Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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During the peak of the Somali piracy crisis, three ships Рfrom Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan Рwere hijacked and then abandoned to their fate by their employers, who lacked the money to pay ransoms. All would still be there, were it not for Colonel John Steed, a retired British military attach̩, who launched his own private mission to free them. At 65, Colonel Steed was hardly an ideal saviour. With no experience in hostage negotiations and no money behind him, he had to raise the ransom cash from scratch, running the operation from his spare room and ferrying million-dollar ransom payments around in the boot of his car.

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‘A thoroughly good read’, Michael Portillo, author of Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain and presenter of Great British Railway Journeys

‘A compelling story of courage, determination and skill.’ Terry Waite CBE, author of Taken on Trust

The true story of a retired British army officer’s private Somali-hostage rescue mission

During the peak of the Somali piracy crisis, three ships – from Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan – were hijacked and then abandoned to their fate by their employers, who lacked the money to pay ransoms. All would still be there, were it not for Colonel John Steed, a retired British military attaché, who launched his own private mission to free them. 

At 65, Colonel Steed was hardly an ideal saviour. With no experience in hostage negotiations and no money behind him, he had to raise the ransom cash from scratch, running the operation from his spare room and ferrying million-dollar ransom payments around in the boot of his car. 

Drawing on first-hand interviews, former chief foreign correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph, Colin Freeman, who has himself spent time held hostage by Somali pirates, takes readers on an inside track into the world of hostage negotiation and one man’s heroic rescue mission.

‘A MUST READ book … 5 stars, highly recommended!’ Jordan Wylie, adventurer and author of Citadel: The true story of one man’s war against the pirates of Somalia

‘Raw, gripping and profoundly moving’, Andrew Harding, BBC’s Africa correspondent and author of These are Not Gentle People

Additional information

Weight0.438 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 13.5 × 3.3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

320

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

364.164 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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