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Max Hardberger has worked as a ship captain, newspaper reporter, English and history teacher, crop duster, private investigator, maritime lawyer, flight instructor, ship surveyor, commercial aircraft pilot, sailing instructor, insurance adjuster, vessel repossession specialist, filmmaker, oilfield mud engineer, stuntman, ship breaker, drummer in a blues band, and now the subject of a Hollywood film. He is the author of Deadweight: Owning the Ocean Freighter (1994), a textbook on ship ownership, and the novel, Freighter Captain (1998), a semi-autobiographical account of his adventures as a ship captain in the Caribbean. Visit his website at www.maxhardberger.com

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"Max Hardberger, maritime repo man extraordinaire - Using a combination of ingenuity, stealth and good old-fashioned derring-do, he has made his name retaking vessels which have been hijacked or which, through local corruption, are impounded by authorities hungry for bribes." - Sunday Express "With most people, the longer you spend talking to them, the more normal they appear. With Hardberger, the reverse applies. Just when you think you've heard it all, he comes up with something wilder - Over the years, he's distracted crews with prostitutes and witch doctors, bribed officials to look the other way, conned Russian mobsters and hidden from naval radar by riding out thunderstorms at sea; he's even taken a 10,000-tonne freighter out of Haiti while the 2004 revolution was going on around him." - Guardian "Required reading, fascinating. Maritime Repo Man Hardberger does it tough; his life is flown by the seat of his pants, or shipped, much like his profession ... This book delivers." - Paul Carter, bestselling author of Don't Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs and This Is Not A Drill "In this heart-stopping account of his work recovering stolen (or otherwise illegally-seized) ships from 'hellhole' ports, commercial captain Hardberger proves himself tough as a tank and articulate as a poet - [He] has a seafarer's gift for atmospheric storytelling, layering details to create a sense of place, history, and foreboding ... Hardberger's escapades make undeniably fun reading." - Publishers Weekly "One of the strengths of Hardberger's book is his prose, which is lucid, entertaining and dramatic." - Daniel Sekulich, author of Terror on the Seas: True Tales of Modern Day Pirates

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