Moore, the author of “The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast.”
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Otherwise Moore, freed by his pirate captors in 2014 after his mother raised a $1.6 million ransom, looked fine as he sat down in the shade of the century-old art deco building housing Los Angeles' downtown library to talk about "The Desert and the Sea: 977 days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast".So did maintaining a sense of humor, which is why the book contains several darkly comic moments – as when Moore hid the keys to the chains the pirates kept him in after he tried to escape by leaping from an old fishing vessel and attempting to swim to shore.They never could find them and had to buy a new set, something that delighted Moore.On another occasion, one of the friendlier pirates, knowing Moore holds dual U.S.-German citizenship, woke him one morning to excitedly tell him that Germany had just defeated Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal match of the football world cup.Moore dismissed the news as "more pirate bullshit," replying that no team scores seven goals in a soccer game.Pirates detained Moore on a dusty desert road and demanded a $20 million ransom.Moore said he has fully recovered physically from his ordeal, although it took more than a year.
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