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Beast by Peter Benchley

Beast (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Peter Benchley

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"Makes the shark from "Jaws" look like a pet goldfish . . ." USA Weekend Straight from the cutting edge of science and the logs of ancient mariners comes an immense horror -- a creature that rises up from the well of an ocean gone mad with an insatiable hunger and an endless lust to kill. One man leads a harrowing struggle to defeat the beast amid a threatened Bermuda paradise. His name is Whip Darling, a down-and-out sea dog who doesn't know where he'll get his next meal -- or whether it will get him first. From the Paperback edition.… (more)
Authors:Peter Benchley
Info:Arrow Books Ltd (1992), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 368 pages
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Beast by Peter Benchley (1991)

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    Jaws by Peter Benchley (FFortuna)
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    The Swarm by Frank Schätzing (Bridgey)
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This book was at best mediocre. Not very good. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes Architeuthis , a giant squid, the eponymous beast of Benchley's latest tale. At an estimated length of anywhere from 30 to 90 feet and armed with two predatory tentacles, a huge, snapping beak and eight writhing arms, each lined with razor-sharp hooks; the giant squid has been wreaking havoc off the coast of Bermuda. By the time the protagonists--Bermuda native Whip Darling and... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
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  gilsbooks | May 20, 2011 |
Have read several of Benchleys novels and have never been disappointed... With this in mind I got hold of Beast.

Firstly I'll say that this book has been awarded 5 stars and deserves an extra one as well. The main basis of the book is that man has overfished the seas around Bermuda and upset the balance of nature. A giant squid has therefore come to be found in the seas and boy is it hungry.... It is left to local sailor, Whip Darling to unwillingly oversee it's destruction

For the novel Benchley has created numerous strong willed characters such as a vengeful father, a self important Doctor, a sea loving Fisherman, a proud navy captain and a sea expert looking to fulfill his lifes ambition. This mixture really helps to carry off the larger than life plot, and believe me there are more than enough twists to keep you gasping along (including the ending)....

During the book Benchley even manages to have an inside grin at the success of Jaws and makes a comparison in public reaction to a film and the 'real life' depicted in the novel.

The chapters written from the Beasts point of view are amazing and really add so much to the atmosphere that Benchley seems to so easily create.

Rarely do I come across an author that has such a depth of knowledge of his subject matter. The book, as with most of his others, is filled with an encyclopedia of facts and figures of marine life. You can really tell how much he cares for the sea and his passion is infectious.

If you are not familiar with Benchley, put him on your 'to do' list for this year. And if your looking for somewhere to start, Beast is a great place. ( )
  Bridgey | Jan 22, 2011 |
I like the omnisient POV when speaking of thge beast and its movements in the deep. I wonder if the whole book could have been done like that. Such a POV is what creates the fear and it might be even more fearful if the POV was moved to the beast itself. ( )
  andyray | Jul 7, 2009 |
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At the center of this story is Whip Darling, a recognized expert on the deep, and a man who now has to struggle to make a living in the fished-out waters around Bermuda. Suddenly Whip finds himself confronted with a bizarre series of events. He discovers an empty life raft, with no signs of struggle aboard except some strange scratch marks. A boat seems to explode, inexplicably, within sight of the shore. A woman, looking through a telescope for whales, claims to have seen a monster.
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