- The Emissary by Patricia Cori
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books
- Format: Paperback
Few sights in the natural world are more distressing than that of sea creatures beaching themselves for no apparent reason.
Although the circumstances surrounding this worldwide phenomenon are unclear, there is a growing body of circumstantial evidence to suggest that the use of sonar by the military and other commercial enterprises is partly responsible.
Whatever the cause, the trend is heart wrenching.
About the Author
Patricia Cori is an established writer, researcher and channeller. She has written a number of books, outlining and challenging the increasing plight of humans living within a collapsing political, social and ecological systems.
In her 2011 book, ‘Before We Leave You: Messages from the Great Whales and Dolphin Beings’, Cori reveals the close psycho-spiritual connection that she believes she has had with the cetaceans and, through the publication, she seeks to convey their purpose on this planet.
Their warning is grim and urgent.
“Stop the destruction of the whales, dolphins and porpoises or face their imminent extinction.”
It is through her psychic-channeling work with the cetaceans that she was motivated to found the non-profit 501c charity, SAVE EARTH’S OCEANS INC., which is dedicated to awakening people to the dilemma that our fellow sea creatures face in increasingly imbalanced and polluted seas.
Getting the Message Across
The Emissary is Cori’s first novel and is a notable departure in writing style from her usual factual approach.
The story that underpins this book is centered upon Jamie Hastings—a psychic of proven talents—who, after witnessing a harrowing and soul-destroying death of a pregnant and beached hump backed whale, is driven to try to save the dolphins and whales from possible extinction.
Her role, as described by the author, is to act as an emissary and to bring awareness of the cetaceans plight to the world.
In this sense, the character of Jamie appears to be, in part at least, semi-autobiographical.
The tale unfolds with our heroine meeting her arch-nemesis, a rich and arrogant oil executive called Matt Anderson, whose company involvement in sea bed exploration is disrupting sea creatures living and breeding in their natural habitat.
Inevitably, the worlds of the capitalist and environmentalist come into conflict when the corporation employs the psychic to help them open up new oilfields in internationally designated whale breeding grounds.
The conflicts between the two main characters escalate to dramatic proportions until the agenda of other darker and more sinister forces enter the story and dwarf their petty ego-conflicts.
The story rises to a tense and dramatic finale when vast areas of the East Coast of the United States are threatened by a man-made tsunami that threatens to wipe out most of human life in that region.
The Emissary has a relatively simple tale to tell and it is clear from the beginning that the plight of our sea creatures is a major concern to the writer.
The story itself does not really begin until a good halfway through the book though.
This is not to say that the plot is boring. Indeed, the interplay between the two main characters is tense, engaging and enjoyable. It’s just that, as a reader, I was wondering when something significant was going to happen.
When the story does finally take on some pace, it moves along at an ever-increasing speed (as if trying to catch up on lost time). It draws into the plot-line contemporary conspiracy themes, such as HARP, New World Order, population control, USOs (Unidentified Sea Objects) as well as other somewhat off-the-wall references to extra-terrestrials and other-world domains.
I wanted to enjoy this book, being that I have great sympathy with the sentiment, the cause and principles of its writer’s ecological stance.
However, though well written with some great dialog and strong characters, the book’s storyline becomes so implausible that the message of the cetaceans is lost in the drama.
Patricia Cori undoubtedly is a major spokesperson for the cetaceans and her motivations for wanting to help these magnificent sea creatures is thoroughly founded in the best intentions. Nevertheless, to my mind, this book is not the correct forum to bring awareness of their plight to the world.
Instead, the book appears to glorify and massage the ego of the ‘one called upon to speak as one voice by the cetaceans’. It completely misses the point that scientific data is needed to identify the causes of risk to our sea creatures and not a fictional account of somewhat absurd proportions.
Even within a fictional account, authentic data should and must be used when dealing with such an emotive subject with far-reaching consequences.
I hope that I am wrong. I hope that The Emissary motivates some of its readers to research the subject of these mass-suicides more thoroughly.
Sadly, I feel that this will not be the case and that this over-blown and distorted fictional account will alienate many rational people who might, ordinarily, have sympathy with the writer’s cause.
A fairly decent holiday read—but possibly not one to take with you to the beach!
Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by North Atlantic Books.