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"A triumph of investigative journalism." --Tom Wright, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale Truly one of the most nail-biting, page-turning, terrifying true-crime books I've ever read. --Nick Bilton, New York Times bestselling author of American Kingpin From award-winning journalists Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, the gripping, true-crime story of a "A triumph of investigative journalism." --Tom Wright, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale Truly one of the most nail-biting, page-turning, terrifying true-crime books I've ever read. --Nick Bilton, New York Times bestselling author of American Kingpin From award-winning journalists Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, the gripping, true-crime story of a notorious maritime hijacking at the heart of a massive conspiracy--and the unsolved murder that threatened to unravel it all. In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was drifting through the treacherous Gulf of Aden when a crew of pirates attacked and set her ablaze in a devastating explosion. But when David Mockett, a maritime surveyor working for Lloyd's of London, inspected the damaged vessel, he was left with more questions than answers. How had the pirates gotten aboard so easily? And if they wanted to steal the ship and bargain for its return, then why did they destroy it? The questions didn't add up--and Mockett would never answer them. Soon after his inspection, David Mockett was murdered. Dead in the Water is a shocking expose of the criminal inner workings of international shipping, told through the lens of the Brillante hijacking and its aftermath. Through first-hand accounts of those who lived it--from members of the ship's crew and witnesses to the attacks, to the ex-London detectives turned private investigators seeking to solve Mockett's murder and bring justice to his family--award-winning Bloomberg reporters Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel piece together the astounding truth behind one of the most brazen financial frauds in history. The ambitious culmination of more than four years of reporting, Dead in the Water uncovers an intricate web of conspiracy amidst the lawless, old-world industry at the backbone of our new global economy.


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"A triumph of investigative journalism." --Tom Wright, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale Truly one of the most nail-biting, page-turning, terrifying true-crime books I've ever read. --Nick Bilton, New York Times bestselling author of American Kingpin From award-winning journalists Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, the gripping, true-crime story of a "A triumph of investigative journalism." --Tom Wright, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale Truly one of the most nail-biting, page-turning, terrifying true-crime books I've ever read. --Nick Bilton, New York Times bestselling author of American Kingpin From award-winning journalists Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, the gripping, true-crime story of a notorious maritime hijacking at the heart of a massive conspiracy--and the unsolved murder that threatened to unravel it all. In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was drifting through the treacherous Gulf of Aden when a crew of pirates attacked and set her ablaze in a devastating explosion. But when David Mockett, a maritime surveyor working for Lloyd's of London, inspected the damaged vessel, he was left with more questions than answers. How had the pirates gotten aboard so easily? And if they wanted to steal the ship and bargain for its return, then why did they destroy it? The questions didn't add up--and Mockett would never answer them. Soon after his inspection, David Mockett was murdered. Dead in the Water is a shocking expose of the criminal inner workings of international shipping, told through the lens of the Brillante hijacking and its aftermath. Through first-hand accounts of those who lived it--from members of the ship's crew and witnesses to the attacks, to the ex-London detectives turned private investigators seeking to solve Mockett's murder and bring justice to his family--award-winning Bloomberg reporters Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel piece together the astounding truth behind one of the most brazen financial frauds in history. The ambitious culmination of more than four years of reporting, Dead in the Water uncovers an intricate web of conspiracy amidst the lawless, old-world industry at the backbone of our new global economy.

30 review for Dead in the Water: A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    This was very informative on the history of shipping and how it moves goods around the world. The story darkens when it gets into pirates overtaking the Brillante Virtuoso oil tanker and making big problems before taking off. The plot just keeps thickening from there, as investigations and more investigations are kicked off. There are deadly consequences for one man, hired by Lloyd’s of London regarding the incident. There are deeper things afoot in this maritime true crime case with larger impl This was very informative on the history of shipping and how it moves goods around the world. The story darkens when it gets into pirates overtaking the Brillante Virtuoso oil tanker and making big problems before taking off. The plot just keeps thickening from there, as investigations and more investigations are kicked off. There are deadly consequences for one man, hired by Lloyd’s of London regarding the incident. There are deeper things afoot in this maritime true crime case with larger implications. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Giveaway Win!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is a wild book. First of all I didn't know anything about the shipping industry. It's crazy to think about how much stuff moves around the world in a day. And hearing about the conditions workers on these ships are subjected to was really eye opening. And then we get to the actual controversy! This book is well written. I especially like the interviews with people close to the case. I would recommend this book for fans of exposes like Bad Blood or Fyre Fraud. This is a wild book. First of all I didn't know anything about the shipping industry. It's crazy to think about how much stuff moves around the world in a day. And hearing about the conditions workers on these ships are subjected to was really eye opening. And then we get to the actual controversy! This book is well written. I especially like the interviews with people close to the case. I would recommend this book for fans of exposes like Bad Blood or Fyre Fraud.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    ** Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to wait for this book to be published so I could get the audiobook. I am so glad I did because 1. the narrator was absolutely amazing, and 2. the ARC was close to be unreadable and would have taken me three times as long [if not more] to try and read it. I was frustrated over that, but grateful I was able to get an audiobook. ** This was a really good book. I knew very little about shipping and all that it entails and while I had heard of the pirat ** Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to wait for this book to be published so I could get the audiobook. I am so glad I did because 1. the narrator was absolutely amazing, and 2. the ARC was close to be unreadable and would have taken me three times as long [if not more] to try and read it. I was frustrated over that, but grateful I was able to get an audiobook. ** This was a really good book. I knew very little about shipping and all that it entails and while I had heard of the pirates that haunt the shipping world, I had never really read anything about them and the trouble and consequences they bring. This was quite the education and I am very glad I read this. There were times of real frustration as the cover-ups kept going, the rich just kept walking away [and continue to do so, which is infuriating] and people died. All to get insurance money. There were parts that were so sad that I could hardly bear it for the families involved and I know they will somewhat heal, but they will never lose all the trauma that they went through and continue to go through. If you love good nonfiction and are fond of true crime that will both knock your socks off and frustrate the heck out of you and have been even a teeny bit intrigued by shipping and piracy and theft, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it [as well as the audiobook - the narrator for this was superb]. Thank you to NetGalley, Matthew Campbell, Kit Chellel, and PENGUIN GROUP Portfolio for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Prachi Shah

    Was about to give complete 4 ⭐️, but did not due to some of the facts narrated with a hint of inherent bias and some unnecessary and over dramatization of events. But hands down a very informative book on insurance, fraud, and helps make shipping (which is 90% of world trade) interesting to people and educates them on the same. I have been a shipping lawyer for 5 years now and would’ve loved if practice of marine insurance was taught and demonstrated through such interesting cases. Also, the refer Was about to give complete 4 ⭐️, but did not due to some of the facts narrated with a hint of inherent bias and some unnecessary and over dramatization of events. But hands down a very informative book on insurance, fraud, and helps make shipping (which is 90% of world trade) interesting to people and educates them on the same. I have been a shipping lawyer for 5 years now and would’ve loved if practice of marine insurance was taught and demonstrated through such interesting cases. Also, the reference to the ship recycling industry in India and Pakistan as worlds most dangerous is racist and wrong. Please do more research on the industry and not be lazy and read NGO Ship- Breaking platform blogs which are funded by the European lobby. In 2022, it reeks of white supremacy and authors such as yourself should not be out of depth when it comes to investigative journalism.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela Williams

    This is a very informative story. Starts with looking at the history of Lloyds shipping, the growing popularity of ships travelling through the Suez Canal as well as the increased risk of pirates hijacking tankers/freighters in order to ransom the vessel and its crew. We are also given a narrative summary of David Moffett’s career from sailing the seas to becoming a trusted insurance surveyor. The narrative then condenses to the situation that befell the Brilliante Virtuoso which was carrying a This is a very informative story. Starts with looking at the history of Lloyds shipping, the growing popularity of ships travelling through the Suez Canal as well as the increased risk of pirates hijacking tankers/freighters in order to ransom the vessel and its crew. We are also given a narrative summary of David Moffett’s career from sailing the seas to becoming a trusted insurance surveyor. The narrative then condenses to the situation that befell the Brilliante Virtuoso which was carrying a shipment of oil, pirates boarded the ship and for whatever reason set the ship on fire and disappeared, the crew is rescued by ships nearby responding to their SOS and the burning ship is taken on by marine salvagers until a decision is made on the remains and the cargo by the owners. David Moffett is hired to investigate and he finds the eyewitness reports vs the physical evidence don’t add up - raising more questions than answers. In the midst of this Moffett is murdered… The rest of the story recounts the investigations by various parties into what happened aboard the Virtuoso as well as the death of David Moffett and trying to identify and bring the persons responsible to trial. Overall the story reads more like an in depth history book than say a true crime/thriller story. It goes into great detail to explain various aspects like for example Lloyds involvement in the shipping industry, as well as comparisons to similar maritime events that involved one or more individuals that was being investigated in connection to the Virtuoso. I think a lot of the information would wash over readers that have absolutely no interest or understanding of material (maritime, insurance, evidence gathering, etc) that is discussed within. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for a free arc in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Reilly

    This is a very exciting true thriller about Lloyds of London maritime insurance. In July 0f 2011 the oil tanker "Brillante Virtuoso" reported that it had been attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. This was the hunting ground of the notorious Somali pirates made famous by the Tom Hanks movie "Captain Philips". The tanker reported serious damage from grenade launchers. The ship was towed to safe water. They were able to offload the oil. The ship was eventually scrapped. Luckily for t This is a very exciting true thriller about Lloyds of London maritime insurance. In July 0f 2011 the oil tanker "Brillante Virtuoso" reported that it had been attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. This was the hunting ground of the notorious Somali pirates made famous by the Tom Hanks movie "Captain Philips". The tanker reported serious damage from grenade launchers. The ship was towed to safe water. They were able to offload the oil. The ship was eventually scrapped. Luckily for the owner, it was fully insured by Lloyds of London. That's where the murder and global maritime conspiracy come in. David Mockett, an ex-pat Englishman based in Aden, was hired by the insurers to do a survey of the damage. He became suspicious because the stories of the sailors and the condition of the ship don't make sense to him. Several days later, before he could write his report, someone planted a bomb in his car. He was killed. At first the authorities believe it was a random Yemen car bombing. The authors switch focus to the arcane world of Lloyds of London. They do a wonderful job of explaining how Lloyds' peculiar bespoke insurance market is the backbone of international shipping. The world economy would not work without it. This claim is suspicious. The mysterious Greek owner of the ship had suffered a similar "accident" several years ago. Witnesses start to surface who claim that there was no attack, that this was a massive insurance fraud instigated by the owner. The insurance claim was for over $100 million. One of the insurers hired Richard Veale, a private investigator who specializes in financial fraud. He brought in Michael Connor, a retired London detective chief inspector. Veale and Connor become obsessed by the case. They feel a personal responsibility to David Mockett's widow, Cynthia. Campbell and Chellel do a brilliant job of showing the tension between the two investigators who are looking for justice and the Lloyds lawyers and executives who are only interested in the soundest business decision. The authors get involved in the investigation. They have clandestine meetings with witnesses who are afraid to come forward. They get scared in Greece about the powerful interest they are taking on. The case drags on in the English courts for years. The end of the legal wrangling is frustrating, but the courtroom scenes are very well done. The book goes from the grimy streets of Aden, Yemen, which is sinking into civil war, to Dubai, to Greece, to the upper-class world on Lloyds. There is a great cast of rogues, innocents in the middle, mandarins and cops. I was particularly impressed that all of this was done in less than 250 pages. This is first rate nonfiction.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John McDonald

    This completely riveting story (true) involving the murder of a maritime surveyor and how Lloyd's of London insures and addresses maritime claims could just as easily have been titled, 'Why Maritime Insurers go above and beyond to avoid opposing and litigating maritime claims.' At the center of the story are Marios Iliopoulos, a Greek ship owner and Vassilios Verges, a maritime salvor, two men as openly corrupt and amoral as anyone alive. The victim is retired merchant Captain David Mockett, murd This completely riveting story (true) involving the murder of a maritime surveyor and how Lloyd's of London insures and addresses maritime claims could just as easily have been titled, 'Why Maritime Insurers go above and beyond to avoid opposing and litigating maritime claims.' At the center of the story are Marios Iliopoulos, a Greek ship owner and Vassilios Verges, a maritime salvor, two men as openly corrupt and amoral as anyone alive. The victim is retired merchant Captain David Mockett, murdered from the blast of a car bomb. Mockett had been hired by the Lloyds syndicate which insured the Brillante Virtuoso, a rusting oil tanker, that Iliopoulos claimed had been set afire by Somali pirates. The ship was later found to have been scuttled, the nautical term for opening the below-waterline hatches to allow water to rush in. The investigation and litigation ended knowing only the insurance claim was fraudulently made, the story fabricated by Iliopoulos, the perpetrators of the fire in the bridge orchestrated by Illiapolous and a band of Yemeni Coast Guarders hired privately by Illiapolous to invade the Brillante and scuttle the vessel to allow the insurance claim could be made. It was also known that Illiapolous previously had been involved in a dodgy, questionable maritime insurance claim and that he, a playboy rally driver, had incurred huge loans to purchase the hull and other vessels. Making claim against the loss of the hull and perhaps joining in a claim for salvor's rights of the $100Million cargo of oil in the hold would put Illiapolous right with his creditors. This short book (about 250 pages) contains a wealth of details about how business is conducted and how insurance claims are settled. When it's done, you understand the power of the insurers and the con men--without insurance, no trade would be conducted and without aggressive men who may turn into con men, no one would want to handle the risk. The reader also understands that the lawyers and insurance syndicates agree on one thing: that it may be better not open up to litigation the question of fraudulent claims. There may be too much buried beneath the dirt, or in this case, beneath the sea.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Carter

    (Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to review this audiobook) *** First let me premise that part my overall score is due to the formatting of the ARC I received, which was both torturous and unenjoyable. *** This book is more of an informational read than an action/adventure/thriller novel, which is what I thought I was getting; with that said, this book appears (taking away the bad formatting) to be a well written novel. If you have ever read "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American (Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to review this audiobook) *** First let me premise that part my overall score is due to the formatting of the ARC I received, which was both torturous and unenjoyable. *** This book is more of an informational read than an action/adventure/thriller novel, which is what I thought I was getting; with that said, this book appears (taking away the bad formatting) to be a well written novel. If you have ever read "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City", "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic", I would say that this has a similar style. This book keeps you engaged through education more so than entertainment. As someone who is captivated by the sea, I really did appreciate getting more industry specific knowledge, as my only exposure to international shipping issues would be the film "Captain Phillips" (which also tells a tale about a cargo ship being hijacked by pirates). I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if formatting wasn't an issue. Instead of really getting sucked into the storyline, I had to deal with wonky formatting, random insertions of titles, ARC throughout the text, and weird highlighting that sometimes rendered sections unreadable. I began looking at this read as a chore, and didn't spend much time reading it each day because it was more of a burden. With this in mind, I would STILL recommend this novel to people in book form, because I think having all these obstacles removed would make it a more enjoyable read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (review will also posted on IG @slowerlowerliving and Goodreads soon)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I love true crime, especially when it reads like fiction. I wasn’t familiar with the event described in Dead In The Water by Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, but the subtitle grabbed me: A True Story pf Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy. I didn’t realize how totally ignorant I was about international shipping, insurance, and the Middle East until I got into this book. It is equal parts “Captain Phillips” (Tom Hanks movie) and “The Wire” Season 2, and the writing is great. The I love true crime, especially when it reads like fiction. I wasn’t familiar with the event described in Dead In The Water by Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, but the subtitle grabbed me: A True Story pf Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy. I didn’t realize how totally ignorant I was about international shipping, insurance, and the Middle East until I got into this book. It is equal parts “Captain Phillips” (Tom Hanks movie) and “The Wire” Season 2, and the writing is great. The story involves the 2011 incident involving the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso, which was attacked by pirates and set on fire. David Mockett, a working for Lloyd’s of London, inspected the ship, and wondered he was left with more questions than answers. How the pirates had managed to board the ship so easily? And if their goal was to hold the ship ransom, why did they destroy it? Mockett was murdered shortly after his inspection, and the book is a detailed exploration of the trifecta of crimes: insurance fraud, murder, and piracy. I loved it. I received a copy of Dead In The Water from Penguin Group Portfolio and NetGalley in exchange for this honest review. Fans of books like Bad Blood and The Big Short will appreciate, as well as true crime fans. Five stars (while I agreed with the negative comments about the formatting issues with the ebook, I can’t blame that on the authors’work).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lady

    This was an unbelievably brilliant book. Wow I just couldn't put it down, it definitely was a fantastic page turner. And it was so gripping from the very start. When I think of true crime I think of murders but add industrial fraud into the mix and wow such a thrilling ride. It starts with you thinking it's just a simple boat hijacking but it evolves into a very intricate and very deadly fraud claim. Wow it just blew me away with just how well this case was presented in this book. The book flowe This was an unbelievably brilliant book. Wow I just couldn't put it down, it definitely was a fantastic page turner. And it was so gripping from the very start. When I think of true crime I think of murders but add industrial fraud into the mix and wow such a thrilling ride. It starts with you thinking it's just a simple boat hijacking but it evolves into a very intricate and very deadly fraud claim. Wow it just blew me away with just how well this case was presented in this book. The book flowed seamlessly through this very complex and interesting case. I was staggered by just how large the sums of money at stake was. This book opened my eyes very wide to the varying types of true crime books. It was fascinating learning about industrial insurance and how such large amounts of money was involved. I mean every one who spoke about this case to this day have remained anonymous to protect themselves. This book would be perfect for those like me who love intricate cases dealing with boats. Also those who just love trying to solve fascinating cases. Only the highest of praise goes out to the author and publishers for bringing this epic true crime story to light. It might make you think next time your looking at boats or even if your on a cruise ship you might start wondering who actually own this boat????

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marti Eisentraut

    In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was traveling through the Gulf of Aden when a crew of pirates attacked and set her ablaze in a devastating explosion. But when David ockett, a maritime surveyor working of Lloyd's of London, inspected the burned-out vessel he was left with more questions than answers. How had the pirates gotten aboard so easily? And if they wanted to steal th ship and bargain for its return, why destroy it? The questions didn't add up -- and he would never answer t In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was traveling through the Gulf of Aden when a crew of pirates attacked and set her ablaze in a devastating explosion. But when David ockett, a maritime surveyor working of Lloyd's of London, inspected the burned-out vessel he was left with more questions than answers. How had the pirates gotten aboard so easily? And if they wanted to steal th ship and bargain for its return, why destroy it? The questions didn't add up -- and he would never answer them. Soon after his inspection, David Mockett was murdered. This book is an expose of the corrupt inner workings of international shipping told through the lens of the Brillante hijacking and its aftermath. It pieces together the truth behind one of the most brazen financial frauds in history. The book takes the reader through efforts to gain truth in spite of resistance from every law enforcement entity contacted. The lack of interest in investigating the murder of a British citizen by British law enforcement is disturbing. That the widow never received any financial remuneration is equally disturbing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anders Furze

    This is just fantastic journalism. At the centre of things is the car bomb-inflicted death of a British marine investigator in Yemen back in 2011. He was investigating an apparent act of piracy on behalf of the insurers of a ship that was set on fire. Needless to say, the story didn’t quite add up. The book makes a compelling case for what really happened. It reads like an international thriller, all the while teaching you about the murky world of global shipping, and its deep connections to the This is just fantastic journalism. At the centre of things is the car bomb-inflicted death of a British marine investigator in Yemen back in 2011. He was investigating an apparent act of piracy on behalf of the insurers of a ship that was set on fire. Needless to say, the story didn’t quite add up. The book makes a compelling case for what really happened. It reads like an international thriller, all the while teaching you about the murky world of global shipping, and its deep connections to the genteel world of lawyers, insurance peddlers and contractors in the City of London. That the central figures implicated in what happened remain free and happily conducting business today is a scathing indictment. Really recommended reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    > in 1994, the leadership of Lloyd’s allowed companies to serve as Names for the first time. The arrival of American and Swiss conglomerates vastly increased the capital available for syndicates to write insurance policies. It also changed the fundamental nature of the place. Underwriters used to answer to a list of wealthy individuals, often from the same social circles, who’d bought into what were supposed to be safe investments. Now they dealt with giant corporate entities, which took out the > in 1994, the leadership of Lloyd’s allowed companies to serve as Names for the first time. The arrival of American and Swiss conglomerates vastly increased the capital available for syndicates to write insurance policies. It also changed the fundamental nature of the place. Underwriters used to answer to a list of wealthy individuals, often from the same social circles, who’d bought into what were supposed to be safe investments. Now they dealt with giant corporate entities, which took out their own insurance policies from reinsurers

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Michelle

    Like many other reviews I had little knowledge of the world of international shipping nor the cavernous & equally opaque insurance industry for high value ventures. Before reading this I would have been skeptical that a nonfiction book about insurance fraud and cargo ships could be so gripping, but I found myself crying out in frustration & rage alongside the detectives as their efforts were repeatedly stymied by attorneys, law enforcement, & corporate middle men. I am a huge fan of narrative no Like many other reviews I had little knowledge of the world of international shipping nor the cavernous & equally opaque insurance industry for high value ventures. Before reading this I would have been skeptical that a nonfiction book about insurance fraud and cargo ships could be so gripping, but I found myself crying out in frustration & rage alongside the detectives as their efforts were repeatedly stymied by attorneys, law enforcement, & corporate middle men. I am a huge fan of narrative nonfiction and this certainly sits alongside my favorite Erik Larson deep dives.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Belle

    I'm not sure this book is for a casual reader who just wants to get straight to the point of what happened. The way it was written made it very difficult to read. The authors are obviously very passionate and the book is incredibly researched, but unfortunately it felt like it was bogged down by a lot of unnecessary information and I couldn't get my brain to engage. *Review copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not sure this book is for a casual reader who just wants to get straight to the point of what happened. The way it was written made it very difficult to read. The authors are obviously very passionate and the book is incredibly researched, but unfortunately it felt like it was bogged down by a lot of unnecessary information and I couldn't get my brain to engage. *Review copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Easy enough to read. Knowing almost nothing about the world of international shipping, I thought a story about a great fraud would make an interesting introduction. Meh. It was ok. Maybe a bit too much on how the insurance world operates. I just never was captured by the book - there is an interesting story, but maybe a long article is the way to go.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John R

    The phrase "page-turner" is SO overused, and rarely truly applicable. With this book, it is earned! Excellent journalism translates to even better story telling. Only quibble would the lack of a truly happy ending, which I am sure the film/TV version will remedy with some creative license. Great book! The phrase "page-turner" is SO overused, and rarely truly applicable. With this book, it is earned! Excellent journalism translates to even better story telling. Only quibble would the lack of a truly happy ending, which I am sure the film/TV version will remedy with some creative license. Great book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aharon

    Hate the game, not the players, but why does every work of investigative journalism these days seem to be: 5,000 hours interviews and transcription 100 hours research 10 hours editing 45 minutes proofreading?

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Noakes

    As a Master Mariner myself I read this book with added significance and knowledge of the many maritime details within. It flowed excellently with well written accounts of events. Mixing a maritime fraud with an insurance industry perspective and a court case makes for a great book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lord

    fascinating story told well The authors did a great job of making a complex story understandable. I didn’t understand before how fraud can be perpetrated on the high seas. Well done.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie

    Bestseller this gripping story is a prodigious amount of I formation presented so clearly that someone such as I (who doesn't do any kind of boating) had a firm grasp of the complexities of world wide shipping. Thank you for the hard work. Sincere sympathy to Cynthia Bestseller this gripping story is a prodigious amount of I formation presented so clearly that someone such as I (who doesn't do any kind of boating) had a firm grasp of the complexities of world wide shipping. Thank you for the hard work. Sincere sympathy to Cynthia

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I think I saw a documentary on this. Regardless, this is a very compelling story, and another example of how some things just go wrong. This has some helpful reviews that talk about it better than I could. I'll simply recommend it. Thanks very much for the free review copy!! I think I saw a documentary on this. Regardless, this is a very compelling story, and another example of how some things just go wrong. This has some helpful reviews that talk about it better than I could. I'll simply recommend it. Thanks very much for the free review copy!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

    Wow, one of the best non-fiction books I've read in years. Wow, one of the best non-fiction books I've read in years.

  25. 5 out of 5

    robert lecapitaine

    Real Page Turner! This read was very informative and eye opening about overseas trade ships and their business. I highly recommend to anyone who likes adventure!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the DRC of this title. This story had so much promise but got bogged down in insurance paperwork and extraneous history.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Major Hayden

    This is a real page turner and it keeps you wondering just how deep the story will go.

  28. 4 out of 5

    N

    Fantastic book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elliot

    A fascinating and true story of maritime fraud, murder, and the people who basically get away with it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robertjruttenberg

    enjoyable The concept of this book was terrific. I only gave it 3 stars because it got too wordy and repetitive

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