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The Island

The Island Two men and a boy on the boat they charter to game fishermen are lazing away the hottest hours of a Caribbean day when they notice a cameo which appears to be adrift They manoeuvre it alongside thei

  • Title: The Island
  • Author: Peter Benchley
  • ISBN: 9780233970967
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two men and a boy, on the boat they charter to game fishermen, are lazing away the hottest hours of a Caribbean day when they notice a cameo which appears to be adrift They manoeuvre it alongside their boat, one of the men reaches to pull back the tarpaulin which conceals whatever it contains and the reader receives a jolting shock which reminds him of those famous firsTwo men and a boy, on the boat they charter to game fishermen, are lazing away the hottest hours of a Caribbean day when they notice a cameo which appears to be adrift They manoeuvre it alongside their boat, one of the men reaches to pull back the tarpaulin which conceals whatever it contains and the reader receives a jolting shock which reminds him of those famous first pages of Jaws.Thus starts one of the many mysterious marine incidents which, over the years, have been explained this way or that, and which in one small area of the Caribbean have given rise to a terrified silence New York journalist Blair Maynard is intrigued by the variety of the explanations, but it is not until he reaches the place where silence reigns, and can see the silhouette of the island at its centre, that he begins to suspect that he is on to something truly extraordinary.He lands on that island the strangest island in all the West Indies, indeed in the modern world and the adventures he undergoes on it would seem incredible were they not tied in with possibility by a brilliant use of historical fact The events Maynard is investigating become increasingly fascinating with every perilous discovery he makes Peter Benchley is justly celebrated for his ability to keep any reader on the edge of his chair from first to last, and this time he exercises his precious gift on a story which is both the strangest and the best he has yet

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    1. Peter Benchley says:
      Peter Bradford Benchley was an American author best known for writing the novel Jaws and co writing the screenplay for its highly successful film adaptation The success of the book led to many publishers commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening communities The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg and co written by Benchley is generally acknowledged as the first summer blockbuster Benchley also wrote The Deep and The Island which were also adapted into films.Benchley was from a literary family He was the son of author Nathaniel Benchley and grandson of Algonquin Round Table founder Robert Benchley His younger brother, Nat Benchley, is a writer and actor Peter Benchley was an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University.After graduating from college, he worked for The Washington Post, then as an editor at Newsweek and a speechwriter in the White House He developed the idea of a man eating shark terrorising a community after reading of a fisherman Frank Mundus catching a 4,550 pound great white shark off the coast of Long Island in 1964 He also drew some material from the tragic Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916.His reasonably successful second novel, The Deep, is about a honeymooning couple discovering two sunken treasures on the Bermuda reefs 17th century Spanish gold and a fortune in World War Two era morphine who are subsequently targeted by a drug syndicate This 1976 novel is based on Benchley s chance meeting in Bermuda with diver Teddy Tucker while writing a story for National Geographic Benchley co wrote the screenplay for the 1977 film release, along with Tracy Keenan Wynn and an uncredited Tom Mankiewicz Directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset, The Deep was the second highest grossing release of 1977 after Star Wars, although its box office tally fell well short of Jaws.The Island, published in 1979, was a story of descendants of 17th century pirates who terrorize pleasure craft in the Caribbean, leading to the Bermuda Triangle mystery Benchley again wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation But the movie version of The Island, starring Michael Caine and David Warner, failed at the box office when released in 1980.During the 1980s, Benchley wrote three novels that did not sell as well as his previous works However, Girl of the Sea of Cortez, a beguiling John Steinbeck type fable about man s complicated relationship with the sea, was far and away his best reviewed book and has attracted a considerable cult following since its publication Sea of Cortez signposted Benchley s growing interest in ecological issues and anticipated his future role as an impassioned and intelligent defender of the importance of redressing the current imbalance between human activities and the marine environment Q Clearance published in 1986 was written from his experience as a staffer in the Johnson White House Rummies aka Lush , which appeared in 1989, is a semi autobiographical work, loosely inspired by the Benchley family s history of alcohol abuse While the first half of the novel is a relatively straightforward and harrowing account of a suburbanite s descent into alcoholic hell, the second part which takes place at a New Mexico substance abuse clinic veers off into wildly improbable thriller type territory.He returned to nautical themes in 1991 s Beast written about a giant squid threatening Bermuda Beast was brought to the small screen as a made for TV movie in 1996, under the slightly altered title The Beast His next novel, White Shark, was published in 1994 The story of a Nazi created genetically engineered shark human hybrid failed to achieve popular or critical success with Christopher Lehmann Haupt of the New York Times saying it looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger than any fish Peter Benchley Contemporary Authors Onl

    Comment 521 on “The Island

    1. Supratim says:
      POTBOILER The best word to describe the book.I come across the book in a second hand book store and the name of the writer Peter Benchley, the man who wrote Jaws, made me buy this novel.The story starts with a mysterious man killing people in a boat Of course, the killing continues the bodies keep piling as the blurbs of pulp fiction thrillers like to proclaim.Now enters Blair Maynard, a writer for a newsweekly He is a clich d character in many respects wife left him with their only son, he suff [...]

    2. Adam Howe says:
      Benchley s maritime thrillers haven t dated well, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one The premise is batshit crazy a magazine reporter takes his young son to the Bahamas to investigate a spate of disappearing boats only to be abducted by the descendents of 17th century pirates Entertaining though it was, I couldn t help wondering what a writer like Ketchum or King might ve done with it You might ve seen the film adaptation Michael Caine as the reporter raking down pirates with an Uzi [...]

    3. Mike says:
      MUCH better than Jaws, but still filled with high school fantasy sex scenes The sexuality is much easier to ahem swallow in this novel, as it fits a little bit better with the concept as a whole Pirates, baby, who are still living as if it was the 18th century, marauding away until they finally bite off than their toothless maws can chew.Skip Jaws for the movie, but definitely read this one.


    4. Stephen says:
      I liked this crazy little half forgotten book by Benchley Modern day pirates descended from the originals, still clinging to their strange ideals of testing strength through battle at a moments notice Reminded me of a biker gang These scurvy sailors hide in the dark corners of paradise where tourists do not trek exactly where that would be today, I have no idea , and occasionally these sea dogs steal a little ship, kill the adult occupants, plunder its booty, and keep the kids to replenish their [...]

    5. Don says:
      It s like the author just up and ended the book I mean like right in the middle of the action just wraps up, and I use the term wraps up very loosely here, the book in one page answering none of the questions or finishing any of the story lines.

    6. Gale Bailey says:
      Terrible Until this book, I had always enjoyed Benchley, but not this one Too much needless violence, and the ending leaves you hanging Unless you like books about buccanneers, I cannot reccomend this book.

    7. Edward Diesel says:
      Enjoyable romp This is pretty much a sea going version of what in the film world is known as a backwoods brutality story Instead of inbred hillbilly cannibals it features pirates tormenting the representatives of civilized society.

    8. Cameron Roubique says:
      Finally finished The Island Probably my least favorite of the 5 Peter Benchley maritime thrillers I think the main problem with the Island is that you don t really feel much for any of the characters Whenhe modern day pirates finally show up, they are so soulless and brutal that I wanted to hurry through the rest of the book and be done with them I guess they were realistic pirates than say your Disney Jack Sparrow type pirates, but realistic doesn t necessarily mean interesting or entertaini [...]

    9. Kara Jorges says:
      Maynard is a frustrated journalist who gave up on writing anything important and settled into his life as a magazine writer, churning out assignments but enjoying some freelance work One day, he stumbles across an amazing statistic boats are disappearing in the Caicos Islands area of the Caribbean at a steady rate in numbers too high not to beg for an explanation His editor, though not as excited about it as Maynard, gives him enough encouragement for Maynard to impulsively take a trip, dragging [...]

    10. Brandon says:
      I ve read plenty of books where they ve found dinosaurs, dragons, samurai, and even medieval knights, but here we have the lost tribe of bonifide golden aged style pirates from the Spanish Main Gotta love a good pirate story, especially when you can throw in a deck mounted.50 caliber machine gun.I will also say, the plot itself worked out a bit different than I was anticipating going into the book In doing so, Benchley gave a vivid look into the inner workings of their little timeless pirate com [...]

    11. Barron Leland says:
      Although this book seemed outrageously unlikely in a few spots it nevertheless was a rollicking good concept and tale I give this book an additional star from 3 to 4 because I like the dust jacket art work that the hard cover first edition has This book was released in 1979 so, it is also a nice trip back in time for me, having grown up in the 70 s I may read this book again in the future, as I am a big Benchley fan.

    12. Lew Wagerly says:
      Part lord of the flies, part pirates of the Caribbean written by the genius behind jaws I wont say much than that Theres also a movie i guess but i myself hAve not seen it, could be good since while reading this i kept thinking to myself how well this would translate into film.


    13. Samantha Greenya says:
      5 solely as a thriller, 1 as a story told.While Benchley s ability to capture the reader s attention and keep him thirsting, wondering what will come next, his story telling abilities are lacking It seems as if the book s only purpose is to provide ephemeral entertainment, not to tell an actual story.The reader is interested in supporting characters such as Whitey and Windsor than the flat, uninteresting excuses for main characters The central problem of the story is delved into way too quickly [...]

    14. Jonathan Forisha says:
      I love pirates, so I was pretty pumped for this one It starts out strong and Benchley s great with dialogue so things flowed pretty well, but then for some reason our protagonist is hopping a plane to Miami with his son, and then they re buying a gun before they board progressively sketchier means of transportation to get to some island he hasn t even heard of before.Why the gun when he didn t feel he had anything to worry about yet Why bring his son Why not stop and think about anything So then [...]

    15. David Merrill says:
      I have to admit, I enjoyed this book a lot than I expected to I was pretty much in the mood for something like this when I picked it up, a fast moving thriller I was expecting to give it 4 stars through most of it, but as I got to the end, it fell off the rails this book was in desperate need of a different ending There will be spoilers past this point in my review, in case you want to stop here I think it was at the point where Manuel helps Maynard and Justin escape things become impossible Th [...]

    16. Lesley says:
      Peter Benchley has a great deal of knowledge about the high seas and the dangers that sailors encounter He weaves this knowledge seamlessly into this story of a young boy and his father as they go on an adventure to find out why than 600 ships had disappeared over the past year an actual fact that had lead him to the idea of this book I felt I learned a few things from this book and I was entertained along the way I d say that s a pretty good deal and would recommend this book It s always fun t [...]

    17. Leslie says:
      This was the frist, Big book, that I ever read I can t really remember to much about the story Some of the other reviewers, have commented on sex scences, but for the life of me, I don t remember any.But, I do remember liking the book.

    18. Laura says:
      I have never before been much interested in Pirate stories but found myself really intrigued by this book I really enjoyed reading it but the ending left me feeling kind of jipped It ends really suddenly and leaves a lot unanswered I felt like there should be a sequel or something lol.


    19. William says:
      Read when published so the characters in my mind were developed from Benchley s great writingGHTMARE HELPLESS

    20. Benjamin Stahl says:
      Peter Benchley, author of the classic shark hunting odyssey, Jaws, never rekindled his debutal success The Deep, his second thriller about shipwrecks and treasure smugglers, was average and met with indifference His third novel, The Island, focusses on a secret island community of Christian bucaneers In the words on the jacket flap the strangest and the best he Benchley has yet concieved The strangest, most definitely The best, most assuredly not It was fun and short and that s all there really [...]


    21. Micah Konyha says:
      Peter Benchley is best known for his book Jaws The Island shows he is not a one hit wonder The intrigue and mystery in this book was fun The ending was unexpected and fun.

    22. Heidi says:
      This is a decent adventure story with a lot of interesting background information about 17th century pirates, but the ending seemed too rushed and abrupt.

    23. Sean C.W. Korsgaard says:
      Benchley s oddest book, which contains a few clever twists concerning pirates and the mystery of the Bermuda triangle Been a few years since I read it, but memorable enough.

    24. James Fox says:
      This book is absolute crap, jaws is one of my favorite movies so I thought I would read some of Benchley s other work, the beast was a pretty good read but now I m done with reading his stuff,

    25. Mark R. says:
      1 2I read this back to back with Peter Benchley s The Deep while on a recent beach vacation A person could do a lot worse than Benchley, as far as beach reads go The Island is just as vicious and exciting as I remembered from my first experience with it as a kid The basic plot remained in my head helped by the boring but mostly faithful film adaptation , along with a few moments that affected me as a child notably the use of urine to counteract jellyfish wounds the casual killing of a baby bird [...]

    26. Gossymotto says:
      Peter Benchley has a great deal of knowledge about the high seas and the dangers that sailors encounter He weaves this knowledge seamlessly into this story of a young boy and his father as they go on an adventure to find out why than 600 ships had disappeared over the past year an actual fact that had lead him to the idea of this book I felt I learned a few things from this book and I was entertained along the way I d say that s a pretty good deal and would recommend this book It s always fun t [...]

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