The novel is basically about piracy in Jamaica in the 17th century. Treasure. Pirates. Port Royal. As other reviewers have said, it is channeling Pirates of the Caribbean. This isn't a bad thing per say, Pirates are popular after all.
The thing I liked most about this novel were the characters, in particular the crew. They are all introduced with ease into the novel. Lazure, The Moor and Don Diego are quite striking. Hunter is corrupt but admirable, he does not hesitate to use violence but he is still a gentleman.
I suppose my main gripe is that I wish the novel were longer (though I know that is not possible, given the situation), but we are only dipped into this world and its characters far too briefly. The adventure seems over before it has began. Perhapes it is because it is a comradary novel, or maybe it is the pirate thing--but this novel feels destined to be a long epic adventure, but it is more like a brief outing. A fun outing, but a short one none the less. Never the less, I enjoyed this book and it is a fine ending to one of the greatest authors of all time