Death at SeaWorld chronicles Naomi Rose's life, from her childhood up through her current work. Naomi is responsible for much of the research known ab...moreDeath at SeaWorld chronicles Naomi Rose's life, from her childhood up through her current work. Naomi is responsible for much of the research known about orcas in captivity. David explains much of her research in the book, including her dissertation on the social dynamics of male killer whales. Her first job working with Humane Society International started with the push of bringing captivity issues into the public eye following the release of the popular Free Willy movie. Naomi has also been pivotal in other work including the eventual release of Keiko (AKA "Willy"), advocating for the SeaWorld whales and the recent OSHA hearing.
Death at SeaWorld then alternates to take an amazing look inside the horrific world of captivity and the history of many of the orcas kept there and other parks. The book delves into the behind the scenes "off behavior" episodes that not only never made it into the public eye, but were often kept hidden from the very trainers that risk their lives every day working with the whales.
Former trainers including Jeff Ventre, Samantha Berg and Carol Ray give an inside look at some of these incidents behind the scenes. Missing information in incident reports and animal profiles, SeaWorld's pressure and pursuations, etc. As a former season ticket holder who dreamed of becoming a whale trainer at one time, these stories were appalling!
Of course, the main story in Death at SeaWorld is the horrific death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 by Tillikum, AKA Tilly. The book details Tillikum's capture from Iceland, as well as his aggressive past. Tilly was first held in Sea Land of the Pacific where he killed his first trainer, Keltie Byrne, in 1991. He was brought to SeaWorld Orlando via an emergency importation permit in January 1992. Trainers were not made aware of how dangerous he was. They were taught or programmed to think that it was their fault any time any whale went "off behavior". Details of Daniel Dukes, the second fatality caused by Tilly in 1999, were also included.
Death at SeaWorld exposes some awful truths and the research behind them. It will definitely change your mind about ever going to see another whale (or dolphin) show again, at least I hope it will. (less)
Intense drama exudes when the town of Oakville, led by the McCarty brothers as cop and mayor, falls apart along with their leaders. The destruction of...moreIntense drama exudes when the town of Oakville, led by the McCarty brothers as cop and mayor, falls apart along with their leaders. The destruction of a family and a town full of drug deals and poorly kept secrets. Lies and deceit flood friends and family in search of the truth. Who can be trusted? Who is the rat? Will anyone be able to pick up the pieces of Oakville?
Last Fair Deal keeps you on the edge of your seat until the truth is revealed.(less)
A Work in Progress is the story of Danny Bayle, a 28 year old writer who has not been able to connect his thoughts to paper in a long time. Now, he fi...moreA Work in Progress is the story of Danny Bayle, a 28 year old writer who has not been able to connect his thoughts to paper in a long time. Now, he finds himself having to rebuild his life after his girlfriend, Carah, ended their relationship and his grandfather passed away all in the same week.
He tries to move on in new relationships, meet new people, and learn new things in an attempt to build a different life for himself. Each of these experiences brings a new understanding. He joins a therapy group, learns how to play drums, and tries his hand at a couple other relationships along the way. His new friends include a free-spirited friend of his best friend, another writer, a young artist, and an elderly caretaker.
Will he be able to get over Carah? Will he ever have the inspiration to write again?
A Work in Progress elicits a realm of emotions, from sorrow and pain to love and understanding. The characters are all very unique but much can be learned from each one of them. With various challenges in their own life, the rawness of their portrayal digs deep into the psyche in a way that can’t be explained.
This is a novel that can be read over and over and will show new aspects each time. I definitely recommend it!(less)