Piracy Today by John C. Payne
Fighting Villainy on the High Seas

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Modern piracy is a billion-dollar business that takes advantage of inadequate international law, lax enforcement and under-staffed ships. Gangs armed with AK-47s and small rocket launchers have been emboldened by recent successes and are demanding--and often receiving six-figure ransoms. Theft of cargo and rocketing insurance premiums means the cost of transporting goods is rising, not to mention the increased physical danger to mariners in all corners of the globe.

In this eye-opening account, respected author and seaman John C. Payne lift the veil on modern piracy, detailing hundreds of very real and frightening accounts up until now. The recent hijacking of the MAERSK ALABAMA by Somali pirates merely brought worldwide attention to an issue that has been simmering for years.


 

About John C. Payne

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John C. Payne is a professional marine electrical engineer who has spent 35 years afloat on merchant ships and offshore oil industry vessels. He is a qualified Maritime Safety Auditor and Marine Surveyor as well as a cruising yachtsman. He has published more than a dozen books for yachts and pleasure vessels as well as numerous magazine articles. Currently, he works in Asia and the Middle East on various maritime and offshore projects.
 
Published March 15, 2010 by Sheridan House. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Although groups like the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka have found piracy a useful way to raise cash, and evidence exists that some Somali piracy money has found its way into al Qaeda coffers, the fact remains that the pirates are too feckless, and the terrorists too strait-laced, to cooperate for long.

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There is nothing new about menace on the high seas—or about the solutions that would make it disappear

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