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Pirates of the 21st Century: How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans By Nigel Cawthorne,

  • Title: Pirates of the 21st Century: How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans
  • Author: Nigel Cawthorne
  • ISBN: 9781844548071
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • In November 2008, Somali pirates seized the Sirius Star, a supertanker carrying 100 million worth of oil, and demanded a 25 million ransom for its return This story, following hot on the heels of the capture of the Ukrainian vessel MV Faina, brought piracy back to the front pages but these were by no means isolated incidents Piracy has once again become the scourage ofIn November 2008, Somali pirates seized the Sirius Star, a supertanker carrying 100 million worth of oil, and demanded a 25 million ransom for its return This story, following hot on the heels of the capture of the Ukrainian vessel MV Faina, brought piracy back to the front pages but these were by no means isolated incidents Piracy has once again become the scourage of the high seas Throughout 2008, close to 90 ships were seized in the Gulf of Aden alone and, in many cases, the pirates were paid million dollar ransoms to release them Who are the men behind this modern day phenomenon What started as a patrol to combat commerical plundering of their fish stocks has now grown into a highly organized and lucrative business In a war torn country, the pirates have brought hope and entire villages depend on the wealth that they bring in they have even been likened to Robin Hood But whatever their motives, these modern day buccaneers should not be romanticized their attacks are becoming violent and they are increasingly in possession of automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades.
    Pirates of the st Century How Modern Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World s Oceans In November Somali pirates seized the Sirius Star a supertanker carrying million worth of oil and demanded a million ransom for its return This story following hot on the heels of the

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    1. Fascinating and topical non fiction, that takes a closer look at a subject that has been in the news fairly often in recent years Most of the book is taken up with an in depth look at piracy off the coast of Somalia The author takes an even hand, writing about the pirates views of what they are doing it s an income as well as the ships crews it s an annoyance The later part of the book looks at piracy in the Strait of Malacca and a few other places, and these places are handled with much less de [...]

    2. Well, this started out quite well Interesting, fast paced excitement and danger And then the first couple of chapters were just sort of repeated for the rest of the book The chapters were arranged according to geographical occurrence of the attacks, but this created confusion because of jumping back and forth in time, making it hard to remember whether particular developments described in the book, such as initiatives of the International Maritime Bureau, had taken place at that stage or not eve [...]

    3. Oh look, it s an entertaining enough read but most of the other reviews are pretty accurate the book is just a catalogue of pirate attacks around the world There is one chapter that investigates the rise of Somalian pirates, which is pretty interesting but would have benefited from some extra depth Overall, it was enjoyable but you can dip out when you ve had your fill safe in the knowledge that the rest is just of the same.

    4. Interesting content, but repetitive and would have benefited from some editorial direction No real conclusion or commentary on the issue, just a list of piracy events.

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