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Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas Paperback – September 30, 2003
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The pirates today are a mixed bunch and can be found all over the world and can be anyone from a highly trained guerilla warrior to a rogue military unit (such as in Indonesia) to part of an international criminal gang or cartel. Pirates might also be part of international terrorist organizations (particularly Abu Sayaf out of the Philippines, which has strong links to Al-Qaeda as well as Asian crime syndicates and the heroin trade) or even simply local down-and-out fishermen who see a rich prize steaming by and can't resist (he states that poverty has driven many to piracy in the Caribbean, in Nigeria, Bangladesh, and elsewhere). Burnett writes that pirate weapons can vary from knives and machetes to modern assault rifles and grenade launchers. Pirates have even been known to have an insider in the crew of a ship, planted there to assist in a plan act of piracy.Read more ›
I heard this author on the radio, and was so capitivated by the subject matter that I later bought this book. I was not disappointed. Burnet opens with his tale of pirates boarding his sale boat. He later travels on two large commerical ships. While traveling on these boats, he blends firsthand accounts of piracy prevention and secondhand accounts of attacks on commericial ships.
That these pirates have success while using very primitive tools and methods is very alarming.
As for shotcomings, I would have preferred more information on piracy in the caribbean. The book focuses on the biggest hotspot, the Malacca Straights near Singapore.
For those who doubt the authenticity of the subject matter, I suggest you type "piracy report" into google and check out the weekly reports provided by the International Chamber of Commerce. The link was provided by the author.
Burnett had a harrowing personal experience with pirates in 1992 when he was robbed while sailing his small boat off the coast on Indonesia. This was the genesis for his investigation, though he did not begin his travels in search of pirates until nearly ten years later. Along the way, he talks to several victims of pirates, some law enforcement types out to stop it and also takes a journey aboard an oil tanker through pirate infested waters.
Burnett does a good job sounding a warning about modern piracy and the potential for a major economic or environmental disaster if, for example, an oil supertanker is hijacked for ransom or crashes while being the crew is being attacked. On the downside, Burnett's approach is haphazard and not well organized. He jumps from topic to topic randomly and has the annoying habit of repeating himself. The book also lacks one central compelling event to give it added punch.
Overall, an informative book with a few flaws.
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This is an amazingly written book and I believe acutely describes moderne day piracy. One thing u might need to know is that their are a couple f words in this book so if that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent narrative, based on -on the ship research- of modern day piracy. Very sobering of the poor options ship masters have when they are in dangerous waters. Read morePublished 21 months ago by George S. Kent
a lot of good reporting as we have come to expect from Burnett, but i think the book went on a little too long, although i finished it...Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
A very informative book but the last 20% of it could be cutout of the book. It almost made me think it was used as filler. Read morePublished on August 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
informative and exciting. John S. Burnett knows what he is talking about. He tells a good tale of actual cases of piracyPublished on November 15, 2013 by Carol A. Larson
Recent cruise ship mishaps have shown that sea travel is still dangerous. This book vividly presents one of those dangers, piracy; at the same time it also strips away any of the... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by El Gringo
Piracy is alive and well on the high seas of modern shipping. Specialized seaborne security forces are the Lost Command. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Jasmine Jennifer McAlpine
When I realized this book was based on events taking place 11 years ago, I was disappointed. I wanted something more contemporary. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Thomas A. McKean