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The Whaler

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
“It’s common knowledge that the Captains of whaling ships are a breed of men more deranged than most, but Grice was the worst these parts have ever known. He was a stone-hearted bastard, full of hate for the world and everything in it, but he had a special kind of hate for whales. He exalted in their murder.”

In 1852 the whaling ship Nautilus leaves New Bedford and embarks
Kindle Edition, 43 pages
Published September 9th 2011
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Jan 11, 2014 Melki rated it it was amazing
If you ask an old sea dog how he lost his eye, you'd better be prepared for the tale he has to tell.

This is an amazingly well-written story. The characters are richly defined, the setting is beautifully atmospheric and the action is thrilling. And to top it all off, it ends with a chuckle. Many authors are unable to pack this much into an entire novel, and Roach manages to do it in 43 pages.
Mark Goodwin
Jan 25, 2016 Mark Goodwin rated it it was amazing
WOW ... this was a Great Read. It is difficult to say too much without providing a spoiler. Suffice to say that if you can get past the cruelty administered to the whales in the story ... you will have read a very good horror story !!!

And it's only 99 cents at Amazon ...
Kath Middleton
Oct 31, 2011 Kath Middleton rated it really liked it
This was a well crafted tale told in the first person by an old sea-dog regarding his days in the whaling fleet. He tells the story of a cruel and evil Captain who took pleasure in ensuring that the whales he caught didn't only die but suffered as much as possible. He was naturally hated and despised by even the most hardened crew but he was all powerful. Eventually, something results from his cruelty which backfires upon him. I won't say more or the story will be spoilt.

The whaling industry is
Apr 10, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Mark Goodwin
The classical book "Moby-Dick" written by Herman Melville certainly inspired the story of this book.
James Blakley
May 01, 2013 James Blakley rated it it was amazing
Author Steve Roach's "The Whaler" captures the macabre spirit of H.P. Lovecraft and the savage survivalism of Jack London to create a vivid 19th century tale of terror and revenge on the high seas. A legendary captain leads his whaling ship and crew into an epic encounter with a beast that is more cunning and frightening than the meanest marine animal. Recounted by the ship's aged first mate to a young recruit, the story is enhanced by Roach's depth of quality research into the authentic whaling ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Bungweasle rated it really liked it
I'll try to avoid the Melville name...

Still, what a great atmospheric book. This is a short but terrific book - full of great detail that really takes you on to the ship and gives you a whiff of the sea.

I love shorts like this that surprise me and haunt me.

Excellent stuff
Dec 27, 2015 Zarah rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable

Kept me interested and is a complete, stand-alone tale.
Laura Thomas
Feb 16, 2014 Laura Thomas rated it really liked it
Set in the 1800′s, a time when whalers spend as much as two years on board wooden ships, harvesting the blubber and oil from their kills.

A young man seeking passage home enters a bar. While asking the barkeep about available berths, an old salt with one eye tells him he knows of a ship. It just so happens his son is a captain and will be setting out in a few days. While they wait for him to arrive, they get to know each other.

The young man is curious about how the old man lost his eye and he obl
Nov 08, 2011 Cw rated it liked it
I enjoyed The Whaler.
It's a short work and so some readers who like longer books could feel unsatisfied.
As a lunch time / commute / bed time read it's perfect.

The hardest part of a short is writing something that engages. Being able to elevate the characters from one dimensional stereotypes in just a few lines is a challenge. Mr Roach achieves this well.

Is it a modern day "classic"? Probably not. However it's nicely presented, well proofed and competently written.
Apr 02, 2012 The rated it really liked it
There she blows

This was a well written and interesting short story.

It was very atmospheric and it kept my interest until the end. It was just gruesome and spooky enough and if anything I might have preferred it to be a bit longer.
Jeff Wombold
May 29, 2015 Jeff Wombold rated it really liked it
This book was a recommendation from one of my Goodread's friends; I thought it was a full book, but as it turns out it was a short story. It was still a captivating short story and a quick read.
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This one would have been perfect for Rod Serling’s 1960’s T.V. series, The Twilight Zone!
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