The Outlaw Ocean is part adventure story, part expose on the rampantly criminal world that exists on the high seas. Our oceans provide an area too large to police and without clearly defined authority, making it a treacherous home to traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, vigilante conservationists, poachers, oil-dumpers and slaves.

Each chapter covers a different eye-opening story of life on the high seas; a surprisingly lawless place.

Human rights abuses and environmental degradation that would generate fury on land are carried out with impunity in international waters.

Urbina is a skilled investigative journalist, with an easy writing style and a lot to reveal. Compelling reading.