- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461092396
- ISBN-13: 978-1461092391
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,552,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shark & The Wolf: Predators and Prey Paperback – June 8, 2011
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"Shields' debut allegorical tale takes place in an Orwellian alternate world in which animals talk and earn their livings and fall in love right alongside humans... Shields has a flair for adventure writing...The book is filled with exciting action sequences...An exciting...clever...animal adventure." Kirkus Reviews
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"A Pool Shark, Ruthless Hyena, and a Billionaire Casino Magnate...What's
not to love...All the ingredients for the ultimate adventure."
"An Exotic Trek from Africa, to Key West, Fiji, South America
and Las Vegas!...Pack your bags and enjoy the trip!"
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Top Customer Reviews
The words flow easily, in a style that paints a vivid framework into which one's imagination can build. I felt his words effortlessly brush me over the threshold of a Disneyesque cartoon world that became more believable with every page I turned. The figures may start out from comic invention, but there is nothing shallow about the directions in which we are drawn. The emotions are those of us all, and carry as much weighty sub-text as one finds in plenty of more familiar adult books.
If in the second chapter you can't quite believe evolution can throw up the Great White Shark that walks tall, plays pool, falls in love with a vixen, and grows into one of the world's most heroic figures, then within a few more pages of engaging reading you will. If you can't quite see we modern humans as the same low life that enjoyed the butchery of the Roman Colosseum, you may soon.
This is an exciting story for all to enjoy, from reading teenagers to time worn adults. A slightly mad vision, certainly it is, but one that most can slip into. One may even grow to get a least a glimpse of why the author and his star characters are so engrossed by the game of pool-billiards. I know such a game seems an unlikely backdrop to a book that points up the evils of creature exploitation and slavery, but then I was already snookered by Shields' story long before the eight-ball slammed into any pocket.
All the locations are well painted, especially for me an exotic beach-bar on the Island of Viti Levu, Fiji. By the time I was caught up in the interplay of characters around the cool-blue, velvet, of that bar's pool-table, there was not the least chance of me putting down the book before its exciting end.
Obviously this book is going to be best enjoyed by those who can easily go with the flow of the absurd. If you really are not able to see the comedy in a shark riding a chopper motorcycle, or feel an empathy with an elephant watching its parent being carried away by trophy hunters, or even suspend rational belief for long enough to see yourself as some other sentient creature, then don't bother with this book. If you are anyone else, then grab a copy and enjoy.
Once you read the book, you'll understand my quandry. This is a clever mix of mystery, thriller and humour but cleverly thrown into the mix are both animals and those with animalistic characteristics.
Daniel Shields addresses issues such as animal capture and entrapment, slavery and exploitation and entertainment over ethics in this clever and well-written novel.
What intrigued me most was how Shields introduces two animals normally renouned for their stealth and cunning (the Shark and the Wolf) and yet pitted against humans (and their dirty-handed, double-dealing tactics), it's the humans that come out looking more base and animalistic than the creatures.
This is a wonderful novel with superb writing, well written characters and the only Great White pool playing shark you're ever likely to encounter in literature. It's almost guilt-inducing to find it humorous because there are such serious themes in it but Shields has managed to ensure that an entertaining and well-developed story is delivered while still punching home a few key messages. Bravo!
The idea of a world where animals and humans would live together is a great premise to the story and brings many morale themes to the story.
If you are looking to be entertained this is a must buy.
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