Cat food cannery worker Gus Openshaw has a whale to kill. With a rickety boat and a heavily restrictive whale-hunting license, Gus sets out to exact his revenge on the blubbery bastard that ate his wife, his child, and his arm.
After assembling a misfit crew, Gus begins his chase, detailing in an online journal his encounters with pirates, a small navy, and a certain island princess. What emerges is the hilarious document of one man’s quest for revenge that would do Captain Ahab proud.
Keith Thomson has been a semi-pro baseball player in France and editorial cartoonist for Newsday. Now a resident of Alabama, he writes about intelligence and other matters for The Huffington Post. His novels include the New York Times Best-Selling ONCE A SPY (Doubleday, 2010) and TWICE A SPY (2011).
“Move over Melville! Outta the way, Ahab! In the world of obsessed whalers, Gus Openshaw and his crew of misfits (and that’s being kind) are second to none as they chase a rogue whale across the Seven Seas – pursued by lawyers, pirates, several navies, and a tribe of Caribbean whale worshippers. Keith Thomson (author of the side-splitting novel Pirates of Pensacola) has done it again with this hilarious adventure of a bad-luck captain single-mindedly chasing the whale dubbed “the Blubbery Bastard” to exact revenge for the loss of his wife, son and arm. Gus Openshaw’s Whale-Killing Journal beats the classic Moby-Dick on every count – it’s a lot shorter, has more amazing adventures, is far less likely to be assigned as school reading, and is much, much funnier.”
— John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur, Founder of the International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Publication Date: October 12, 2007
trim size: 7.6 x 5.5 x 0.8