The Island of Whispers

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 toRICHARD 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.
The Island of Whispers 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 l

  • Title: The Island of Whispers
  • Author: Brendan Gisby
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  • Page: 375
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    1. 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 take 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 r [...]

    2. The Island of Whispers really took me by surprise. In a good way. I enjoyed the tale of Twisted Foot, and his difficult life as a Watcher. Evil rulers, through the violence and oppression carried out by the Hunters and Protectors, make life miserable for the Watchers and anyone that disagrees with rules that were created so long ago, still enforced through fear and the stories of death for so many in the past.This is the first Gisby experience I have had, and I couldn’t have picked a better wo [...]

    3. I’ve read many of Gisby’s books and other than a good read you never know what you’re in for. This is a writer who can turn his hand to anything and is all the more interesting for it. I loved it.With Island of whispers, we’re taken to a world of rats made human. As mentioned elsewhere, Water ship down and Animal farm have trod similar territory but, set on his own turf, this is pure Gisby. The book finds a good balance between political insight, empathy and entertainment in a way that g [...]

    4. Based on the blurb one would assume that this book is a combination of Adams' "Watership Down" and Orwell's "Animal Farm" (or perhaps "1984" as I first did, but how rats would use technology to spy on each other was beyond me). And because of that blurb and mostly positive reviews I decided to give it a shot. Well, let's just say that blurb was half-right and that it is a little hyperbolic. :-) Understandable from a publisher's point of view, but perhaps irritating to a reader who is expecting m [...]

    5. 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.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. [...]

    6. I have a partiality for animal fiction, whether it's the type that explores the real lives of animals, or the type that uses their lives, mostly, to explore us. It isn't an either/or; the animal fiction I like does both. This one isn't out to teach me about rats; though the setting, an islet called Inchgarvie near the great Firth of Forth railway bridge, with the remains of a monastery and a WWII gun emplacement, is extremely real and present, as the author grew up in these parts. He has notable [...]

    7. When I'd finished this book I felt as though I'd been flattened by a steamroller. I can't in honesty say I enjoyed it. I am not built to enjoy suffering and these rats suffer. From page one it keeps on going, horrendous experience after horrendous experience. It is well written, has a good story arc, makes sense within the 'reality' created by the storyteller and if you like that sort of thing - then you will love this example of that sort of thing. In fact as an example of that sort of thing it [...]

    8. This was highly enjoyable animal novel in the spirit of Watership Down. It is not a cute-animal-story-for-children story - for the life of the rats is brutal - filled with cannibalism, violence and rape. The rat society and the ways in which they and the human world interact were interesting. This is the story of Twisted Foot, a mildly deformed Watcher rat who realises that there is a way out of the miserable life of servitude in their tiny colony and strives to escape it. The story is a very si [...]

    9. The Island of Whispers is a powerful, atmospheric tale of the deprived, less than perfect individual who takes a stand against the evil dominance of those more powerful than him and attempts to escape the bonds of servitude. The protagonist, a cripple named Twisted Foot, is a thinker, and eventually a planner, who enlists the aid of other unfortunate beings in a group bid for freedom. The author takes us into the dark underworld of rattus rattus, which has its own powerful class divisions and so [...]

    10. Actually really enjoyed the story. Wasn't sure what I was in for, narrated by rats. It felt just like human life in a controlled and dominated society, with physically descriptive names. Rooting for the underdog came quickly for me.

    11. If you enjoyed Watership Down you will love this book - if you don't mind rats! Mr Gisby has created a diverse society of rats facing problems from within and without. Possibly a hint of allegory in this, but it can be read simply for itself. I loved it.

    12. TITLE: The Island of WhispersAUTHOR: Brendan GisbyPUBLISHER: Black Leaf Publishing (June 12, 2009) blackleafpublishersPRICE: $12.67, £7.35PAGES: 236FORMAT: PaperbackISBN-10: 1907407103ISBN-13: 9781907407109Twisted 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 [...]

    13. "Standing on his hindquarters in the centre of the platform among the half-eaten corpses of the Rulers, Slasher rallied the latter defenders.Slasher had claimed the throne. he was their undisputed King-rat now."How apt that this allegory of race, class, and a latter-day feudal society -plays out in the deep dark recesses of a long-ruined medieval monastery, the kind one can see all over Ireland and Scotland.The hierarchy of power which was prevalent in the Medieval feudalism of the Middle Ages a [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Brendan’s goal was to write “an adventure story, pure and simple; nothing more, nothing deeper” and he has achieved that. If that’s all you’re looking for in a book then buy a copy of this right away; you will not be disappointed. I, however, was disappointed because there was the potential here for more. He completed the first three parts quite quickly, but had to stop at that point because of business commitments and it was not until 2009, almost twenty years later, that he picked up [...]

    16. The island of Inchgarvie is real; I've seen it. Locals call it Rat Island, and author Brendan Gisby creates a world that tells us why.A colony of rats constitute the characters in this tale, which reminded me a little bit of Watership Down. Twisted Foot is the leader of the Watchers; he's one of the few who has ever seen the outside world. The colony is stratified into slaves/Scavengers, Watchers, Protectors, and Rulers and none dare step outside their role.Until the Two-footers (humans) show u [...]

    17. The Island of Whispers is a powerful, atmospheric tale of the deprived, less than perfect individual who takes a stand against the evil dominance of those more powerful than him and attempts to escape the bonds of servitude. The protagonist, a cripple named Twisted Foot, is a thinker, and eventually a planner, who enlists the aid of other unfortunate beings in a group bid for freedom. The author takes us into the dark underworld of rattus rattus, which has its own powerful class divisions and so [...]

    18. A wonderful, tragic, truthful story, reminds me of "Watership DownImagine 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 error [...]

    19. Surprisingly goodI wouldn't necessarily recommend it but it honestly wasn't bad. Just different. Secrets of NiMH meets Watership Down. Pretty decent for a book about rats.

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