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An inspiring and gritty real life adventure, similar to 'Soldier Spy' and 'A Captain's Duty' by Captain Phillips.

Jordan Wylie, a young man from a tough area of Blackpool where kids like him often went off the rails, chose a life in the army. He saw service in Iraq and learned to cope with the horrors he'd witnessed, then suffered an injury that blocked any chance of climbing up the military ladder.

But an old army colleague suggested he join a security team on a tanker in Yemen. Ex-servicemen were offered dazzling salaries and `James Bond' lifestyles between jobs protecting the super-tankers carrying consumer goods to Europe and the US. However, for the men tempted to go, the price they paid was the claustrophobia and isolation of life on board and the ever-present possibility of death skimming towards them across the vast, lonely blue sea. Jordan was one of these men. In Citadel, he writes the first account of these dangerous years from someone `at the front'. A young soldier from the backstreets of Blackpool, he was determined to make the most of his life, but unsure of the way forward. To his surprise, he found his answers in the perilous waters of `Pirate Alley'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 207g
  • Mirror Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 colour illustrations
  • 1907324747
  • 9781907324741
  • 216,321

About Jordan Wylie

After leaving the ships, Jordan Wylie set up an immensely successful facility for the improved training of security personnel, on land and sea. At age 33, he is now the UK managing director of a multi-million pound company dealing in all aspects of security in the post-9/11 world, including cyber awareness, people-trafficking and drug dealing. He has become a `go to' expert for many organisations and governments and has spoken on these issues at the United Nations in New York.

The success of private security teams has led to a sharp decline in pirate attacks in the Horn of Africa. But the threat has not gone forever. In the right political and economic circumstances, it could easily reawaken - in fact, sparks of activity have been recently reported.
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36 ratings
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4 25% (9)
3 22% (8)
2 3% (1)
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