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A thrilling new true adventure of deep-sea diving and danger, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the New York Times bestseller Shadow Divers

Two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are determined to find the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister, even though finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. During the golden age of piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister was more notorious than Blackbeard, more daring than Kidd, but his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be 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 rivals hungry to defeat them, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they understand that they must learn to think and act like a pirate—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before them.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds…and: It’s all true.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A fantastic book, an utterly engrossing and satisfying read…a real-life Treasure Island, complete with swashbuckling, half-crazy treasure hunters and vivid Caribbean settings.”

    Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers…are as daring, intrepid, tough, and talented as Blood and Sparrow—and Bannister…As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Rollicking…a fascinating [story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A fun, quick, informative read that will have you dreaming of what you could do if only you set your mind to it.”


  • “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)

  • “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)

  • “[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.”


  • “Narrator Ray Porter’s deep, resonant voice works well with this swashbuckling story…Porter gets excited when the action calls for it and does enough with his character voices to keep things interesting.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2015
  • A June 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for History
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