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STORY - (True story) Captain Phillips is a very exciting account of an American cargo ship which was attacked by Somali pirates in 2009. There is a 2013 movie starring Tom Hanks which, as far as I know, is based on this book.
The story opens with a scene which really occurs toward the end, so you get an immediate preview of what's to come. Then it shifts to background of Captain Phillips' life and how he became a merchant marine. Some of this middle portion is a little slow, but some of it is pretty interesting. Once his ship, the Maersk Alabama, is at sea and the action begins, the story becomes fast-moving and intense. I don't want to give too much away, but the book is very good, and I hear the movie is great. (You can Google Maersk Alabama if you want to get a spoiler preview of what happens).
PERFORMANCE - Pretty good narration that neither enhances or detracts from the book. I would rate it higher if he'd done a better job of distinguishing between different characters.
OVERALL - Recommended, and not just for guys.
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What did you love best about A Captain's Duty?
The outcome - that Captain Phillips' trials ended with his captors lives blanked out by our military's best snipers and he got to go home.
What did you like best about this story?
Captain Phillips' determination to face his fears and his captors bravely, and how, while he was on the cargo ship, he out-smarted the pirates at every opportunity.
Which scene was your favorite?
While on the cargo ship, the pirates kept asking him where his crew were, and he kept responding with, "I don't know, I'm here with you guys!" and when they asked him to get the ship moving, he kept saying "ship broken, you broke the ship". That was pretty funny stuff, and impressive that he was able to keep his cool and think of good excuses while having an AK-47 rifle pointed at him!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, there were plenty. A memorable moment was when his church sang their favorite song the same morning he was rescued.
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend this book - great story and the reading was well done too.
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