advance praise for Poyer’s new book


David Poyer is at it again with a new book sure to thrill and entertain. The Whiteness of the Whale is available for pre-order now and has received some wonderful advance praise that should motivate readers to get in line for a hot-off-the-press copy.

Publishers Weekly posted this review of David Poyer’s forthcoming novel, The Whiteness of the Whale. In what PW calls “a riveting modern-day tale of high-seas Antarctic adventure,” the review goes on to praise the book, saying: “Poyer’s intense, fast-paced prose creates palpable suspense….”

Kirkus Reviews also had great stuff to say about The Whiteness of the Whale: “Poyer’s thriller takes fans on a frightening ride that will have them reaching for their Dramamine…. Poyer spent a great deal of his life on the ocean, and it shows. This is a fine thriller.”  Read the full review here.

Library Journal said Poyer’s intricate experience on the subject matter “should be rousing good fun for thriller fans.”

And, the Feb 15 issue of Booklist has this to say: “It’s the crew members who propel the story, the author exploring their hidden pasts, their personal agendas, and the relationships that spring up among them. Some readers might feel Poyer goes a bit far—the book takes a very dark turn about two-thirds of the way through that might stretch credibility a little—but the story is undeniably powerful.”  Find more here.


The Whiteness of the Whale

David Poyer

St. Martin’s Press

$26.99 (336p)

ISBN 978-1-2500-2056-7

Available April 2013

Pre-order on amazon

Media & Review Copies: Contact Joseph Rinaldi from the St. Martin’s publicity department.



Book Description

An antiwhaling expedition to the freezing Antarctic takes a violent turn in this powerful novel from bestselling author and sailor David Poyer.

After a tragic accident maims her laboratory assistant, Dr. Sara Pollard’s career as a primate behaviorist lies in ruins. With nothing left to lose, Pollard – descendant of a Nantucket captain whose ship was sunk by a rogue whale – accepts an offer to join anti-whaling activists on a round-the-world racing yacht as the resident scientist. The plan is to sail from Argentina to the stormy Antarctic Sea.  There they’ll shadow, harass, and expose the Japanese fleet, which continues to kill and process endangered whales in internationally-declared sanctuaries.

But everyone aboard Black Anemone has a secret, or something to live down.  Her crew—including a beautiful but narcissistic film celebrity, an Afghan War veteran in search of the buzz of combat, and an enigmatic, obsessive captain—will confront hostile whalers, brutal weather, dangerous ice, near-mutiny, and romantic conflict.  But no one aboard is prepared for what Nature herself has in store . . . when they’re targeted by a massive creature with a murderous agenda of its own.

Filled with violence, beauty, and magical evocations of life in the most remote waters on Earth, The Whiteness of the Whale is a powerful adventure by a master novelist.


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