The Whale Warriors

  • by Peter Heller
  • Narrated by James Boles
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of The Perfect Storm, The Whale Warriors takes us on a hair-raising journey aboard a whale-saving pirate ship with a vigilante crew whose mission is to stop illegal Japanese whaling in the stormy remote seas off Antarctica.For two months, journalist Peter Heller rode aboard the vegan pirate ship Farley Mowat as it stalked its prey, a Japanese whaling fleet, through the storms and ice of Antarctica. The ship is black, flies under a jolly roger, and carries members of the Sea Shepherd Society, a radical environmental group who are willing to die to stop illegal whale hunting. The Sea Shepherd ship, led by the charismatic Captain Paul Watson, a modern-day anti-Ahab, takes extreme risks in defense of whales and ratchets up the stakes. The ship is almost sunk twice, once in a force gale. Heller re-creates a nail-biting showdown when Watson and the crew attempt to ram an enormous Japanese whaling ship on the high seas, trying to tear open its hull with a steel blade called a "can opener". The crews on board both ships know that there will be no assistance in this desolate part of the ocean. In 35-foot seas, it is a deadly game of Antarctic chicken and a fast-paced, rollicking adventure in which the stakes cannot be higher.


What the Critics Say

"A convincing, passionate account that both educates and infuriates." (Kirkus)
"A lot of nail-biting action, plus good information." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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A book everyone needs to read!

I thought I knew something about ecology and whaling until I read this book. I didn't. I had no idea of how brutal whaling is and how much we've already damaged the oceans. But the author lays it out clearly. "Gripping" is kind of overused, but it's the word that comes to mind when I try to described this book. After finishing it, I looked up the Sea Shepherd web site and became a supporter. I hope other people will enjoy this book and perhaps also become supporters of Captain Watson's organization.
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- Eric Taylor


Heller recorded his impressions during a trip on the Farley Mowat. It's a sympathetic but not uncritical view of Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd. You get a much better idea of them than from the TV series. Very well read.
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- Eric

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio