Pirate Hunters - Robert Kurson

Pirate Hunters

By Robert Kurson

  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 166 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A thrilling adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of 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.

Praise for Pirate Hunters

“You won’t want to put [it] down.”Los Angeles Times

“An exceptional adventure . . . Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips.”Library Journal (starred review)

“A terrific read . . . The book gallops along at a blistering pace, shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day.”Diver

“Nonfiction with the trademarks of a novel: the plots and subplots, the tension and suspense . . . [Kurson has] found gold.”The Dallas Morning News

“Rollicking . . . a fascinating [story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures.”The Boston Globe

“[Kurson’s] narration is just as engrossing as the subject.”The Christian Science Monitor

“A wild ride [and an] extraordinary adventure . . . 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, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers of Mr. Kurson’s narrative are as daring, intrepid, tough and talented as Blood and Sparrow—and Bannister. . . . As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes.”The Wall Street Journal

“[Kurson] takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ . . . thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history.”Booklist

“A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It’s all true.”—Lee Child


  • Are you kidding me?!?

    By Handakina
    This story has hoax written all over it. Inconsistencies, hype, and factual inaccuracies. The Author's first book might have been well reviewed and appreciated, but this book is just BS.
  • Wasn't impressed

    By mitchellirish1
    Kurson was amazing in his book Shadow Divers so I bought this. Unfortunately, it is no where near his previous work and the story doesn't remotely match up. So if you're a first timer to Kurson, read Shadow Divers instead.
  • Couldn't put this book down, excellent

    By Not Hat Guy ECW
    Loved this trip aboard the high seas with pirate John Bannister and the men who tracked him down
  • Fascinating story, superbly told

    By Johnkir514
    Having loved Robert Kurson's first book -- the unparalleled mystery/history "Shadow Divers", about a pair of divers who found and identified a Nazi U-boat off the coast of New Jersey in the 1990s -- as well as "Crashing Through", the fascinating story of a blind man regaining his sight after decades of success without it, I was excited to read about the latest odyssey of one of the protagonists of that first book, the diver John Chatterton. Kurson once again tells a gripping story by bringing the reader into the motivations, experiences and thought processes of a team attempting what had only been done once before -- finding a sunken pirate ship. Through myriad twists and unexpected challenges they ultimately have to think like the pirate who led the ship -- who was not a typical pirate but rather a respected English sea captain who for some reason went rogue and stole his ship, The Golden Fleece. You won't be able to put it down!
  • Read This Book!

    By The_Ronster
    This was a very interesting book about the search for the Golden Fleece. I could not put this book down!
  • Documentary

    By SteveReina
    I had no clue this book was a documentary when I purchased it... I thought it would be a Clive cuss let or lee child similar adventure - disappointed that I did not read research it before purchasing- no other reviews were displayed- so I took a chance- read the first 100 pages or so and wrote this review. Can I have my money back? LOL