Date Published: March, 4th, 2014
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.
Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach.
Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet.
As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.
One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary.
The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?
I went into this book thinking that it was going to be an epic tale similar to movies like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Huge calamities happening all around the world and no one knows why. Well, the first couple instances happen right at the beginning of the book….such as the dead birds falling from the sky, huge animals beaching themselves, and all the dead fish. Jamie gains a deep connection with the whales that die on the beach in New Zealand, so much so that she decides to start getting the word out and starting a foundation. She gets roped into helping USOIL CEO Mat and she gets more that she ever expected from the voyage.
The book really takes off when Jamie gets onto the USOIL ship. The men, the ocean, the dynamic is all incredible! Immediately you love Captain Jim and his loyal dog, Fin. The Captain likes strong-minded individuals with a backbone and that is most definitely what Jamie is. The three of them together are some of my favorite scenes. For being a strong and confident women Jamie is also full of great emotion. Being a psychic she has a deeper connection to earth and its inhabitants. She has a beautiful ability to hear the voice less and that is how she becomes The Emissary.
We are given, excitement, mystery, deception, beautiful moments, and great sadness. Towards the end the story does hint at extraterrestrial beings and that fact that we are not alone….but I found the story to be more about gaining a deeper connection and being more conscious to the effect we have on the things around us. It is fore sure an enlightening tale that leaves you a tad sad but feeling that you witnesses something magical.
My Rating: 4 Bookshelves