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A Captain's Duty [Kindle Edition]

Richard Phillips
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Book Description

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 held 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.

In A Captain's Duty, Richard Phillips tells his own extraordinary story - that of an ordinary man who did what he saw as his duty and in so doing became a hero. It is 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.

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"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)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2218 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DE15OWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. 10 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book by accident, having searched for a sci-fi trilogy by an author of the same name. I deeply enjoyed this book, especially as the film has just been released! My only regret is that I read it in three days, I wish it had been longer. Phillips' account of his ordeal is harrowing and gives a very personal insight into his kidnapping. He writes candidly about the roles of the U.S. government, the Navy and the SEAL team that eventually rescued him. If you are thinking about seeing the movie, give the book a read too, and get the 'un-Hollywood' version.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 19 Nov. 2013
This story details in great detail the bravery of Captain Phillips. It shows how the family back at home were affected. The film was good. The book went into what happened in greater detail. Riveting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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3.5 stars.

I only read this as the film interested me and I wanted to read the source material first. I audio read this, and the 7 disc CD is well narrated and an easy listen.

The true story of a captain and his crew who are pursued and boarded by Somali pirates and manage to outwit them. Knowing the outcome isn't normally a problem, knowing that Captain Phillips survives, that the pirates don't win. But I actually found I identified with the pirates for 90% of their appearances in the book. I don't mean I wanted them to take money, boats and cargo from the ship, but I found myself constantly wondering "why are they doing this?", "what's life like for them in Somalia?", and their eventual fate for me was a regretful one.

The book jumps around a lot, our narrator spending half the running length (I listened to the audio) talking about his days before he joined the merchant navy, meeting his wife and his time in initial training. Then the missing chunk for me is how he rose to the rank of captain, which I was looking forward to hearing.

The pirate attack and hostage situation is quite exciting, with Phillips' wife's point of view lengthening it and racheting up tension.

It's a good one to read if you're interested in ships and the merchant navy, life for a captain/ship worker and real life dramas.

If you like this, I'd recommend the Young Adult book on similar lines: Hostage Three by Nick Lake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten star Reading 11 Mar. 2014
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Captain Phillips is a true hero because, as with true heroes,,he doesn't think he is. This is an adventure that needs to be read if only to appreciate what sailors, military or civilian, can encounter at any given time - it is NOT an easy life! On British T.V., there have been programmes showing some sympathy towards the pirates (incredibly) due to their poor circumstances - all caused by the West of course. Read this and you will see what unfeeling, cruel, selfish people they really are. The stoicism and selflessness of Captain Phillips is a lesson to everyone and he deserves all the plaudits he so deservedly gets.How he survived the physical and mental cruelty is a real credit to him. Brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' 3 Feb. 2014
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Having seen the film, felt I had to read the book to get all the detail.
It doesn't disappoint...
Gives more depth to his character and also an interesting insight into Merchant mariners life.

The film was very true to the book also.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captain's Duty 13 Jun. 2013
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A very well written record of the events surrounding the piracy of Maersk Alabama off East Africa. Captain Phillips displayed the leadership expected of a professional mariner. Great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Jan. 2014
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A very interesting read especially after seeing the film - puts certain points in what happened very clearly and relates the experience to what Captain Phillips felt. Also gives you a better idea of what all the people involved were liek and how they succeeded in finding a way out of a hugely difficult situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story of the Pirate Attack 24 Jan. 2014
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had quite high expectations for this purchase from Amazon, however this was one of the cases where these expectations were surpassed. This book is unusual in several respects:
- first the writing is fittingly "rough", suiting well to the subject. I found the language interesting.
- the story is most unusual with first pirates taking over ships with guns, then crew working the situation with their bare hands to almost the opposite...
- the author describes extremely well the difficult situation of both pirates and Richard Phillips once the three huge warships start arriving around the covered lifeboat, with ever deteriorating conditions in the campaign between the two opposite sides, to the very end.
- this book is only as long, 286 pages, as it truly takes to describe the happenings, a special bonus to the publisher of A Captain's Duty.

It is easy to recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible read!
This book is well written, you can feel the tensions and the highs and I would thoroughly recommend it. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Connie Pearce
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good accessible read
An arduous occurrence which is well documented from a personal viewpoint. The overall read is powerful and there is little self pity on display. Read more
Published 2 days ago by James L. Weir
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Published 8 days ago by Maureen rownB
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and amazing account of a true life drama
An interesting and amazing account of a true life drama. A book that holds your interest throughout, can't wait to see the film - hope it doesn't disappoint.
Published 9 days ago by Michael P. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good seller.
Published 15 days ago by Mr. T. Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars I found the book very god
It didn't take very long to read as I could not put it down I am retired so I had plenty of time.
Published 18 days ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Watched the film first which can sometimes be a let down when later reading the book. However in this case it did not spoil the book at all. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
Very good book and better than film
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book after recently seeing the film
Really enjoyed this book after recently seeing the film. Capt Phillips is a completely selfless and inspirational man, a true hero. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J A HUCKVALE
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