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The Whale Song Translation: Maui's Brainy Humpbacks Battle The Threat of Navy Sonar

The Whale Song Translation: Maui's Brainy Humpbacks Battle The Threat of Navy Sonar [Kindle Edition]

Howard Steven Pines

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Excerpt from "The Whale Song Translation":

“What’s wrong?” said Andrew. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
Seema raised an arm in slow motion, like a mime, and pointed at the monitor. As the whale squealed through the speakers, the Speakeasy translated its vocalizations into familiar shapes, embedded in a very unfamiliar setting.
“If you’re seeing what I’m seeing,” Andrew gulped, “please tell me I’m not crazy.”

In the spirit of "War of the Whales," Carl Sagan’s "Contact" and Stephen Spielberg’s "Close Encounters," speech scientist Howard Steven Pines’ science and fiction thriller takes whale language research to a whole new realm: the excitement of first contact and the recognition of the intelligence, dignity, and wisdom of another earthly species.

When the Navy’s controversial sonar experiments begin to destroy Maui’s whales, an unlikely hero holds the key to their preservation. Inspired by his mentor’s paradigm-busting challenge to open a communications channel with other big-brained species, acoustics professor David Dmitri begins analyzing the songs of humpback whales. The quest to decode their mysterious language leads him to an astonishing revelation. With more proof, Dmitri realizes he could rally public opinion and stanch the bloodshed. But as his team prepares to launch a voyage of discovery in the Straits of Lahaina, others are determined to stop him—whatever the consequences.

Built on fascinating, cutting-edge science, Part I of The Torch of Prometheus trilogy delivers thought-provoking “breakthroughs” about language and intelligence in the realm of earth’s other big-brained beings, and explores the intertwined existential crises of humans and whales.

"The Whale Song Translation" . . . A visionary tale of marine mammal protectionism . . . A voyage of discovery, to Neptune and beyond.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Pacific Reefs Publishing (4 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO8JQA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #640,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but not my style 28 Mar 2014
By Geeky guy - Published on
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I like the premise, I like the characters, I like the plot. The story could make for an interesting movie. But the writing style is way too descriptive for me. This is not a person who follows Strunk and White. I have to say, though, that the author does talk about his helpful editors, who helped him _reduce_ the level of descriptiveness. So he was aware of his tendency, and, to his credit, did something about it, but it just wasn't enough for me. I find it interesting that so many of the other reviewers don't mind this. At least one other reviewer has the same problem though. Which camp will you fall into? Read a sample and decide before you buy.

3/29/14 Fixed typo. Guess I need an editor :)
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Whale of a Tale. 11 Dec 2013
By Nicholas Young - Published on
This book is a story of the triumphs and travails that accompany the thought-provoking scientific and communication breakthroughs in understanding the language of humpback whales off the coast of Maui. At the same time, it raises awareness of the fact that many whales and dolphins are being harmed by offshore Navy sonar testing annually, a phenomenon reflected in the cover art.

One of the strengths of this book is the character development. One of the protagonists, Dmitri, is rather gung-ho and anxious with respect to the whales, owing to the fact that he's an acoustics professor. Greg, his good friend and colleague, is comparatively easygoing and lighthearted. Together, the two characters' personalities complement each other nicely, particularly in the first half of the book.

The supporting characters are unique without stealing too much from the plot. Throw in a potential love interest and the threat of forces conspiring to prevent the protagonists from attaining their goal, and this book makes for an entertaining read.

That being said, at times, the text can feel like paragraphs from a textbook, especially if the reader, like myself, is not too familiar with linguistics. While this is not inherently a bad thing, I did struggle to read through a few portions of the book, but I learned something unique about the principles that shaped the evolution of language.

The author has done a great job of crafting a story that brings the relationship between humans and humpbacks to the forefront. I can't wait to read what happens next to Greg and Dmitri!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story 7 April 2014
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A very fun read, with the story taking precedence over character development. The author developed an intriguing thesis, then used enough scientific background to make the story appear plausible. The plot is drawn right from current headlines and is appealing from an ecological standpoint as well as from an animal behavior slant. I very much enjoyed and look forward to futures tales from this author. The reason it didn't get 5 stars is that some of the character interaction was a bit stilted and occasionally irritating. The bad guys twirled their mustaches perhaps a bit much and made their actions a bit predictable. The good storytelling overcame that minor objection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, What a Story! 7 April 2014
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The Whale Song Translation was a well written great story. It's only drawback was much of the text was so technical that it was not understandable to the non-communications engineer. I truly enjoy the book but was dumbfounded by its complexity?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an incredible movie this will make ! 19 Mar 2014
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The discoveries are amazing , a real adventure. The descriptions painted by the author took me there to Maui , my favorite place in the world . Although I could not fully understand some of the dialogue between the characters , they are the real deal . A team of scientists capable of making discoveries that will change the course of mankind, and at the same time , down to earth , enjoying and respecting the wonders of our planet . I could both relate to them and respect their gifted intellect far beyond my understanding. The novel is science fiction now but could be fact in the future . I have always been in awe of whales and dolphins. This novel has taken my understanding and amazement of Cetaceans to a higher place. This author has not just written a novel to entertain us . He has written this with purpose and passion . He is not just a writer but a scientist himself , a champion for the planet , setting out to discover a bridge of communication between ourselves and the rest of the animal kingdom. While pondering the existence of other forms of higher intelligence out in space, we have missed the mark. Get ready, put on your scuba gear and dive into the crystal blue waters of Maui to ask the question , "take me to your leader ". I will anxiously await The Whale Song Translation coming to the big screen !
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