Seized: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters

By Max Hardberger

Seized throws open the hatch at the shadowy global of maritime delivery, the place third-world governments position exorbitant liens opposed to ships, pirates grab advertisement vessels with impunity, crooks and con artists reign ideally suited at the docks and within the shipyards—and hapless proprietors need to depend on sea captain Max Hardberger to recapture their ships and win justice at the excessive seas.
A send captain, plane pilot, legal professional, instructor, author, adventurer, and raconteur, Max Hardberger recovers stolen freighters for a living.  In Seized, he is taking us on a real-life trip into the mysterious international of freighters and delivery, the place fortunes are made and misplaced through the whims of the waves.  determined proprietors rent Max Hardberger to “extract” or thieve again ships which were illegitimately seized by means of placing jointly a mission-impossible staff to sail them into foreign waters less than hide of darkness.  It’s a excessive stakes assignment—if Max or his group are stuck, they danger imprisonment or death.
Seized takes readers backstage of the multibillion greenback maritime undefined, as he recounts his efforts to retrieve freighters and different vessels from New Orleans to the Caribbean, from East Germany to Vladivostak, Russia, and from Greece to Guatemala.  He hotels to every little thing from disco dancing to girls of the evening to distract the shipyard guards, from bribes to voodoo medical professionals to divert consciousness and purchase the time he must sail a boat out of a international port with out clearance.  Seized is event nonfiction at its top.

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Right here the lifeboats lay of their cradles in an extended line, each one with its rope boarding ladder coiled on deck lower than it. The passageway ended at a metal door within the ahead bulkhead. The door was once unlocked, yet its hinges shrieked. I jumped again to conceal in the back of a vent, yet not anyone got here out. I tiptoed again to the door and slipped within. The door ended in a hallway that ran athwartships, around the width of the send, with cabin doorways on either side. one other hallway led aft at the ship’s centerline. i'll listen voices within the distance, however the hallway used to be abandoned. The hallway ended at a sweeping stairway with heavy mahogany railings, a deep-pile carpet padding the stairs. The stairway led all the way down to a restaurant ringed with alabaster statues of bare goddesses and gods with absolutely shaped genitals. Bingo. I had a photograph of the eating place. I studied it. an identical shameless statues, an analogous Corinthian columns behind the room. I heard voices and jammed the paper into my pocket. males got here in, considered one of them wearing an electrical drill. I iced over. They did double takes and certainly one of them spoke to me in Greek. “Where’s the boss? ” I stated. “I’m from the client. ” My voice didn’t sound so enterprise to me, yet I wear a courageous face. “Do you converse English? ” i assumed approximately turning and operating, and that’s most likely what I must have performed, yet i made a decision to bluff it out. They raised their voices, nonetheless talking Greek, and that i saved announcing that i used to be from the customer. one among them got here up and driven me. I knocked his hand away. the opposite guy acknowledged, “Hey, hey,” they usually argued for a second in Greek. the fellow with the drill positioned it down and took out a walkie-talkie. He muttered into it. 3 males, led by way of a swarthy younger guy in dressmaker denims and a unfastened blouse, got here working out from the portside hallway and piled to a cease in entrance of me. “Who are you? ” the younger guy requested. “What are you doing right here? ” I raised my hand. “What’s the problem with you men? ” I acknowledged in an aggrieved voice. “I’m from the client. I’m speculated to investigate cross-check this send. ” “Bullshit,” he stated. He had a excessive, directly nostril, the type of nostril you spot on historical Greek statues. His thick lips twisted in scorn. “This send isn't really on the market. You speak bullshit. you'll include us. ” “I’m no longer speaking bullshit,” I acknowledged hotly. “I’m a surveyor. i used to be advised to do a prepurchase survey at the Princess … Marina. The Princess Marina. Isn’t that this send? ” one other couple of guys got here up, burly employees in soiled boiler fits. certainly one of them held a size of pipe like a weapon. The younger guy stared at me uncertainly. “The Princess Marina? No, this isn’t that send. ” “Hell, i presumed that’s what the identify at the stern stated. I can’t learn Greek. What’s the identify of this send? ” “The Royal Palace. So why you return on board with out permission? Why you no ask anyone? ” “There was once not anyone round. ” the boys crowded round me, opposed and suspicious. “Take every thing from your pockets,” the younger guy ordered me. This used to be critical. in the event that they chanced on the web page of photographs, the jig will be up. “I’m unlikely to do it,” I stated.

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