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National bestseller Douglas Carlton Abrams delivers a captivating ecological thriller about a marine biologist whose fate is altered after the unexpected appearance of a humpback whale sends her on a race to discover the meaning of its mysterious song and its implications for human survival. In writing Eye of the Whale, Abrams worked closely with leading scientists to uncover the shockingly true facts on which it is based.
“It’s an eco-thriller,” he told us in a recent interview. “It’s about a marine biologist named Elizabeth who must risk everything to decipher the mysterious song of a trapped whale and its implications for human survival.”
When asked about his main character, Douglas says, “My main character, Elizabeth McKay, is a marine biologist who has spent her career trying to crack humpback whale communication, and in particular their song, the most complex in the animal world. When the song changes dramatically and suddenly, she must figure out why and what the meaning of the new sounds might be. She has to crack the code to save the whale and ultimately she discovers much more.”
Douglas’ last book, The Lost Diary of Don Juan, was a wonderful success, but was quite a change from his present book, Eye of the Whale – from historical fiction to ecological thriller. So why go from Don Juan to whales?
“I am interested in stories that explore the fault lines of human life,” he explains, “the questions that reveal our human nature and the world we live in. I start out every novel with a question, not an answer.
“One day, the question behind Eye of the Whale came to me as I was sitting by the fire reading my twin daughters a children’s story about a trapped whale, just after another whale had swum up the Thames. A scientist friend was visiting and started telling me some astonishing facts about new environmental dangers to our children’s and other animals’ health. I asked myself: what if these events were connected? What if whales and humans were threatened by the same dangers? I knew that the answer to this question would result in a thrilling and important story. I had no idea when I started quite how thrilling and important the story I discovered would be.