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Looking for a capturing read that you can’t put down?
No, I’m not talking about the Twilight series. I’ve been recommending Eye of the Whale by Douglas Carlton Abrams to many friends and family members.
The story follows Elizabeth McKay, a marine biologist who is finishing her PHD program with a thesis of cracking humpback whale communication. When a humpback swims up the Sacramento River with an unprecedented song, the clock starts ticking as Elizabeth must save the whale from danger. But as her journey to free this whale progresses, she starts catching the media and world’s attention… including opponents who are trying to cover up many dangerous secrets from Elizabeth and the world. Quickly, Elizabeth finds herself in danger, jeopardizing her marriage, her career – and even her life.
An ecological thriller, Abrams does an excellent job bringing in environmental issues into this fact-fictional novel without pushing issues or turning off the reader. In writing Eye of the Whale, Abrams worked closely with leading scientists and did extensive research on the shockingly true facts on which it is based. (When you read the chapter of Elizabeth visiting a college lecture, you have a completely interesting perspective of every product you use in your everyday life.) Having just visited Japan in spring of this year, I was quite interested with Eye of the Whale’s connection to this country. Abrams also gives an excellent argument consider for anyone who doubts contributing to the environmental movement, and why they should care about what we’re currently putting into the oceans, land and bodies. (Plus, you should care about saving whales since they may even save you one day!)
I’d recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn about the environment with entertainment (without the feeling of a documentary or textbook) or just looking for a different suspense novel. Overall, this captivating story will transform how you see your relationship with animals and the environment – and realize how interconnected and fragile our ecosystem is.
Published by Atria Books, pick up Eye of the Whale when it hits stores tomorrow, August 4. (Hardcover; $25.95; ISBN: 1416532544)
Posted by Julie
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