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The Whiteness of the Whale

The Whiteness of the Whale

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An antiwhaling expedition to the freezing Antarctic takes a violent turn in this powerful novel from bestselling author and sailor David Poyer.

After a tragic accident maims her laboratory assistant, Dr. Sara Pollard’s career as a primate behaviorist lies in ruins. With nothing left to lose, Pollard – descendant of a Nantucket

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An antiwhaling expedition to the freezing Antarctic takes a violent turn in this powerful novel from bestselling author and sailor David Poyer.

After a tragic accident maims her laboratory assistant, Dr. Sara Pollard’s career as a primate behaviorist lies in ruins. With nothing left to lose, Pollard – descendant of a Nantucket captain whose ship was sunk by a rogue whale – accepts an offer to join anti-whaling activists on a round-the-world racing yacht as the resident scientist. The plan is to sail from Argentina to the stormy Antarctic Sea.  There they'll shadow, harass, and expose the Japanese fleet, which continues to kill and process endangered whales in internationally-declared sanctuaries.

But everyone aboard Black Anemone has a secret, or something to live down.  Her crew—including a beautiful but narcissistic film celebrity, an Afghan War veteran in search of the buzz of combat, and an enigmatic, obsessive captain—will confront hostile whalers, brutal weather, dangerous ice, near-mutiny, and romantic conflict.  But no one aboard is prepared for what Nature herself has in store . . . when they're targeted by a massive creature with a murderous agenda of its own.

Filled with violence, beauty, and magical evocations of life in the most remote waters on Earth, The Whiteness of the Whale is a powerful adventure by a master novelist.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Retired naval officer Poyer (The Towers) brings nautical adventure to the green movement, pitting whalers and environmentalists against each other and the raw power of nature. Dr. Sara Pollard signs on with a crew of activists who decide to take the racing yacht Black Anemone into treacherous Antarctic seas to engage the Japanese whaling fleet. On board, Sara meets the rest of the crew, hardcore activists ready to put their lives on the line. As the ship moves into colder waters, the harshness of the environment—frigid winds, desolation—begin to take its toll. In pushing the fight to save the whales, crew members are lost, and the plot takes a dark twist when a rogue whale comes after the activists. VERDICT While the book's strength lies in the nautical details drawn from Poyer's maritime expertise, his white-whale imagery is a bit heavy handed. The line between conservation and survival is blurred in the shadow of Melville's iconic whale. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]—Ron Samul, New London, CT
From the Publisher

“Poyer's novel is an edge-of-your-seat drama that doesn't disappoint. The author paints his eco-thriller with lyrical and metaphorical prose, creating a beautiful portrait of life at high seas. The result is a fast-paced voyage with fully-realized characters, and a plot that offers twists and turns within each pulsing chapter. The author's fine attention to detail draws in the reader to vicariously feel 'the freezing mist' of the Antarctic....Icebergs in the blackness of night, combined with the threat of the hostile whaling fleet and life-or-death scenarios aboard the Black Anemone, make for a thrilling backdrop to Poyer's latest epic adventure.” —The Detroit Examiner

“A riveting modern-day tale of high-seas Antarctic adventure...Poyer's intense, fast-paced prose creates palpable suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

“Poyer's thriller takes fans on a frightening ride that will have them reaching for their Dramamine.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The story is undeniably powerful.” —Booklist

“Best read in one sitting.” —Christianity Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250020574
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
477,023
File size:
924 KB

Meet the Author


DAVID POYER's naval career included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific.  His thirty-plus books, including twenty sea novels, have been translated into Italian, Dutch, Japanese, and other languages. He’s also written sailing, diving, and nautical history articles for Chesapeake Bay, Southern Boating, Shipmate, Tidewater Virginian, and other periodicals.  His work has been required reading in the Literature of the Sea course at the U.S. Naval Academy, along with that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville.  He lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with his wife and daughter, with whom he explores the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coast in their sloop, Water Spirit.

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