A Captain’s Duty
by Richard Phillips
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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April 8, 2009 was just an ordinary day for the 53-year-old Richard Phillips, the U.S.-registered captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, as he headed to the port of MombasaOrdinary which is up to two hundred miles off the east coast of Africa, Somali armies, pirates attacked and boarded the cargo shipIt was the first time an American cargo ship had been hijacked in over 200 years.What the pirates did not expect was that the crew would fight, nor did they wait for Captain Phillips to offer himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew – a courageous gesture that resulted in his captivity on a small lifeboat off the anarchic coast of Somalia, a pistol in prey at the coast of SomaliaAnd so began a five-day stretch in stand-off, which ended in a bold high seas rescue attempt by the US Navy SEALsIn A Captain of Duty, Richard Phillips tells his own extraordinary story, that of an ordinary man who did what he considered his duty and becomes a hero.It is a wonderful tale of true adventure and courage in the face of deprivation, death threats and mock executions and also a compulsive, readable first-hand account of terror on the high seas at hostage-taking.
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