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The Island of Whispers by [Gisby, Brendan]
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RICHARD ADAMS meets GEORGE ORWELL in this story of a colony of rats living on an island under the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge. Ruled over by an Inner Circle of evil fat rats, and in fear for their lives, a group of lowly Watchers attempts to brave the stormy waters and scale the giant bridge in a bid for freedom. But celebrations for the bridge's centenary are about to begin... Will they make it?

A story of oppression overcome, fierce loyalty, dreams and devastation. Grisly to the end, but with heart. You'll never look at those little islands in the same way again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: McStorytellers (Jan. 13 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0YFMDA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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A Society of Rats in which the oppressed revolt. This novel will grab you quickly and not let you go. The heroism and the sacrifices made by the leaders to overcome the tyranny of the Inner Circle mirrors what happens in our own human societies. When you read this, you will quickly forget that you are reading about rats. They taken on such strong characteristics, that you will forget they are rats and think of them as humans fighting for a better life and survival. !!!

This will take the average reader less than 5 hours to finish and is worth the effort to do so. (Warning - it is garphic and violent.)
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Twisted Foot, a Watcher, is a black rat who lives in an abandoned monastery on Inchgarvie Island. As Twisted Foot stands watch in the Upperworld, he realizes how cruel his home in the Underworld is.

He also considers what happened during the Selection. Broken Tail, the Chief Protector sniffed out the deformed and weaker of the newborn rats. He would swipe each across the snout marking them for destruction. Then, the newborns would be herded and guarded by the Protectors for food for the Rulers. Twisted Foot remembers that he had lost a couple of children this way.

He reminds himself they were broken up into different classes of rats. There were the Rulers who depend on the rat colony for substance and everything else for that matter. Next in the pecking order are the Inner Circle. These few advised the Rulers. There were the Hunters. The Hunters held a position of honor since they hunt each night to provide food for the rat colony. Of course, the Rulers get the best pieces of food. Next, come the Protectors. These bullies think that they can torture, kill and rape anyone in a lower class than they are. The ones the Protectors usually attacked were the Watchers and the Slave-rats. Not to mention the she-rats and their young. What to do about such cruelty? Was there a world beyond the Upperworld?

When Twisted Foot was on Watcher duty, he could see another land beyond the water. Was there a colony there too? Could they make a bid for freedom and escape?

You cheer as Twisted Foot, his friends, their mates and youngsters as they make their escape. The author holds you in suspense as they climb the Giant's Foot to crawl across it. Will Twisted Foot and his friends find a place where they can start their own society of equality?
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This was an unexpected but wonderful story. Held your interest throughout the book. In the end you cheered on Twisted Foot and his followers.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cf4f33c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
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HASH(0x9cdb6504) out of 5 stars Revolution in a rat colony Feb. 15 2011
By G. Polley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reminiscent of Richard Adams' Watership Down, Brendan Gisby's novel is a mesmerizing tale of conquest, enslavement and yearning for a life of freedom from oppression and want harm.

Set in Scotland in an ancient ruined monastery on the island of Inchgarvie that was abandoned during the Middle Ages, "The Island of Whispers" tells the story of the conquest and subjugation of the island's indigenous black rat population by much larger (cat-size larger) brown rats that arrived from passing ships. Enslaved, despised and abused by the brown rats, the black rats yearn for freedom and dream of founding a just society somewhere else. The ruling leadership will do anything to snuff it out and exterminate it.

Looking out from his island prison, Twisted Foot sees another land. How could they get there? Could it be a place where he, his mate and his child could have a free life? What about Fat One, Small Face and Long Ears? Would they be interested? And Grey Eyes, Soft-Mover and Bone-Cruncher? They would have to be very, very careful to avoid the sharp eyes and ears of the Protectors and the Inner Circle. Eventually, taking Slayer, the Slave King who escapes during a slave revolt that the authorities brutally put down, they leave the island for their freedom.

What happens then? Does their last? Does it grow? Are Twisted Foot, Fat One and their friends able to establish the just society they were dreaming of? You'll have to read the book to find that out, which - unless you hate rats - shouldn't be a problem, as it's a can't-put-it-down kind of read.

This rat tale is a wonderfully told story of the yearning to be free that's in every person's heart. It's a story that is as ancient as history, and as current as today's news. Inchgarvie could be Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, North Korea, apartheid South Africa, Israel, the U.S., Argentina during the military junta, Chile during Pinochet's rule, Myanmar, the company you work for ... wherever people are kept down, marginalized, despised, and ignored. Reading it, I kept thinking about Israel's treatment of both its Arab citizens and the Arabs in the Occupied Territories and Gaza, which has been under a near lock-down siege since June 2007.

Pick up a copy of The Island of Whispers in either paperback or Kindle. It's a book you will read again and again.

Will there be a sequel to this story? I certainly hope so.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf31eb8) out of 5 stars Cross Animal Farm with Watership Down and what'ya got? Dec 16 2011
By Tim Hewtson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been meaning to read this book for a long time because it has a great reputation among writers, and I certainly wasn't disappointed.

I cannot speak for how rat colonies operate, but it certainly has a strong resemblance to how human colonies operate from a good, solid Scottish Socialist point of view, and I am not disputing it.

Here we have the fat and megalomaniac rulers, their coddled and lazy offspring, the ruthless enforcers, the purveyors of intelligence and news, the slaves, and the few who dream of being free of all the chains that bind. Give me death or give me freedom - but they would prefer to be a little surer of the freedom before they risk their lives.

As one who is sick and tired of famous American actors impersonating cuddly animals which are so human they might as well show the actors' faces and have done, it is a real pleasure to be back in the land of sharp political allegory, anthropomorphic or otherwise.

Guaranteed for an enjoyable read and heated bar discussion afterwards with all your Tea Party / Tory friends.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce27420) out of 5 stars A wonderful, tragic, truthful story, reminds me of "Watership Down". May 2 2012
By Carmen DeSousa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Imagine my surprise when I logged on to write a review and I saw that everyone else had already said the same thing I wanted to say. So, I'll summarize in just a few short words: A wonderful, tragic, truthful story, reminds me of "Watership Down".

But I will make another comment. I actually looked Brendan up on Facebook and friended him, because I wanted to know who edited his novel, as I am accustomed to finding many editing errors in Indie published books. To my surprise, he answered, "No one." So, don't be afraid to check out this Indie author; he is a great writer and storyteller.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cefc63c) out of 5 stars THE ISLAND OF WHISPERS by Brendan Gisby Book Review by Rose Mary Boehm Nov. 20 2011
By Rosmarie Epaminondas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THE ISLAND OF WHISPERS by Brendan Gisby made me think of WATERSHIP DOWN. In THE ISLAND OF WHISPERS there are no (mostly cuddly) furries with long ears, but, oh don't we all dread them, rats. And Gisby pulls it off. The rats become personalities, characters, doing what they have to do, very much reminding me of what we do to each other every day, somewhere.

Gisby creates a small world somewhere in the North of England, where - many generations after having arrived on a tiny island - the newcomers create a kingdom with a ruling family weakened by too much comfort, hubris and the illusion of safety. Next are the courtiers, the rats who run the shop, the protectors. The protectors keep the royal rat family far from the `dirty' business of survival and rule the roost with an iron fist and absolute ruthlessness. There are the hunters (providing the daily meals of hunted and killed gulls - the only other inhabitants apart from the rats - mainly for the ruling class) the watchers (the lookouts on rotating guard duty) followed by the slaves who do the dirty work.

Predictably some at the lower end of this particular rat society's scale tweak to the possibility of changing the system, of perhaps escaping and starting somewhere else, a new beginning with a fair system of government in a green and pleasant world.

The reader is soon caught up in the intrigues, sufferings, cruelties, deceits and can't help but soon identifying with, and supporting, the `good guys', suffering with that little band of braves their fear, the dangers, and rejoicing with them when their courage wins the day.

A great read. Once you start you won't stop until you're sure that all ends well. I became a kid again as well as contemplating some of the ills of our world which I think Gisby had in mind when he was writing THE ISLAND OF WHISPERS.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf44eac) out of 5 stars A story of courage and hope! July 26 2011
By TaraM'liss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Okay, if you have an aversion to rats, pretend their rabbits for the first few pages...you'll be hooked by then. Most of the characters may be rats but they portray much of what we as the human race struggle with in our society. If you will push past your dislike of rats, you will actually be rooting for some and even care for others (as crazy as that sounds).

Of course, there are plenty of villainous rats, and as I've said in my other reviews of Brendan's books, he has a gift for making you feel you are right there with these rats. I cringed more than a few times...and it was totally worth it!
I read one readers review that stated they could have used more description in some areas. I couldn't disagree more! I have a great imagination, but there are not a lot of books out there that draw you, so easily and effortlessly, into the atmosphere of a story. I was right there in that pit and on the Island.

The struggle for the "weaker" and "lesser" rats to better their lives, and the courage and hope it took to do something about it, is something we all can relate to. This is a GREAT story...don't miss out on it!