When the Killing's Done

When the Killing's Done

A Novel

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2011
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Set on the wild, sparsely inhabited Channel Islands near Santa Barbara, this powerful novel combines pulse-pounding adventure with a richly humane tale about the dominion we try to exert over the natural world. Alma Boyd Takesue, a National Park Service biologist, is leading the efforts to save the islands endangered creatures from invasive species, which she believes must be eliminated. Dave LaJoy, a dreadlocked local businessman, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species and will do anything to stop it. The conflict plays out in a series of escalating scenes in which the characters violently confront one another. In dramatizing this collision between environmental protectors and animal rights activists, Boyle examines a vital question of our time: Who has the right of possession of the land, waters, and very lives of all the creatures who share this planet?
Publisher: Solon, OH : Findaway World, 2011
ISBN: 9781441775283
Branch Call Number: AB BOYL WHE
Characteristics: 1 digital audio player (ca. 16 hr.) : digital ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8in
Additional Contributors: Heald, Anthony


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Sep 07, 2014

While I found the book very interesting, I found the narrator's voice to be nasal and whiny. A shame as it ruined what should have been a fascinating look into the debate of animal rights vs. preserving native species.

Jul 24, 2013

The subject matter could be interesting and a good debate,but the man rants wildly & the narration was such an irritant to hear. Doubt if I try any more of his writings.

Jul 20, 2011

An interesting story looking at both sides of the environmental/ethical treatment of animals issues. When dealing with the encroachment of introduced species on the closed environment of an island, both sides are realistically and convincingly portrayed. The environmentalist feel that the invading species must be eradicated, while the animal rights activist feel that no animal should die and natural selection is the only true judge.

Cdnbookworm May 17, 2011

This was a great read. Admittedly parts of it got my anger up, but that is an indication of how much it engrossed me.
The book is set in Santa Barbara and the nearby Channel Islands. One of the key characters is Alma Boyd Takesue, a National Parks Service biologist who is one of the key people working to restore the ecosystems of the Islands. Her chief opponent is Dave LaJoy, a local businessman who has formed a lobby group called FPA (For the Protection of Animals) and isn't above breaking laws to get his way.
We see the backgrounds of both characters, but also other people in their lives. For Alma, we see the ties to the islands not only for her, but also for her grandmother and mother. Her grandmother Beverley's story of being washed to one of the islands in a shipwreck in 1946 and surviving there for several days begins the novel. We don't hear about her mother's ties until much later.
For Dave, we see how he came to animal rights, but also the apparent disconnect when it comes to animals creating issues in his own life. We also see the background of his girlfriend, folk singer Anise, and her tragic relationship with the island of Santa Cruz. Things aren't always black and white, and emotions take a strong role here too for both Alma and Dave. Lots of questions are raised and the plot is thought-provoking.

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