How Did Somali Pirates Get Paid?

Rob Phayre, a former ransom delivery specialist who helped shipowners retrieve vessels and crews from pirates, has written a new novel based on his experiences off Somalia. He recently corresponded with The Maritime Executive about the nature of the work and the root causes of Somali piracy. 

TME: To start, can you tell us about yourself and your career in resolving hostage situations?

I started my career with seven years as a British military helicopter pilot, and I commanded a flight of...

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