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

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Seized throws open the hatch on the shadowy world of maritime shipping, where third-world governments place exorbitant liens against ships, pirates seize commercial vessels with impunity, crooks and con artists reign supreme on the docks and in the shipyards—and hapless owners have to rely on sea captain Max Hardberger to recapture their ships and win justice on the high seas.

Seized takes readers behind the scenes of the multibillion ...
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Seized: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters

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Overview



Seized throws open the hatch on the shadowy world of maritime shipping, where third-world governments place exorbitant liens against ships, pirates seize commercial vessels with impunity, crooks and con artists reign supreme on the docks and in the shipyards—and hapless owners have to rely on sea captain Max Hardberger to recapture their ships and win justice on the high seas.

Seized takes readers behind the scenes of the multibillion dollar maritime industry, as he recounts his efforts to retrieve freighters and other vessels from New Orleans to the Caribbean, from East Germany to Vladivostak, Russia, and from Greece to Guatemala. He resorts to everything from disco dancing to women of the night to distract the shipyard guards, from bribes to voodoo doctors to divert attention and buy the time he needs to sail a ship out of a foreign port without clearance. Seized is adventure nonfiction at its best.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington :Post - Ken Ringle
Erroll Flynn would have loved to play Max Hardberger in a movie version of SEIZED. It's a rollicking ride and all the more so because Hardberger, an airplane pilot, lawyer, teacher and adventurer as well as a ship captain, tells a great story [and] writes with genuine skill ...
Publisher's Weekly - Starred Review
A heart-stopping account ... Hardberger proves himself tough as a tank and articulate as a poet ... Hardberger has a seafarer's gift for atmospheric storytelling, layering details to create a sense of place, history and foreboding ... Hardberger's escapades make undeniably fun reading.
Terror on the Seas - Daniel Sekulich
One of the strengths of Hardberger's book is his prose, which is lucid, entertaining and dramatic. His descriptions of the waterfronts of various seedy ports and the characters who inhabit them are vivid. … Hardberger's stories and his skills as a storyteller are such that he could have filled a book with twice as many tales of what it's like to be a maritime repo man.
Sacramento Bee - Glenn Dallas
Seized gradually evolves from a maritime memoir into a thoroughly enthralling tale of a man of principle, a man who risks his life in order to restore a spirit of fairness and honor to the seas, often with only his guile and whatever meager resources are available. It's an interesting and engaging read, but far deeper than you'd expect.
The Old Salt Blog - Rick Spilman
A fascinating account of one man’s remarkable career and personal journey.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016673813
  • Publisher: Plimsoll Books
  • Publication date: 4/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 240,620
  • File size: 410 KB

Meet the Author

MAX HARDBERGER has been an airplane pilot, a lawyer, a high school teacher, a writer, an adventurer, and a ship captain on commercial freighters. Unique in his area of expertise, he has been repossessing illegitimately seized freighters for the last eighteen years. His adventures have been featured by NPR, the Learning Channel, and the L.A. Times, among other publications. When not on the high seas, he lives in Louisiana.
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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    A Most Unusual Specialty - Stealing Ships

    Max Hardberger's Seized, a Sea Captains Adventures - Battling Scoundrels and Pirates while Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters is a fascinating account of one man's remarkable career and personal journey. In addition to working professionally as a crop-duster, school teacher, lawyer, and ship's captain, Max Hardberger developed the rather unusual specialty of returning stolen property, very large stolen property. He steals back ships wrongly seized in foreign ports and returns them to their owners.

    There is a cliche that petty thieves steal with guns while the big thieves steal with pens. Hardberger's career as a "ship extractor" began when as captain of the bulk carrier, Naruda, which had just discharged a cargo of rice in Haiti, a claim was filed against the ship for a short discharge. The claim was false and even if valid, should have been filed against shipper and not the ship. Nevertheless an unscrupulous merchant, paying off a corrupt judge in a third world port, just might have succeeded in stealing the ship. With guile, stealth, liquor for the guards, and a bit of bribery Captain Hardberger succeeded in slipping the ship out of Cap Haitian. It was the beginning of a highly varied career as a ship thief.

    In Seized, Captain Hardburger describes sneaking ships out of Venezuela, Haiti, Trinidad, Belgium, Honduras, Mexico and Greece, as well as flying forty seven crop dusters out of East Germany. In the process he had to cope with corrupt officials, the Russian mob, political unrest, and a mixed bag of scoundrels, pirates and con men.

    He describes the difficulty of sneaking ship out of port. Most ships have diesel engines which can make a lot of noise in the dead of night when trying to slip out of a port unnoticed. In one case, Captain Hardberger merely slipped the lines and let the ship drift out with the wind and current to a waiting tug. In another case, he arranged for a very noisy party at a neighboring waterfront whorehouse to mask the sound of the ship's engines starting up. The range of trickery, diversions and deceptions used to extract ships from ports around the world is highly entertaining.

    What makes this memoir something more than a group of sea stories loosely strung together is that we also follow Captain Harberger's personal journey. This includes the highs and lows, from his passing the California bar exam to become an attorney (after completing a law school correspondence course,) to the end of his marriage and the tragic loss of a daughter to heart disease. The memoir ends in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where he has lost most of his worldly possessions while still in mourning over his daughter's death. Nevertheless, it is clear that he will carry on. There is still work to be done and just possibly more ships to save.

    Seized, a Sea Captains Adventures - Battling Scoundrels and Pirates while Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters is a gripping story of real-life adventure. A highly enjoyable read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    fascinating read.

    A very descriptive true tale of white collar piracy around the globe. The autobiographical perspective adds to the authenticity of Mr. Hardberger's experiences. Believable in all aspects.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    Looking forward to the movie

    This is the true life story of Max Hardberger. He has led an amazing life with many thrilling adventures. He is a unique individual with the job of taking back ships that have been seized under false means. His work is filled with many dangers including foreign ports, weather and people. He does a very good job of explaining each scenario, I could feel the tension of each situation. The book is composed of several short stories but on the whole it flows together well. I'll admit that the second chapter was a little confusing for me to follow but the rest of the book was great.I will be looking forward to his next book and especially the movie "The Good Pirate".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    High stakes adventure!

    This book starts off with a ship being illegallly seized by a corrupt government. Max Hardberger, the captain of the ship isn't going to stand for it and decides to seize the ship back. This starts Max's adventures of helping others to regain their possessions from being ill gotten by corrupt people. Max made me feel like I was right there with him throughout his adventures. The book is compiled of several short stories describing these different adventures. Great read that had my attention from start to finish!

    Lisa in Georgia

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Exciting True Adventure!

    Seized is quite an exciting and enlightening read! I had no idea that there were ships being detained unlawfully let alone rescued from these unlawful detentions. My maritime knowledge is quite miniscule but with Max's descriptions I was able to follow along with his adventures quite well. Every chapter was another adventure from Max's life and by the end of each chapter I would find myself on the edge of my seat hoping the job would end safely. I felt as though I was on board along with Max and could feel the danger he was experiencing. Well done Max! I enjoyed this book courtesy of the B&N Sneak Peek program.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    "Seized" Wow

    I wasn't quite sure I'd like this book but, Max Hardberger introduced me to some things that I wasn't aware were going on in this day and time, and kept me interested.
    His writing style was easy and had just enough technolgy about ships and the ports they landed so that I could understand what was going on and the problem. There was just enough personal information that I could empathize and sympathize with him.
    This book could also be styled as not just current events but a modern day thriller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    Danger on the High Seas

    A dangerous profession is what I call that of Max Hardberger. He has allowed us into his world of retaking of seized ships of all types and sizes from the not so friendly waters of some seemingly brutal countries in the world.
    Mr. Hardberger also interjects some humor into what could be called one of the most dangerous professions known, and maybe not so well known. The taking of a ship with no power and allowing it to drift into international waters without being detected is something this reader did not expect to read in the story of his life.
    Thank you so much Max, for a story that is worth telling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    Mixed feelings at first but I'm glad I read it!

    I will be the first to admit that after reading the first 40 pages I was ready to put the book down & not read it. For me, it was dragging & a bit repetitive. I usually don't like to not finish reading a book so I decided to give it a second chance & I'm glad that I did. I normally wouldn't have picked up this book on my own but since it was a B & N's first look book I decided to give it a chance. By the way, this is a true story. I couldn't believe all that goes on in the shipping industry & how the author risked his life so frequently. At times my heart was beating a hundred miles a minute, other times I was really sad with the results but the ending was a tear jerker.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Exciting Sea Stories

    Very good true to life adventure.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    YOU WANT A GREAT BOOK TO READ IN JULY, HERE IS THE BOOK

    HAVING WORKED PREVIOUSLY AT A MARINE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AT A LOCAL BANK I KNEW ABOUT ARRESTING A VESSEL (ANY BOAT OVER 100 FEET)ANY WHERE IN THE USA, THIS BOOK COVERS SEIZING VESSELS ALL OVER THE WORLD. TELLS STORIES ABOUT SEIZING A VESSEL, STEALING A VESSEL TO RECOVER THE VESSEL THAT WAS STOLEN AND A FALSE LIEN PLACED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO TAKE POSITION OF A VESSEL THAT THEY IN PORT OR INDIVIDUAL PLACED ON A VESSEL IN AN EFFORT TO STEAL THE VESSEL AT AUCTION AT A DEAL/STEAL OF A PRICE. THE AUTHOR IS A WONDERFUL PERSON, VERY TALENTED IN BEING A SHIP'S MASTER CAPTAIN, A PILOT, BECOME AN ATTORNEY THROUGH SELF HELP COURSE AND NEVER ATTENDING A CLASS AND TOOK THE BAR EXAM AND PASSED THE EXAM ON THE FIRST TESTING, THIS GUY AND THE BOOK WILL KEEP YOU IN PLACE TILL YOU HAVE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK. WOW - WHAT A GREAT BOOK!

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    it was ok

    I was never really pulled in by the stories and found myself putting it down to do other stuff a lot.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    A High Seas Adventure to remember

    Max Hardberger's Seized is a rip roaring high seas adventure. A non-fiction that reads like a novel.
    Max gives us an amazing read in Seized, amazing mostly because he lived the adventure and sometimes only survived by the skin of his teeth, or the angel on his shoulder. His story line/plot reads like a contemporary swashbuckling novel complete with the pirates and hero rushing in to save the day. And yet as he introduces us to his friends and his loved ones, the story takes on a more intimate feeling. His dialogue is a Mirriam Webster of ship speak (but you'll catch on quickly), mixed with the edgy, terse talk of his dangerous thug and gangster characters, and then he mixes it with the more personal language of family. And speaking of his characters they are so larger than life that you'll have a hard time believing they're real, but real they are and most you'll really like and some you'll really hate, but all are incredibly memorable.
    Everyone who enjoys a great adventure, mystery or grand life journey will enjoy this soon to be best selling read. It gives you adrenalin junkies all that you require, edge of your seat thrills and chills and puts your emotions through a roller coaster ride. Thank you Max for letting us into your crazy but amazing life in Seized.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    "Seized" is captivating

    Adventure on the high seas and in dangerous ports. Clandestine meetings and plans. Max Hardberger shares the true story of some of his adventures regaining control of seized ships. Each chapter gives details relating to a new adventure, making the book easy to read. At times you will wonder who the good and bad guys are, wondering is prison or death awaits the rescuers. The characters and danger are real, but many of their names have been changed to protect them.
    I had the opportunity to read this book as part of Barnes & Noble's Sneak Peek group. It was fascinating to talk with Mr. Hardberger and to learn things about ships, ports, and international laws. There are times when there seems to be too much information, but that doesn't detract too much from the story. This is a great book for discussion groups, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading true stories filled with courage and danger. I anxiously await the next installment!

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    SEIZED

    Definitely an interesting read. At first it was a bit hard going but by the second chapter, I couldn't put it down. A real look in to a world most people know nothing about or even knew existed. Left me wanting more!

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Interesting

    When i started the book i had a strange feeling. At the beginning i didnt like it but i went on reading. Luckily i did that because few pages later i started to like it a lot.
    The fact that the stories that are told are real things that happen to him is something that really impressed me. I was able to discover the world that surrounds ships and it was amazing.

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