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Catching Thunder : The True Story of the World's Longest Sea Chase

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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, Hammerstedt'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, catching 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 bestseller, Catching Thunder is a remarkable true story of courage and perseverance, and a wake-up call to act against the destruction of our environments.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786990873
  • 9781786990877
  • 92,571

Table of contents

1. The Pirate2. "The Bandit 6"3. Operation Icefish4. The Occupation5. Hot Pursuit6. Operation Spillway7. The Ice8. Vesturvon9. The Pirate Capital10. The Storm11. The Secret Channel12. The Longest Day13. The Shipmaster14. Desolation Island15. The Phantom Ship16. The Wall of Death17. The World Record18. "The Only Sheriff in Town"19. The Flying Mariner20. A Bloody Nightmare21. La Mafia Gallega22. God's Fingerprint23. Buenas Tardes, Bob Barker24. Message in a Bottle25. Raid on the High Seas26. Operation Sparrow27. Exercise Good Hope28. The Bird of Ill Omen29. The Wanderer30. The Man in the Arena31. The Third Ship32. "You Are Nothing"33. The Snake in Paradise34. The Armpit of Africa35. Mayday36. A Weird Dream37. A Last Resort38. The Island of Rumours39. 48 Hours40. Three Condemned Men41. The Luck of the Draw42. The Escape43. The Unluckiest Ship in the World44. The Judgment45. Prisoners' Island46. The Man from Mongolia47. The Last Viking48. Operation Yuyus49. The Tiantai Mystery50. A Dirty Business51. The Showdown52. The Madonna and the Octopus53. The Final Act
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Review Text

'This 110-day, round-the-world pursuit of a rogue trawler reads like a noir thriller ... recorded with flair and precision. The book promises all the pleasures of a crime novel, but it is after bigger game.'
5/5 Telegraph

'An uproarious adventure - one predicated on the protestors' ferocious sense of moral rectitude. Engdal and Sæter are energetic writers with a sense of pace and cinematic detail ... Catching Thunder is an exciting read.'
Spectator
'A gripping story ... A clarion call for those who want to save our seas.'
National Geographic Traveller

'A true story that reads like a spy novel, peppered with scary organized crime villains, charismatic environmental activists and Interpol agents, and enough tidbits about sailing treacherous seas, commercial fishing, and endangered species to satisfy the most dedicated nautical adventure fan.'
5/5 Foreword Reviews

'This is a modern pirate story, but the plunder isn't pieces of eight - it's the Patagonian Toothfish, as valuable as narcotics ... A solid piece of collaborative journalism.'
Sydney Morning Herald

'True adventure, life and death moments, and real life heroism: what reader could ask for more?'
Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA

'Engdal and Sæter are to journalism what Jagger and Richards are to rock and roll - sexy, irreverent and brilliant.'
Luke Harding, Guardian journalist and author of The Snowden Files

'This is the story of our time: the blind destruction of the oceans and our ecosphere, and the actions of those with the courage to stand up and confront it.'
Peter Heller, author of The Whale Warriors and Celine

'The pursuit of the Thunder has become celebrated folklore by those of us fighting to protect our oceans. This is a captivating story, one which highlights the weaknesses in the global system but also, ultimately, gives us hope.'
Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch
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Review quote

'This 110-day, round-the-world pursuit of a rogue trawler reads like a noir thriller ... recorded with flair and precision. The book promises all the pleasures of a crime novel, but it is after bigger game.' 5/5* Telegraph; 'An uproarious adventure - one predicated on the protestors' ferocious sense of moral rectitude. Engdal and Saeter are energetic writers with a sense of pace and cinematic detail ... Catching Thunder is an exciting read.' Spectator; 'A gripping story ... A clarion call for those who want to save our seas.' National Geographic Traveller; 'A true story that reads like a spy novel, peppered with scary organized crime villains, charismatic environmental activists and Interpol agents, and enough tidbits about sailing treacherous seas, commercial fishing, and endangered species to satisfy the most dedicated nautical adventure fan.' 5/5* Foreword Reviews; 'This is a modern pirate story, but the plunder isn't pieces of eight - it's the Patagonian Toothfish, as valuable as narcotics ... A solid piece of collaborative journalism.' Sydney Morning Herald; `True adventure, life and death moments, and real life heroism: what reader could ask for more?' Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA; 'Engdal and Saeter are to journalism what Jagger and Richards are to rock and roll - sexy, irreverent and brilliant.' Luke Harding, Guardian journalist and author of The Snowden Files; `This is the story of our time: the blind destruction of the oceans and our ecosphere, and the actions of those with the courage to stand up and confront it.' Peter Heller, author of The Whale Warriors and Celine; `The pursuit of the Thunder has become celebrated folklore by those of us fighting to protect our oceans. This is a captivating story, one which highlights the weaknesses in the global system but also, ultimately, gives us hope.' Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch
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About Eskil Engdal

Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Saeter are journalists for the Norwegian broadsheet Dagens Naeringsliv. They have both been recipients of the prestigious SKUP award for investigative journalism, in addition to numerous other awards and distinctions. This is their first book to be translated into English.
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