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Whalefall By Daniel Kraus

Whalefall by Daniel Kraus

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Whalefall: A Novel by Daniel Kraus

The Martian meets 127 Hours in this powerfully humane (Owen King, New York Times bestselling author) and scientifically accurate thriller about a scuba diver who's been swallowed by an eighty-foot, sixty-ton sperm whale and has only one hour to escape before his oxygen runs out.

Jay Gardiner has given himself a fool's errand-to find the remains of his deceased father in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Monastery Beach. He knows it's a long shot, but Jay feels it's the only way for him to lift the weight of guilt he has carried since his dad's death by suicide the previous year.

The dive begins well enough, but the sudden appearance of a giant squid puts Jay in very real jeopardy, made infinitely worse by the arrival of a sperm whale looking to feed. Suddenly, Jay is caught in the squid's tentacles and drawn into the whale's mouth where he is pulled into the first of its four stomachs. He quickly realizes he has only one hour before his oxygen tanks run out-one hour to defeat his demons and escape the belly of a whale.

Suspenseful and cinematic, Whalefall is an astoundingly great (Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author) thriller about a young man who has given up on life...only to find a reason to live in the most dangerous and unlikely of places.

Whalefall Reviews

Whalefall is a rare thing: a page-turning, hold-your-breath, man-vs-nature thrill ride, but also a gripping exploration of the unnavigable relationship between parent and child. It's an anguished cry from the depths of that struggle. Bravo! -- Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones and All Hallows
This gripping sci-fi thriller from bestseller Kraus takes readers quite literally into the belly of the beast [...] Kraus provides solid nautical science alongside the stretchy coincidences that fuel Jay's survival. Just on the brink of horror fiction, especially for the claustrophobic, Kraus's deep-sea thrill ride will have readers on the edges of their seats.-Publishers Weekly

A moving character study disguised as a riveting, cinematic survival thriller...The pacing is relentless, the awe astounding, and the tension palpably constricting, even as Kraus takes time to provide necessary details both scientific and visceral.-Booklist, starred review

This hard sci-fi thriller is full of cinematic and wild suspense and would be great for fans of Andy Weir.-Library Journal, starred review

Picture Jack London, but with a more nuanced handling of broken, damaged men.-Chicago Tribune
A brutal, unsparing, wildly uplifting book. The sheer buoyancy had me breathless by the end. -- Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters and Wendell & Wild
Astoundingly great. Whalefall is, quite simply, a beautiful novel-a must-read story of the sea, the nature of awe, and the briny relationships between fathers and sons. -- Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Brave, bold, epic, propulsive. Whalefall is a deeply moving thriller that holds a planet's worth of hope in the pit of its stomach. -- Joshua Ferris, National Book Award finalist
The primordial nightmare at the core of Whalefall is fantastically gripping. A character study developed in the most intense crucible imaginable, Kraus's latest novel is smart, surreal, and powerfully humane. -- Owen King, New York Times bestselling author
A masterpiece. I haven't felt so alive reading a book in a long, long time. -- Alissa Nutting, author of Made for Love and creator of the HBO Max series
One of our oldest stories, one of our greatest fears, and one of our most capable writers. Stranger things than being swallowed by a whale have probably happened, but they've rarely been told so well. -- Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times bestselling author
Whalefall is a mind-blowing, take-your-breath-away adventure, but it's also a tender and moving story of the relationship between a father and son. Daniel Kraus is a writer I greatly admire. He can do anything, and does. -- Dan Chaon, National Book Award finalist and New York TImes bestselling author of Sleepwalk
Unexpectedly emotional and wildly entertaining, Whalefall is the tense revamp of Jonah's tale you didn't know you needed. -- Gabino Iglesias, award-winning author of The Devil Takes You Home

About Daniel Kraus

Daniel Kraus is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and graphic novels. He coauthored The Living Dead with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero. With Guillermo del Toro, he coauthored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus coauthored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. He has won two Odyssey Awards (for Rotters and Scowler), and The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Year. His books have been Library Guild selections, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks, Bram Stoker finalists, and more. His work has been translated into over twenty languages. Daniel lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit him at

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Whalefall: A Novel by Daniel Kraus
Simon & Schuster
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