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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 President Barack Obama It was just another day on the job for fifty three year old Richard Phillips captain of the Maersk Alabama the United States flagged cargo ship which was carrying among other things food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back nor did they I retired from a 30 year career as a shipmaster in 2001 and followed this 2009 incident closely I'm rarely sorry about spending money on a book but this time I am While I wasn't in the captain's position and won't second guess him A Captain's Duty Somali Pirate Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea is about as eye rolling as an autobiography in which Bernie Madoff describes himself as a financial hero Breeds of Men pirates boarded the ship The Lost Innocence pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back nor did they I retired from a 30 year career as a shipmaster in 2001 and followed this 2009 incident closely I'm rarely sorry about spending money on a book but this time I am While I wasn't in the captain's Woman of Iron position and won't second guess him A Captain's Duty Somali Pirate Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea is about as eye rolling as an autobiography in which Bernie Madoff describes himself as a financial hero

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Expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew Thus began the tense five day stand off which ended in a daring high seas rescue when US Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors It never ends like this Captain Phillips said And he's right A Captain's Duty tells the life and death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic gun plagued shores A story of adventure and courage it provides the intimate details of this high s There are no words to describe how frustratingly stupid this book the whole situation was From the time Phillips told one of his men that if he were scared of pirates he never should have gotten on board the boat to the part where he actually told his crew to come to the bridge and hoped that they wouldn'tto the end where the captain credits Obama with having had a huge hand in getting him out of the pirates hands I just wanted to scream It's like Captain Smith and the iceberg warnings all over again These captains get warnings and then are shocked when bad things happen when the warnings are ignored Had Captain Phillips listened to the warnings and wasted a little timefuel keeping his ship 600 miles off the coast he wouldn't have gone through such a horrific ordeal The man wasn't a hero he made the the best of a God awful situation and came out lucky Read the news articles His OWN CREW told the same stories Buddho picked off three of the captors It never ends like this Captain Phillips said And he's right A Captain's Duty tells the life and death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic gun The Burning Boys plagued shores A story of adventure and courage it A Little Learning provides the intimate details of this high s There are no words to describe how frustratingly stupid this book the whole situation was From the time Phillips told one of his men that if he were scared of The Good Neighbour pirates he never should have gotten on board the boat to the Catch Me Before I Fall part where he actually told his crew to come to the bridge and hoped that they wouldn'tto the end where the captain credits Obama with having had a huge hand in getting him out of the Biggles Fails to Return pirates hands I just wanted to scream It's like Captain Smith and the iceberg warnings all over again These captains get warnings and then are shocked when bad things happen when the warnings are ignored Had Captain Phillips listened to the warnings and wasted a little timefuel keeping his ship 600 miles off the coast he wouldn't have gone through such a horrific ordeal The man wasn't a hero he made the the best of a God awful situation and came out lucky Read the news articles His OWN CREW told the same stories

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Eas hostage taking the unbearable heat the death threats the mock executions and the escape attempt When the pirates boarded his ship Captain Phillips put his experience into action doing everything he could to safeguard his crew And when he was held captive by the pirates he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates This was it the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything Richard Phillips was rea After seeing the movie Captain Phillips I got this book wanting to know about the capture of the Maersk Alabama the US cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 and the ordeal of Captain Phillips himself taken hostage by the pirates and held in the ship's lifeboat for four days until he was rescued by Navy SEALs Take my advice never try to learn about heroes; it's almost always disappointingAbout half a chapter into this book I was thinking hmmm this guy is kind of a douche and I felt bad about that obviously because HERO But he's arrogant and boastful about things that are so stupid and clearly wants to portray himself as the toughest bastard you'll ever be lucky enough to know I'd like to say that as I read further I started to have a better opinion of him but I really didn't Surprisingly the book is not all that interesting although maybe that's because I'd already seen the very well done movie The details differ slightly from those in the film but not in a significant way well aside from the fact that I never wanted to punch Tom Hanks in the face It ends with Phillips humblebragging about how he's not a hero OH OKAY I AM BUT NOT ON PURPOSE And at that point I was ready to just give this book 2 stars and say the movie was better but in subseuently reading a bit about what the Alabama's crew has to say about things most of which comes from declarations in the lawsuit they've filed against Maersk it seems that the whole thing might have been avoided but for Maersk's and Phillips's disregard of numerous warnings of pirate attacks and their decision to sail within 250 miles of the Somali coastline when Maritime authorities had directed ships to stay at least 600 miles offshore Evidently Phillips had some weird need to play uien Es Mas Macho? with the pirates and Maersk wanted to save one day's fuel costs In short I don't recommend the book I do recommend the movie Captain Phillips and I also recommend Joe Versus the Volcano which has nothing to do with the matter at hand I just think it's an underrated film Midnight Storm (The Warriors, pirates boarded his ship Captain Phillips Heiresses put his experience into action doing everything he could to safeguard his crew And when he was held captive by the The Major Works pirates he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival withstanding intense A Dirty War physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the Blood Money (Alpha Force, pirates This was it the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything Richard Phillips was rea After seeing the movie Captain Phillips I got this book wanting to know about the capture of the Maersk Alabama the US cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali Sid James pirates in 2009 and the ordeal of Captain Phillips himself taken hostage by the Succubus T06 Succubus Revealed pirates and held in the ship's lifeboat for four days until he was rescued by Navy SEALs Take my advice never try to learn about heroes; it's almost always disappointingAbout half a chapter into this book I was thinking hmmm this guy is kind of a douche and I felt bad about that obviously because HERO But he's arrogant and boastful about things that are so stupid and clearly wants to Snow Dog portray himself as the toughest bastard you'll ever be lucky enough to know I'd like to say that as I read further I started to have a better opinion of him but I really didn't Surprisingly the book is not all that interesting although maybe that's because I'd already seen the very well done movie The details differ slightly from those in the film but not in a significant way well aside from the fact that I never wanted to Girl Seven (London Underground, punch Tom Hanks in the face It ends with Phillips humblebragging about how he's not a hero OH OKAY I AM BUT NOT ON PURPOSE And at that The Happiness Purpose point I was ready to just give this book 2 stars and say the movie was better but in subseuently reading a bit about what the Alabama's crew has to say about things most of which comes from declarations in the lawsuit they've filed against Maersk it seems that the whole thing might have been avoided but for Maersk's and Phillips's disregard of numerous warnings of A Candle For The Devil pirate attacks and their decision to sail within 250 miles of the Somali coastline when Maritime authorities had directed ships to stay at least 600 miles offshore Evidently Phillips had some weird need to Second Helpings of Roast Chicken play uien Es Mas Macho? with the The Magic Potions Shop pirates and Maersk wanted to save one day's fuel costs In short I don't recommend the book I do recommend the movie Captain Phillips and I also recommend Joe Versus the Volcano which has nothing to do with the matter at hand I just think it's an underrated film


10 thoughts on “A Captain's Duty

  1. says:

    In this supposedly true story Captain Richard Phillips tells of his ordeal with a group of Somali pirates who boarded his ship and took him hostage I bought this book because I had seen the movie recently and really enjoyed it and was keen to get the full story That was my mistake As I started reading I noticed something was wrong This guy isn't Tom Hanks not even closeI think I need to attempt to explain why the movie was good and the book wasn't I apologise if this annoys anyone I know this is a book review site but this is a very rare instance in which the movie was better and I want to fully explain why this was the caseThe movie starts by showing us Captain Phillips only a few hours before he leaves on the Maersk Alabama We know literally nothing about him apart from the fact that he is a hard working guy who provides for his family and he has a wife that loves him This very brief scene at the beginning shows us that he is a good guy tough smart and a family man He also talks about getting through the Maritime Academy and how life is harder for the younger generation these days because there is so much competition as opposed to when he was a boyThe book unfortunately starts where Captain Phillips is a lot younger He talks about how in his twenties he would get into fights at bars with his friends because that’s just what you did in Boston and it was fun He gives us the story of how he met his wife with an extremely cheesy one liner that I found hard to believe 'I'm Rich as in filthy' He then goes on to mention that the only reason he wanted to become a merchant mariner was because when he was a taxi driver he picked up a guy who had a lot of cash and wanted to go to the partyapparent easy sex district of town He asked the guy what he did and he told him 'merchant mariner' Phillips then asked his brother about how easy the course was and his brother told him it was dead easy Phillips signed up almost instantly and found out his brother had completely lied to him but he stuck with it because he's a tough bastardDealing with the pirates was another issue In the film Phillips handles them with a fair deal of grace He is a little blunt but when they threaten to shoot the crew he selflessly demands that they shoot him instead He listens to their demands and takes them around the ship and tries to stall them and protect his crewIn the book that is to say in the real account Captain Phillips acts like a total tool The pirates aren’t there for a good time they are there for a uick score and they are under a lot of crazy stress Does Phillips try and appease them uickly? No Instead when they are asking for simple pieces of euipment like the radar or the telephone he pretends not to understand them and this makes them absolutely furious Even though they are threatening two of his crew at gunpoint he still does it endangering their lives to inconvenience the pirates for an extra minute PointlessThere was a line that Phillips says in the book when the pirates first board the ship that says despite everything he had been told about dealing with pirates there was only one way he could by being himself As soon as I read that I thought bad decision You see throughout the whole book Captain Phillips makes himself out to be the toughest son of a bitch on earth It makes it feel like the only reason he did what he did was because of all this macho bullshit he had to prove to himself and his dumb drinking buddies After he is taken hostage this is debatable go online and read the real life accounts from the crew aboard the Maersk Alabama it is very hard to believe anything that the Captain writes down No one knows what went on inside that life boat except himself and the one remaining Somali pirate It reads too much like an action movie and not what someone in that situation would say at all 'What are you going to do now kill me? I yelled up the Leader' Give me a breakCaptain Phillips also does the courtesy of filling us in on the very uneventful life of his wife at home during the ordeal Between paragraphs of him explaining just how much he and his wife love each other he tells of her everyday life sitting at home dealing with the press which she hated and wanted gone but invited inside anyway dealt with the horrific turmoil she and her family were going through with humour in which the whole family jokes non stop about his situation until his wife yells at some poor woman who tries to join in on the uestionable fun and looking at the moon every night because she knew he was looking at it too UrghThe movie ends with a very emotional Captain Phillips going into shock and being assessed by a naval doctor It was very powerful and showed how vulnerable he really was The book ends by the real Captain Phillips saying all he wanted was a beer no wait scratch that two beers and the only emotional change he went through was waking up and crying at night But he manages to play that off by explaining that it was just the chemicals in his body that had been generated during the ordeal escaping his systemAs you can see the real downfall of the book was that Captain Phillips was just downright unlikeable If he had only actually shown how emotionally draining this was or shown the tiniest bit of vulnerability or modesty the story may have been better This book gets a very rare one star


  2. says:

    A very intense read Lots of action some very scary moments as Captain Phillips re lives his time as a hostage of Somalian piratesIt was a nightmare situation and there were many moments when he really thought his time had come A well written moving account would recommend


  3. says:

    I retired from a 30 year career as a shipmaster in 2001 and followed this 2009 incident closely I'm rarely sorry about spending money on a book but this time I am While I wasn't in the captain's position and won't second guess him A Captain's Duty Somali Pirate Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea is about as eye rolling as an autobiography in which Bernie Madoff describes himself as a financial hero


  4. says:

    My dad's a former able seaman and uartermaster and he loves sharing his sea stories with me We probably watched Captain Philips the movie together twice complete with running commentary from his side obviously It is one of his favorite movies The casting director and the screenwriter did a really fine job since this books was just uninspired to the say the least First of all the encounter at the ship was too short and pages spent on the captain's background and how the situation at his home I mean he could have used the stories from his other 19 crew members to give the readers a comprehensive picture of the happenings there were uite a lot even in a short time Also he did not even mention what happened to the Leader who mysteriously disappeared He was apparently flown to the United States to stand trial and was sentenced 33 year in prisonAnd I am not liking this guy at all Some of his remarks sounded sexist to me smug and for sure the behavior was different with Tom Hank's far sympathetic portrayal not just because he's well Tom Hanks The book also needs better editing as some passages are too alike there are two paragraphs with the almost exact content only one page away from each otherI appreciate some of the background on merchant mariners and piracy in the Somalian waters but I suppose there are other better books out there to read about those subjects I highly recommend The Outlaw Ocean Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier


  5. says:

    There are no words to describe how frustratingly stupid this book the whole situation was From the time Phillips told one of his men that if he were scared of pirates he never should have gotten on board the boat to the part where he actually told his crew to come to the bridge and hoped that they wouldn'tto the end where the captain credits Obama with having had a huge hand in getting him out of the pirates hands I just wanted to scream It's like Captain Smith and the iceberg warnings all over again These captains get warnings and then are shocked when bad things happen when the warnings are ignored Had Captain Phillips listened to the warnings and wasted a little timefuel keeping his ship 600 miles off the coast he wouldn't have gone through such a horrific ordeal The man wasn't a hero he made the the best of a God awful situation and came out lucky Read the news articles His OWN CREW told the same stories


  6. says:

    This book was the expected coda to Captain Phillip's fifteen minutes of fame I would like to have learned a little about the Navy Seals role in his rescue but Phillips was apparently instructed to minimizeit In addition his narrative raised some unanswered uestions especially about the mysterious Leader who disappears without further mentionAn uneven chrosnicle but uite readable It makes one hope that sterner measure are now in place to deal with future would be Somali pirates


  7. says:

    Pirates is the present day Really? They're in speedboats armed with AK47's but the ships they try to hijack are far bigger than their boat All you have to do if you see them is turn the wheel really hard and plow right over them Needless to say I am glad Captain Phillips survived this harrowing ordeal


  8. says:

    Richard Phillips is not a writer he’s a sailor He makes a great deal of his devotion to his ship – whichever ship it happens to be at whichever point in his career – and to this end the part of the book before the Somali pirates board the Maersk Alabama is filled with anecdotes of his life on and off the sea The point of these anecdotes is surely to assure the reader that the ship and the men on board are his responsibility and give a sense of who the man is Unfortunately they paint him out to be a bit of an arrogant prat He tells boak provoking stories of his wife and their children he wears his “Irish” heritage like an aggressive neon sign on his forehead and if you peeled back the top layer of his skin you would find the US flag woven into his flesh And probably the words GOD BLESS AMERICA too Tom Hanks created a much likeable Captain Phillips than Captain Phillips did; on screen his mad decisions seemed borne from desperation than arrogance which didn’t seem to be the case on the page As I said he is not a writer and his story is not very well constructed He throws the non word “gotten” around so much it made my joints hurt and on his attempted escape he “dove” under the lifeboat so many times I almost wanted him to be shot just for his abuse of language The past tense of dive is dived A dove is a white pigeon But Phillips is one of those everyman American types who ain’t nothin speshul just doin his job and lovin his wife and kids so he don’t know no fancy English Yeah well learn to spell I don’t know whether his editor and publisher decided to leave these irritants in for authenticity or whether they’d removed so much they were in danger of publishing something he didn’t recognise as his own hand and left some in on purpose – either way it was a pain It wouldn’t have taken too much to tighten the grammar to improve readability while still leaving a sense of the character However all nit picking and dislike of pompous patriotism aside this is a remarkable story and it's incredible that Phillips is alive to tell it It's just that it's a rare case of the movie being far superior to the book


  9. says:

    After seeing the movie Captain Phillips I got this book wanting to know about the capture of the Maersk Alabama the US cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 and the ordeal of Captain Phillips himself taken hostage by the pirates and held in the ship's lifeboat for four days until he was rescued by Navy SEALs Take my advice never try to learn about heroes; it's almost always disappointingAbout half a chapter into this book I was thinking hmmm this guy is kind of a douche and I felt bad about that obviously because HERO But he's arrogant and boastful about things that are so stupid and clearly wants to portray himself as the toughest bastard you'll ever be lucky enough to know I'd like to say that as I read further I started to have a better opinion of him but I really didn't Surprisingly the book is not all that interesting although maybe that's because I'd already seen the very well done movie The details differ slightly from those in the film but not in a significant way well aside from the fact that I never wanted to punch Tom Hanks in the face It ends with Phillips humblebragging about how he's not a hero OH OKAY I AM BUT NOT ON PURPOSE And at that point I was ready to just give this book 2 stars and say the movie was better but in subseuently reading a bit about what the Alabama's crew has to say about things most of which comes from declarations in the lawsuit they've filed against Maersk it seems that the whole thing might have been avoided but for Maersk's and Phillips's disregard of numerous warnings of pirate attacks and their decision to sail within 250 miles of the Somali coastline when Maritime authorities had directed ships to stay at least 600 miles offshore Evidently Phillips had some weird need to play uien Es Mas Macho? with the pirates and Maersk wanted to save one day's fuel costs In short I don't recommend the book I do recommend the movie Captain Phillips and I also recommend Joe Versus the Volcano which has nothing to do with the matter at hand I just think it's an underrated film


  10. says:

    A Captain’s Duty by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty is a nonfiction book about the seizure by pirates of the US cargo ship Maersk Alabama of the coast of Somalia in 2009 The book is told from the captain’s point of view It spans a period of time from the week before the cargo ship set sail to after he gets home Half of the book is about what really happened on the ship and the other half is about his emotional struggles being separated from his family The book was made into a hit movie “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks The book is written like a diary with chapter headings like “ 3 Days and Day 1 1530 Hours”The book goes back and forth dealing with the situation on the cargo ship and the reaction back home in Vermont I enjoyed how the author included excerpts from real news reports to start each chapter The book is filled with action and depicts the cat and mouse game between the pirates and the crew There are small parts throughout the book where Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty add extra dimensions to the story These are little things like Captain Phillips talking about Shaeffer Stadium in Foxborough or a conversation with the youngest pirate about going to the movies in Somalia These instances help make the story relatable This event which took place in 2009 made headlines all around the world Piracy in Somalia was brought to the attention of world leaders It was one of the biggest stories of the year It also was one of the biggest instances of piracy I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anybody especially if they live in New England because Phillips talks about his home throughout the book