Thursday, 1 April 2010

The Pirates Business Model

When I started planning Shadow Force about two years ago, I wasn't realy certain how much Somali piracy would stay in the news. The book should be out about a year from now, with the paperback hitting the shops in the summer of 2011. The piracy issue is simmering along. According to the latest reports, the number of attacks by Somali pirates surged in March, as the pirates came back out onto the seas following the end of the rainy season.

There is a fascinatng report here on how the pirates make money. A whoile group of people benefit from each attack: not just the pirates themseleves, but the tribal elders, the middlemen and so on. Each has a prescibed share of the spoils. It is one of the elements I get into in the book. Piracy is not just a few rogues. It is a highly organised criminal conspiracy.

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