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Moon Tide Monterey

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Barry Johnson

Moon Tide Montereytakes place near Monterey Bay, California. Arthur Trevaller, the powerful father of Cami, is against her plan for her future. While running on Carmel Beach, Cami finds a starving harbor seal pup in a rocky grotto. She meets Sky, a marine … see full wiki

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Author: Barry Johnson
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
1 review about Moon Tide Monterey

A girl finds herself and direction helping sea creatures

  • Oct 21, 2004
Rating:
+3
The California coast is host to many people and a wide variety of large sea mammals. As is the case with any ecosystem, there is a predator-prey dynamic, leading to some of the mammals being critically injured. Some of the human activity also conflicts with the actions of the mammals, also leading to injury. Fortunately, there are organizations whose purpose is to rescue injured animals and nurse them back to health before they are released back into the wild.
This story begins with a girl of eighteen who is in the midst of a slight rebellion against her wealthy father walking on the beach. He wants her to proceed through a college business track, recapitulating his life. At this point, she knows that she does not want to follow that track, but has no clear direction as to where she will go. During her walk, she comes upon a baby seal that is almost starved. She contacts the mammal rescue service and in the time that elapses until they get there, she grows attached to the seal. She then travels back to their base with the seal and the rescuers and helps feed the baby seal. This triggers something in her and within a few days, she is volunteering at the mammal rescue center and considering the study of sea mammal biology.
Her father does not agree, and although they don't ever reach the level of the shouting match, it is clear that there is a great deal of tension. She also begins to have feelings for a young man who works at the center, and she begins battling some of her other internal demons. She had been raped earlier and finds it difficult to touch and be touched by a man. Nevertheless, the commitment that she sees in the center proves to be a driving force, and she is able to overcome her problems.
The local fishermen have problems with sea lions, which wait until they catch a fish and then steal it from them. To the sea lions, which are too slow to catch the fish otherwise, it is an easy meal. However, the fishermen are not amused and someone is illegally slaughtering them with automatic weapons. The mammal center workers devise a way to identify the culprits and it works. However, the men are drug dealers who ultimately try to take revenge through rape and kidnapping.
It came as no surprise that the author has worked as a sea mammal rescuer. The story was too real to be written by anyone lacking such experience. The character of the father was handled exactly right. While he is domineering, it is not in the oppressive sense. He is a man who has succeeded in business and wants his children to be successful as well. The level of rebellion of the daughter was also handled in the right way. While she is rebellious and has been involved with drugs, she is a smart girl, so her rebellion is not out of control. If either of these characters had been more dramatic, the quality of the book would have suffered.
All is worked out in the end, both father and daughter have to go through some serious trauma before they can reconcile and walk quietly down the beach enjoying each other's company. The ending was an obvious one, but the journey there makes that fact irrelevant.

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