Killer Whales Get Justice,
July 12, 2016
Five Stars *****
Reviewed by Amazon customer
for A Killer Whale's Revenge by Michael L. Kryder.
Killer whales (orcas) have been used and abused for years. In this novel, the type of people and organizations perpetuating these abuses get their comeuppance--big time. This novel is about a war between killer whales versus humans. You'll have to read it to see who wins. It has all the excitement and adventure to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.
A Killer Whale's Revenge
Michael L. Kryder
iUniverse, 218 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781491795958
(Reviewed: September 2016)
Michael L. Kryder’s new novel, A Killer Whale's Revenge, finds a team of scientists
and government officials facing off against a pod of vengeful killer whales. After a gruesome orca attack on a group of California oceangoers, marine biologist Mark Tillsdale is called in for his expertise. Mark works for the soon-to-open theme park Ocean World of the Pacific, which will feature captive orcas and other sea creatures as entertainment.
Mark, it turns out, is the target of the orca pod and its leader, referred to by the author as “Mom.” Mark’s Ocean World team captured and killed one of Mom’s offspring, whom she is determined to avenge. Although Mark is the ultimate prize, in the meantime the pod attacks any humans it can. As the body count rises, law enforcement scrambles to protect beach-goers. Meanwhile, Ocean World struggles to protect its reputation as a government lawsuit threatens to shut down its use of aquatic animals.
Stories of man versus vengeful nature, such as Peter Benchley’s Jaws, are perennially popular. And the treatment of marine mammals in water parks is a topical subject, given the influence of the 2013 documentary Blackfish about orcas in captivity. . . . .
FirsrtEditing Editor's Review
A Killer Whale's Revenge
Hello, Mike, Let me begin by saying that I think you have chosen a very important subject for your novel to focus on -- the captivity of orcas for use as entertainment and the consequences and negative results of those actions. The orcas in your novel do some incredibly brutal things, but it's a testament to your handling of the whale characters that it's hard not to feel sympathy for Mom and Karmak. You did a great job of showing where their rage was coming from, which makes them excellent, complex antagonists for the story.
I think you did a wonderful job with the action scenes. . . . I also think you did a great job of giving both sides of the controversy over the capture and handling of killer whales a fair voice. It's a complex issue with good people on both sides (as well characterized by Mark and Tom).
The fairness not only adds depth to the novel, it also drives the ending home -- both humans and orcas are responsible for terrible acts during the book, but it is humans that have the power to change the situation for the better (which they start to do by the very end). . . .
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to assist you with this novel. I really enjoyed editing it -- you had me engaged in the story the whole way. Not only that, you've made me want to read more about killer whales and the issues surrounding their captivity. I look forward to seeing this book in print! Jefferson