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Book Review: Hunting the Hunters

By Val Ellis last modified Jan 09, 2014 12:15 PM
At war with the whalers.

Published: 2014-01-09 00:00:00
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Book Review: Hunting the Hunters

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Hunting the Hunters
By:Laurens de Groot
Published by Adlard Coles (1st Edn Jan 2014)
ISBN 9781472903648

Laurens de Groot gave up his career as a high ranking detective with the Dutch police to risk his life with Sea Shepherd protecting whales. His new book is a timely and gripping account of one man’s extraordinary life, as well as an ongoing battle against a powerful nation determined to get its way no matter the cost.

Laurens leaves his job, sells up, travels to Australia and joins Sea Shepherd, an international organization protecting marine wildlife. He soon finds himself in the middle of the war against the Japanese whaling fleet operating in the Antarctic whale sanctuary. As the Japanese hunt whales, Laurens and the Sea Shepherd crews hunt them. Their boats are tiny for the wild Southern Ocean, and as well as dealing with the extreme weather they are repeatedly attacked by the Japanese crews and nearly shipwrecked by ice. On one mission, their boat is rammed, cut in two and sunk by a whaling ship. This is war, with no quarter given.

Hunting the Hunters is an action-packed and timely account of one man’s extraordinary life, as well as an ongoing battle against a powerful nation determined to get its way no matter the cost. It’s an important subject, one that a lot of people care about, and as Laurens tells the story in his own words this is a compelling and insightful book.

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