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Like the mythical North Atlantic leviathan that is the focus of its protagonist's ill-conceived quest, William R. Trotter's Warrener's Beastie is as massive as it is indescribable. Chronicling the adventures of a disillusioned middle-aged professor obsessed with doing something truly meaningful in his lifetime, this epic tale of romanticism and redemption is neither fantasy, horror, or thriller but a unique amalgam of all genres.
After watching his idealistic dreams of youth slowly crumble, Allen Warrener -- a divorced would-be-novelist stuck in a dead-end job -- decides to embark on an expedition/pilgrimage to the rugged Faeroe Islands (a place where he visited and fell in love with in his youth) in search of the legendary Vardinoy Monster. Accompanied by a misfit group of friends -- including a former porn producer and his "statuesque" starlet wife -- Warrener journeys to a secluded island where the uneasy ghosts of a time long forgotten and an impending volcanic blast are the least of his worries…
The obvious comparisons to Melville's Moby-Dick aside, Warrener's Beastie is not so much about the hunt for a legendary sea monster and the haunting Nordic myths that surround it as it is about one man's heart-rending quest to find some semblance of happiness in a life fraught with bitter disappointment and largely unfulfilled dreams. Readers may have a hard time locating this genre-blurring novel in a bookstore, but those who do will be more than satisfied. Paul Goat Allen