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SALFORD AUTHORS THIRD DOLPHIN BLOCKBUSTER BOOK EXPOSE
 

Star date: 14th February 2016

THE THIRD WHISTLE BLOWING CRUELTY TO DOLPHIN BLOCKBUSTER GETS UNLEASHED

The Perfect Pair: Shards from the Mirror
By David C Holroyd and Tracy J Holroyd

The much awaited third `faction' book from Salford authors David and Tracy Holroyd is unleashed this week, yet again exposing the cruelty of aquatic circuses that see smiling dolphins jump through hoops while living a miserable captive existence.

In these books the trainer of Europe's greatest show dolphins has slated the showbiz industry that made his name – but even some of the biggest anti-captivity charities in the world won't get on board. Why?

Full details here...


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

Malcolm Brenner wrote
at 18:19:03 on 18 July 2018
I actually met Capt. Watson in 1972 at a primordial Greenpeace meeting in Washington State, and I've been an admirer of his ever since. Shortly after I published the first press run of "Wet Goddess" in early 2010, I sent him a copy and a few days later received a personalized (but not hand-signed) note card from him thanking me. So why my book got to him but yours didn't, I don't know. You are both combative people (and I mean that as a good thing) who tackle problems head-on, and I think you have inadvertently clashed when you should be building bridges! Tracy, I will pm you my suggestions for resolving this situation. Keep your eyes on the prize, and remember, we don't always know why things happen as they do. As my editors kept reminding me in the newspaper business, "The word 'assume' makes an ass out of U and ME!"
 
Belinda Fellgate wrote
at 20:41:50 on 06 March 2016
This is such an important series to read. I was aware of the horrors of capture and captivity for cetaceans well before reading it, but that didn't stop the gut-wrenching agony of reading what Capello and "his" dolphins had to endure for the sake of profit. These books should be required reading in any ethics course - and ethics courses should be mandatory from primary school onwards. Tracy and David have done an incredible job in getting these books to press amid opposition that would conquer lesser mortals. I hope everyone who reads these books takes the message to heart and refuses to give money to any of the shameful institutions who keep cetaceans. It is also my hope that these books will help people to start thinking about captivity of any animal - and whether zoos and aquariums can really claim to be educational. The conditions involved in capture and keeping are inherently cruel and sub-standard, no matter the species.
 
Rebecca Dennett wrote
at 07:01:12 on 03 March 2016
I have read each of these books as they came out. They are the 'can't put it down' kind of books. Unfortunately, it's a true story. I just received the third book today and I will start reading it in a few minutes. Captain Watson, I have been a loyal supporter of Sea Shepherd since you founded it. I'm sure I always will be. I can understand that maybe you never saw the letters to you about thses books, but now that you know about them, could you please read them and give a review? I promise these books are trying to do the same thing you're trying to do in Taiji. Give them a chance, please!
 
Jill Bowyer wrote
at 12:32:52 on 22 February 2016
Another excellent review, and straight to the point. A must read trilogy for all!
 
Eleanor Walk wrote
at 09:40:08 on 21 February 2016
these books have been eye opening. Shocking is too mild a word for Capello's account of the captive cetecean industry. This is a story that needs to be told, and no wonder the industry has tried to ban it. Shameful.
 
Ian Rothwell wrote
at 06:48:45 on 20 February 2016
A well written review by Salford Star on a book that identifies the problems with dolphinariams in the 70's. A valuable lesson has to be learnt that atlanteans should be free!
 
Mrs W Raynor wrote
at 19:03:16 on 19 February 2016
Not being a big book reader it takes something special to attract my attention. As a dolphin lover (ok im interested). These books did not let me down. After going threw the full range of emotions twice i cant wait for the next book. My copy is already reserved.
 
Natalie Mason wrote
at 06:59:45 on 19 February 2016
This is a MUST read for everyone. Especially those who think captivity for these highly intelligent and sentient beings is okay. Before deciding to swim with a captive dolphin, or go to see a show, READ this. It will shock you to the core, it exposes the reality, the sheer horror of the captivity industry. A must read. We need to act NOW if we have any chance of saving our oceans. These apex predators are an integral part of it. If the oceans die, WE die. It really is that simple. Well written, full of fascinating facts, I cannot recommend enough.
 
Anita Lautsch wrote
at 20:42:00 on 18 February 2016
I have read the first 2 books of this trilogy, and am eagerly awaiting the delivery of the 3rd one to my home. I have been an active anti-captivity activist for the past few years now. I found the books of this trilogy to be honest and truthful and people everywhere need to read these books. Please do not engage in any "swim with dolphin" programs and please do not buy a ticket to go to any captive cetacean shows !!!
 
Vincent Meehan wrote
at 14:00:46 on 18 February 2016
The production of this trilogy could in no way be called a labour of love. No, it has been more akin to one of the labours of Hercules given the nature of the subject matter and all the obstructions placed in the way of the authors in publishing this work. I can personally vouch for all the trials and tribulations suffered by both David and his charges due to management indifference in their search for profits, certain un-named individuals being more culpable than others in this, as I worked beside David during those early times. Read the book, people, understand the costs to the performers and do not go anywhere near a dolphin or whale show.
 
shelley mattocks wrote
at 18:31:03 on 17 February 2016
These book will do to the captive dolphin industry what Blackfish did for the orcas. They hold the bare truth and need as much exposure as possible. I only hope that the big orgs get behind them to assist. I will help in every way possible to push this trilogy out to the public and ask others to do the same. This is just a small part of the cruelty behind the scenes of the captive industry but with yourselves and others now standing up and exposing the truth we can but hope there is an end in sight. These books help bring a light to the end of the tunnel, a chapter in time that I and many others, hope will soon end. Thank you Tracy and David for helping enlighten the world to the truth. From myself and all at Dolph N Whale we wish you every success.
 
Shelley Guinn wrote
at 08:09:25 on 16 February 2016
I have been an advocate for dolphins my whole life. I have read all three of these books and I support them and endorse them 100%. These books will do for dolphins what Blackfish has done for Orcas. The truth is revealed and the horrors of the captive industry are unveiled. I learned things that I thought were unimaginable. They have given me an insight to help with my efforts to stop captivity thru education. I Thank David and Tracy for fighting to get these books out there. The opposition to these books should tell you just how much the captive industry does not want to be exposed. For many years I have been educating and showing people the dark side of captivity, and these books will surely awaken the public and help them to see the truth and get them to NEVER buy a ticket to any dolphin show. Shelley Guinn Swim For Freedom-Marine Mammal Advocates.
 
julie barton wrote
at 14:27:00 on 15 February 2016
I WAS ONE OF THOSE IGNORANT PEOPLE ....BEFORE READING THIS BOOKS .....THE ATROCITIES THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ENDURE FOR COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL GAIN SHOCKED ME....I WAS SPURRED ON TO EDUCATE MYSELF AND RESEARCH AND EDUCATE OTHERS NOT TO GO ON HOLIDAY AND SEE THESE BEAUTIFUL BEINGS KEPT IN CAPTIVITY .....I APPLAUD THE AUTHORS FOR STEPPING UP AMID BULLYING AND THREATS TO COMPLETE THE BOOKS......SHAME ON YOU WHO WHIMPERED BEHIND THE BIG FISH WHO FEARED EXPOSE .....YOUR TIMIDITY AND FEAR WILL NOT ASSIST IN HELPING TO EDUCATE THE WORLD IN PREVENTING SLAUGHTER AND CAPTIVITY ....WELL DONE GUYS IN NOT PREVAILING TO ADVERSITY AND THREATS
 
Lisa harper wrote
at 12:54:43 on 15 February 2016
I have read the 1St two books & can't wait for the 3Rd installment, the first two books made me laugh & made me cry. I think they were really eye opening into what actually goes on behind the scenes of these types of thing's. As a child my dream was always to swim with dolphin's & I even carried that dream into adult hood with me until I read these books then completely changed my mind. These mammals should be in the wild where they belong,free not in captivity for the sake of someone else's gain & entertainment. I think people have the right to know what goes on & that all people involved should be named & shamed. I personally think any person involved in this sort of business is a vile individual.
 
Anthony Tommo Thomas wrote
at 11:54:12 on 15 February 2016
Having read the 1st 2 books I am desperate to read the third. Not only are the books riveting and entertaining but heart breaking and sadly true. I am glad that they are naming the ones that wouldn't help and as a long time supporter of The Sea Shepherd and captain Paul Watson it pains me to say that I know that the organization were given the books to read and didn't even respond. I personally had a copy sent to a very good friend who is actively involved with SS who read it and tried to get it given another chance to go up the ranks. We then heard nothing. I know that I speak not only for myself but also for David and Tracy when I say that the lack of support from SS was one of the biggest disappointments. Hopefully now they will take the books and the message seriously as it would be a great addition to their very own cause.
 
Cara Spiritguide wrote
at 11:09:50 on 15 February 2016
I have read and endorsed these books. I am a psychic medium and I know for a fact that animals can communicate telepathically and some like humans are more intelligent than others but they are all capable of experiencing pain. There is no excuse for cruelty or monetary gain through their exploitation. I applaud The Hollroyds for having the courage against all the odds to bring these facts into the limelight. Universal law demands an end to such atrocious practice - read the books and judge for yourself.
 
lynne wrote
at 08:40:15 on 15 February 2016
I waited an age for this third book in the dolphin trilogy to be released this is a story everyone should read especially those mums and dads who take their children to dolphin an whale shows its little wonder that there are reports that these books are being suppressed because I guarantee that once you have read you will never set foot in a dolphinarium I applaud the Salford star for having the guts to support it. PS as for Captain Paul Watson I have contacted one of his pages regarding these books but never got a reply from them.
 
Tracy J Holroyd wrote
at 08:39:06 on 15 February 2016
It’s amazing - after almost six years of either being ignored or deliberately obstructed by the charities mentioned in this article, the Salford Star has finally managed to get the attention of the organisation we had respected most of all. First, we must stress that this is NOT about what Sea Shepherd has done and is STILL doing. It’s about what Sea Shepherd DIDN’T do. The award-winning The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy has been the hot topic for most of the big-name charities for some time, yet Captain Paul Watson says that he has never even heard of it. Perplexing as we have tweeted, emailed and posted Facebook messages to Captain Watson and the Sea Shepherd Organisation on numerous occasions telling them about our books in hope of forging an alliance – but never once were we given the courtesy of a reply. Further, we gifted the first book in the trilogy to Rob Read of Sea Shepherd UK. Friendly communications followed before everything went abruptly silent. We even sent a copy of the book to a Sea Shepherd ground zero activist, who was so impressed that he passed it on, along with our contact details, to an official at a Paris Sea Shepherd event. Many of the charities mentioned in this article have been contacted by the Salford Star and asked to make comment. Up to now, only Captain Watson has seen fit to come forward – a sad reflection on the state of our purportedly anti-captivity charities. Fortunately for us, we have maintained records of our attempts to make contact – evidence that we would be willing to present or publish if required. David C Holroyd and Tracy J Holroyd, Members of the Society of Authors
 
Captain Paul Watson wrote
at 18:23:22 on 14 February 2016
Not sure what this is all about but the criticism of Sea Shepherd and I are unfounded because we were never asked to endorse this book. In fact we never heard of it. We certainly never ignored it because we never heard from anyone and it is not our style to discredit or discourage anyone from speaking out about the treatment of dolphins. To place myself and Sea Shepherd on a list of shame for this and to imply we are helping the captive industry is itself shameful. We have been on the ground in Taiji Japan every day for six months a year opposing the captive trade. We have law suits against Marineland, we have promoted Blackfish and we are 100% opposed to captivity. To be put on this list because we have never even heard of this book is simply ridiculous.
 
Tracy J Holroyd wrote
at 18:23:18 on 14 February 2016
Yet again, another fantastic article! Thank you, Salford Star, for having the courage to go where many media fear to tread! This story has taken a harrowing six years to complete, facing pro-captivity opposition, aided and abetted by big-name anti-captivity charities with hidden agendas. But The Universe has spoken: this is a story that had to be told.The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy - a story to smash an industry!
 
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