This week the third Perfect Pair book is published by Salford authors David and Tracy Holroyd. Shards From A Mirror follows the previous books in the trilogy, with more exposes of the cruel world of the dolphin showbiz industry, written from the viewpoint of the trainer of Europe's greatest show dolphins, in blockbuster, page-turning, big business-slamming, easy-reading style.
Review: The Perfect Pair: Shards from the Mirror
By David C Holroyd and Tracy J Holroyd
We've had gangster dolphins, kinky dolphins, stinky penguins and stubborn sea lions, seen through the eyes and mind of trainer, David Capello, in two fishy blockbusters exposing the insane world of aquatic circuses. Now comes the third, and final, part of what is essentially a tragic trilogy of the human-led fall of two captive dolphins, Herb'e and Duchess.
During the first two `faction' novels, Capello has been using his unique psychic bond to entice Herb'e and Duchess to become the greatest dolphin show pair in Britain, despite the cruelty and profit-hungry corporates all around him. Now he's aiming for the perfect pair to do a synced forward somersault – yet another metaphor for the hoops Capello has to jump through to try and maintain the welfare of mammals that should really be swimming free in an ocean somewhere.
His predicament, previously kept numb by Valium, erupts into the open amidst a dophinarium management that registers only the cash tills of the paying public...and none of the pain of the captured dolphins in its charge. The show pool that Capello calls his `enchanted mirror' holds a multitude of horrors that the audience never sees...
"They're prisoners of the mirror" he exclaims "...What a rotten, horrible, horrible existence...And for what? Their smile, their generous smile – a feature that remains fixed even when they cry. What a terrible price to pay for simply looking happy..."
And for those dolphins who won't, or can't, perform...there may be murder afoot; rather than the slow, sad, toxic death applauded by unknowing families who come to watch the aquatic circus.
This third blockbuster, Shards from the Mirror, is yet again, beautifully written by authors, David C Holroyd and Tracy J Holroyd, with page-turning anticipation of what psychic jokes and treats the dolphins have in store for us – and, in turn, what neglect humans can spew onto such intelligent creatures.
All the way through The Perfect Pair trilogy the message has been clear – `You wouldn't go and see a lion or tiger perform, so why go and see a performing dolphin and perpetuate a cruel trade?'. The idea is so controversial that these books have been almost suppressed by the big publishers – but to anyone with a soul it's common sense. A campaign that's time has come...
Review by Stephen Kingston
This no-holds barred conclusion of the Perfect Pair trilogy ends with a List of Shame of animal welfare charities which wouldn't endorse the books...
"When we started to write the Capello story, we were warned to expect opposition" the authors write "But...what shocked us most was the response of the charities when we appealed to them for help. Some turned us down flat; many ignored us but – most disappointingly – one UK charity actually took steps to discredit us. Such is our disgust we have compiled this list...
Marine Connection; Born Free Foundation; PETA UK; PETA USA; Sea Shepherd UK; Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Organisation; Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).
The List of Shame ends with a personal message from the authors `The captive cetacean industry owes you all a huge debt of gratitude'.
The Perfect Pair: Shards from the Mirror (Matador)
By David C Holroyd and Tracy J Holroyd
For anyone who wants to judge for themselves, all three books are available in print (with beautiful looking metallic covers) and digitally...
The books can be purchased directly from the Perfect Pair website – click here
Or from Amazon – click here
Or from the Book Depository – click here
Or from Waterstones – click here
• The e-book of the latest book will be released in a few weeks.
To read more information on the Perfect Pair see www.theperfectpairdolphintrilogy.com
See also previous Salford Star articles and reviews – click here and click here