Friday, August 1, 2014
A Captain's Duty, Richard Phillips
Synopsis: 8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama as it headed towards the port of Mombasa. Ordinary that is until, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter. Captain Phillips offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew, and so began a tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs.
Thoughts: Having seen the movie, I was interested to hear about the experience in his own words. I was definitely not disappointed. The book, as is almost always true, is SO much better than the movie. There are a lot of details which couldn't be fit into a two hour time frame of a movie, as well as a lot more about what was going on back at home while he was in captivity. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has seen the movie