In this action-packed expose of the seedy underworld of international shipping, Max Hardberger recounts his adventures repossessing ships and sneaking them out of lawless, third-world countries. His journeys take him from the Caribbean to Vladivostok, pitting him against a rogue's gallery of antagonists. It's a compelling exploration of a world that few of us know about.
Captain Max Hardberger uses every trick, tool and tactic at his disposal to right wrongs and out-pirate the pirates. As a professional ship extractor, he risks death and imprisonment, retrieving ships from modern buccaneers and corrupt governments and returning them to their rightful owners. He's had to outwit resourceful crime families, subdue armed soldiers, and turn the tables on clever con artists. He has escaped imprisonment in Venezuela and avoided death at the hands of the Russian mafia.
Because Max shuns the use of force, the ingenious methods he devises to accomplish his missions are the stuff of legend: he has employed a witch doctor in Haiti, tricked armed guards off a ship in Honduras, and rented a brothel in Mexico. Seized is an intense, fast-paced tour through the underbelly of ocean shipping, where 'all power comes from the barrel of a gun', and the only law is the law of survival.
"Max Hardberger, maritime repo man extraordinaire - Using a combination of ingenuity, stealth and good old-fashioned derring-do, he has made his name retaking vessels which have been hijacked or which, through local corruption, are impounded by authorities hungry for bribes." - Sunday Express "With most people, the longer you spend talking to them, the more normal they appear. With Hardberger, the reverse applies. Just when you think you've heard it all, he comes up with something wilder - Over the years, he's distracted crews with prostitutes and witch doctors, bribed officials to look the other way, conned Russian mobsters and hidden from naval radar by riding out thunderstorms at sea; he's even taken a 10,000-tonne freighter out of Haiti while the 2004 revolution was going on around him." - Guardian "Required reading, fascinating. Maritime Repo Man Hardberger does it tough; his life is flown by the seat of his pants, or shipped, much like his profession ... This book delivers." - Paul Carter, bestselling author of Don't Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs and This Is Not A Drill "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." - Publishers Weekly "One of the strengths of Hardberger's book is his prose, which is lucid, entertaining and dramatic." - Daniel Sekulich, author of Terror on the Seas: True Tales of Modern Day Pirates