Published for the first time in the UK, an astonishing true story of courage, survival and heroism by the sea captain who became a national hero when he did battle with Somali pirates and exchanged his freedom for the safety of his crew - and now a powerful thrilling film starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass.
8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for 53 -year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the United States-registered cargo vessel, the Maersk Alabama, as it headed towards the port of Mombasa. Ordinary that is until, two hundred or so miles off the east coast of Africa, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter. It was the first time an American cargo ship had been hijacked in over 200 years.
What the pirates didn't expect was that the crew would fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew - a courageous gesture that resulted in his being help captive on a tiny life-boat off the anarchic, gun-plagued coast of Somalia. And so began a tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs.
First published in the US as A Captain's Duty in 2010, this is Captain Phillips' own story - the story an ordinary man who did what he saw as his duty and in so doing became a hero - it is both a thrilling true tale of adventure and courage in the face of deprivation, death threats and mock executions and also a compulsively readable first-hand account of the terrors of high-seas hostage-taking.
About the Author
Born in 1955, Richard Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He became captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009 and is still a serving officer in the United States' merchant marine. His account of the seizure of the Maersk Alabama and his experiences as a hostage of Somali pirates - A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea - was first published in the USA in 2010. He and his wife have two children and live on a farm in Vermont.
"I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans." BARACK OBAMA, President of the USA "For once, the good guys won." BOOKLIST "This riveting account spares none of the detail and paints fascinating portraits of the desperate young pirates. The film, starring Tom Hanks, opens this month and if it is half as tense as the book, it'll be unmissable." DAILY MAIL "We think this is shaping up to be something really quite special" DEN OF GEEK
Published: 10th October 2013
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.23