Monday 18 May 2015

White Shark by Peter Benchley

White SharkWhite Shark by Peter Benchley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 340

Publisher - St. Martin's Press

Blurb from Goodreads

At a small marine institute off the coast of Connecticut, only marine biologist Simon Chase realizes that a sixteen-foot pregnant Great White is feeding in the area. But even Simon doesn't know that a far deadlier creature is about to come out of the deep and threaten everything he cares for. A creature whose malevolence is unthinkable. Whose need to feed is insatiable. And whose relentless hunt for prey is unstoppable.

Twenty years after his huge bestseller Jaws, the master of the deep has done it again, letting loose a chilling new predator that only he could create. Drawing on his singular knowledge of the sea, science, and history, Peter Benchley masterfully spins a suspense-filled novel that hits you on a primal level, makes your heart pound, and leaves your blood running cold.

White Shark is Peter Benchley at his best. Read it at your own risk.

My Review

I read Jaws years ago and love love love the movie so when I discovered this I had to get a copy. Simon Chase is a marine biologist tracking sixteen foot pregnant great white, he studies her behaviors and travel patterns. A new predator is in the waters, one that was created to perfection and will destroy anything in its path. A creation, perfected by the Germans to use in a war that ended years ago and now this beast has free reign to feed and kill.

The title of the book, I felt was a little misleading, once you have read the tale you may disagree and think it was cleverly and aptly named however thats just a small gripe of mine. The story and kills kick off really quick and your drawn into a tale of horror and fear as a predator we have never encountered is loose and on the hunt in our waters!

Really well done, I would read more by this author, I still feel Jaws will always be my favorite but Benchley creates an eerie spine chilling tale that makes you want to read on and keep your feet out of the water, 3/5 for me this time.

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  1. I have never read Benchley but I have of course seen jaws and other films based on his works.

    In terms of suspense writers I have heard that he was phenomenal. I had also heard that he had some regrets about writing Jaws as it led to people to kill sharks.

  2. Not a fan of water to begin with this might prove too menacing. Then again, I survived Jaws (the films) so who is to say I won't enjoy this.

  3. I read that too Brian, I think humans would have went there anyway when you look at the mindless slaughter of so many beautiful animals. I love sharks but wouldn't get into the water with them lol.

    Aw Tracy I feel you, I am very reluctant to even go to ankle length paddling when abroad!



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