Peter Benchley began his career as a novelist in 1974 with the publication of Jaws, which was made into a hugely successful film. His other books include The Deep, The Island, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, "Q" Clearance, Rummies, Beast, White Shark, and Shark Trouble. He was also a speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson and a journalist for such magazines as Newsweek and National Geographic. Benchley died in 2006. For more information, please visit www.peterbenchley.com.
Benchley's novel, while better known as the source material for Steven Spielberg's classic movie, has earned its own stripes as a small gem of suspense fiction. With another summer fast approaching, audio listeners may be interested in revisiting the town of Amity, Long Island, and getting back in the water. Erik Steele, a theater and film actor, chomps into Benchley's raw prose with appetite, enjoying every bite of gore and social observation. Making ample use of well-placed pauses and silences, Steele amplifies not only the suspense, but Benchley's surprisingly well-honed characterizations. The experience, of course, is markedly different from Spielberg's film, offering shocks less visceral and more contemplative. A Random House hardcover. (Apr.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"A tightly written, tautly paced study of terror [that] makes us tingle."--The Washington Post
"Powerful . . . [Benchley's] story grabs you at
once."--The New York Times Book Review "Relentless terror . .
. You'd better steel yourself for this one. It isn't a tale for the
faint of heart."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pure engrossment from the very opening . . . a fine story told with style, class, and a splendid feeling for suspense."--Chicago Sun-Times