Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

Pirate Hunters Treasure Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship 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 hardes

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  • Title: Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
  • Author: Robert Kurson
  • ISBN: 9781400063369
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 BA 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 s exploits would have been notorious than Blackbeard s, 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.Advance praise for Pirate Hunters A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds and It s all true Lee Child Action and adventure on land and sea you can t ask for But Robert Kurson raises the ante in Pirate Hunters with an array of mystery and a fleet of colorful characters spanning four centuries This is a great summer read Michael Connelly Pirate Hunters is a fantastic book, an utterly engrossing and satisfying read It tells the story of the hunt for the rare wreck of a pirate ship, which had been captained by one of the most remarkable pirates in history This is a real life Treasure Island, complete with swashbuckling, half crazy treasure hunters and vivid Caribbean settings a story for the ages Douglas Preston A terrific read I was pulled in from page one Kurson brings us face to face with some of the most swashbuckling pirates ever to sail the Caribbean, even as he takes us underwater on a high tech quest to discover the relics they left behind Daniel James Brown There s nothing in the world like buried treasure and people hungry and obsessed enough to risk their lives for it Pirate Hunters isn t just a good story it s a true one Searching for the souls of its explorers, it takes you to the far tip of the plank and plunges you deep to the bottom of the ocean Brad Meltzer Pirate Hunters is a gripping account of two courageous divers quest to uncover the shipwrecked vessel of Joseph Bannister, one of history s most infamous pirates Robert Kurson will keep you on the edge of your seat in this high stakes journey around the globe that ultimately teaches these explorers about much than an old ship Sen John McCain Kurson s own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind blowing pirate stories of recent memory Publishers Weekly

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    1. This book spent a lot of time treading water.Pirate Hunters is the story of three men trying to find the wreck of a 17th century pirate ship in the Dominican Republic. Joseph Bannister was an Englishman who turned to piracy, and the Royal Navy was sent to capture him. Bannister's ship, the Golden Fleece, sank in 1686 after a ferocious battle. It wasn't seen again until 2009, when our pirate hunters found it after months of searching.This book was described as an adventure story, which is why I w [...]

    2. I know that John Chatterton is a world renown diver. I have seen him dive a couple of times on the fantastic show The Curse Of Oak Island. Pirates have always fascinated me. The secrecy. The brotherhood. A masonic connection? Sir Francis Drake was basically a pirate working for the Crown. I watched the whole series of Black Sails and remember a poignant thing Captain Flint the Pirate says when spotting a British Ship on the horizon from the bay of Nassau."I fear the worst, civilization is coming [...]

    3. I stumbled on this book while I was trying to find a book on the Amber Room (The Amber Room is a world-famous chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg Originally constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, the Amber Room disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was lost, it was considered an "Eighth Wonder of the World"),I didn't have any expectations before readi [...]

    4. I'm DNF'ing this at 60%. It's just too much back story on the men looking for the ship and not enough about The Golden Compass. I wanted treasure and they only touched on that in the beginning. Also this isn't good on audio because this book needs pictures. The narrator Ray Porter is good. Don't take my word for it. Lots of people loved this book.

    5. I fell in love with Kurson's Shadow Divers, so when this came up I just has to grab it. These divers are amazing men, the amount of time and money this takes is astronomical and this plays havoc on lives and relationships.In this book they are looking for a pirate's ship, the Golden Fleece of John Bannister. Bannister is the only pirate that actually beat the Royal Navy. There is so much more to, this book, a history of piracy, the leasing pirates of the time and how they fought and the treasure [...]

    6. My sincere thanks to Random House and Netgalley for allowing access to the e-galley of Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship to be published June 16, 2015.Demonstrating the same meticulous research, detail and respect as he did in Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson has once again written a winner that is bound to resonate with readers. In Pirate Hunters, Kurson follows the adventuresome quest divers, the two John’s, Chatterton and Mattera as they search for [...]

    7. I loved this book, The mixture of underwater archeology, the historical background of the pirate ship and pirate themselves added a lot to the narrative. I'm a sucker for anything historical specially having to do with the golden age of Piracy which happens to be right smack in the middle of the Imperialistic age, which is always interesting to read about from a historian point of view. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I don't think everybody would appreciate the d [...]

    8. Pirate Hunters is more than just "the search for the lost treasure ship of a great buccaneer," it's history, biography, and psychology rolled into one page-turning tale. Ostensibly, this is the story of two treasure hunters, John Mattera and John Chatterton, who descend upon the Dominican Republic in search of the pirate Joseph Bannister's ship, the Golden Fleece. In a battle against two British war ships, the Golden Fleece went down in 1687, where it has rested in peace ever since. Author Rober [...]

    9. This book ultimately frustrated me. I really enjoyed the chronicle of searching for the ship, the story of Bannister and the backstory of both the men at the center of the story. But what has stuck in my mind since finishing are the things that were frankly unnecessary to the story or seemed shoe horned in.There are several times that the author and men make rather objectifying statements about women, which may have been said, but really didn't need to be included in the book. It only added to t [...]

    10. My copy courtesy Random House/Net Galley - much thanks!Covers both the search for a pirate ship from the "golden age of piracy" (roughly 1650-1720) off of Santo Domingo in the Caribbean, but also the pasts of the main searchers, from Vietnam to the fringes of the mafia, and the lives of the pirates. The vessel being hunted is the Golden Fleece, which fought off two Royal Navy frigates which grossly out-manned and out-gunned it, though it sank in doing it, in 1686. Finding a bona fide pirate wrec [...]

    11. Caribbean Booty Call: The Quest for the Golden Fleece[4.5 stars]'Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call,Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall.You've seen it all, you've seen it all.'J. Buffett, "A Pirate Looks at Forty."I've loved Jimmy Buffett's serenade to a pirate's life since my first trip to Key West and out into the Caribbean; it's a treasure for revelry of trips south and youthful daydreams of life one day on a small Caribbean island. Arrr, what jewels and gold [...]

    12. I’ve never been fascinated by pirates but after reading Kurson “Pirate Hunters” that’s changed. I am interested in history and Kurson brings lots of that alive in “Pirate Hunters” specifically the history of the golden age of Piracy in the 17th century around Hispaniola (now known as Santo Domingo). At that time it was a Spanish colony but the French and English were there in abundance as well for the lucrative trade opportunities. And where lots are goods are being moved you’ll fi [...]

    13. I suspected after reading the first chapter that this true story would be extraordinary, following in the footsteps of one of my favorite books of 2004, Shadow Divers. And it was. What a great adventure! This is an obsessive and all-consuming quest by renowned scuba diver John Chatterton and John Mattera to find the greatest pirate ship that ever sailed, the Golden Fleece. The story of this hugely expensive and once in a lifetime deep-sea discovery is filled with suspense, risk, frustration, exh [...]

    14. A rousing treasure hunt for pirates! I really enjoyed this true tale of two adventurous men who take on the project of locating a pirate ship that sank in the waters of the Dominican Republic. From start to finish, I found myself enthralled with not only the search for the famed Golden Fleece, but the backstory of the two men who took on what turned out to be the find of a lifetime. Highly recommend if you enjoy archaeology and history, ship hunter tales, or are just in need of a rousing adventu [...]

    15. Original review posted at The Zest Quest, a lifestyle site celebrating my quest for a zestful life.Seventeenth century pirates could elicit not only fear in their wake but instill cooperation without firing a shot, just by their reputation shared by survivors. I have always been intrigued by pirates so PIRATE HUNTERS grabbed my attention just by the name, but when I realized it also included seventeenth century history, I was ready to dive in.This book begins with an author’s note which gives [...]

    16. Advanced Reading Copy review Due to be published June 16, 2015"Pirate Hunters" by Robert Kurson is kind of a sequel to his break-out book "Shadow Divers" about the discovery and identifying of a sunken German U-Boat. The new book continues the exploits of adventure diver John Chatterton as he is now on the trail of the pirate Joseph Bannister and his ship Golden Fleece. Because underwater treasure hunts can be brutally tedious, the author fills the pages with biographies of the major players, a [...]

    17. When I found Pirate Hunters listed on my library website, I knew I had to read it. The story of two divers finding a lost pirate ship? Yes, please.As I'd hoped, I learned a great deal about pirating from this book. Among some of the interesting facts I found were that:- some pirate crew members would disguise themselves as women to remain inconspicuous until the ships they preyed on came closer- they didn't actually make prisoners walk the plank - that's just in movies; but they did love parrots [...]

    18. Did you grow up waiting for Jacques Cousteau's weekly TV show to expose you to a slice of the world explored aboard the legendary Calypso that seemed so strange, so remarkable, so colorful it was hard to believe it was real? [It's pretty wild to remember a time when this color-rich experience might be preceded or followed by black-and-white re-runs.] If so, you'll enjoy this book (although, as noted below, the author's prior work is even better).Having been totally bowled over, nay, blown away, [...]

    19. What an enjoyable and fascinating book! I didn't know a lot about marine divers and hunters before this book but I feel like I walked away having learned a lot about the industry. The book did a great job of mixing the history of Joseph Bannister, who became a pirate in the Golden Age, with the true events of two men searching for his ship The Golden Fleece. They did an incredible amount of research to uncover the battle that went down and the potential areas the ship could have sank in. You don [...]

    20. Shiver me timbers, another terrific non-fiction book about a grueling, exhausting search for a piece of history. Last time it was Douglas Preston’s "The Lost City of The Monkey God," uncovering a hidden archaeological gem in Honduras. This time, it’s a search underwater for the Golden Fleece, a ship that belonged to the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister.Bottom line: "Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for A Legendary Pirate Ship" is fascinating.Okay, that ‘shiver me timbers [...]

    21. An awesome follow up to SHADOW DIVERS. This time about hunting for a pirate ship. Straight forward. Not as much diving in this book but it was still an interesting and exciting read.

    22. I'm a big fan of Kurson's previous book, Shadow Divers, also a tale of searching shipwrecks for a specific kind of treasure, historical information and identity. Both books feature the famous wreck diver, John Chatterton. However, the Shadow Divers found a WW2 German sub off the shores of New Jersey, which were different kinds of "pirates" than those searched for in this new book, Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, [...]

    23. I received a free advanced readers edition of the book from Random House.Pirate Hunters is the true story of treasure hunters searching for the wreck of a 17th century pirate ship called The Golden Fleece. I know nothing about treasure hunting and had never heard of any of the major players in this book. I didn't even know how exceedingly rare finding a Golden Age pirate ship is. Regardless, I enjoyed this book and never felt bored or lost in it. Apparently, treasure hunting can be an exceedingl [...]

    24. I feel like Kurson hired a 14-year-old boy to ghostwrite this book for him. Huh huh, grown men snuggling. That's FUNNY! The writing is repetitive and longwinded, and characters are one-dimensional comic book renderings of what I assume are real people. The former gangster! The fiercely independent millionaire! The eminent elder statesman of the craft *who isn't as smart as he thinks he is!* The heroes (for no doubt that's what they are) buck the system and through street smarts (those academics [...]

    25. Received an ARC from a contest at Random House.Who doesn't love a good pirate story and how about a pirate you may not have heard of, but accomplished successfully fighting off the British Navy. You not only learn about Joseph Bannister and his ship the Golden Fleece but that pirates practiced democracy before the new world. Fascinating and reads like a novel keeps you hooked from beginning to end. You feel like you are part of the current day dives searching for the elusive Golden Fleece.

    26. I don't usually read non-fiction books, but I really enjoyed this one. It was very well written and was really interesting. I have never scuba dived before, but am now very interested! I would recommend this book to anyone who dreams of adventure and is interested in history!

    27. Pirate treasure hunters! They are super badass macho guys! They risk their lives to follow a dream! It's all sort of compelling! But also sort of pointless!

    28. Treasure, Obsessions, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipYou need to be obsessed by pirates and be a tough and resilient person with deep pockets, willing to invest a lot time and put family life on the back burner to track down sunken galleons.In “Pirate Hunters” treasure hunter Tracy Bowden leased water rights off Domingo in the Dominican Republic and has hired John Chatterton and his partner John Mattera to find the “Golden Fleece” a ship commandeered by Joseph Bannister, an En [...]

    29. I loved the way this book covered the search for a sunken pirate ship. Very readable with lots of interesting information.

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