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Beast PDF å Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • Beast
  • Peter Benchley
  • English
  • 28 October 2019
  • 0099101610

10 thoughts on “Beast

  1. Barry Barry says:

    I need to re read this the last time I read it was when I was about 11 I had actually sent Peter Benchley a letter about how much I loved his work And he wrote one back to me.


  2. Fonch Fonch says:

    Dedicated to my cousin Galloglass Ladies and gentlemen, although I still have a cold, I think, I m a little better off, so I ll take the time to write another review To remember is to live again, and I am very mindful when I wrote Jaws very influenced by two great ladies the journalist Cristina L pez Schlichting and another lover of the monsters that ravages the sea Melika Danese Lux i have not seen her I don Dedicated to my cousin Galloglass Ladies and gentlemen, although I still have a cold, I think, I m a little better off, so I ll take the time to write another review To remember is to live again, and I am very mindful when I wrote Jaws very influenced by two great ladies the journalist Cristina L pez Schlichting and another lover of the monsters that ravages the sea Melika Danese Lux i have not seen her I don t know, I don t remember causing you any offense, but for some reason you won t let me be your friend So he took advantage, to apologize if I ve caused him any offense As a friend of mine says, I m sometimes hugely heavy, and that may have been the problem.I remember my review of Jaws shark for these lares It was one of my favorite reviews I was full of intelligence, and a sense of humor and what I can hardly overcome I wrote it in a moment of euphoria and great inspiration With everything,Beast has nothing to envy of sharks In fact, one of the reasons, to read this novel is because my cousin liked it, despite the horrible translation I had a slightly better translation by the publishing house Plaza Jan s First of all, the note that this book has in Goodreads, although the user opinion in Goodreads is sovereign seems to me a little low It is true that Peter Benchley will never be a Nobel prize in literature although I don t know if winning the Nobel is a merit, it seems to me in these times a demerit Important notice, if you didn t like Jaws or are looking for some kind of innovation from Peter Benchley Forget it, and I looked for another novel This isn t a book for you The only difference from Shark apart from the fact that this novel didn t interest Steven Spielberg by the way, when I wrote, and Read Shark hadn t seen the movie yet I m going to say blasphemy, which no one will forgive me and I liked the shark sequel,than the original Another thing, I m going to say is that if we read the book, the actor Roy Scheider doesn t physically look like Brody I imagined Brody played by a tough, tough man An actor who looks like Josh Brolin, and not such a skinny actor Nor did I imagine Richard Dreyfuss playing the adulterous Hooper, which isof a yogurt Of course you couldn t put that in the original movie Instead Robert Shaw if he s an excellent Quint The forte of this novel, and it s also a flaw, is that Peter Benchley is that he barely makes changes with regard to Shark The approach is conservative, and for sure, if the formula works for you to change it, and since I went to look for that I really liked it Of course there are some differences For example Benchley was a monster An undeniable success on Benchley s part is certainly to hold on to Greek mythology, and start with a quote from Homer s Odyssey who by the way is my sister s favorite book Benchley opens with a quote, describing Escyla, which appears to be, that it could be a squid This makes your monster have a historical conformation, and makes itfearsome We can also see examples in the Nordic sagas when describing the Kraken, or when it is described by Bishop Pontopidan I think his studies on zoology areinteresting than his ramblings on the Lutheran heresiarch , and seemed in the nomenclature of Carl von Linnaeus We also have examples of Architeutis in Jules Verne s legendary novel 20000 Leagues of Underwater Travel A priori the one who described the book was right and The Jaws shark, which was related to the mythical megalodon, for that we recommend the novels of Steve Alten that my cousin loves almost look like a golden fish A priori the Architeutis seemsfearsome It is larger, has tentacles with skewers, teeth, ink, and a breath that would make that of a person with alitosis look like it smells like rose water A priori it seems that the adorable selaceo has all the loss, but as we will see reading with the passage of the novel We will see that although the friendly squid hasresources, this is not a foolproof weapon Another success of Benchley is that he gets into the mind of the beast, which he did not in his previous novel It is also interesting that Benchley returns to the ideas of the nineteenth century, and shows, that nature is not always beneficial, and that it has a dark and cruel side Man to survive must sometimes fight against nature This reminded me of what Donoso Cort s said Marquis of Valdegamas in his essay on Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism This work was written, to challenge the liberal Guizot This work, which I recommend, is very brave, because before the existence of Karl Marx the brilliant Extremaduran aptofeit, like Edmund Burke who saw the ravages of the French Revolution coming before the advent of Robespierre In this book, which has much of theological like every great book that was prized the author alerted that since man committed the original sin Nature became hostile to him, and he was trying to destroy man Although Benchley ignores this religious principle, if it shows the dark side of nature, it ultimately becomes the law of the strongest In fact, this book has an ecological concern that Shark didn t have, but Benchley s reflections may not please Greta and her plutocratic friends Because this novel that takes place in the Bermuda Islands if where the famous Bermuda triangle is considers that it is not so much climate change, nor environmental deterioration that has caused the disaster, but abusive fishing There is also a social complaint, when the author criticizes the subsidies the government gives to fishermen, to compensate them for not fishing Against this situation he worries and cries out the protagonist of the novel Whip Darling Here he does not have the pressures of the administration, who, if he had Brody with the councillor, although if there will be any regulations, prevent them from helping from the outside to hunt the beast In fact, the beast hunts and roams, because indiscriminate fishing has wiped out the predators that could hunt it down, and the beast knows that there are human prey in droves The advantage is that the squid moves instinctively, and being not a rational creature has that weak spot In fact, it s his only weakness, and the one that leads him to make mistakes Mistakes, he didn t commit his nice friend the shark Anyway, he shows his power when he is able to effortlessly kill a whale calf Regarding the protagonists we see that Whip Darling, despite having some problem with some local fisherman, who violates the laws He doesn t have that social complex, that, if he had the tough Sheriff Brody, he felt complex If there s a rivalry with Irish pedantic Liam St Cross I admit, that I didn t like that at first, because the Irish are Catholics and I have affection for them Although it is becoming increasingly weakened by the passage of anti Christian laws such as abortion, and others, and they have voted for a government of criminals and murderers It is curious, as when a terrorist organization is left wing, as it is bleached and moved heaven and earth to achieve peace without honor with them Although in some cases the people objected to as happened in Colombia with the FARC If the Badder Meinhof or the Red Brigades existed today, they would have been bleached and allowed to enjoy the democratic game The same goes for the criminals of Sin Feinn, if I already know that England had been pursuing anti Catholic policies in Ireland, and that some called for exterminating Ireland, and Wexford, Drogheda, and the Orangist march are still present I am the first to lament these anti Catholic aggressions against the Irish, but like ETA the Sin Feinn they are going to implement a communist system for Ireland, which will ultimately destroy what has made Ireland its Catholic religiosity great Weakened by campaigns against clergy, globalist interference, and acceptance of impositions by anti Catholic lobbyists who were and had sneaked into Christian Democratic parties So now Ireland is as dirty as everyone else, and the dire effects of what I describe will be seen in two or three generations That s why my love for the Irish cause has been so weakened So, I don t think the darling whip s pendency with Liam Saint Cross, which is a title boot, is so bad any It is interesting another friend of the protagonist Marcus Sharp, who is tortured by an event of the past, and it is his friendship with Darling, that keeps him afloat I also like the appearance of Terry Shallit, who plays the scientific champion, who in Shark was embodied by Hooper In fact, it seems, this character unfolds in Lam and Shallit There will be no milf or cougar women here as in shark At least that s lucky, Darling Whip Also, if you re a fan of Western movies, and you like Johny Guitar I ll tell you that Johny Guitar and Darling Whip have one thing in common, and they re peaceful, prudent men eye, not cowardly, risk aking and unlike Brody looking for a fight with the shark Whip Darling, during the novel he does his best to shy away from the battle with the squid He thinks it s wist to wait for the creature to get sat off, and retreat Despite the promises of Tallit, and the millionaire Maning, who is the Achab in fact Tallit makes descriptions of the squid sacainded in Melville s novel, which reveals the great influence of the author in his work of the group Although in this case,than a leg, it has a stronger motivation to want to hunt the little bug They try everything to convince him, pray, pay generously here you can see the inflation for what Maning pays me I would not go hunting a little fish , threats, in fact, not even a momentous moment of the novel It has to be with a very dirty trick, which forces Whip Darling to make a deal with Tallit, who wants to hunt squid for the sake of science his descriptions of squid are formidable and show Benchley s great knowledge of the seabed In fact, the author takes the opportunity to make an allusion to his work, just as Burroughs made allusions to the Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller film in one of his novels This fact of Burroughs is courtesy of my friend Professor Manuel Alfonseca By the way, who is very himself, Benchley In fact, apart from hunting the beautiful mollusk, the best of the novels are Tallit s dissertations, and that a work of his authorship is made The Last Dragon quote about Scylla draws it out of that part, and it is interesting to reflect on how the ancients would see a monster like the Architeutis Of course the best thing is the men s fight against the beast The final third is the best of the novel, no doubt It makes me want to drop the phrase of the goverous Richard Harris, you monster from the bowels of hell or some other nautical imprecation or From the heart of hell I stab you I had it as a kid Seeing our four heroes against the beast there is a moment when technology fails, you get to physical combat It must be said that Benchley seems to soften, and that despite having so many resources to decimate people The mollusc kills fewer people than the adorable selaceo With everything is enough, to have an entertaining time It is curious, but victory is provided by nature, and the path is left open for a continuation Even if the duel doesn t end up on boards like sharks In short, it is a highly recommended book, and entertaining if you don t ask forthan you can give I really liked it, and I hope the Goodreads user likes it


  3. Kara Jorges Kara Jorges says:

    There are several things that set this book apart from most monster books I ve read subtlety, realism, and environmentalism, to name a few Even though there weren t pages and pages of carnage in this book, it was a compelling read and had very likeable characters with personalities This is not only the story of a giant, man eating squid who terrorizes Bermuda, it is also the story of Whip Darling, a proud yet impoverished man doing what he needs to get by, barely scraping up enough cash to pa There are several things that set this book apart from most monster books I ve read subtlety, realism, and environmentalism, to name a few Even though there weren t pages and pages of carnage in this book, it was a compelling read and had very likeable characters with personalities This is not only the story of a giant, man eating squid who terrorizes Bermuda, it is also the story of Whip Darling, a proud yet impoverished man doing what he needs to get by, barely scraping up enough cash to pay the bills Whip had been a fisherman, until Bermuda s waters were fished out, now not bearing enough fish for anyone to make a living Whip uses his boat to make a buck any way he can trapping deepwater oddities for an aquarium, tourist charters, salvage whatever keeps the wolf from the door Whip knows the waters of Bermuda like no one else, so when a giant squid starts eating people, Whip is given many offers to go after the beast, but he knows no amount of money is worth it if he s dead Media magnate, Osborn Manning, whose children were devoured by the squid, has to pull out all the stops, but even he and his squid expert prove to be no match for the monster from the deep.The plot is nothing new to monster book lovers, but Benchley takes the time to craft some very likeable characters Whip Darling, his first mate Mike, navy pilot Marcus Sharp, even the unlikeable characters are well drawn, no matter how much or how little they appear He does fall short of making the giant squid outright evil, but this character, too, has a malevolent personality His no nonsense environmental message is not preachy, and all thepowerful for it, as it is woven through the action while the tension builds.If you re new to the monster book genre, or if you ve simply tired of over the top technology and stunts, Benchley is your man He s best known for Jaws, but his other work is well worth reading, and refreshing, even decades after it was first published


  4. David Ward David Ward says:

    Beast by Peter Benchley Fawcett 1992 Fiction Thriller Peter Benchley scared me so badly with Jaws that I ve been reading his stuff ever since hoping for another lighting strike Beast misses the mark Here be dragons or squid My rating 6 10, finished 1993.


  5. David Tendo David Tendo says:

    Just like Creature this is another one that I expected to be really really bad, but turned out to be rather fun in parts Still corny and cliched as hell though.


  6. Carrie (brightbeautifulthings) Carrie (brightbeautifulthings) says:

    When I was a kid, there was a made for TV movie about a giant squid that I loved to watch with my dad Both of us longtime fans of creature features, it stuck in my head as giant squids do , but it wasn t until I was older and searching for a DVD copy that I realized it was based on a Peter Benchley novel The movie holds up surprisingly well given its age and budget It tries to be a little too much like Jaws at times, but it tells a good story, has decent shots of its mega monster, and follow When I was a kid, there was a made for TV movie about a giant squid that I loved to watch with my dad Both of us longtime fans of creature features, it stuck in my head as giant squids do , but it wasn t until I was older and searching for a DVD copy that I realized it was based on a Peter Benchley novel The movie holds up surprisingly well given its age and budget It tries to be a little too much like Jaws at times, but it tells a good story, has decent shots of its mega monster, and follows a likable unlikely hero, and I don t ask for muchthan that out of my monster movies I decided to go with reading Beast before Jaws because I was afraid that a Jaws was wildly over hyped, and I wouldn t want to read anyBenchley after or, b Jaws was as good as advertised, and no other Benchley novel would ever live up to it Either way, I would never get around to Beast and my beloved childhood giant squid Trigger warnings death, drowning, implied body horror, broken bones, severe injury, claustrophobia, guns, fires, explosions.Scuba divers, tourists, and local fisherman are turning up dead or missing around the Bermuda coast Local fisherman Whip Darling has been struggling long before this with the rise of trapping and over fishing and the subsequent decline of local marine life When he s approached to find this sea beast and hunt it down, he declines Humans are no match for a monster of the depths, but as the situation worsens, Whip may have no choice but to get involved even if it kills him.I hit a couple duds on my Halloween reading list, so Beast was a nice change of pace Benchley had me at the first line It hovered in the ink dark water, waiting That is how you start a novel The writing is largely simple but effective, and Benchley is skilled at building tension in advance of the attacks, as well as creating atmosphere with the lurking danger of the ocean I found myself on Wikipedia scrolling through articles on hagfish and anglerfish The ocean is fucking terrifying Surprisingly, the book isn t really a gore fest, as the actual attacks happen quickly and fade out before things get too gruesome Most of the terror comes from the suspense, and there s plenty of that, particularly in an iconic submersible scene I can t help wondering if Mira Grant was inspired by novels like this when writing Into the Drowning Deep Major vibes There s also quite a bit of environmental commentary on sustainable fishing, trapping, and the Bermuda ecosystem in particular that I found really interesting.The cast is overall good, although it s primarily white male This is a change from the movie version, which treats its characters of color better and focuses muchheavily on Whip s relationship with his daughter, Dana Whip Darling is a lot like his predecessor, Martin Brody, in being the gruff but competent hero, but it s an easy archetype to like Born and raised there and a fisherman forthan twenty years, few people knowabout the island or its marine life than Whip He s the ideal choice for dealing with the squid when it starts eating tourists and local fishermen, but I really loved his stance that people should just leave it alone until it moves on likely a reaction to Benchley s regret over the effect Jaws had on shark populations As in the movie, he had me with his, ah, spirited reaction when the local law enforcement tried to take his salvaged raft His daredevil friend, Sharp, is probably the second most developed character, and we get a strong sense of his history and motivations Benchley s treatment of Whip s best friend and first mate, Mike, is less favorable, as he s portrayed as a kind of simple person of color who relies on Whip to make decisions for him.While I enjoyed the chapters from the squid s perspective, which add a sense of menace and suspense to the book, there s a little bit of anthropomorphizing going on There s an overall sense that the squid is a hateful creature that likes to kill just for the sake of killing, whereas now almost thirty years later we relikely to argue that it s an animal doing what an animal does It s starving thanks to over fishing and global warming, and it s been teased, attacked, and generally badgered in its own environment Buddy, I d be pissed enough to sink your ship with my bare tentacles too That isn t killing for the sake of it that s fighting for survival But, you know, when am I not on the side of the monsters It has its issues, but it s an overall enjoyable read, and I ll probably pick up copies of Jaws and The Deep at some point.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com


  7. Austin Toriumi Austin Toriumi says:

    I chose this science fiction book Beast because of one, my interest in Squids and two because like many others, I enjoyed reading Jaws by Peter Benchley and watching the movie, Jaws Since Peter was the same author for Beast, I was interested to see if he would follow the same story line or create a whole new type of mysterious adventure.The novel basically followed the same sort of story line that Jaws did but instead of a giant shark attacking people, the giant squid attacks people, making it I chose this science fiction book Beast because of one, my interest in Squids and two because like many others, I enjoyed reading Jaws by Peter Benchley and watching the movie, Jaws Since Peter was the same author for Beast, I was interested to see if he would follow the same story line or create a whole new type of mysterious adventure.The novel basically followed the same sort of story line that Jaws did but instead of a giant shark attacking people, the giant squid attacks people, making it 8 times scarier get it, 8 times like their 8 tentacles The story begins with the introduction of a giant squid, the antagonist, called, Architeuthis dux and the chilling description of him Unlike Jaws Architeuthis is acomplicated force to deal with The setting is in the seas off the Bermuda Island in the Atlantic Ocean Since I know that giant squid are found in the Pacific Ocean in warmer waters this setting was interesting to me to think about finding monstrous creatures of the Atlantic waters Whip Darling is the main character and protagonist of this novel, like the main character in Jaws who fought the man eating squid and works to save lives Other characters in the story looked to Whip to lead the battle between man and nature The conflict is definitely man versus nature It is obvious because not only does Darlings crew go against Architeuthis, but they also have to deal with the unexpected challenges the ocean had to offer One of the contrasts that the Squid had from Jaws is that people were not as familiar with the deadly and evil actions that could come from a creature even though it lacked hundreds of sharp teeth The strength and agility of the tentacles and massive beak turned to befrightening because this was a new type of unknown killer It didn t take long to realize that the symbol of a squid was evil and deadly.I recommend this book because although it seemed similar to Jaws, there are certain situations that leave you on the edge of your seat You can t predict all that might happen with a giant man eating squid just because you may have known what happened with a man eating shark There are different attacks and ways people had to fight to keep their lives.As a reader, I enjoyed using my mind to paint a picture of what happens throughout the several chapters in this book Movies, where visual presentations are obvious, take away from the creativity of the mind If you enjoy sea life and nautical adventures slightly similar to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea where the squid is the enemy, this book would be an excellent read Now I have the basis for the story line, I am looking forward to seeing what producers can do to make this into a block buster movie


  8. Adam Lohonyai Adam Lohonyai says:

    Peter Benchley thought he could simply rewrite Jaws and make a tonmoney Beast is essentially the same story as Jaws Large and hungry sea creature terrorizes a small coastal town by eating everything in the water In Beast, Benchley replaces the Great White Shark with a Giant Squid I admit, a giant squid is muchformidable, but is alsodifficult to develop into a fearsome villain like the shark from Jaws Few people even know of the existence of the giant squid, so it becomes a Peter Benchley thought he could simply rewrite Jaws and make a tonmoney Beast is essentially the same story as Jaws Large and hungry sea creature terrorizes a small coastal town by eating everything in the water In Beast, Benchley replaces the Great White Shark with a Giant Squid I admit, a giant squid is muchformidable, but is alsodifficult to develop into a fearsome villain like the shark from Jaws Few people even know of the existence of the giant squid, so it becomes almost like Benchley has resorted to using a mythical monster or hostile alien for a villain


  9. Nancy Baker Nancy Baker says:

    My son loaned me this book and said it is a great summer read Let me be honest and say it is a great summer read if you have no plans to go to the beach or head out 10 20 miles offshore to go fishing which I do I may have to drop fishing from my plans This book is brought to you by the same author of Jaws and takes place off the coast of Bermuda in a small fishing community About 10 miles offshore the ocean floor drops to depths unknown and in the abyss lies a sunken ship or two For rea My son loaned me this book and said it is a great summer read Let me be honest and say it is a great summer read if you have no plans to go to the beach or head out 10 20 miles offshore to go fishing which I do I may have to drop fishing from my plans This book is brought to you by the same author of Jaws and takes place off the coast of Bermuda in a small fishing community About 10 miles offshore the ocean floor drops to depths unknown and in the abyss lies a sunken ship or two For reasons unknown, except for a theory that about every 30 40 years there are sightings of or signs of a large sea monster in various locations, a giant squid appears to have taken up temporary residence atop a sunken ship Sea faring sailboat owners mysteriously disappear from their boat, fishermen s boats are found with no sign of life upon them and fear is beginning to resonate among the locals I loved how the author gave a voice to, and nearly personified, the squid so that the reader could get a take on the mindset of both the fisherman and beast Tastefully written, Peter Benchley has once again brought havoc and mayhem to all we cannot see below the water s surface


  10. Kelly Kelly says:

    image error The harpoon safely anchors into the belly of the beast, leaving it defenseless to my super b tch chopsticks.As much as I love tearing into floppy, unidentifiable sea creatures, I think I can leave this dish well enough alone Unfortunately, I have a harder time doing that with books I hate, of which there are a humiliatingly large amount of on my bookshelves What kind of tribute to society will my children be, being mothered by a slavenly book reviewer What a cruel world The rub image error The harpoon safely anchors into the belly of the beast, leaving it defenseless to my super b tch chopsticks.As much as I love tearing into floppy, unidentifiable sea creatures, I think I can leave this dish well enough alone Unfortunately, I have a harder time doing that with books I hate, of which there are a humiliatingly large amount of on my bookshelves What kind of tribute to society will my children be, being mothered by a slavenly book reviewer What a cruel world The rub with these sorts of books is that the movie is scarier And that is just wrong I mean, look at the cold menace in this slimy fiends eyes image error Such passion in their consernating careers Whatever happened to literary psych tainting We all have come across at least one story that had us sleep with all the lights on But only because of the implied insanity really Ah, the good old reads PostcriptA beast is a beast And slime is slime


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Beast❮Ebook❯ ➦ Beast Author Peter Benchley – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Makes the shark from Jaws look like a pet goldfish USA Weekend Straight from the cutting edge of science and the logs of ancient mariners comes an immense horror a creature that rises up from the well Makes the shark from Jaws look like a pet goldfish USA Weekend Straight from the cutting edge of science and the logs of ancient mariners comes an immense horror a creature that rises up from the well of an ocean gone mad with an insatiable hunger and an endless lust to kill One man leads a harrowing struggle to defeat the Beast amid a threatened Bermuda paradise His name is Whip Darling, a down and out sea dog who doesn t know where he ll get his next meal or whether it will get him first.


About the Author: Peter Benchley

Peter Bradford Benchley was an American author best known for writing the novel Jaws and co writing the screenplay for its highly successful film adaptation The success of the book led to many publishers commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening communities The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg and co written by Benchley is generally acknowledged as the first summer blockbuster Benchley also wrote The Deep and The Island which were also adapted into filmsBenchley was from a literary family He was the son of author Nathaniel Benchley and grandson of Algonquin Round Table founder Robert Benchley His younger brother, Nat Benchley, is a writer and actor Peter Benchley was an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard UniversityAfter graduating from college, he worked for The Washington Post, then as an editor at Newsweek and a speechwriter in the White House He developed the idea of a man eating shark terrorising a community after reading of a fisherman Frank Mundus catching a , pound great white shark off the coast of Long Island in He also drew some material from the tragic Jersey Shore shark attacks of His reasonably successful second novel, The Deep, is about a honeymooning couple discovering two sunken treasures on the Bermuda reefs th century Spanish gold and a fortune in World War Two era morphine who are subsequently targeted by a drug syndicate This novel is based on Benchley s chance meeting in Bermuda with diver Teddy Tucker while writing a story for National Geographic Benchley co wrote the screenplay for the film release, along with Tracy Keenan Wynn and an uncredited Tom Mankiewicz Directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset, The Deep was the second highest grossing release of after Star Wars, although its box office tally fell well short of Jaws The Island, published in , was a story of descendants of th century pirates who terrorize pleasure craft in the Caribbean, leading to the Bermuda Triangle mystery Benchley again wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation But the movie version of The Island, starring Michael Caine and David Warner, failed at the box office when released in During the s, Benchley wrote three novels that did not sell as well as his previous works However, Girl of the Sea of Cortez, a beguiling John Steinbeck type fable about man s complicated relationship with the sea, was far and away his best reviewed book and has attracted a considerable cult following since its publication Sea of Cortez signposted Benchley s growing interest in ecological issues and anticipated his future role as an impassioned and intelligent defender of the importance of redressing the current imbalance between human activities and the marine environment Q Clearance published in was written from his experience as a staffer in the Johnson White House Rummies aka Lush , which appeared in , is a semi autobiographical work, loosely inspired by the Benchley family s history of alcohol abuse While the first half of the novel is a relatively straightforward and harrowing account of a suburbanite s descent into alcoholic hell, the second part which takes place at a New Mexico substance abuse clinic veers off into wildly improbable thriller type territoryHe returned to nautical themes in s Beast written about a giant squid threatening Bermuda Beast was brought to the small screen as a made for TV movie in , under the slightly altered title The Beast His next novel, White Shark, was published in The story of a Nazi created genetically engineered shark human hybrid failed to achieve popular or critical success.