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The Whaler [Kindle Edition]

Steve Roach , Lloyd Hollingworth
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The Whaler.

“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 upon a route to the South Pacific, a journey that will lead them to the hunting grounds of the magnificent sperm whales.

Once there, they set about their business of killing whales, a task that Captain Grice relishes beyond any other Earthly pleasure. After the harpooners have done their job, Grice lances each whale until it is almost dead, and then climbs out onto the great body to attack it with his favourite axe.

But one of the whales they hunt is different.

Sick, already dying, the men attack it and find something inside, something rotten and dangerous and alive. It’s a thing that will bring about the destruction of the Nautilus, and bring doom to Grice and the crew. It appears that Grice is not the most formidable hunter these waters have ever seen – something else is out there, hunting whales, and it has been this way for centuries.......

The Whaler harks back to the good old days of the short horror story, where the world was not yet conquered and still held mystery.

Amazon.Com Review:
This is a gem floating among the flotsam of self published stories on Amazon. The author grabs the attention of the reader early with a dark yarn told over a cold brew in worn down pub by the sea. What better place to hear a frightening tale of the black depths? Overtones of Poe can be felt throughout and the story didn't falter once as the horror continued to build. Well depicted characters and a creepy central idea make this a keeper that will stick in the mind after it's been read and put down. The only thing I would add is the author could have expanded more on the idea, basically it could have been longer. With a little more plot it would make an excellent novel. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a quick scary read! I appreciate the author's talent, it makes searching through the many badly written works worthwhile when you find something like this! Well worth the money!

About the author:
Steve Roach works in multiple genres including travel writing, fiction and illustrated children's books (with artist Simon Schild). With a large selection of books garnering impressive reviews, Steve's output is diverse, sometimes thought-provoking, entertaining and always interesting.

Working within the Independent market gives Steve the freedom to explore some unusual ideas and avoid being pigeon-holed. Without the marketing resources of a mainstream publisher, readers have to search out Steve's work but once they have they usually stick around to see what's coming next. A number of Steve's books have reached the #1 spot in the bestseller charts on Amazon in their respective categories. During the last 3 years, nearly 50,000 people have read his work. For an 'indie' author, this is a tremendous achievement.

www.steveroach.co.uk

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Product Details

  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ME3880
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short story gem... September 11, 2011
By jjrk
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This is a gem floating among the flotsam of self published stories on Amazon. The author grabs the attention of the reader early with a dark yarn told over a cold brew in worn down pub by the sea. What better place to hear a frightening tale of the black depths? Overtones of Poe can be felt throughout and the story didn't falter once as the horror continued to build. Well depicted characters and a creepy central idea make this a keeper that will stick in the mind after it's been read and put down. The only thing I would add is the author could have expanded more on the idea, basically it could have been longer. With a little more plot it would make an excellent novel. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a quick scary read! I appreciate the author's talent, it makes searching through the many badly written works worthwhile when you find something like this! Well worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There she blows March 22, 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark short evil Moby Dick. November 25, 2013
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Worth the time I spent, diverting, and well penned. I humbly suggest this short to any who might find the concept intriguing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and interesting July 30, 2013
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I love whaling books and this one was a great read. I took a turn no one would anticipate and turned it into a very interesting story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An in the moment gritty read February 16, 2014
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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 obliges. Thus begins the tale of Captain Grice, the cruelest, most vicious whaler known on the seas.

“The only time I ever saw him crack a smile was when he was knee-deep in whale blood.”

When the crew spots an old whale, probably already dying, they harpoon it. Then Grice does what he loves best. He jumps upon the dying whale and hacks and slashes at it with his ax until he can swing it no more.

This is no ordinary whale though. It harbors something deadly. Welcome to the belly of the beast.

The author did his research. I can’t imagine how awful it was. The stench of death, the hardship, the endless sea, no horizon in sight.

And he gives you a real villain in Captain Grice. The man was evil. He wasn’t like Ahab, obsessed with a single whale. He hated all of them and reveled in their suffering.

As the old man told the rest of this tale, I could picture the scene. The lights would dim, background noise would fade away, and his raspy voice would chill you to the bone.

Classic horror is what this is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Work of Fiction January 11, 2014
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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.
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More About the Author

Steve works in multiple genres including travel writing, fiction and illustrated children's books (with artist Simon Schild).

With a large selection of books garnering impressive reviews, Steve's output is diverse, sometimes thought-provoking, entertaining and always interesting.

Working within the Independent market gives Steve the freedom to explore some unusual ideas and avoid being pigeon-holed. Without the marketing resources of a mainstream publisher, readers have to search out Steve's work but once they have they usually stick around to see what's coming next. A number of Steve's books have reached the #1 spot in the bestseller charts on Amazon in their respective categories. During the last 3 years, nearly 50,000 people have read his work. For an 'indie' author, this is a tremendous achievement.

Steve's latest book is 'Resonance', a collection of eighteen brand new short stories. Readers will soon discover that this is no ordinary collection, as the individual stories begin to link together and start affecting each other.

Website: www.steveroach.co.uk


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