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Shark Wars #01: Shark Warsby Ernie Altbacker
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The thrilling intergalactic adventures of four kids in space—as told by Chorkle, a hilarious alien!
It all happened because of Feeneys Original Astronaut Ice Cream. Those accursed pink bars entranced me with their sugary magic! But I digress . . .
Life on Gelo was fine until the hair-headed humans” arrived. They invaded our peaceful asteroid with their loud drill machines and their endless greed, stealing our precious Iridium to take back to their weird looking blue-and-green planet.
Then the mothership took off and four little hair-heads were marooned here. Danny, Becky, Nicki, and Little Gus are actually pretty cool. They have awesome gadgets like hologram games and rocket bikes, and they can pilot starships!
But theres plenty the junior humans dont know, like how to fight a ferocious thyss-cat or ride a giant usk-lizard. Theyre decidedly terrible at dealing with my stink-gland. And they definitely dont know how to combat our terrifying rival aliens, The Vorem!
Luckily the Earthlings have me, Chorkle, and all five of my eyes to look after them.
If only I knew how to help them get back home . . .
"What should be a can't-miss concept (shark tribes warring for territorial rights and positions of power) somehow does, mostly due to tired dialogue and a forced aquatic vocabulary. Screenwriter and first-time novelist Altbacker quickly establishes and makes extensive use of underwater lore and lingo — Big Blue is the open ocean, green-greenie are kelp beds, chop-chop denotes the ocean's surface — that readers will find either fun or babyish, but that mostly feels intrusive (particularly in the inclusion of cardinal directions in random words: 'lEast' for lost, 'Southdenly' for suddenly). After Gray, a feisty shark pup, is banished from his peaceful, reef-dwelling clan, or 'shiver,' he and his friend Barkley venture into Big Blue and form Rogue Shiver with a quartet of sharks they meet. As Rogue Shiver becomes embroiled in a clash between two larger shivers, a web of scheming, shifting allegiances, and questionable identities emerges; a final showdown upends the balance of power and hints at Gray's future ascendancy. Readers looking for action and playground-style undersea banter ('You all suck algae!') will find both in abundance, and for some that will be enough. Ages 9 — 12. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Since the dawn of time, prehistoric shark clans called Shivers have ruled over the earth's oceans, fierce protectors of all who swim. For eons, the Big Blue has prospered under Shiver Law, and the delicate balance of sea life kept sacred. Until now.
Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce, and the battle for new hunting grounds has brought with it corruption and warfare.
Now, with the ocean on the brink of chaos, a young reef shark named Gray - exiled from the safety of his peaceful reef home - must venture deep into Open Water to unlock the secrets of his destiny and bring peace back to the ocean. But first, he'll have to discover the truth about who - and what - he really is.
About the Author
E. J. Altbacker is a screenwriter whose credits include work on various television programs including Static Shock, Justice League, Spider-Man, and Extreme Ghostbusters. He holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute and an undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame.
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