This is a great story or perhaps series of stories about a family from down under. Washed in the Australian dialect which made Crocodile Dundee a popular hit.
But the best part of this read is the reader. How did God grant one human such talent to provide a dozen or more distinct voices, each of which is perfect. Well done
Most would consider author to be a hero. He seems to deny being hero but describes many instances of heroic contact and significant luck. In any event, strong character with high Cajones factor. This is his portion of his tale of standing up to the first Pirates to seize an American ship in 200 years.
Surprisingly little about the Navy Seals whose conduct was reported in the media as just short of miraculous ( three simultaneous successful sniper shots in rolling seas.) and virtually nothing about the rest of the Navy. Sure this is Captain Phillips portion of the story but more of the Navy and Navy Seals and less of the filler on how Phillips became a merchant marine would have made a more interesting book.
Book is informationally interesting but a bit slow with much filler material. Greatly admire the author whom I would consider to be heroic. For that reason I gave it a four although it is a rather mediocre listen. Narrator is excellent.
I did two tours in the 'Nam but this is the story of those who were really there. We saw these fellows when they came in from the bush and this is their story. I remember them well. This work reflects the look in their eyes and their attitude. It also reflects the politics of wars, good and bad leadership. In its way, as good as To Kill A Mockingbird, Caine Mutiny, Gone With The Wind, In Cold Blood. Narrator is superb.
If you were not there, you should read this if only to understand sacrifice, loyalty, honor, duty, and the stupidity of wars such as VN. If you were there, you need to read it if only to remind you of the lessons you learned early in life when you were there.
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