A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and My Dangerous Days at Sea Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea (Hardcover)
|Author: Richard/ Talty Phillips|
|t was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.
"It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said.
And he's right.
A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking—the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips wasready.
From the Publisher:
A seasoned sea captain relates his exciting life on the ocean, a time filled with real-life rogues, heroes of the high seas and brushes with death.
Captain Richard Phillips was in charge of the MV Mares Alabama, cargo ship carrying food aid, the fateful day that Somali pirates attacked. Making extreme demands, the pirates left Captain Phillips--whose primary concern was the safety of his crew--little choice. He surrendered himself as a hostage, and spent a harrowing series of days until a band of Navy SEALS came to the rescue. This is a harrowing adventure from a seasoned high seaman.