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Catching Thunder: The True Story of the World's Longest Sea Chase Translation Edition
Contributor(s): Engdal, Eskil, Sæter, Kjetil, Oatley, Diane (Translator)
ISBN: 1786990873     ISBN-13: 9781786990877
Publisher: Zed Books
    OUR PRICE: $19.76  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: March 2018
December, 2014: In the forbidding waters off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Bob Barker embarks on a voyage unlike any seen before. Across ten thousand miles of hazardous seas, Hammarstedt’s crew will relentlessly pursue the Thunder—an infamous illegal fishing ship—for what will become the longest chase in maritime history.
Wanted by Interpol, the Thunder has for years evaded justice: accumulating millions in profits, hunting endangered species and ruthlessly destroying ocean habitats. The authors follow this incredible expedition from the beginning. But even as seasoned journalists, they cannot anticipate what the chase will uncover, as the wake of the Thunder leads them to trail of criminal kingpins, rampant corruption, modern slavery, and an international community content to turn a blind eye. Very soon, apprehending Thunder becomes more than a chase but a pursuit of the truth itself and a symbolic race to preserve the well-being of our planet. A Scandinavian best-seller, Catching Thunder is a remarkable true story of courage and perseverance, and a wake-up call to act against the destruction of our environments.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Piracy; Case studies.
Poaching; Antarctic Ocean; Case studies.
BISAC Categories:
- Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
- Nature | Oceans & Seas
Dewey: 910.4/5
LCCN: bl2018055791
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 391 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Sæter are journalists for the Norwegian broadsheet Dagens Næringsliv. They have both been recipients of the prestigious SKUP award for investigative journalism. Diane Oatley is an award-winning translator of fiction and nonfiction and is based in Oslo.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #2)

Norwegian journalists Engdal and Saeter chronicle the recent pursuit of the Thunder, an illegal fishing vessel plying the waters off Antarctica, in a surprisingly tepid narrative. On Dec. 17, 2017, Peter Hammarstedt, captain of the Bob Barker (a vessel belonging to the Sea Shepherds Conservation Society and named for the American game-show host) set out in pursuit of the rogue vessel. The authors set the stage early on, pitting one boat against the other. The Thunder, with an international crew and among "a fleet of battered trawlers and longline fishing vessels" wanted by Interpol, had been poaching fish for decades. Hammarstedt, meanwhile, was determined to catch it, "destroy the fishing gear and hand the crew over to the coast guard or port authorities." A cat-and-mouse pursuit ensues. Engdal and Saeter shine a broad light on maritime crimes committed in international waters by mixing in other stories of outlaw ships. Though pervasive, the authors write, maritime crimes are difficult to prosecute as profits are often hidden in tax havens, complicating the paper trail. Furthermore, "it is virtually impossible to induce those who know the operation from the inside to talk." The authors aren't able to fully capture the excitement of the chase, and once they reach the final days of the 110-day chase, the action comes too little, too late. Readers will easily root for Hammarstedt, but may lose interest in this lackluster maritime narrative. (Mar.)

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