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    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, having covered a Somali pirate trial in Hamburg for Spiegel Online International - and funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits - physical injury, starvation, isolation, terror - Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind. In September 2014, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, friends, colleagues, and his strong-willed mother. 

    Yet Moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history. Caught between Muslim pirates, the looming threat of Al-Shabaab, and the rise of ISIS, Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him - the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam - and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues.           

    A sort of Catch-22 meets Black Hawk Down, The Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, candor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail. Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the social, economic, religious, and political factors creating it. The Desert and the Sea is wildly compelling and a book that will take its place next to titles like Den of Lions and Even Silence Has an End.

    ©2018 Michael Scott Moore (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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    • Jonathan
    • 04/08/2018

    Wow!

    I kept forgetting this is non fiction! Absolutely amazing to the end. Probably my favorite book this year. Great job Michael, and thanks to Joe Rogan for introducing me to this.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 05/08/2018

    A+++

    Wow! Discovered Michael Scott Moores story from him being on Joe Rogans Podcast and what an amazing book to listen to. Makes me look at life completly diffrent. not gonna lie, I did have tears in my eyes the last couple chapters.

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    • Buck & Ashley Pardee
    • 04/08/2018

    parallel worlds

    I really enjoyed how this author was able to meld his story and experience as a hostage with his story and experiences in his childhood. I also really enjoyed how he took us on his emotional and psychological Journey not just his physical Journey. This book is definitely worthwhile reading. You will get intmate details on an experience most of us will hopefully never have. The most surprising part of the story for me was how uplifting it was at times. I really expected for this to be a pretty solemn raed but it had me thinking about all kinds of things from self-indulgence to understanding other cultures.

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    • Rick Alexander
    • 12/08/2018

    Relevant & Philosophical

    This articulate and reflective memoir is colorful in its language but relevant to our time and worth yours.

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    • psychodr1
    • 06/08/2018

    How he survived as a captive in Somali

    Michael Scott Moore describes in detail his 977 days in captivity after being kidnapped by Somali pirates. He was held for ransom by the pirates who were demanding 20 million dollars, much more than his family could afford. He talks in detail about the mental and physical stress and pain he endured. He contemplated suicide often and had given up hope after thinking he would be rescued which failed to occur. He explains how he endured and survived. I found it interesting to gain some understanding of what I would consider to be an unendurable trial. It was well written and the narrator did a fine job. Well worth the credit to buy it.

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    • Hugo
    • 04/08/2018

    Incredible story!!

    I loved the raw description of the struggle of resistance of the human spirit against all odds as described by the feelings of the writer. Inspiring all of us to think why if we are so intelligent we are so capable of harming one another. Religions and religious people of different types ignoring the message of their respective guidance and some how justifying their nepherious acts against others on the pursuit to satisfying their own greed. And as the writer notes, no much has changed throughout time. Thank you for sharing Michael, you survived to bear witness and through your story perhaps inspire many more to better? More appreciative?... I have!!

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    • Jean
    • 18/08/2018

    Exceptional Memoir

    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 an excellent memoir. The author provided a first-hand account of the Muslim pirates, the beginning of Al-Shabaab and the rise of ISIS which revealed the various faces of Islam. I was interested in his analysis of the political and economic problems of Somali.

    The book is well written; in fact, Moore’s storytelling gift made it read like a page turning novel. The story of his capture, starvation, isolation and injuries made this into a nail-biting thriller. He made this so real I almost felt the flies crawling on my face.

    The book is just over twelve hours. Coray Snow does an excellent job narrating the story. Snow was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and is now a full-time audiobook narrator. Snow specializes in science fiction, fantasy, military and history audiobooks. He has a voice that is easy to listen too. He has a reading rhythm appropriate to the story.

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    • frank alfar
    • 17/09/2019

    all the stars deserved!!!!

    This is a exceptional piece of true life literature. It really depicts and informsthe listener of his plight, journey and human interaction w the pirates and the other abducted . Excellent!!!

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    • Chuck Sadler
    • 09/08/2018

    So interesting

    I heard the FreshAir interview with Micheal Scott Moore and I immediately got interested. I didn’t know what to expect from this novel. It is just a Fascinating listen. So much mundane crap love through is so interesting and unusual in our normal western lives. I really enjoyed this novel and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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    • D. Frrazier
    • 01/01/2021

    Not quite what I was expecting

    Not sure what I was expecting, but this was not quite it. You get the feeling that nearly three years in captivity is deadly dull, even if it does involve frequent moves to different houses and hideouts. At one point, for many months, Michael is held captive on a ship. The most exciting moment may be when he jumps off the ship in a bid to escape, but then, apparently, thinks better of the idea. I had to wonder if he made this part up, just to add a little spice to the story. So, to pad this not-too-exciting tale, he weaves in a lot of philosophical musings, world news, historical parallels, etc. He probably wrote the best book he could based on the raw material of his own experience, but in my humble opinion, it is not a very captivating book, if you'll pardon the pun. You do however at least get a feel for what being a captive of Somalia pirates is like, and what being a pirate in Somalia is like. Michael tries hard to be fair and balanced in his depiction, though by the end he is filled with rage and righteous indignation.

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    • Soufian Aounallah
    • 15/02/2021

    Unfassbar spannend.

    Auch wenn man weiß, wie es ausgeht, finde ich die Geschichte sehr interessant. Man bekommt einen tiefen, detailierten Eindruck, wie das wohl ist, als Geisel in Somalia zu leben. Ich will nichts spoilern, deshalb bleibt die Rezension etwas kurz, aber ich kann dieses Hörbuch nur empfehlen.