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San Juan Island Update: “I particularly enjoyed this book… It reads like a novel”

In Death at SeaWorld, Kirby tells the spellbinding story of the two-decade fight against PR-savvy SeaWorld and the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. Kirby puts that horrifying animal-on-human attack in context. Kirby supplies scientific arguments against keeping … Continue reading

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Praise for ‘Death at SeaWorld’ Continues

“Kirby makes a passionate case for captivity as the reason orcas become killers (and) tells the story like a thriller. His argument is, for the most part, fair and persuasive… We probably can’t free the orcas in captivity today, but … Continue reading

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Digital Journal Review

Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity is the latest book written by investigative journalist David Kirby. Scheduled for release by St. Martin’s Press on July 17, 2012, this non-fiction thriller dives into the … Continue reading

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Booklist Review

“HARD TO PUT DOWN” The controversial topic of orcas (killer whales) in captivity is thoroughly examined in a gripping inspection of the biggest keeper of killer whales, SeaWorld. Opening with the tragic story of a female trainer killed by a … Continue reading

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Barnes and Noble Review

“A REAL-LIFE SCIENTIFIC THRILLER” In February 2010, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau died after being pulled underwater between the teeth of Tilikum, a 29-year-old, 12,000-pound killer whale. The thrashing drowning death of this veteran trainer made headlines around the globe, but … Continue reading

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Publishers Weekly Review

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “ANOTHER PASSIONATE INDUSTRY EXPOSE” Journalist Kirby offers another passionate industry exposé (after 2005’s Evidence of Harm), focusing on SeaWorld Orlando’s popular orca display and its costs in happiness and safety for both the animals and the humans who … Continue reading

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Reader reviews at GOODREADS.COM!

Readers weigh in on “Death at SeaWorld” at this popular book review site. Please check out all the reviews at Goodreads.com, and leave one yourself! Below are some selected reviews: Kristen Hannum‘s review -Jul 03, 12 I didn’t expect to … Continue reading

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iBookstore Calls DASW “One of the summer’s most anticipated releases”

Apple’s iBookstore is now carrying Death at SeaWorld, which it called “One of the summer’s most anticipated releases”! Order iBook here.

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Early Praise for Death at SeaWorld

“A gripping investigation… Hard to put down.” Booklist (***Starred Review) One of the “great books” of the summer – The Columbus Dispatch #1 Readers Poll Choice for Summer Books – Wall Street Journal Online “A masterful work.” –Seattle Post Intelligencer … Continue reading

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