Pages: 204

 

 

THE LAST ISLAND

David Hogan

A Boston fireman, in an attempt to flee personal and professional tragedy, accepts a job as a bartender on a Greek fishing island. He soon discovers that, despite its apparent tranquillity, the island is divided between two irreconcilable sides: those who want to maintain its status as a marine reserve and those who want to do away with it and embrace tourism.
The fireman does his best to avoid entanglements of any sort, political or personal. His intentions are eclipsed, however, when he meets Kerryn, an animal rights activist, who believes dolphins possess consciousness, intelligence and souls.
Kerryn enjoys an extraordinary and personal relationship with a dolphin and is waging a covert war to stop the local fishermen from using illegal nets that not only deplete the sea of fish but also take dolphins’ lives. Kerryn’s passion and convictions lead her to make a fatal decision that changes the island and both their lives forever.
The novel’s emotional landscape and its themes of environmentalism, animal rights, and the costs of capitalism make The Last Island both timely and timeless.

Praise

The Last Island delivers smoothly an unforgettable experience you won’t get anywhere else.” —TheReaderAndTheChef.com

“Hogan’s adept storytelling makes us ponder our spiritual essence.” —The Greek Star

“A thought provoking bitter-sweet tale. A story of running from one’s self, trying to find the better man that you just “know” is somewhere inside. A story of seeking refuge, trying to preserve a refuge, attempting to keep an old way of life that has survived for thousands of years. A story of belonging, finding ones place in this world, acceptance, being outcast, looking in from the outside. A war of conflict within the soul and with the modern world. Fighting inner demons, fighting demons from without. Trying to find a place of peace and balance. Learning to be, learning to need less.”—Readers’ reviews, Amazon.com

This novel echoed with me long after I had finished it, as it's a book that invites the reader to think long and hard, and not just about the obvious environmental issues it focuses on.” —Robert Killian-Dawson, Amazon.com

 

 

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