Pirate Hunters

Pirate Hunters

Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for A Legendary Pirate Ship

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the New York Times bestseller 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. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea--his exploits 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, 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 unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group,, 2015.
Characteristics: sound files.
Additional Contributors: Porter, Ray 1965-
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May 24, 2016

This swashbuckling pirate story has the advantage of being factual. Two deep sea divers found The Golden Fleece, the ship of pirate captain Joseph Bannister, in 2009. This book tells the tale of these modern day treasure hunters in a fast-paced, edge-of-the-chair thrill ride. Stylistically it’s not perfect. The author piles on the hyperbole. Everything and everyone is the most ___ in the world (fill in the blank: dangerous, incredible, respected, difficult, successful, etc.) Still, the divers and their story are amazing and worthy of most of it. They grew up in different worlds, one middle class, the other working class, a butcher’s son in Staten Island where he became a loan shark in high school and was mentored by a Mafia underboss, then became a policeman. The other was a medic in Vietnam then an industrial diver. Both loved history and the sea. The world these guys live in is not for pansies. It’s populated by tough guys who fight, scream, threaten, swear a blue streak, and compete mercilessly with each other. They go through marriages the way most people go through running shoes. When you read of all the frustrations and near misses, the tons of money poured into such searches, your jaw will hit the floor. And then if they actually find anything, the legal battles. [Expletive deleted]! How anyone continues on these quests is beyond comprehension.

Then there’s the little-known story of Joseph Bannister himself, perhaps the most successful pirate in the world (oops, I did it, too) during the golden age of piracy. It is told with an undisguised admiration and enthusiasm.

I listened to this book as an audiobook. The narrator did an excellent job of building excitement although he, too, may have gone overboard a tad. I couldn’t wait to pop the next CD in.

Mar 29, 2016

Not nearly as good a Shadow Divers. Spoiler alert - Chatterton and Mattera are looking for a pirate ship. They can't find it, so they do some research and look for it. They still can't find it, so they do some more research, and look for it again. Then they find it in 10-24 feet of water. Story takes up 7 CDs, but could have been better told in 3 or 4.

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