Blood Ransom Stories from the front line in the war against Somali piracy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-07-07
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles
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For the first time in history, the navies of the world have united against a common enemy--a couple of thousand rag-tag, underfed men and boys in the western Indian Ocean. Crammed into open boats and armed with ancient AK-47s, they range up to a thousand miles from home shores in Somalia. No one knows how many die at sea. But occasionally they hit the jackpot, seizing vessels and crews to be ransomed for millions of dollars. This is a war that's estimated to have cost the world economy as much as eighteen billion dollars in a single year.

Lawyer turned award-winning filmmaker John Boyle takes us with him in this investigation into modern-day piracy. We meet all those involved--from pirates to presidents, naval commanders to negotiators and heroes to hostages. He addresses why these young men are choosing to risk their lives and freedom; the reality of life as a pirate; the defense tactics used by the international navies and shipping vessels; and what happens next . . .

Author Biography

John Boyle studied at Oxford, then went on to set up his own legal firm, selling it after fifteen years to focus on documentary film production. Over the following twenty-five years, he filmed and produced over thirty documentaries, which have sold worldwide. Current projects include a film on rhino poaching in South Africa, a documentary for the BBC, and an underwater series in Mexico for National Geographic.

Table of Contents

1 A Failed State
2 Pirates in Paradise
3 The Legendary Land of Punt
4 One of the Oldest Professions
5 How to Be a Pirate
6 First Encounter
7 A President on the Front Line
8 Fighting the War on Piracy
9 A Reluctant Hostage
10 Complaints about the Food
11 An Unwise Target
12 Naval Force Headquarters
13 Talking with the Pirates
14 Outwitting the Pirates
15 Best Practice
16 The Container-ship Captain
17 The Policeman Who Didn't Become a Pirate
18 The Law of the Sea
19 From the Old Bailey to the Beach

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