The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast

The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast

Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates?a riveting,thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. In January 2012, havi Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigoro...

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Title:The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast
Author:Michael Scott Moore
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062449192
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast Reviews

  • Renée
    Jul 25, 2018
    Michael Scott Moore's "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast" is phenomenal. It is an incredible book of memoir and reportage, personal experience and historical context. The writing is thoughtful, insightful, and beautiful. I wish Moore had never had the ...
  • Shaun
    Sep 04, 2018
    The book was engaging and interesting in the beginning. The author was kidnapped by Somali pirates and lived for over 2 years in captivity, but the ending was less satisfying for me and a bit of a letdown. Great story and many trials to deal with and overcome, but the way it ended was ...
  • Kyla
    Sep 25, 2018
    Very well written with a dry sense of humor. I had to keep reminding myself that yes, these events actually happened to the author... at times scary, sobering, fantastical, and funny... this is an insightful read. ...
  • Debby
    Sep 21, 2018
    Journalist Michael Scott Moore went to Somalia to interview a Somali pirate but his local contacts betray him and he ends up being captured and held for ransom. "You have made a mistake, mistakes are human," he is told by one of his captors. He spends the next two and a half years i...
  • David Hill
    Aug 24, 2018
    Moore traveled to Somalia to research a book about the pirates there. He got more than he bargained for. You have made a mistake. Mistakes are human. He is told this by one of his captors, early on, and it becomes a bit of a mantra for him. Moore spent more than two and a half y...
  • Marianne
    Aug 19, 2018
    Riveting. Well written, introspective account by a man who was kidnapped and held hostage by Somalian terrorists. Sensitive and introspective, so finely drawn that I could feel the terror and uncertainty and the anger. ...
  • Sharon Watkins
    Oct 02, 2018
    Michael Scott Moore is angry, and for good reason. He was abducted and held hostage by Somali pirates for over 2 1/2 years in conditions ranging from bleak to appalling. His harrowing story should have made for a compelling book. Anger, though, however righteous, does not necessarily t...
  • Judy
    Sep 19, 2018
    An account of the author's time as a hostage of Somali pirates. Hard to imagine, after reading the book, how a person could begin to cope with the conditions of his capture and the seesaw of emotions of hopelessness and hope. I learned quite a bit about conditions in Somalia as a whole...
  • Ashley
    Sep 12, 2018
    A harrowing story for sure. Read this one for book club and found it interesting. But it also tended to drag a bit (I mean the dude was hostage for over 2 years, so yeah some of it's kind of boring....) so I skimmed a bunch. Also since it was written by a journalist, I found some of it...
  • Kathy Lerner
    Oct 19, 2018
    Have to get past the first 70 pages... then gets good ...
  • John Wood
    Oct 08, 2018
    The author went to Somalia to explore the piracy epidemic, for possible solutions but didn't expect to do such in-depth research. After being held captive for 977 days he got to know his captors and fellow captives quite well. He paints a picture of a disorganized, misinformed band of ...
  • Koen
    Sep 03, 2018
    It doesn't get much better than this. An absolutely stunning book by Michael Scott Moore about his mind boggling 977 days as a Somali pirate hostage. That's two years and eight months! That in itself is a worthwhile story but with Moore's writing this became an epic 464 pages of jo...
  • Francie
    Oct 31, 2018
    Enthralling account of a journalist held captive by Somali pirates for 2.5 years. Would have been 5 stars but slogged down a bit with excessive (repetitious) details. ...
  • Mel
    Aug 12, 2018
    My husband read this and afterward said "read it". And I am glad I did, Michael Scott Moore has written an incredible story about a horrific situation. The way he humanizes his cruel, but ridiculous Somali guards is a testament to his talented writing and his generous spirit. By the ti...
  • Corinne
    Aug 02, 2018
    Surprisingly boring ...
  • Jean
    Aug 18, 2018
    This is a fascinating story about the three years of Moore?s captivity by Somali pirates. Moore is a journalist and a gifted storyteller. Moore used his journalist tools of observation, interviewing techniques, and his interest in people?s stories to help him survive and then write...
  • Omar Alshaker
    Oct 03, 2018
    Very well-written. Keeps you excited the whole time without any cheesy added dramatization. The audio version is remarkable. The narriation is absolutely brilliant. You could tell every character apart without waiting for context! Loved it. ...
  • Ellen
    Jul 31, 2018
    What a great read! Combine a gripping story and a good writer and you have a winner. A thrilling tale of kidnapping and survival under the harshest of conditions. ...
  • Sara
    Aug 13, 2018
    I am amazed that a 450 page book about almost three years of captivity was so engrossing. I didn't realize how good a job Moore had done evoking what his captivity was like until the end of the book when he is finally released. Before he even tells you of his reaction to freedom, you c...
  • Tammy
    Sep 30, 2018
    I always wondered what hostages did for years on end. I now have some idea. But it is tedious, so the book is a bit tedious. Also, there were too many characters for me to keep track of. There was a list of names at the back of the book, but I think an index with page numbers would hav...
  • Lily
    Aug 09, 2018
    It is hard to believe that Michael Moore actually survived his harrowing ordeal of captivity by the Somalis. He asked himself early on (and many times during captivity) what he was thinking by going into a dangerous place even if it was to be an investigative journalist trying to find...
  • Cindy Vallar
    Aug 20, 2018
    As a reporter for Spiegel Online, Michael Moore covered a piracy trial ? the first held in Germany in over four hundred years. What he learned piqued his curiosity to know more about Somali pirates, so he accompanied Ashwin Raman, a documentary maker and war correspondent for German ...
  • Jan McDonald
    Aug 23, 2018
    I saw the author talking about this book on "The Daily Show" and Trevor Noah was right when he commented that "The Desert and the Sea" reads like a novel. I could not put it down. Michael Scott Moore manages to tell his story of 900+ days of captivity, mix it with self-analysis and sti...
  • Nila Novotny
    Sep 28, 2018
    I found this book very interesting. It gives a close up and person view of present Day piracy when the typical view is Pirates of the Caribbean. It?s a very different world out there than what I thought. This book gives names and personalities to kidnappers, guards, hostages, negotia...
  • Zack Kennedy
    Oct 18, 2018
    The text below is notes I've taken for a resource review. It will give you an idea of what the book is like though, so I figured I'd include it. Spoilers. -Author Michael Scott Moore an American who lives in Germany was inspired to go to Somalia to write a book about piracy and ...
  • Thaddeus Sweet
    Aug 14, 2018
    Inside the hostage... Comprehensive research, history, storytelling, and deep psychological insights from the author/captive made this a fascinating read. While the text seemed long and moved slowly at times, this quality helped reinforce the true experience of captivity. ...
  • Nate Kara
    Oct 20, 2018
    If you want a condensed version go to Joe Rogan?s podcast and find the one with Michael Scott Moore. An awesome story. ...
  • Lily M
    Oct 21, 2018
    My favorite aspect of this book was the insight the author provides into his own mind as a reaction to the dangerous and often absurd circumstances in which he finds himself. I was also fascinated to learn about the world of Somali pirates and the behind-the-scenes of commercial fishin...
  • Michelle Cortado
    Aug 16, 2018
    Fantastic! I love the tone and matter of fact attitude that he presents such a incredible true through. An epic tale of greed and the human spirit ...
  • Flowergarden24
    Aug 31, 2018
    This showed us great insight into the minds of the pirates and also what kinds of things a person thinks about while in captivity. I liked the way the author wasn't trying to make himself seem like a big hero or tell us of his hardship so we feel sympathy. He keeps saying how he made ...