The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ishmael has risked everything to travel in stasis to work on another planet. Although he is not used to the fresh air and the leagues of ocean, he is willing to work hard hunting the beasts of the oceans in order to send money back to his foster parents and hopefully earn enough for them to leave Earth before the planet is completely dead. The beasts in the waters are everywhere, but the captain of the ship continually tells the crew to ignore them in order to chase a monster few have seen and lived to tell about it. Ahab has seen this monster and will stop at nothing to capture it and achieve revenge for the leg he lost to the beast.
The Beast of Cretacea is re-telling of Moby Dick that takes place on another world in a future time. Although the original story would be considered a realistic fiction tale, this account is more on par with science fiction. With that said, those who enjoy adventure stories will be able to lose themselves in this re-telling. Strasser’s version will entertain readers and also peak their interest in the original saga as well as the many non-fiction books available about the original Whale Ship Essex.
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