Reviews

  • "Gripping and shocking by turns … Most of the book clips along with the pace of a thriller … stomach-churningly tense … as outlandish and as thrilling as a heist film"

    The Times
  • "Just incredible"

    Naomi Klein
  • "Urbina has written an astonishing book about a world most of us don't even know exists. These are dispatches from the lawless ocean – of traffickers, slaves, heroes, gangsters, crooks and scoundrels – which will amaze, enthral and appal you" (Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland)"

    Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland
  • "An outstanding investigation of a global criminal culture on the high seas … His rendezvous with contacts on at least one occasion was arranged for 100 miles offshore through mountainous waves … Little wonder the stories he tells have not been told before"

    Guardian
  • "

    In this utterly groundbreaking, constantly astonishing often disturbing book, Ian Urbina has put his life on the line to lay bare the stunning inhumanity that reigns unchecked over two-thirds of Earth’s surface

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    Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean
  • "Transcendent, rendering a complex portrait of an unseen and disturbing world. Urbina pursues a depth of reportage that’s rare because of the guts and diligence it requires ... The result is not just a fascinating read, but a truly important document. It is also a master class in journalism" New York Times"

    New York Times
  • "Incredible, readable, riveting"

    Wall Street Journal
  • "It’s this kind of hard-assed reporting that can ultimately change the world for the better"

    Scuttlefish