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Naitaka (Kodiak Books) [Paperback]

Lee Murphy
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May 10, 2002 0966770498 978-0966770490 First Edition
Kodiak is back.

Nearly two years after the horrifying debacle of WHERE LEGENDS ROAM, cryptozoologist George Kodiak has come to British Columbia's Lake Okanagan; reputed to be the home of Naitaka, an ancient monster believed to exist in the lake's icy depths for the past twenty thousand years.

Kodiak anticipates this expedition to be a time of discovery and excitement. But over the years he has made enemies. Nasty ones. And they have other ideas for him...

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About the Author

Naitaka is Lee Murphy's second novel in the Kodiak Books series. Where Legends Roam has been developing near-cult status among cryptozoological groups and has been enjoyed by the general reading public as well.

He anticipates his third book, Heretofore:Unknown, which is about Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp Monster to be finished some time in 2003.

Product Details

  • Series: Kodiak Books
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Defining Moments; First Edition edition (May 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966770498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966770490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,601,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an author and artist living in Los Angeles. My fascinations range from natural history, to cryptozoology, to most things creepy and paranormal. I am the author of an adventure series titled THE KODIAK BOOKS, which follow the exploits of fictional cryptozoologist George Kodiak. These are adult adventures for a general fiction reading audience who enjoy adventures along the lines of Crichton, Cussler, Rollins, et al. The first title in the series, WHERE LEGENDS ROAM, is about the hunt and capture of the legendary Sasquatch. Book two, NAITAKA, takes place in British Columbia's Lake Okanagan and the search for its resident lake monsters. Book three is HERETOFORE: UNKNOWN, about Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp Monster, and also delves into the subject of New Orleans Voodoo. I am currently working on book four, BLOOD EYES, which will be about the Chupacabras.

My most recent novel, YGOR, is a break from that series and is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein saga as told first-person by the world's most famous lab assistant. While the emphasis in the story is on character (it details the four-year co-dependent relationship between Ygor and the Doctor, who is bi-polar, alcoholic, and suffers bouts of psychotic rage), it retains those horror elements which have drawn people to this fascinating subject throughout the years. I hope you'll check it out :)

I am also a former model maker for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, having specialized in lifesize models of dinosaurs and sharks, most notably. I still do free-lance projects from time to time, but these days I concentrate the majority of my efforts on writing.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!!! September 28, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In this second installment of the "Kodiak" book, things really pick up and move. I thought this book was a lot more fun then the previous installment, and it would make a great movie. George Kodiak, cryptozoologist/badass is back, tracking the legendary lake monster Ogopogo up in Canada. Good guys, Bad guys, monsters, and a really big helicopter.
Some of the chapters are right out of a summer blockbuster, much better then those in other recent sci-fi monster books like Meg. This book also doesn't have the sadistic streak that the previous installment featured.
Keep 'em coming!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BATTER UP! July 26, 2002
THWACK! That's the sound of Lee Murphy hitting another home run with his second book, NAITAKA. Fans of high-tech thrillers and adventure novels will find themselves right at home in the pages of this book. As he did with the sasquatch in his first book, WHERE LEGENDS ROAM, Murphy portrays the basilosaur as an animal of nature, instead of a bloodthirsty monster. That's not to say there aren't plenty of close calls when it comes to this large, toothy predator. Murphy is a master at mixing realism and action. The overall effect is akin to the Discovery Channel on steroids. George Kodiak continues to be one of the most carefully crafted characters you are likely to encounter. I say this because Kodiak doesn't seem to be designed or crafted at all, he just IS. You can't ask more from an author than that when it comes to character development. Murphy paces the story nicely and is even able to weave a chilling subplot into the action. My advice to anyone reading this is kick back, put your feet up, turn off the Discovery Channel, and take a journey to British Columbia with George Kodiak to solve the mystery of Ogopogo. You'll be glad you made the trip.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Slick meets Tom Clancy June 23, 2002
I could barely put this one down. A great read from Lee Murphy who is certainly getting the hang of this "novel" business.
Naitaka is a blend of high-tech monster hunting and gripping characters. You'll be dying to find out what happens next and incredulous when you do! Naitaka's not for the faint-of-heart. There's enough action to keep the most avid reader of thrillers occupied. And there's plenty of excellent information that helps lay the groundwork for those not familiar with the subject of cryptozoology.
Don't miss this second installment in the Kodiak Books. Kodiak will certainly grow on you and who knows where Lee will have him jaunting off to next... Do I hear big footsteps coming through an equatorial swamp? ;)
Read Naitaka and keep an eye out for the next of the "Kodiak Books". Better by a long-shot than any fiction I've read in a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naitaka: Lee Murphy Does it Again November 1, 2004
By Fred
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Naitaka: Lee Murphy does it again.

In his first book, Where Legends Roam, Lee Murphy introduced us to his unique ability to take the available data from the fossil record and integrate it with contemporary information in an interesting and engaging fashion. The end result was a great adventure story with the embedded theory of the survival of Gigantopithecus up until the present day. One cannot enjoy the story without giving serious consideration to his well thought out and researched theory. And, conversely, one cannot consider the theory without enjoying the entwined story.

Naitaka takes us back into the world of Murphy's primary protagonist, George Kodiak. This is the cryptozoologist adventurer who embodies not only the qualities most moral people think are laudable, but who also takes the action that most people wish they could. Here we find him not only solving the mystery of the large creatures reported in inland waters with a link to the sea, but also protecting them from destruction and exploitation. In this installment he comes face to face with his mysterious nemesis who was alluded to in the first book in his series. As in Legends, the action scenes are worthy of any adventure novel or movie. In fact it seems only right to refer to them as scenes since the pictures created in the mind of the reader are so vivid that one feels as though they are watching them on the big screen.

So what does Lee Murphy think the hidden creatures that George Kodiak and others are in search of actually are? By carefully taking the reader through the fossil record and many of the reports of these water dwelling animals over the years he has come to a startling conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Murphy delivers again! September 1, 2005
By B. G.
I may never have had sex with an "attractive" woman. I may still live with my parents, even though I'm in my mid-30's. I may have dressed like Captain Kirk for my high school yearbook photo. But that has nothing to do with enjoying a good book, and this is one of the best! Action, education, fantasy, a little bit of something for everyone. If you liked "Where Legends Roam", you'll love this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great chapter in the kodiak series June 28, 2005
Lee Murphy has shown his writing talent again in this follow up to Where Legends Roam. Naitaka puts Kodiak in the search for Ogo Pogo. Once again Lee does his research to realistically explain what these creatures are. He also introduces us to some of the monsters from Kodiaks past. The story is full of action, memorable characters and a really cool helicopter appropriately named Megalodon. This is a series I'll keep reading not only for the good stories, but the interesting subject matter the field of cryptozoology has to offer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Past Lives
What an interesting and believable story about a creature that is supposed to be extinct. Whether it is or not, this novel will make you wonder. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Connee Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond good
I've just about run out of Lee Murphy's books to read. He needs to get busy. If you enjoy stories about cryptid creatures, you have to get this book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donna Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars Pulling in too many directions
I have obtained this book in Amazon's promo for free, otherwise I would be more critical.

Naitaka starts well enough, but then the author starts to muddle the water with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars See the serpent!
This is a great page-turner. I knew nothing about this subject or any of the lore surrounding the Naitaka. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Craig A. Spivek
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a poorly done Dirk Pitt wanna-be
I read the book and kept getting the impression that the writer was trying to pull off a Dirk Pitt type novel... and failing. Read more
Published 23 months ago by CES from MSC
5.0 out of 5 stars Oregon's Loch Ness Monster?
Lee grabs you from the first page, and doesn't let go. You're always hoping for more. Since reading this book, I've seen a production on Discovery Channel which covered the same... Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by Ken N.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother...
The concept for this book sounds interesting, the reality of this book is anything but. Amateur writing bogs it down, and the B-movie plotline never goes anywhere interesting. Read more
Published on May 7, 2006 by a reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty fun read, although a little disjointed
I picked this book up because I'm a fan of cryptozoology fiction and lake monsters especially, not to mention the favorable Amazon reviews. Read more
Published on September 29, 2005 by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cryptozoo Novel
One of the better organized and presented novels of this sort to come along in a while. The author writes in a style better than Benchley and is able to keep several subplots... Read more
Published on November 10, 2004 by Susan Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars A whale of a tale.
George Kodiak is back, in his usual fine form! And as always, he doesn't get romantically involved here, but the great adventurer shines. Read more
Published on November 6, 2004 by Ella
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