Harper Collins/William Morrow
Reviewed: Uncorrected Proof (Hardcover)
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Beverly J. Rowe
In his catamaran, Oona, David Hope
offers charters to scuba-diving tourists. At the beginning of this
story, he is rushing back to Tortola in the Leewards when he has
a confrontation with a nuclear sub, then spots a dolphin as large
as a killer whale.
Arriving back in Tortola, Hope is
disappointed to discover that his charter, which was to provide
the money for long-overdue boat repairs, has been canceled. Sally
Moffitt, an underwater filmmaker, wants to film the breeding habits
of short-snouted spinner dolphins and charters his boat. They just
get out to sea when they encounter the giant dolphin that David
had seen earlier. After the sighting, they are invited aboard a
huge sailing vessel owned by a wealthy naturalist, Bill Tree, who
is doing research on dolphins. While they're aboard, Tree has their
catamaran bugged so he can eavesdrop on Hope and Moffitt.
Intrigued by the giant sea mammal,
Hope and Moffitt follow it north, trailed by Tree in his sailing
vessel. The dolphin is actually a genetically-engineered mammal,
a cross between a killer whale and a dolphin, dubbed a "killphin"
by the Tree scientists, and programmed for a mission of doom: to
destroy nuclear subs which are holding a rendezvous in the North
Paul Garrison is a one of the foremost
authors of high sea adventures. Think Bernard Cornwell with shades
of Clive Cussler, featuring desperate villains, electrifying chase
scenes, and technology pushed to the edge. I have become a serious
Garrison fan, and am eager to read his earlier books Buried
at Sea and Red Sky at Morning.