The Whiteness of the Whale

The Whiteness of the Whale

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250020567
Branch Call Number: F POY
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm


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Dec 18, 2016

Returned unfinished, boring.

ChristchurchLib May 20, 2013

"In this action-packed ocean-going adventure, disgraced primate behaviourist Sara Pollard joins a handful of anti-whaling activists to sail a racing yacht into Antarctic waters to expose the illegal activities of a Japanese whaling fleet. But their fortitude is tested by the desolate environs, brutal storms, hostile adversaries, and romantic conflicts - and that's before encountering a sperm whale with a seemingly murderous agenda of its own. The vivid depictions of life at sea (author David Poyer is a retired naval officer) might have you grateful for dry land (and warm weather) while grimly anticipating the next disaster to befall the crew of the Black Anemone." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

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