@salfordonline reviews the perfect pair: shards from the mirror - a five star 'warts and all' expose
And so we come to the final chapter in The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy by authors David and Tracy Holroyd - and what an ending! The Enchanted Mirror has been well and truly shattered.
Anyone who has read the first two books (and you should have done) will be familiar with dolphin trainer David Capello's amazing psychic bond with his beloved Atlanteans and the love that they share.
Once again, we see David's struggle with his arch nemesis, Backhouse, who finally reveals his true colours. The glitz and glamour of the world of dolphinariums is fully exposed for what it truly is, an unforgiving money-making machine with no regard for these beautiful creatures when the show must go on at all costs.
Let’s face it, who doesn't love a dolphin? Cute, intelligent creatures with permanently smiling faces – yet we know little of what they have to endure.
Money is all that matters as corners are cut: dolphins being forced to live and swim in a chemical fog that is supposed to pass for water, fed unimaginable slops and, when they have outlived their usefulness, simply abandoned and left to die.
It is obvious when reading this book that David Capello has witnessed first-hand the terrible ordeals that these poor creatures are forced to endure in the name of profit, and if you have ever contemplated visiting a dolphinarium, then after reading this story you should feel ashamed of yourself.
The first two books introduce us to the loveable Duchess, Herb’e, Baby, Scouse, Bonnie, Clyde, Bubbles, Stumpy, Eccles and Twinkle, and they are great reads, as we learn more and more about the bond between the trainer and his charges.
Initially the reader is not made aware of what is going on in the background; all seems sweetness and light … well almost.
The mood slowly darkens, as does Capello's health - both mental and physical - as the truth begins to slowly unravel and he is forced to face his demons.
The psychic bond that he shares with his Atlanteans is torn asunder as they feel betrayed by their treatment and let down by David.
I daren't spoil the ending, but please I urge you to not only finish the book, but also to take time to take in what you have read.
I guarantee that this book will shake all your pre-conceived ideas of dolphinariums with the nice image of well-fed dolphins happily performing for your entertainment.
This is a ‘warts and all’ exposé, so don't be expecting whimsy or light-heartedness, because you will be disappointed.
It’s little wonder that certain authorities have tried to have this book blacklisted, but the truth must be told, and it’s told here in no uncertain manner.
A five star must-read!
David c holroyd & tracy j holroyd