Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson

Pirate HuntersPirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipPirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson by Robert Kurson

Fascinating look at real-life treasure hunters, racing the clock (and others) in an attempt to find a pirate ship. I loved the details of what’s involved in the search, and especially loved the historical details behind the pirate ship they were hunting.

If you want a straightforward nonfiction narrative, this may not be the book for you. It’s got the story of the modern search. It’s got background information on the two main searchers. It’s got introductions on other great treasure hunters as their stories touch this one. And of course, it’s got the historical background on the pirate Bannister and his missing ship. The narrative jumps between all of the storylines, which helps with the pacing, and fills out what might otherwise be a brief account of the hunt. Despite this, the writing is fast-paced and compelling, and compliments the story well.

Recommended for those who are interested in the topic, but I wouldn’t push it on anyone who doesn’t already think they’d like it. It’s good, but not one that I think would have near-universal appeal.

Publisher’s Description:
A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the New York Times best seller Shadow Divers.

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men – John Chatterton and John Mattera – are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. While he was at large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister’s exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard’s, more daring than Kidd’s, but his story and his ship have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history – it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, and battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates – like Bannister – that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.

Fast paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unpauseable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.

Book Details

Title: Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipPirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
Author: Robert Kurson
Category: Nonfiction
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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  1. Heidi'sbooks says:

    I like nonfiction and I try to balance it with my fiction reading. I’ve been looking at The Ice Kingdom. I do like a book that isn’t totally linear in it’s timeline.

    • I like timelines like that too – if it’s well done. This one was fine – easy to keep it all straight (it helped that the events were *so* different as far as time frame, and what was happening.)

  2. Pirate Hunters is SUCH an awesome book!

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