Gurk & Whale

[The Rose Mane Arrows]



Gurk & Whale [The Rose Mane Arrows]


This is a great read. A page turner, it is highly descriptive, makeing you feel as though you are right there in the story. If you love epic fantasy, this will not disappoint....



13.99 US$ Paperback : : 6.99 US$ Electronic // Epic Fantasy, Young Adult, Action, Adventure, Cyborg character // ISBN; 978-1530516001 / Electronic Edition ASIN ; B00584UXI2


Brief; Quest For The Rose Mane Arrows. A team of pollutions surveyors from the world next to ours, come here looking for a solution which will enable them to slay a seven headed beast which is about to destroy their world, and which feeds off pollution dripping into their world from our oceans.


This is a story about a team of four people, three men, one woman, and their organic database, in the form of two androids, the female Ou, and male, Nee, who come from the world next to our world. They enter through an ice portal deep below the Atacama Desert, adjacent to the ocean’s Atacama Trench. They are a team of pollution surveyors. They have come to our world to obtain Rose Mane Arrows, which they will use to kill the seven headed Septiphasian, nearing its fourth, spawning, stage of development. The beast feeds on pollution from our world that leaks down to their world through the ocean floor.

The four members of the team, being separated soon after entering our world, have each lost their memory, forgetting the purpose for which they came here. One of them has become a businessman, one, the first-mate on a boat. The woman, appearing young when she was washed up on the beach, lives with a sculptor, Porter, who has looked after her like a younger sister. The third man has become an environmentalist.


They each receive a letter, the businessman, Gurk, is invited to view a mansion as a potential buyer. The young woman is told a member of her family has bequeathed for her a mansion. The first-mate is told he has been left a mansion by a wealthy aunt. The third man is told he has a job offer and must report to the mansion. They all meet up at the mansion where they come into contact with the ‘Key’, a woman from a race akin to mermaids. Slowly they each regain their memory.


Gurk goes with the Key to a Perl palace deep down in the ocean, in the Galapagos rise. He has to go in search of a mystical, shy creature call the Mane. Gurk must retrieve some of the hairs from the neck of the Mane, the substance in the follicles is of pure goodness, and used with the arrows, is enough to bring down the Septiphasian.


Meanwhile Ricx, the environmentalist, has gone to Japan to arrange for the release of Whale. The young Woman, D’e’ep, and her guardian, Porter, and Swyutz, the first-mate, first must help Ou, the Cybernetic component of their organic database, OuNee, a cyborg, to break out of the mental institution, where it has been held since they all lost their memories. After reuniting Ou with Nee, they go to the Amazon to contact the Bufeo, freshwater, pink dolphins.

The dolphins will take the team far below the Atacama Desert, through a labyrinth, almost to the ice portal. The team have to find their way to the portal, pass through it out onto a bridge in the world next to ours, and from there, go to the Septiphasian’s lair. They do battle with the beast, and attempt defeat it, and its spawn. Δ


A team of four hero's from another world, along with their cybernetic organic database, made up of two components, one organic, the other, electronic and somewhat unbalanced...

A castle with a secret turret and magical doorway...

A prison breakout of the electronic cy component...

Mermaids & Mermen, and the Key's people - the Jang'daurseran...

Underground caves and Holding Wells, and a magnificent underwater Pearl place...

An ancient, mystical underwater creature of pure goodness, the Mane, existing only in the waters of the Galapagos Rise, north of the Tropic of Capricorn...

The forging of the Rose Mane Arrows...

A trek into the Rain Forest...

The rescuig of a Whale...

A voyage through the secret labyrinth below the Atacama Desert...

Passage through the hidden Ice Portal into the world next to our world...

A battle against the seven headed Septiphasian ...and much much more!

After entering our world through a portal deep beneath the Atacama Desert and ending up with memory loss, continents apart, the six are reunited by two Earth based members of their team. Regaining full memory recall, they carry out their mission to obtain Rose Mane, a solution of pure goodness secreted by mystical creatures found only in one place on Earth, leagues beneath the surface waters of the Galapagos Rise.


With the assistance of a species of Mer, arrows are forged, to be used to slay the seven headed Septiphasian, which, having gorged on pollution seeped down from our oceans, is braced to enter its fourth stage, the spawning cycle.

Racing against time, the team, having secured passage back to the portal via the Amazon jungle and river, prepare for a final, successful battle against the Septiphasian, thus narrowly avoiding the devastation of the two worlds closest to our own. Δ


Andi's Comments:

Title; Gurk & Whale Sub-title; The Rose Mane Arrows by Andi Katsina


I wrote the first half of this book in the Galapagos Archipelago in 2006. The book was completed in Santa Monica, California, same year.


This project was called McGurk.


I love this book. It has a totally fresh feel to it. The characters come alive as they race to obtain the solution which will save their worlds. I enjoy the fact that a fair amount of the adventure takes place in, underwater.


As an environmentalist I draw much strength from nature. I love the oceans, I love the mountains, forests, the deserts, even the cities, and so have a tendency to become highly descriptive. There are sections in this story, especially the underwater scenes, were you're guaranteed to feel as though you are physically right there alongside my character.


I drove to Monterey, California, taking the coastal route my character Gurk took. It has a lot of breathtaking views, as well as Pebble Beach and Big Sur. A great place to find an entrance to a pearl palace.


I love this story, and feel that I found a nice balance between sci-fi and adventure. You will enjoy reading this book, I certainly hope you do.

All the best from Andi Katsina



  • As part of my research for this book I went to the Jet Propulsion laboratory / The Goldstone Observatory, which was super cool. They gave me a few gifts ~ totally unexpected and much appreciated, no, not a spaceship, but I do have a Large NASA Sticker on my crash helmet : ))




.1] McGurk & Whale 1 - 6
.2] Regroup 7 - 27
.3] House Hunters 28 - 50
.4] The Turret 51 - 65
.5] Downtown LA 66 - 72
.6] Holding Well 73 - 78
.7] Gurk's Penthouse 79 - 95
.8] On The Rocks 96 - 101
.9] Database Search 102 - 120
10] Tracking Mane 121 - 124
11] Database Recovery 125 - 129
12] At The Ready 130 - 131
13] Whistle While You Work 132 - 144
14] Little Breathers 145 - 152
15] Back On Line 153 - 157
16] Into The Rise 158 - 161
17] That Thing! It!! 162 - 171
18] Merciful Mane 172 - 174
19] Dismantlement 175 - 182
20] Rose Mane 183 - 188
21] Qué 189 - 193
22] Retrieval 194 - 198
23] Shotgun 199 - 202
24] At The Pearl Palace 203 - 210
25] Jungle Fever 211 - 215
26] Save The Whale 216 - 218
27] Reorientation 219 - 221
28] Running Whale 222 - 227
29] River Rangers 228 - 229
30] Filtering Philages 230 - 231
31] Inia, Bufeo 232 - 234
32] Back At The Pearl Palace 235 - 235
33] Tit For Tat 236 - 239
34] These People 240 - 244
35] Rights & Wrongs 245 - 251
36] Dipped & Feathered 252 - 256
37] Stand Up And Be Counted 257 - 263
38] Whale Charter 264 - 266
39] Sure I'm Sure 267 - 268
40] Noisy Water 269 - 270
41] River Banks 271 - 277
42] River Raft 278 - 280
43] Don't Look Back 281 - 295
44] Don't Look Down 296 - 305
45] Passage Through The Labyrinth 306 - 321
46] The Ice Portal 322 - 332
47] The Bridge 333 - 348
48] The Septiphasian's Lair 349 - 361
49] Fouling The Feeder Head 362 - 366
50] Charge! 367 - 374
51] Distraction 375 - 382
52] Tail End 383 - 390
53] Splattering Spawned 391 - 406
54] Last Strike 407 - 415
55] The Will Of The Rose Mane 416 - 426
56] Conclusion; Pollution Survey 427 - 452




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