Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Founder, Waterkeeper Alliance, Attorney, Environmental Activist, Author, Blogger, Radio Host
"David Kirby writes beautifully, in a unique and captivating way. Every page of his books is filled with powerful information."
"I first hired David to design
and deliver a training session for high-profile spokespeople at the U.N.
He did a phenomenal job over only two days to help us strengthen our
messages and deliver them effectively. His role-playing exercise on
camera was a lifesaver! Based on that success, I hired him to write
press materials for several U.N. Human Development Reports, and again
when I founded a not-for-profit, to conduct media training before we
published our first book. Again his custom-designed training sessions
hit the mark perfectly."
Leonid Poretsky, MD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism,
Director, Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute, Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
“When the Friedman Diabetes Institute first opened, we needed an array of materials written for specific audiences. David Kirby walked us through the process, helping us communicate effectively with patients, healthcare providers, lawmakers and media covering everything from biomedical research to public health. David also helped me turn a 180-page policy report into a one-page opinion paper, showing me how to make my arguments more concise, and very readable.”
Michael Solomon, Award-Winning Filmmaker; Author of Now It's Funny:
How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and other Looming Disasters Jersey City, NJ
"David Kirby is a master of story, structure, and impact. He's helped me take my writing to a whole new level, and to a whole new audience on The Huffington Post. David is a dream to work with because he delivers his honesty, his insights, and the richness of his writing experience in a way you can listen to and build upon. You'll actually find yourself looking forward to rewriting!"
Salvatore Cardoni, Environmental and Wildlife Producer, TakePart, the
Website of Participant Media, Beverly Hills, CA
“David began writing about whales and dolphins, captivity issues and the fragile state of our oceans in the fall of 2012. Since then, he has attracted many new readers to our national website with his timely reporting, deeply learned perspectives, and top-flight yet accessible writing that would be an asset to any major blog. A master of the written and spoken word, he is perfectly suited to the role of writing and media coach”
Mary Holland, Research Scholar, NYU School of Law; Co-Founder,
The Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, EBCALA, New York City, NY
"David Kirby is an inspiring public speaker, author, investigative journalist and media trainer. Having worked with David on many projects, I know that he gives of himself 1000%. Whether you need help going on morning TV talk shows or sprucing up your high school senior’s college essay, David will be the consummate, behind-the-scenes coach, working with you to get the job done, and done right."
Dr. Naomi A. Rose, Senior Scientist, Humane Society International,
Leading Killer Whale Expert, Fairfax, VA
“I was very uncertain about having my personal life, as well as my work, profiled in David’s book 'Death at SeaWorld,’ but he did a fantastic and respectful job describing both. I was particularly impressed with his ability to organize the various elements of the history of captive orcas into a cohesive, interwoven narrative, pulling the reader in immediately and then building a convincing, logical, but compelling story with separate acts and chapters.”
Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse, Author & Public Speaker, Berkeley, CA
"David Kirby’s startling investigations are stories that are seldom told - and rarely with such force and eloquence."
Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill
"Hurray to David Kirby for exposing the horrific conditions that are so prevalent at America’s factory farms."
"As the director of a not-for-profit performance group for developmentally disabled children, I was thrilled to have David’s solid coaching and advice when generating written materials for our organization – whether for the media, for donors, or for the general public. Thanks David!"
Len Heisler, Executive Director, Dreamstreet, Brooklyn, NY
"David was the very first 'real author' to whom I showed my writing. His encouragement and advice on how to proceed to success lead me to my literary agent and my first published book."
Carlos A. Jimeno, Artist, Singer, Contractor, Arverne, NY
"English is not my first language, and I really needed some basic guidance in creating promotional materials for my different businesses – home renovator, painter/sculptor and nonprofit opera company official. I was lucky to have David at my side. He helped me write in English better than I ever thought I could. Business is really taking off."
~Excerpts of Reader Reviews from Amazon and Goodreads~
~Reviews at Amazon~
One of the best books I've ever read! - Alex Lewis "Alexlewis44" (Denton, Tx) - David Kirby has hit the nail on the head once again. ‘Death at SeaWorld’ is quite possibly the most exciting book I've ever read. I could not put it down and did not want it to end. I have never read a book like this before. Not only is it incredibly descriptive but it's also fact-based. Thank you so much for writing this book!
The Real Truth Behind The Lies – Hydeaway Photography - I could NOT put this book down!
I have read every single book about Orcas that I possibly could and
this one is by far one of if not the best book I've read thus far. For
the sake of the animals and their trainers! Thank you to David Kirby for
writing this amazing book!
Exceptional Book – Gripping – WelshDana - This book gripped me from the first chapter. I have no particular interest in whales or sea life in general but having read this book I can’t but help want to know more. It does read like the best of thrillers, I couldn't put it down and looked forward to the end of the day to get into bed with this along with sneaking in chapters when making dinner, in the park etc. One of the best books I have ever read, and I have read a lot!
Outstanding Book About a Controversial Topic – Frank L. Urbano - David Kirby's book is informative, thorough and utterly engrossing. As a person who has a great interest in whales and marine life, I found that I could not put the book down and read it in a matter of days. I would recommend that anyone who has an interest in marine life, and likes a well-written story, read David Kirby's wonderful book.
Why do folk go to marine parks? – Ria - I found this book extremely hard to put down once started. So interesting how the author put two sides together. comparing the life of a wild orca and the horror of being a captive in a small tank.
Wise words on whales Mr. LC Phillips - (London) –Respect is a key part of Kirby’s work here and is especially apparent in his steadfast approach to the whales’ situation and those who are trying to help them. This is a gripping tale that needs to be shouted from the roof tops, but more than that, the story is a page turner that I couldn't put down. It opened my eyes further on something I thought I already knew a great deal about.
Daughter loved it – Paralegal Chefs - My autistic daughter has been obsessed with killer whales since age 3. She's 16 now and could NOT put the book down! She cried while reading parts but deff learned a lot and enjoyed this book. She's read it 3 more times.
Release the orcas - Cathy J Baker - A must read for anyone interested in marine life. The differences in behaviour between captive orcas versus wild orcas is remarkable. Kirby definitely did his homework. I highly recommend this book. You won't be able to put it down until you're finished.
Lifts the lid on what SeaWorld don’t want you know - julieannboo - I received this last week and haven’t been able to put it down since. David lifts the lid on what SeaWorld don’t want you to know what really goes on life for the whales in captivitGreat book!!! Very eye opening - Pen Name - Once I began reading it I couldn't put it down. It was very shocking and eye opening and super educating.
Read it in 3 days - James R. Lawrence III (Canyon Country, CA) - It was so good I could not put it down. This book really puts the lives of captive (intelligent) Orcas in perspective. A must read for any animal lover or appreciator of wilderness! Thank you so much for writing this book!
This book is a must read for animal lovers - Michael J. Spitale - I just bought this book this morning for my Kindle and I have barely put it down yet. The author does an amazing job of explaining Orca.
Factual, Gripping, Can't Stop Read – Kirsten Massebeau (Cannon Beach, Oregon) ‘Death at SeaWorld’ is worth every penny. This factual and objective account is a book you won't be able to put down. The author David Kirby does an amazing job of toggling between the world of wild orca, and the trainers at Sea World.
JAWS for the 21st Century - Tommy Shane - Anyone who cares about human life, and anyone who cares about the fate of other mammals, must read DEATH AT SEAWORLD. It is a page-turning thriller. David Kirby is an amazing writer. You will not be able to put this book down.
Intelligent and thought provoking - Baygirl61 - I just downloaded this book last night, and I was riveted. Finished it this morning. I was delighted to find so much information about the lives of wild orcas and the research that has been done over the years.
Exposes the truth behind the illusion - Marisa Hunt - Excellent book, clearly explains what goes on behind closed doors at sea world. It’s a gripping objective read full of facts taken from a variety of sources, once you start you will not be able to put it down.
I really enjoyed the DETAIL – bothellbuyer (WA USA) – I picked up this e-book awhile back and waited for a non-fiction reading 'mood'. Boy, was I pulled into this topic. For an in-depth exploration of the topic of orca captivity issues, I would recommend this to other readers.
A MUST READ! – S. McElhaney (Woodbridge, VA) - David Kirby's insightful book tells the real truth behind the brightly colored walls at SeaWorld. Destined to be a best-seller!
Fantastic !!!!! - Kimberly Sutherland - David Kirby has hit the nail on the head. Very informative ...I LOVED this book. Sea world executives must be having a very bad day with the release of this stunning examination of the marine park procedures.
VALID .. REFRESHING – Paul Slabaugh (Leakey, Texas) - 'Death at SeaWorld' cleanly presents a balance of scientific and experiential data with shocking, anecdotal stories. Historically significant, this is a wonderful read from a New York Times bestselling author!!
Outstanding book - Truman Goldendog - One of the best books about a wild animal issue I have read. I have been a professional endangered species biologist for 23 years. David Kirby not only got his facts correct on the biology and ecology of the killer whale, but he has written the story in an engrossing manner. I felt like I was present at the events he described in his book.
Incredible book – Christelle - It informs its readers so well about the orca captivity situation - I feel like everything you need to know on the issue is in this book, it's so detailed and well-researched. The 450 pages scared me at first, but I was flipping through the pages so fast - this book is captivating.
Changed the way I thought- April -The highest praise I can give a book is that it makes you stand back and really review what your beliefs are. This one does that...I will never look at any animals held in captivity the same, particularly marine mammals.
So far, Death at SeaWorld has received 204 reader ratings, of which, 98% liked the book.
The most common rating was 5 stars.
Sarah - A gripping narrative non-fiction book that I could not put down. This is a harrowing and sad story of what happens when man uses nature to make a profit at the cost of human. I was impressed at the science in this book. Normally science books leave me cold, but Kirby showed his subjects as being intelligent and creative without overly anthropomorphizing them. The book is both educational and highly readable.
Ariel - One of the most powerful books I have ever read and along with Unbroken, my favorite nonfiction read of the year. Much like how Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle (another favorite of mine) exposed the seedy side of the meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, this book lays bare the Sea World behind the facade they put forth.
Lara - One of the best nonfiction books I've ever read, and one that was very emotionally charged for me. David Kirby paces this like a thriller, and the amount of research that went into fully developed human and cetacean characters is astounding.
Elizabeth Batt - Death at SeaWorld is a 'read it and weep' exposé of shocking connotations. The reader is cleverly and artfully guided by the author through a complicated 'mess-story'. But this is the quiet strength of the book. Kirby's knockout format is articulate and mind-blowing. This riveting read is not one that will easily be dismissed.
Karin Susan Fester - David Kirby's book documents and effectively engages with the fierce debate about whether it is good and right to keep killer whales (orcas) in captivity at marine theme parks. For his compelling argument, the author employs a wide range of sources: empirical evidence, scientific expert opinions, and numerous interviews with trainers and a host of others. Each chapter is packed with essential information and supports the author's comprehensive argumentation. David Kirby has left no stone unturned. His book is simply superb.
Angela - Excellent informative book. I learned so much about Killer Whales and all the reasons they SHOULD NOT be kept in captivity! I've done the Sea World/Shamu thing, and now I have a totally different perspective. Excellent research, well written. Recommend if you are interested in this subject matter.
Michelle - The author does an excellent job of winding a narrative through this non-fiction piece. It reads much like a story, or at least parts of it do. The science is fascinating and I don’t know how anyone could read this and not agree that orcas should not be kept in captivity. It was fascinating to learn the whole story behind Keiko. This is a very important read, for anyone
Brittany - This book is prodigiously well-researched and compulsively readable. Kirby launched a full-scale journalistic investigation into the history of orcas in captivity, specifically those at SeaWorld. Kirby does his homework. He gets in up to his elbows interviewing anyone who at any time had anything to do with SeaWorld. It makes for fascinating reading. The resulting book is an eye-opening look at the history of killer whales and a distressing exposé of SeaWorld.
Diane Richards – Compelling. The book is well written and thorough. Kirby does an excellent job painting a portrait of an industry that sustains cruelty. As a milestone of progress toward the day when this industry dies out, the book is important. It's also darn hard to put down.
Cheryl - Thank you Mr. Kirby for writing such a book, with such attention to details, dates, names, places, etc. You have written a book that should be required reading for anyone who even thinks about going to these shows. Mr. Kirby, I will look forward to reading more that you have written.
Deborah Blalock - David Kirby, a well-respected journalist, tells the truth. Unfortunately for SeaWorld, Kirby reveals their carefully crafted public relations magic to be smoke and mirrors. Well written, well researched, and well thought out, this is a must read for anyone who cares about the world we live in.
Brian Walters - I checked out the preview to the book and it held me. The history of the death at Sea World is truly amazing. I don't think i can view animals in captivity the same after reading this book. It is well written and documents the history of sea world well. I would recommend it.
Jennifer - This book made for compulsive reading. After finishing, it seemed clear that ending the use of these huge predators as entertainment is best, both for orcas and the people who work with them.
Mary Ellen - This book was well-received and widely reviewed. One quote stuck with me: "Putting an orca in a swimming pool is like putting an eagle in a parakeet cage". Read this provocative book and decide for yourself.
Mary Beth - This is a very good and very important book. I believe I approached the subject from an almost purely neutral position. I didn't really know enough to have an opinion one way or another. The book clearly has a viewpoint but it is about as fair and objective as it can be.
Julie - A very detailed eye-opener to the horrible things that go on with animals in captivity. How any of us could think it's a good idea to put large (or any) animals into a tank for people to gawk at is beyond me....even though I sort of pushed that thought aside for a long time. This book is sad and there is no happy ending. But it is very thought provoking.
Manisha - This book is a very captivating read. The images that David Kirby creates about orca life in the wild versus orca life in captivity is so haunting and moving, that I don't think I'll be able to look at places like SeaWorld the same ever again. The characters in this book are real people fighting for what they believe in, and the characterization of the infamous Tilikum, the killer whale that brutally attacked and killed Dawn Brancheau in 2010, is equally moving.
Elena - Thanks David Kirby for opening the eyes of many about what really happens behind the "smiles" of orcas and dolphins, although I noticed how some people tell me "they prefer not to know" ... much easier I guess.
Annica - I found this very interesting and informative! David Kirby is very good at writing without personal bias while still letting you know it's there.
Barbara Borg-Jenkins - What an eye-opener! Like all wild animals, orcas have no business being captured and held for the entertainment of humans.