In this June 20, 2018 photo, Michael Scott Moore, author of "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast," poses for a portrait at Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles. Six and a half years after his abduction and nearly four years after his release following payment of a $1.6 million ransom, Moore has completed a page-turning thriller of a book describing the time he spent in gruesome captivity. The book will be released on July 24. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Author tells of kidnapping by pirates he'd gone to interview

July 22, 2018 - 10:11 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Author Michael Scott Moore embarks on a tour this week to promote his latest book, "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Coast."

It tells how he was taken captive in 2012 while researching a book on modern-day piracy.

Moore spent 2½ years imprisoned by Somali pirates.

He says he endured beatings and squalid living conditions, but giving up any immediate hope of freedom and living in the moment helped him get through it. So did maintaining a sense of humor while trapped in a very unfunny situation. The book contains several darkly comic moments.

Moore was freed in 2014 after his mother raised a $1.6 million ransom.

He says he has recovered physically but still struggles with some emotional scars and is taking part in therapy.

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