John Payne has done an outstanding job of bringing up to date the growing menace of piracy. His overview, analysis, and specifics of this world-wide problem are first rate. If you have read John Burnett's "Dangerous Waters" of 2002, and now read "Piracy Today", you will have a very clear understanding of the changes this criminal activity has seen over the past 10 years. The progress of modern piracy into the realm of business ventures is fightening, and Mr.Payne makes clear the threat it poses to world trade on a truly colossal scale.
It is disturbing that the public is largely unaware of this menace. Perhaps, now that Tom Hanks has contracted to do a motion picture about the Maersk Alabama incident of 2009, modern piracy will get the attention it should have had for at least the last 10 years.