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The Island Of Whispers
     

The Island Of Whispers

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by Brendan Gisby
 

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Set on a rocky islet lying in the shadow of the Forth Railway Bridge, this superbly written tale centres on the creatures who inhabit it - a huge colony of rats who have made their home beneath the crumbling ruins of the monastery. 'Home' is hardly the word for the native black creatures however, who live under the cruel dictatorship of the larger brown rats who took

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Set on a rocky islet lying in the shadow of the Forth Railway Bridge, this superbly written tale centres on the creatures who inhabit it - a huge colony of rats who have made their home beneath the crumbling ruins of the monastery. 'Home' is hardly the word for the native black creatures however, who live under the cruel dictatorship of the larger brown rats who took over the colony when they first arrived in their masses from a passing foreign ship. Of the original black rats "Twisted Foot" is a rodent on a mission, and one cannot help but feel compassion for our protagonist as he carries us along with him through his trials and tribulations, until finally deciding to take matters into his own hands and make a bid for freedom. This is a delightful and cleverly constructed story. With his excellent powers of description Brendan Gisby has produced an enthralling and utterly fascinating book - and one which is an absolute 'must' for anyone who has ever read and enjoyed "Watership Down".

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ISBN-13:
9781907407109
Publisher:
Black Leaf Publishing
Publication date:
06/12/2009
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
0.54(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.25(d)

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Island of Whispers 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
kidztales1 More than 1 year ago
Twisted Foot, a Watcher, is a black rat who lives in an abandoned monastery on Inchgarvie Island. As Twisted Foot stands watch in the Upperworld, he realizes how cruel his home in the Underworld is. He also considers what happened during the Selection. Broken Tail, the Chief Protector sniffed out the deformed and weaker of the newborn rats. He would swipe each across the snout marking them for destruction. Then, the newborns would be herded and guarded by the Protectors for food for the Rulers. Twisted Foot remembers that he had lost a couple of children this way. He reminds himself they were broken up into different classes of rats. There were the Rulers who depend on the rat colony for substance and everything else for that matter. Next in the pecking order are the Inner Circle. These few advised the Rulers. There were the Hunters. The Hunters held a position of honor since they hunt each night to provide food for the rat colony. Of course, the Rulers get the best pieces of food. Next, come the Protectors. These bullies think that they can torture, kill and rape anyone in a lower class than they are. The ones the Protectors usually attacked were the Watchers and the Slave-rats. Not to mention the she-rats and their young. What to do about such cruelty? Was there a world beyond the Upperworld? When Twisted Foot was on Watcher duty, he could see another land beyond the water. Was there a colony there too? Could they make a bid for freedom and escape? You cheer as Twisted Foot, his friends, their mates and youngsters as they make their escape. The author holds you in suspense as they climb the Giant's Foot to crawl across it. Will Twisted Foot and his friends find a place where they can start their own society of equality? I fully recommend this book! This reviewer had to start The Island of Whispers several times. This is mainly because I can't stand rats. The Island of Whispers is a 'stick with it book.' It is an engrossing tale from start to finish about breaking away from cruelty and dictatorship. The Island of Whispers is a fascinating and suspenseful story. The Mr. Gisby holds you in suspense from the beginning to the last page! His powers of description will have you both cringing and enthralled.
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From a book where a rat is the main character. It was pretty good, kept me interested from forst page to last.
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Kinda like Warriors, but its still very good! Recommend if you like animals too.
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