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    Do you remember the movie that this novel was based on Richard Harris plays the modern day Ahab, going madder and madder as the movie progresses Okay, if you don t know about this movie I can understand thatbut you are wondering who Richard Harris is, right Let me clue you in about something he was the original Dumbledore None of this has anything to do with this bookI just like this tidbit Anyway, to the story A wreck of a man is down on his luck in Florida The fishing venture bequeathed to him by his father is floundering his drinking doesn t much help this Enter his sister She has the prefect plan to restore her brother s good name while also lining their pockets It seems that the Japanese are willing to pay good money for a great white shark, if caught and kept alive in captivity until they can come and get the fish themselves A ludicrous plan, no doubt But when your back is against the wall, anything sounds good So the brother, Campbell, and the sister, Annie, along with their father s Navy buddy, Novak, and Annie s fiance, Alan, decide to form a crew and go and hunt a great white off the shores of Canada, near Newfoundland Just as they are about to catch a great white, they inadvertently danger a scientist s life who just so happens to be studying orcas The orca saves the scientist s life by snapping the shark in half with its teeth Good for the scientists bad for Campbell His payday has been ruined So he decides to capture an orca Okay, I admit, this is so unbelievable that it is knocking on the doorstep of the absurd But, as I said, when you have nothing to lose because you have already lost everything, this plan comes across as almost sound Anyway, the attempted capture is botched The orca gets caught in the netting, struggles, and ultimately drowns But not before delivering a stillborn calf The mate and father of these now dead whales sees all this and becomes enraged Thus, we have the beginning to a wildly constructed man versus beast reading experience For the most part, this is a great match up power v cunning profit v revenge savagery v well, savagery At first, Campbell is all about going out and capturing this male He wants to have his payday plus, the villagers are in awe of his brazen stupidity They lavish him with a hunter s respect That is, until the whale seeks revenge on the village It has driven the fish away there goes the economy Tourists have no intention of spending time in a seaside ghost town salt to an already wounded economy And it mocks them yes, I said mocks It almost reminds me of the mocking scene in Monty Python s movie The Search for the Holy Grailyou know what scene I speak ofand if you don t, go rent the movie Anyways, the villagers turn on Campbell he has blighted an already stricken community He needs to either kill the whale or be killed by the whale to free this village Now, as outcasts, the little party decides to hunt a bit aggressively This is a stupid plan People die In fact, the whale even attacks moored boats, makes a fuel depot explode, and causes a house to fall into the ocean This makes Campbell put on his Ahab face for real No Mister Nice Floridian Waitwe have to pause During this time, Campbell is trying to bed one of the scientists that was trying to study the orcas His approach to wooing her is less than stellar I don t know any woman that likes to be called an icy bitch once, let alone numerous times But, the man apparently has skills she falls in love with him Only in a late 70s book, people So people have died Campbell is bedding a scientist, who has proven anyone with enough determination can get a Ph.D the villagers are hating these American opportunists and, one really pissed off whale patrols the shoreline.So far so good A fun and fast reading experience Then the book just turns stupidCampbell, along with his new love, and a chief from an obscure tribe, track the whale to the North Pole There, Campbell and the whale have this really booooring standoff I won t spoil the end I know there are dozens of you out there right now getting ready to go out and seek this book If you are looking for a book with an alcoholic misogynist who will stop at nothing in his search to destroy himself, look no further RECOMMENDED with reservations

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    Before there was Blackfish, there was Orca And alongside Orca the book 1977 was Orca the movie And a dreadful movie it was My main memory is of a whale fetus ejected from its mother s womb, landing on a ship deck, and squealing like a human baby It put the ick in flick As others have pointed out, the novel is superior.Jack Campbell, the main character, is an alcoholic who is hopelessly uninterested in anything life has to offer, barely keeping his father s charter boating business in Florida afloat His sister Annie s boyfriend finds a newspaper article about a 125K reward from the Japanese for the capture of a great white shark Campbell s crew, including surly Gus, head north in the Bumpo.While hunting fish, Campbell finally finds an activity that excites him He begins to step away from the bottle Ending up in Canadian waters, the Bumpo fails to capture a shark Netting an orca, the killer whale, is feasible Campbell and the Bumpo s crew gain the blessing from the leaders of South Harbor, a Newfoundland fishing village, to ship out on a whaling mission.During the expedition, a pregnant orca delivers a stillborn calf The orca father, dubbed Nickfin by a local Indian chief, blames Campbell That sets into motion a series of attacks against vessels, Campbell s loved ones, and South Harbor The Bumpo is damaged, and Campbell is stuck back in town awaiting repairs while the entire town turns on him.There he falls in love with Rachel, a whale expert who doesn t want Campbell to kill the orca He doesn t want to tangle with Nickfin either, since he knows how dangerous the whale is But the town becomes so antagonistic that Campbell has little choice but to ready for battle with the orca on the high seas.Campbell is a strong, engaging character The succession of events leading to the final battle is compelling The orca s attack scenes are gripping The fickleness of the villagers cheering on Jack at one point and trying to run him out on a rail later on is frustrating but true to life Overall, I liked the book People who like sea monster fiction like Jaws and Meg will find this to be a quick and entertaining read The audiobook was fun because of the sly narration by Mark Moseley I d give the novel three out of five stars.Why not a higher rating There s an odd theme in the book involving Campbell s bonding or soul connection with Nickfin Campbell perceives that the orca represents freedom That doesn t make sense since the whale seems as obsessed with revenge as Campbell does At other points, the orca represents Campbell s own demons perhaps his alcoholism or sense of worthlessness At times the connection borders on the paranormal with Campbell practically reading the whale s thoughts That element didn t work for me, and the final page or two made for a limp ending.

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    This book was a little corny, but Orca still has a fantastic element of adventure in its pages and is an interesting read.

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    I started and finished this in the same day THIS BOOK IS GARBAGE BUT THE KIND OF GARBAGE YOU CAN T GET ENOUGH OF You know it s awful, but god is it addicting I d equate this book to The Big Bang Theory, The Mindy Project, Hanna Montana, any Disney Channel movie from the 90 s 2005, and twilight You know it s terrible, you know the ending from page one, you know you ll be disappointed and ashamed, you wouldn t tell your friends you read it.But dear god is it addicting The only redeeming factor of it is that the book actually gets Orca s hunting patterns and habits correct It is surprisingly accurate.

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    What a wild and wacky yarn this is A novelization based on a terrible from all I hear, since I ve yet to watch it 70s movie, written by the guy who also penned The Swarm, a pulpy book about killer bees attacking, and often borrowing or blatantly ripping off predecessors from The Odyssey to Moby Dick to Jaws, there s no reason it should be as entertaining as it is.The plot is pretty straightforward Down on his luck Jack Campbell, inheritor of a Miami marina catering to tourists, is watching his business fail, not that he cares He s far concerned with his bottle of gin and the revolving door of local women who frequent his sheets He s a man lost, bent on self destruction, and the marina might as well go down too.His sister, Annie, co owner of Golden Sands Marina, is willing to fight for her father s legacy Her shiftless pothead boyfriend Paul has heard that the Japs his words, not mine are willing to pay 150,000 for anyone who can deliver a live great white shark at least 25 feet long Since Campbell loves the adventure of anything new made overt by his sexual conquests he decides to take a loan out on the business and head North Along with their father s old friend and surrogate dad Novak, the crew makes for the North Atlantic Coast.They wind up in a small fishing village in Newfoundland, where they nearly succeed in snagging a massive great white However, an even larger grampus snatches the prize fish, which leads Jack to speculate it too might fetch a nice price overseas In an attempt to catch one while calving, they inadvertently kill her, and her offspring is stillborn.Enter the husband daddy orca, hellbent on revenge From there, it s an old story Ahab vs Moby Dick, only this time the whale is arguably Ahab.Jack s character is well fleshed out However, other s characterizations are uneven It s difficult to follow some of the choices that love interest Rachel or the Indian, as he s called in true 70s fashion, Umilak make The love affair between Jack and Rachel comes after chapters of bickering, as if there were any suspense to the will they won t they vibe Suffice to say, Herzog has trouble with female characters With the exception of one top heavy widow in her 60s who is motherly, they serve as little than eye candy No joke just a few paragraphs in, we are told, Jack occasionally wondered not for long what his sister was like in bed Pacing is spectacular I devoured the book in just a few short hours Granted, much of that is due to lack of depth Nonetheless, one often finds entertainment value when wading in shallow water.Award winner it ain t It s highly unlikely to appear on a literature syllabus though if I ever get a chance to teach a studies in the novel course themed around humans vs nautical predators Again, were it not for my when animals attack research, I would have never picked this book up Still, that side of me in love with schlocky, pulpy, non intentionally humorous tales, was glad I did.

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    Il nucleo del libro non la lotta dell uomo contro la natura come nel Vecchio e il mare di Ernest Hemingway, ma come in Moby Dick di Herman Melville un animale, figlio della natura, caricato dall uomo di valore negativo, personificazione del male di una vita Pur risentendo con evidenza della lezione dei due maestri, il libro non raggiunge, n vi si avvicina alle vette dei romanzi citati Lo stile non ha guizzi o una personalit memorabile, i personaggi potevano essere meglio costruiti e i dialoghi sono spesso forzati, anche se credo che ci sia imputabile alla solita traduzione italiana che tende a edulcorare le espressioni colorite anche quando, trattando di pescatori e uomini del popolo, questa tendenza andrebbe evitata Tuttavia il romanzo non sgradevole, tutt altro ben costruito e piuttosto avvincente A me piaciuto e mi sono piaciute le interazioni fra i personaggi, anche se le situazioni, in alcuni momenti, erano descritte attraverso uno sguardo molto forse troppo cinematografico, quasi a voler suggerire l utilizzo del romanzo in tal senso come poi stato fatto.Al di l di tutte le considerazioni mi sentirei di consigliarlo.

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    I loved the book,was always a fan of the movie.The movie did it justice but the book is so much better.Man against Animal,who is the smarter species

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    This book follows the exploits of Jack Campbell, a washed up, womanizing middle aged marina owner in Florida, who drags along his younger sister, Annie, her boyfriend, Paul, and his deceased father s friend, Gus, on a misguided quest to capture and sell a killer whale They end up in a fishing village in Newfoundland, where they end up killing the progeny of Nickfin, a huge bull whale who, we discover later, has a history of exacting calculating revenge The outcome is about as disastrous as you might expect Any book of this kind invites inevitable comparisons to Jaws and Moby Dick This book is neither of those, although I wish it had been None of the humans in this story are remotely sympathetic Jack, our protagonist, is I think supposed to come across as a sort of devil may care guy s guy, but he s really just erratic and annoying As another reviewer put it, the characters motivations seem to change from page to page Nowhere is the story less believable than in the contrived romantic subplot between Jack and Rachel Bedford, a marine biologist from Cornell As Jack himself notes, in an unusual moment of clarity, Rachel is simply too good for him Yet when they touch, there is something between them That something is, of course, horniness, but Jack, who apparently had mindless sex with all of those other women just to let off steam, mistakes it for love So, indeed, does Bedford, whose has a Ph.D and an academic career back in the States but whose major hurdle in throwing herself at washed up Jack is a history of men telling her she is bad in bed This is a fear that Jack allays with haste, and in return this accomplished scientist improbably falls in love with him deeply enough to throw it all away for an obsessive quest to hunt down the whale I guess that getting women who are way out of your league to throw away everything because you are super good at sex is supposed to count as an adult relationship in guy s guy adventure stories Or something Wait, did you say obsessive quest Oh yes In accordance with what I shall call Melville s Law, Jack becomes obsessed with the whale and hunts it all the way to the North Pole Who could have seen that coming The whale is hilariously cunning and devious, managing to eat several characters and blow up a fuel depot before anyone can quite figure out what is going on Indeed, of all the characters in this novel, it is Nickfin the whale who is the most sympathetic, despite the fact that he has no language or inner life In the book s climactic scene, Jack looks into the great killer whale s amber eyes and realizes what we have already the whale, like just about everyone else in his life, is better than he is We don t know what the whale sees in this encounter, but the fact that he swims away and lets Jack live suggests to me that letting him continue to live as Jack Campbell is, in fact, his consummate act of revenge.

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    I expected little of this book I d already seen the film and, even though I like some of the actors, found it to be a pretty terrible motion picture Fortunately, Arthur Herzog makes this a meatier and convincing story, adding quite a lot of background deatil to all the characters and keeping things moving effectively, with good prose and decent pacing The main character Campbell renamed Nolan in the film, for some reason is particularly multi layered and believable The book does suffer from one of the main issues that plagued the film version, though that being the somewhat improbable, hard to swallow plot device of having a killer whale driven by revenge Yes, killer whales are amazingly intelligent Yes, they do hunt for revenge But the concept of a whale plotting and planning against a human adversary still doesn t ring very true The ending is also a bit of an anti climax and very different from the finale of the movie.Enjoyed the book in spite of its flaws though it s definitely better than another Herzog novel I waded through The Swarm.

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Orca summary pdf Orca, summary chapter 2 Orca, sparknotes Orca, Orca 63ec604 Orca The Killer Whale Is One Of The Most Intelligent Creatures In The Universe He Hunts In Packs, Like A Wolf Incredibly, He Is The Only Animal Other Than Man Who Kills For Revenge He Has One Mate, And If She Is Harmed By Man, He Will Hunt Down That Person With A Relentless, Terrible Vengeance Across Seas, Across Time, Across All Obstacles

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Orca
  • Arthur Herzog III
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 9780595275694

About the Author: Arthur Herzog III

Arthur Herzog III April 6, 1927 May 25, 2010 was an American novelist, non fiction writer, and journalist, well known for his works of science fiction and true crime books He was the son of songwriter Arthur Herzog, Jr..His novels The Swarm and Orca have been made into films His science fiction novel IQ 83 is being made into a film by Dreamworks.Herzog was also the author of non fiction book