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Max-Hardberger
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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Miragoane was only moderately damaged by the quake. About 30 people died in town. My close friends--including Ronald's family (you'll meet Ronald in SEIZED; I'm hugging his sons in that photo)--are okay physically. I'm working now on getting the Reynolds Dock (also a feature in SEIZED) into service for relief efforts, in particular for construction materials. After the collapse of the Port-au-Prince pier and container terminal, the Reynolds Dock is the only deepwater berth that can supply the rebuilding effort in Port-au-Prince. All the best-- Max

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

 

I am so glad that everyone you know is safe and sound but sorry about all the other unfortunate loss of life, limb and property. Are there any agencies in particular, that you find more helpful than others, in getting resources to places they are needed? Are there any major corporations helping you get the Reynolds Dock into service? The task would seem monumental to accomplish alone.
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Max-Hardberger wrote:

Miragoane was only moderately damaged by the quake. About 30 people died in town. My close friends--including Ronald's family (you'll meet Ronald in SEIZED; I'm hugging his sons in that photo)--are okay physically. I'm working now on getting the Reynolds Dock (also a feature in SEIZED) into service for relief efforts, in particular for construction materials. After the collapse of the Port-au-Prince pier and container terminal, the Reynolds Dock is the only deepwater berth that can supply the rebuilding effort in Port-au-Prince. All the best-- Max


 

 

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BruceDoh
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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Got my copy yesterday.  I've just read the first chapter and I'm loving it.  You sir, are a true badass.

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Sadie1
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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

My copy arrived in Atlanta, GA today!  I'm so excited.   My 17 year old son and my husband want to read it too.  This book entices the three of us.

 

When do we start reading?  Has anyone seen the reading schedule?  I see where Max Hardberger will be with us to discuss it March 22-26th.

 

Lisa in Georgia

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Received my copy today in Hawaii, can't wait to get started. :smileyvery-happy:

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Howzit, from Hawaii

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

I, too, want to thank you for the chance to read this and chat with you a bit about your book and your adventures :smileyhappy:

 

This reminds me of a line from a Dos XX commercial: "He lives vicariously, through himself..."

 

I just got my copy today, and it's great timing.  I end one job Friday, and start a new one Monday, and with my new job, I'll have down time to finally read some good books and unwind a bit instead of the daily commute.  YAY!!!

 

Also, I was wondering about movie/tv rights.  Just the little bit I've read so far really seems like this would make a great adventure movie, or a series on one of the edgier cable networks like FX or USA...

 

 

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Hi, Jeff--the movie rights have been optioned, but it'll be a couple of weeks before the deal is made public. I'll let y'all know the details then. Best regards--Max

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Hi Max,

 

Thanks for joining this discussion. I finally recieved your book and I'm already on page 20. Sucha  great read so far. I look forward to finishing the book and giving your my thoughts.

 

Thank you,

 

Dana

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Psychee
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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Hi, Max.  I'm about half-way through the book and I must say, it is quite a page turner!  I can't believe how many crooks you've had to deal with.  Do you now expect people in the shipping business to be crooks and find that you are surprised when you discover that you are dealing with an honest person?

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Ha! That's exactly the case! It's not just I. . .anybody in the international shipping business dealing with someone he doesn't know will assume the other party is a crook. It too often turns out to be the case. But I've met some wonderful men over the years, like "Barry Butler" and "Ramesh Chawla" in SEIZED, and when you meet people who are moral because they choose to be--anyone can choose to be an outlaw in this lawless world--then their friendship is a cherished thing. Best regards--Max

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

According to Jon's post the discussion will begin on March 15th.

Sadie1 wrote:

My copy arrived in Atlanta, GA today!  I'm so excited.   My 17 year old son and my husband want to read it too.  This book entices the three of us.

 

When do we start reading?  Has anyone seen the reading schedule?  I see where Max Hardberger will be with us to discuss it March 22-26th.

 

Lisa in Georgia


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thewanderingjew wrote:
According to Jon's post the discussion will begin on March 15th.

Sadie1 wrote:

My copy arrived in Atlanta, GA today!  I'm so excited.   My 17 year old son and my husband want to read it too.  This book entices the three of us.

 

When do we start reading?  Has anyone seen the reading schedule?  I see where Max Hardberger will be with us to discuss it March 22-26th.

 

Lisa in Georgia



 

 

I saw where the discussion will start on March 15th, but does that mean we should go ahead and start reading it?  I'm used to the schedules of reading so many chapters at a scheduled time and then discussing those chapters.

 

Will there be a reading schedule posted for this book or should we just have it read and ready to discuss by the 15th of March?

 

I'm chomping at the bit to start it.  Had to start another book to hold back from starting this one.  I don't want to jump ahead and reveal any spoilers.

 

Lisa in Georgia

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Psychee
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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Max, I finished reading the book last night.  It was a great read.  I suppose I now have to wait to actually discuss it, but this reaction can't wait:  After years of letting you survive dangerous situations, fate dealt you a very cruel twist.  What a devastating blow!  I'm heart broken for you...  !

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Hi, Sadie. You can read the book. The schedule for the Sneak Peak books is different from regular FL's because the time is so short. With the last one, we all read the book, then had two weeks to discuss the book and spend time with the author. Questions and discussion pertained to the entire book. Unless they say differently, I am reading this one the same way. Happy reading!  :smileywink:


Sadie1 wrote:

 


thewanderingjew wrote:
According to Jon's post the discussion will begin on March 15th.

Sadie1 wrote:

My copy arrived in Atlanta, GA today!  I'm so excited.   My 17 year old son and my husband want to read it too.  This book entices the three of us.

 

When do we start reading?  Has anyone seen the reading schedule?  I see where Max Hardberger will be with us to discuss it March 22-26th.

 

Lisa in Georgia



 

 

I saw where the discussion will start on March 15th, but does that mean we should go ahead and start reading it?  I'm used to the schedules of reading so many chapters at a scheduled time and then discussing those chapters.

 

Will there be a reading schedule posted for this book or should we just have it read and ready to discuss by the 15th of March?

 

I'm chomping at the bit to start it.  Had to start another book to hold back from starting this one.  I don't want to jump ahead and reveal any spoilers.

 

Lisa in Georgia


 

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

 


Psychee wrote:

Max, I finished reading the book last night.  It was a great read.  I suppose I now have to wait to actually discuss it, but this reaction can't wait:  After years of letting you survive dangerous situations, fate dealt you a very cruel twist.  What a devastating blow!  I'm heart broken for you...  !


 

 

Psychee -- can't decide whether that is a spoiler or an incentive -- but then I am one who believes reading is seldom spoiled by "knowing" the outcome or the plot.

 

I have just reached the point of savoring the second "win" despite the dirty double dealing by the owners.

"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here." -- Leo Tolstoy
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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates


Peppermill wrote:

 


Psychee wrote:

Max, I finished reading the book last night.  It was a great read.  I suppose I now have to wait to actually discuss it, but this reaction can't wait:  After years of letting you survive dangerous situations, fate dealt you a very cruel twist.  What a devastating blow!  I'm heart broken for you...  !


 

 

Psychee -- can't decide whether that is a spoiler or an incentive -- but then I am one who believes reading is seldom spoiled by "knowing" the outcome or the plot.

 


 

Pepper -- That's why I wrote the message in a cryptic fashion.  You and everyone else reading the book will have to wait until you get to the last page to find out what I'm talking about.  But when you read it, you'll know why I couldn't wait to say something to Max about it. 

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Dear Psychee--many thanks for your kind thoughts and words. --Max

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

I just got my copy as well. I cannot wait to get started!

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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Hey Max, The one question that keeps going through my mind deals with international waters. You mention hot pursuit, but what keeps them from just lying? I mean I know there are people like that, but have you ever heard of cases (I'm halfway through the book, so I don't know if this does happen in Seized) like that? That a person is in international waters and it isn't a hot pursuit that they still claim that it was?
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Re: SEIZED: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates

Hi, Bitter--great question! In spite of modern vessel-tracking equipment, it's still a lying contest, and the winner usually depends on the outcome of the chase. If the gunboat manages to catch up with the fleeing vessel and forces her to stop with gunfire (or the threat thereof), then the corrupt court that seized the vessel in the first place will invariably rule that the gunboat had the vessel in sight the whole time, and therefore had the right of "hot pursuit." If the fleeing vessel manages to escape, the issue never arises, as I've never heard of a seizing jurisdiction trying to enforce a claim of hot pursuit in a foreign court. All the best--Max