Max Hardberger

Max Hardberger has worked as an airplane pilot, ship captain, marine investigator, and maritime attorney. He holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. He is the author of Deadweight (Palm Island Press) a textbook on ship ownership, and Freighter Captain (Palm Island Press), a semi-autobiographical novel about his days as a ship captain. Doubleday has acquired the rights to his next book, SEIZED! Battling Pirates and Recovering Stolen Ships in the World’s Most Troubled Waters, a non-fiction account of his adventures repossessing large ships in foreign ports.

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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

by Max Hardberger

Hardberger recounts his adventures repossessing ships and sneaking them out of lawless, third-world countries, often under threat of death or imprisonment. His journeys lead him from corrupt ports in the Caribbean to the ice-bound docks of Vladivostok. His adventures in rescuing ships pit him against a rogue's gallery of antagonists, including Haitian rebels, modern-day Caribbean pirates, and Russian mobsters. Capt. Max Hardberger uses every trick, tool and tactic at his disposal to right wrongs and out-pirate pirates in this action-packed expose of the seedy underworld of international shipping. As a professional ship extractor, he risks death and imprisonment in dangerous third-world ports to steal ships from modern buccaneers and corrupt governments and deliver them back to their rightful owners. In the course of his adventures, he's had to outwit resourceful crime families, subdue armed soldiers, and turn the tables on clever con artists. He's escaped imprisonment in Venezuela and avoided death at the hands of the Russian mafia. Because Max shuns the use of force, the ingenious methods he must use to accomplish his missions are the stuff of legend-he's employed a witch doctor in Haiti, tricked armed guards off a ship in Honduras, and rented a brothel in Mexico, all to thwart the designs of ship-thieves. Seized is an intense, fast-paced window on the underbelly of ocean shipping, where all power comes from the barrel of a gun, and the only law is the law of survival.

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