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Seized: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters by Max Hardberger.. Sneaking a 400 foot freighter you don’t own out of a crowded port? Hardberger is the repo-man of the seven seas.

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"Hardberger has taught school, played rock, flown airplanes as crop duster and flight instructor, and practiced law. His major qualification is as a Licensed Master Mariner (All Tonnage, All Oceans), and his major profession is fighting pirates. Not the kind with motor boats and assault rifles, though he has had to work around both at the risk of his life, but rather the kind who rely on bribes to Third World governments, shadow corporations, shipyards that resemble chop shops, and various other devices far more subtle but quite as effective for illegally seizing ships as anything Somali goons have devised. There is material for half a dozen thrillers in Hardberger’s life, in which he has suffered divorce, bereavement, and penury but fought a very specialized form of good fight with more successes than failures. Irresistible and informative.."


"In this heart-stopping account of his work recovering stolen (or otherwise illegally-seized) ships from "hellhole" ports, commercial captain Hardberger proves himself tough as a tank and articulate as a poet….[he] has a seafarer's gift for atmospheric storytelling, layering details to create a sense of place, history, and foreboding…Hardberger's escapades make undeniably fun reading.."

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Author bio: Maybe because he dresses the part of the weary sea captain, it’s not immediately obvious that Max is a highly educated man. After he earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of New Orleans, Max attended what is widely regarded as the top post-graduate creative writing program in the United States, known informally as the “Writers’ Workshop”, at the University of Iowa. In 1972 he received a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Poetry. Before adventure pulled him in another direction, Max started his professional career with a short stint teaching high school English. Max briefly returned to the classroom in the mid-Eighties, when he taught English and world history at a parochial high school in Louisiana (where he taught the author of this profile, and his future business partner, Michael Bono). Once more, adventure beckoned and Max returned to the sea as the captain of freighters in the Caribbean. Max drew upon his maritime experiences when writing his first book, Deadweight: Owning the Ocean Freighter (1994), a textbook on ship ownership. He followed Deadweight with his first novel, Freighter Captain (1998), a semi-autobiographical account of his adventures as a ship captain in the Caribbean. Around the same time that these books were published, Max satisfied a long-held interest by studying law. In 1998, he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern California Law School, became a member of the California bar, and began his maritime law practice. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; 304 pp. Bold, well-told: Kindle/Print editions

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