The Whale Warriors

The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals
Author: Peter Heller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501193767
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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Now with a new afterword by the author, the tenth-anniversary edition of Peter Heller’s “swashbuckling adventure” (Publishers Weekly) takes us on a hair-raising journey aboard a whale saving pirate ship with a vigilante crew whose mission is to stop illegal Japanese whaling in the stormy seas of Antarctica. The Whale Warriors is an adventure story set in the far reaches of the globe. For two months in 2005, journalist Peter Heller was aboard the Farley Mowat as it stalked its prey—a Japanese whaling fleet—through the storms and ice of Antarctica. The little ship is black, flies under a jolly roger, and carries members of the Sea Shepherd Society, a radical environmental group who are willing to die to stop illegal whale hunting. Heller recreates a nail-biting showdown when Captain Watson and his crew attempt to deliberately ram an enormous Japanese whaling ship, trying to tear open its hull with a steel blade called a “Can Opener.” In thirty-five-foot seas, a deadly game of Antarctic chicken begins. But while the ships are far from rescue, the world is watching. Japan threatens to send down defense aircraft and warships, Australia appeals for calm, New Zealand dispatches military surveillance aircraft, the US Office of Naval Intelligence issues a piracy warning, and international media begin to track the developing whale war. As Heller describes the slow, rusting, old Norwegian trawler Farley Mowat and the fast, new six ship whaling fleet of the Japanese, we also learn about the crisis of our oceans, which are on the verge of total ecosystem collapse. The exploitation of endangered whales is emblematic of an over-exploitation of the seas that is now entering its desperate denouement with our own survival in the balance. “A swift kick to any remaining complacency about the plight of our oceans” (National Geographic Adventure), The Whale Warriors is “two parts high seas swashbuckle and one part inconvenient truth” (Surfer).

The Whale Warriors

The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals
Author: Peter Heller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 141653248X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 298
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For two months, journalist Heller was aboard the pirate ship the "Farley Mowat" as it stalked its prey--a Japanese whaling fleet. Now, Heller chronicles this hair-raising journey, whose mission was to stop illegal whaling in the stormy, remote seas off Antarctica. 288.

The Whale Warriors

The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals
Author: Peter Heller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416546139
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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Author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Dog Stars For the crew of the eco-pirate ship the Farley Mowat, any day saving a whale is a good day to die. In The Whale Warriors, veteran adventure writer Peter Heller takes us on a hair-raising journey with a vigilante crew on their mission to stop illegal Japanese whaling in the stormy, remote seas off the forbidding shores of Antarctica. The Farley is the flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and captained by its founder, the radical environmental enforcer Paul Watson. The Japanese, who are hunting endangered whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, in violation of several international laws, know he means business: Watson has sunk eight whaling ships to the bottom of the sea. For two months, Heller was aboard the vegan attack vessel as it stalked the Japanese whaling fleet through the howling gales and treacherous ice off the pristine Antarctic coast. The ship is all black, flies under a Jolly Roger, and is outfitted with a helicopter, fast assault Zodiacs, and a seven-foot blade attached to the bow, called the can opener. As Watson and his crew see it, the plight of the whales is also about the larger crisis of the oceans and the eleventh hour of life as we know it on Earth. The exploitation of endangered whales is emblematic of a terrible overexploitation of the seas that is now entering its desperate denouement. The oceans may be easy to ignore because they are literally under the surface, but scientists believe that the world's oceans are on the verge of total ecosystem collapse. Our own survival is in the balance. With Force 8 gales, monstrous seas, and a crew composed of professional gamblers, Earthfirst! forest activists, champion equestrians, and ex-military, the action never stops. In the ice-choked water a swimmer has minutes to live. The Japanese factory ship is ten times the tonnage of the Farley. The sailors on board both ships know that there will be no rescue in this desolate part of the ocean. Watson presses his enemy while Japan threatens to send down defense aircraft and warships, Australia appeals for calm, New Zealand dispatches military surveillance aircraft, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence issues a piracy warning, and international media begin to track the developing whale war. For the Sea Shepherds there is no compromise. If the charismatic, intelligent Great Whales cannot be saved, there is no hope for the rest of the planet. Watson aims his ship like a slow torpedo and gives the order: "Tell the crew, collision in two minutes." In 35-foot seas, it is a deadly game of Antarctic chicken in which the stakes cannot be higher.

Let's Go 2008 Western Europe


Author: Let's Go Inc.
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312374587
Category: Travel
Page: 1088
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Offering a comprehensive guide to economical travel in diverse regions of the world, these innovative new versions of the popular handbooks feature an all-new look, sidebars highlighting essential tips and facts, information on a wide range of itineraries, transportation options, off-the-beaten-path adventures, expanded lodging and dining options in every price range, additional nightlife options, enhanced cultural coverage, shopping tips, maps, 3-D topographical maps, regional culinary specialties, cost-cutting tips, and other essentials.

The Whale Road


Author: Robert Low
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312361945
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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In tenth-century Europe, Orm Rurikson and a band of oath-sworn Viking raiders journey from the fjords of Norway to the steppes of Russia as they search for the long-lost treasure hoard of Attila the Hun. A first novel. 15,000 first printing.

Hunting the Hunters

At War with the Whalers
Author: Laurens de Groot
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472903641
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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A former Dutch police detective outlines his experiences with Sea Shepherd, an international organization protecting marine wildlife, during which he found himself in the middle of a war against a Japanese whaling fleet operating in the Antarctic whale sanctuary.

Ocean Warrior

My Battle to End the Illegal Slaughter on the High Seas
Author: Paul Watson
Publisher: Fusion Press
ISBN: 9781904132257
Category: Environmentalists
Page: 288
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Captain Paul Watson is a founder member of Greenpeace. Ocean Warrior is his own story - an amazing chronicle of courageous acts in support of deeply held convictions. This book will interest anyone interested in environmental issues.

The Dog Stars


Author: Peter Heller
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307960935
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley. But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for. The ebook edition contains a reading group guide.

The Painter

A novel
Author: Peter Heller
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385352085
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past. Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience. A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

Earth Warrior

Overboard with Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Author: David B. Morris
Publisher: Fulcrum Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 209
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Driven by a need to address the issues surrounding the global extinction of ocean habitat and wildlife, Paul Watson founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 to take the battle over driftnetting and whale hunting to the high seas. Earth Warrior describes David Morris's journey with Watson on an anti-driftnet campaign in the North Pacific, where the author encounters action and adventure and gets a close-up view of Watson, both as a person and as one of the world's most committed environmentalists.

War of the Whales

A True Story
Author: Joshua Horwitz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451645015
Category: History
Page: 448
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Documents the efforts of crusading lawyer Joel Renolds and marine biologist Ken Balcolm to expose a covert U.S. Navy sub detection system that caused whales to beach themselves, an effort that challenged Ken's loyalties and pitted them against powerful military adversaries.

Save the Whales Please


Author: Konrad Karl Gatien,Sreescanda
Publisher: Kunati
ISBN: 9781601641656
Category: Fiction
Page: 427
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"A rescue adventure in which eco-warriors, led by the US First Lady, commandeer a pirate whaling vessel to shepherd a herd of endangered blue whales from the Arctic Ocean to the safety of the Antarctic, pursued the entire way by illegal Japanese whalers"--Provided by publisher.

Once Were Warriors


Author: Alan Duff
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702228292
Category: Domestic fiction
Page: 198
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Alan Duff's ground-breaking first novel is one of the most talked-about books ever published in New Zealand and is now the basis of a major New Zealand film. This hard hitting story is a frank and uncompromising portrayal of Maori in New Zealand society. It is a raw and powerful story in which everyone is a victim until the strength and vision of one woman transcends brutality and leads the way to a new life. Alan Duff was born in Rotorua and now lives in Havelock North. He is the author of two novels, Once Were Warriors and One Night Out Stealing and one work of non fiction, Maori, the Crisis and the Challenge.

Kook

What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
Author: Peter Heller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439171815
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
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Author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Dog Stars With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The Whale Warriors recounts his remarkable journey of discovery—of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean’s beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life. Having resolved to master a big-hollow wave— that is, to go from kook (surfese for beginner) to shredder—in a single year, Heller travels from Southern California down the coast of Mexico in the company of his girlfriend and the eccentric surfers they meet. Exuberant and fearless, Heller explores the technique and science of surfing the secrets of its culture, and the environmental ravages to the stunning coastline he visits. As Heller plumbs the working of his own heart and finds joy in both love and surfing, he affords readers vivid insight into this fascinating world, with all of its perils and pleasures, its absurdity and wonder. Exhilarating, entertaining, and moving, Kook is a love story between a man and his surfboard, a man and his girlfriend, a not-so-old man and the sea.

Celine

A novel
Author: Peter Heller
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0451493907
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela's father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed--that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Inspired by the life of Heller’s own remarkable mother, a chic and iconoclastic private eye, Celine is a deeply personal novel, a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmarks, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.

Cookin' Up A Storm

Sea Stories and Vegan Recipes from Sea Shepherd's Anti-Whaling Campaigns
Author: Laura Dakin
Publisher: Book Publishing Company
ISBN: 1570678804
Category: Cooking
Page: 160
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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit marine conservation organization that takes an aggressive direct-action approach to ending the slaughter of endangered and threatened marine wildlife. Their official cookbook,Cookin' Up A Storm, serves up a combo of delicious food and modern day heroes. Written by Laura Dakin, chief cook on Sea Shepherd's flagship the Steve Irwin, you'll share Laura's adventures in feeding a hungry crew of 50 morning to night. Featured are 80 of the crew's favorite vegan recipes-deliciously eclectic and modified for the family kitchen. Throughout are beautiful recipe photos along with action shots of the crew at work. Interspersed are crew members' stories that illustrate the danger these ocean warriors face stalking whaling vessels on the high seas. The galleys of Sea Shepherd's fleet maintain a plant-based diet. Learn how a vegan diet can play a significant role in saving the biodiversity of our oceans.

The Whale Rider


Author: Witi Ihimaera
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1742287085
Category: Fiction
Page: 156
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Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he is focused on his duties as chief ofa Maori tribe in Whangara, on the East Coast of New Zealand - a tribe that claims descent from the legendary 'whale rider'. In every generation since the whale rider, a male has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir - there's only kahu. She should be the next in line for the title, but her great-grandfather is blinded by tradition and sees no use for a girl. Kahu will not be ignored. And in her struggle she has a unique ally: the whale rider himself, from whom she has inherited the ability to communicate with whales. Once that sacred gift is revealed, Kahu may be able to re-establish her people's ancestral connections, earn her great-grandfather's attention - and lead her tribe to a bold new future.

Gaia Warriors


Author: Nicola Davies,James Lovelock
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763648086
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 192
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Examines the causes and effects of global warming and offers opinions from leading scientists about what can be done to help the Earth.

The Whiteness of the Whale

A Novel
Author: David Poyer
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250020565
Category: Fiction
Page: 324
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Joining six other activists to sail a yacht into Antarctic waters to expose a Japanese whaling fleet, Sara Pollard finds her courage tested by brutal storms and hostile adversaries before encountering a whale with a murderous agenda of its own.

The Sea Inside


Author: Philip Hoare
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 1612193595
Category: Nature
Page: 374
View: 9426

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Navigating between human and natural history and between science and myth, chronicles the author's journey through the oceans to rediscover the sea and its islands, birds, and beasts, and to seek encounters with animals and people.