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Michael Crichton’s “Pirate Latitudes” is found in his computer by his assistant after Crichton’s death.

Crichton is man of Sci-Fi and Techno-Thriller novels, It’s not clear that he actually wanted to publish “Pirates Latitudes” or he just wrote it for fun.
I read somewhere that Steven Spielberg is making the movie on this novel, I am eagerly waiting to see this movie.

Set in the 1665 Jamaica, Port Royal, The novel begins with Sir James Almont the governor of Port Royal came to know about the “Matanceros” island where galleon containing treasure is halting for protection for safe return to Spain. “Matanceros” is the legendary island where lives the Legendary bloodthirsty Pirate “Cazalla “, no one has defeated him till date.
Charles Hunter a Privateer (Pirate) of Port Royal is hired by Sir James Almont to lead an expedition to “Matanceros”, but Almont secretary Mr. Hacklet didn’t like Hunter because he is a Pirate. Hunter gathers his Crew, a very talented crew. Hunter have in his crew following talented main characters :

1. Sanson : A assasin, who can kill the whole ship crew whitout making a sound. He is very large man with skills like Sword Fighting, Pistol, Crossbow.
2. Don Diego or Jew : A very intellegent man who can create/invent the instrument no one has ever seen, In the past he worked with Gun powder and Granades and lost his eye so pepole also call him BLACK EYE.
3. Bassa : He is very giant man, and he don’t need any weapon to kill, he kills with his bare hands.
4. Lazue : She is female pirate in males dress, she never reveals that she is female untill it is very necessary. She has extraordinary vision, can see very far more accuretly then anyone else.
5. Enders : He is a helmsman, can sail any ship perfectly.
With his crew Captain Hunter with the Cassandra(ship) sail to capture the ship at “Matanceros”, which contains Gold and Diamonds.

Pirate Latitudes.

This Pirates tale has every thing one wanted from the pirate story, It has sea Monsters, Cannibals, Huge Sharks and Storms – very very dangerous storms.
The first half of the book is little slow, you will see character description, how Hunter gather his crew, etc, But once they start to sail for “Matanceros”, you just can’t just put it down. the publisher description about the book – only says that Hunter and his crew sail for the gold at “Matanceros”, if they succeed the will create history, but believe me this is only the half story, what happens when they return from expedition is a big surprise!.

This book was not like other Michael Crichton’s books, he usually write sci-fi and techno-thriller novels, he is the man of science. In this you will see the characters are not well developed, and some scenes also not well developed. I don’t know whether Michael actually wanted to print this novel or he wanted to revisit it before printing, any how I enjoyed reading this novel and waiting to see the Movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

I give it : 4/5.

IPL season 3 started, now you can hear only about IPL at your office, at home, at market.. every where.
Sunday came the another big news for IPL fans to cheer, “Two more Teams have joined the IPL squad”.
The two new teams are :
1. Pune Team was purchased for US $370 millions by Sahara Adventure Sports Group.
2. Kochi Team was purchased for US $333.33 millions by Rendezvous.

Now from next season of IPL onwards, there will be 94 matches.. I personally think this is too much.. 😦

What I think is, the teams should be divide into the groups like in WC, so that the number of matches will be reduced and interest of cricket will be alive.

But I am dam sure.. this will not going to happen.. because this is all about money.. MONEY SPEAKS.. 🙂
For example.. now they are displaying the ads in between deliveries to earn more money.
Displaying the ads in between deliveries in insane.. it’s irritates.. and breaks the rhythm of match.. but WHO CARES ?
Who cares about the feeling of 60+ crore cricket lovers in india..

While we were in schools.. we used to circle the dates in the calender to remember when and where the India’s next match is, to see our fav players.
Now a days you don’t need to remember the dates.. Just browse the channels.. you will find at least one live match.. either it is 20-20, 50-50 or TEST..

Cricket is running like 24 X 7 NEWS channels.. You will see cricket whole YEAR.. One day will come.. the people get bored with the number of matches, Why I am saying this, I am also a big fan of cricket.. but now a days I feel bore to watch cricket.. I just follow news channel.. who won .. who lost.. that’s it.
One day people of India will stop watching cricket or just loose interest in cricket.. because we know that – “TOO MUCH IS TOO BAD”.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo translated in English by Steven T. Murray, Originally written by Swedish author Stieg Larsson with the title ” Män som hatar kvinnor “ means ” Men Who Hate Women “.

The novel begin in the court room, where ” Mikael Blomkvist “ journalist who is the publisher of the magazine ” Millennium “, loses the case against Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström, after this he resign from the post of publisher. He then hired by the Henrik Vanger, CEO Vanger companies. Henrik Vanger offers him money to save his nearly bankcrupt magazine and also tell him that he will give him the information about Hans-Erik Wennerström which will prove him guilty, Mikael agree to spend a year at Vanger’s place to write the Vanger family history and solve the mystery which is still remained the mystery after forty years.

He is to solve the Mystery behind the Vanger’s niece Harriet’s disappearance some forty years previously,when she was sixteen. In the list of suspects where the whole Vanger family which gathered for family gathering forty years ago when Harriet disappeared. Blomkvist visit each family members who stay at family estate inquiring them about Herriet, some believed that she died, but no found her body, the only way to out of the estate is the bridge, which was blocked at the day of her disappearance due to accident, so there no possibility that she run away, he meet the officer who investigate the case, he tells him that he investigate the case for many years, but haven’t found a single clue.

The major part of the mystery is, when Herriet is of age 14, she used to give “Framed Pressed Flowers” as Birthday gift to the ” Henrik Vanger “ Grandfather of Herriet, But after Herriet‘s vanishing he still receiving the same type of pressed flowers since last forty years, there were no typical address to trace the flowers, every year address keep on changing.

The girl with the dragon tattoo

When Mikael Blomkvist learns that he cannot find any thing new, he tell this to Henrik he tells him to don’t stop digging, even if he cannot find anything. One day he notices something odd in one of the photographs taken at the accident site at the day Herriet disappeared. So wanted some one to start reading all documents including police reports etc, while he will dig in to the photographs Henrik has given him.

So he hires ” Lisbeth Salander “, A private detective, she rides the bike like Hell, and she happens to be a brilliant computer hacker.
She is a genius with Asberger’s Syndrome and uses brilliant computer hacking skills to accomplish her goals and rides the bike like hell. She is ruthless and tough to a fault. She has an appeal that draws others wanting to understand her. She always give a fight back who ever they are, she is fearless, she completes her goals with perfection. Lisabeth is unforgettable !!.

She meets Mikael Blomkvist at the estate, and they both discovers ” disturbing and shocking truths about four-decade-long puzzle “.

This is the one of the best mystery/thriller I’ve read. This Once you start reading it, it is impossible to put it down, the character are reach, specially Lisbeth Salander, the story is perfect ( one of the best crime novel ), the villains are perfect ( not like the villains you see in some novels – who used to be rapist, murders etc ), overall a must read for crime fiction or mystery or thriller fiction lovers.

I give it : 5/5.

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles – micro-robots – has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.
Every attempt to destroy it has failed.
And we are the prey.

As fresh as today’s headlines, Michael Crichton’s most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can’t put down.

Because time is running out

The novel is narrated by Jack Forman, who lost his job six month back. He is a Software Engineer was working at MediaTronics,heading a program division writing distributed processing software or agent based software, He is fired for attempting to expose an internal scandal in his company.
He became a househusband, while his wife Julia is a vice-president of Xymos, a company specializing in high technology research, takes control of house.
So far the relationship between Julia and Jack and Children were good, but suddenly Julia starts to behave weird, and her action becomes unpredictable, she starts to come very late, and even some time she doesn’t come to home. One day in a car accident Julia injures, she refuses to take MRI. Jack receives a call from his Ex-Employer, The program he wrote “PREDATOR-PREY” Agent Based Program, where multiple agents work together to accomplish a common goal, they sold it to Xymos is behaving weird, and they need his help to fix it.

He accept offer not only because he is unemployed but also he wanted to find what his wife doing there at Xymos, He travels to Nevada desert center and what he finds there is beyond the night mares, a worst fear, where the nanobots designed to take picture by forming themselves as an human eye, each nanobot is very very small, which not visible to human eye, these nanobots are programmed using Agent-Based Program. This experiment has gone horribly wrong A cloud of nano-particles – micro-robots – has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. Can Jack Succeed to stop them ?

Michael Crichton is known as the Father of Techno-Thriller Novels,this book has written very cleverly, with lots of references at the end, so that one can read further about the topic. Michael Crichton has done plenty of research for writing this on nanotechnology and biotechnology. In summary a must read.

I give it : 4.5/5.

Daemon is the first book by Daniel Suarez, this is the first techno-thriller by Suarez.
The novel begins with the death of Matthew Sobol billionaire and legendary computer game designer dies of cancer. His death intiates a Daemon thread, a un-stopable program which reads the online contents and acts accordingly which kills two people the collegues of Sobol. Detective Peter Sebeck uncovers that , there is a program running and it’s has killed two people so far.
This Daemon AI program intiates other programs which spread all over the world and starts moving money, recruiting operatives, and even killing.
Detective Sebeck and Jon Ross (Colleague of Sobol) try to stop this program.

Daemon

The book is fast-paced, there where no single point in which you feel it’s too slow,If you loved MATRIX and definitly you will love this book.
If you know very little about AI, encryption, computer networks and played Games then I am Damn sure you love this book. You will never put it down, a page turner once you start reading.

I give it : 5/5.


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