Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review: Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson

Title: Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Author: Robert Kurson
Enjoyment Rating:
Source: Digital Copy
Content Alert: Maybe some swearing. A pretty clean read.

John Chatterton is a world famous diver. John Mattera, a New Jersey tough guy with connections to the mob and a mind for history. Together, they decided to find The Golden Fleece, the famed ship captained by the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. They narrow their search to a bay off the coast of the Dominican Republic, but can they find the ship before the Dominican government revokes their rights to search? Robert Kurson's Pirate Hunters follows their quest.

I've never been a huge fan of pirates or scuba diving, so this book wasn't a natural fit for me. However, it came highly recommended from a number of sources, so I picked it up. I found it a bit of a struggle at first. The guys went to one place, then another then another, where they dived around a bit. They met some bad guys, they talked to some historians, repeat, repeat, repeat. Then, a little more than halfway through, Kurson spent time giving the reader background on Chatterton and Mattera, and now that I could connect with them as individuals, I was hooked. The story started to pick up quite a bit too, and I found the second half of Pirate Hunters pretty great.

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