- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1088 KB
- Print Length: 602 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074KHLF4P
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #322,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wendall's Lullaby is interesting and I did enjoy it. However, there are a few things that make the story a bit hard to read. The story jumps from one location to another very quickly and you must keep accurate track of where you are. Characters are described in detail, but if the character remembers something, even slightly, then the story dives deep into a back story that seems to go on for a long time.
Overall, Wendall's Lullaby is a story in which you will understand how people work in tragedies and learn something about the science and emotional impacts that dolphins can have on people.
First and foremost, the story was quite captivating. The dolphins and the race against time to save as many as possible are certainly center stage. But the variety of characters and settings made for an even greater reading ride. Kip's ability to intertwine such diversity is a notable feat. Characters spanning the spectrum in terms of age, vocations, life experiences, values, & personalities and settings that take the reader around the globe. All brought together by a species, thought by some, to be beyond human intelligence. Very fascinating indeed.
I was thoroughly impressed with the level of detail regarding such a wide scope of working environments ranging from environmental arenas to the intricacies of the U.S. military; from private resort sanctuaries to the latest in technological development. The research required for such detail must have been immense and to weave it all together with such genuine flow certainly demanded tremendous effort and skill.
Beyond the story, however, the pleasure of the read may have been amplified by the fact that I have somewhat followed Kip's progress for years. Meeting him for the first time in 2004 in a work environment far from the world of artistic creations, I distinctly remember learning of the fact that he was a writer. I dare say that every time I saw him (at least once a year) from that point on, I inquired about his novel. It's hard to express with words how absolutely thrilled I was when I learned, barely a month ago, that the entire thing, including the printed versions, was completed. As I held his book in my hand just days later it felt as if I had traveled along with him on the journey towards this amazing accomplishment and beautiful creation.
Finally, arguably, two of the best indicators of a great story - time it takes to read & effect on one's dreams. It took only 4 days to complete this near 700-page book as I found myself pulling it out in every free moment. And my dreams ... suffice to say that during those 4 days, I awoke each morning feeling as if I had been transplanted during the night to the world of the water. It was if the dolphins had permeated my consciousness, in the best of ways. I don't know that a story has ever had quite that effect on me and I believe it speaks to the power of the animal about which Kip writes.
I am so happy for Kip and I honestly cannot wait for the sequel and any other writings that he produces. I recommend 'Wendall's Lullaby' to anyone up for an adventure of many different individual worlds - both human and animal - coming together in a way that goes well beyond the fiction. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
There is a full cast of characters, and the main characters, especially the women, are engaging and well-drawn. Military, scientists, forensic doctors, students, health care workers and volunteers, and their approaches to the problem offer a look at how different disciplines see and influence our effect on the earth and its inhabitants. A boy’s observation is a clue in the mystery.
The novel is full of factual info. on the important topic of how our technology can impact other species and our environment. The topic has been well thought out and researched by the author. The book deserves to be read for this reason alone.
However, I really liked the characters, caring human beings trying to do their jobs. The author and I want to tell them to listen more to each other, respect all life, and realize that not all that well-meaning humans create is good, so tread cautiously.
I read the kindle version. The paperback version has somewhat larger that usual print.