A unique novel set in the world of the dolphins – watch the ninety-second video trailer for the book now:
Dolphin Way: Rise of the Guardians is a novel set amongst the lives of the other major civilization inhabiting this planet: the dolphins. It is an adventure story and a love story; it also has an underlying message warning of the devastation man is unwittingly causing to the oceans of the world. The book is aimed at adult readers, but will appeal to young adults too. Although it is a work of fiction, the author has based the story on the real lives and capabilities of these amazing creatures.
Dolphin culture evolved over millions of years so that they could remain perfectly attuned with their world, Ocean. Unlike man, they have created an almost utopian society without feeling the need to manipulate their environment, collect possessions or wage war. But the growing pressure of man’s activities become intolerable and in frustration, one faction seeks an aggressive new path. They make a shocking departure from the Way — the ancient philosophy that has guided them so well through the millennia.
Sky, a male dolphin, close to becoming an Initiate in the Way, unwillingly finds himself caught up in the violent consequences. To save the lives of his closest friends he will have to risk the worst punishment his clan can inflict and must decide between the two females who challenge everything he believes in.
Some Reviewers’ Comments
From the first moment I opened “Dolphin Way”, I was instantaneously captivated by the story. I indulged and read through the night till the final page. Though a novel, Mark has unravelled both facts and mysteries surrounding these fascinating, endearing animals. As a fellow “marine mammal” and ocean aficionado, I loved the book. Albeit fictitious, it gave insight to an enthralling nation that I wish could be ours. It was truly an emotional and provocative read. – Ocean Geographic Magazine
A superbly plotted, accomplished and entertaining novel with a powerful environmental message describing the intolerable pressure from man’s destruction of the dolphins’ world. – Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Once I started to read, I could not put it down and I have read it in four days flat, which is quick for me. It’s a very Cane and Able type of story but the imagery in it, and the imagination that Mark has used is wonderful. Also, it makes you think about what we are doing to our environment. – New Books Magazine
Not only does Caney have a beautiful writing style, a vivid imagination and a natural sense of plot construction, but what is clearly an intimate knowledge of dolphins and the underwater world. – Diver Magazine
Mark Caney narrated his own audiobook version and he does a really good job with it. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his female voices were feminine. Caney also captured the various emotions of the characters as well. The pacing was good and there were no tech issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.
– Dab of Darkness Book Reviews
I absolutely loved Dolphin Way: Rise of the Guardians and read it in three days because I wanted to immerse myself in the fabulous world which Mark Caney created. – Feeling Fictional
Mark Caney is one of those authors that blows me away! He has created an entire society that includes a culture, music, stories and legends, poetry, etiquette and all else that makes up a fully developed society. That this society is underwater in the oceans we all know, and populated by dolphins, makes it all the more amazing to me. – Let’s Book It
This analogous tale has been beautifully crafted to include details of legends, laws, taboos, myths, ancient writings, music, traditional gatherings, mating rituals, birth and death customs, and well-crafted ‘characters’ galore. – Scottish Diver Magazine
Masterfully weaves a believable tale of dolphin life – you will never look at a dolphin the same way again! – Sport Diver Magazine