In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet. Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the … see full wiki
This book is based on a reviewer copy received directly from the author but reflects my personal opinion.
Jamie Hastings has a special ability that allows her to sense things. She had successfully helped the Los Angeles Police solve 53 "unsolvable" cases and had also helped find oil wells in the desert. When the book opens, birds and ocean life are being killed mysteriously on a massive scale. Jamie is called to the scene in New Zealand where many whales and dolphins have been beached and are dying. The author gives a hint then of the mysterious force behind all this.
Jamie's abilities come to the attention of Matt Anderson, the CEO for USOIL. Matt is looking to find oil in the Pacific North, having received permission from the Canadian government to do so. He convinces Jamie to come help him. Jamie at first complains that what USOIL does, kills sea life, especially the whales but she feels that her presence will be able to protect the whales and prevent USOIL from doing bad to the ecology in their quest.
Things are not what they seem to be as the giant "yacht" that Jamie is assigned has a very aloof and offputting crew and has military level sonar and weaponry aboard. Jamie will later bond with Jimbo the Captain and the two will have an interesting friendship.
The book is excellently written and even though a little slow going during the first half it picks up towards the middle and the rest of the book is like a ride down a steep roller coaster! Ms Cori, uses that first half to build the tension aboard ship and the reader, like Jamie have a hard time understanding what is really going on.
The author's foremost message from the book is that sonar is very dangerous to the sea-life that use their own songs to communicate and thrive. The military and the Oil companies need to very aware where the whales have their sanctuaries and be very careful using this equipment.
This was a very quick read and I look forward to more work from this author.