Krill America

ABOUT Ray Palla

Ray Palla
Ray Palla worked twenty-seven years, from the age of fifteen as a broadcast news reporter for several top-rated Texas radio stations including KVET/KASE in Austin and KIKK AM/FM in Houston. In 2016 Ray was nominated for inclusion in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.  Palla began programming  More...



Where do you find redemption for the human spirit? The answer is uniquely distinct for every individual. Sometimes it arrives unexpectedly, in the oddest of places, under the faintest light. Saturated in relentless tension, and fed by self-doubt “Krill America” triumphs in a stunning humanity-baring conclusion.

When an aging Port of Galveston research vessel, the Krill America, is suddenly flooded by an underwater earthquake and dashed against the jagged edge of a glacial iceberg her battered surviving crew members are thrust into a perilous life and death struggle for survival against the freezing waters of Antarctica's Southern Weddell Sea, the most ruthlessly treacherous place on earth.

Badly damaged and barely afloat, the remains of the ship are the only hope of Max, an elderly Mexican seaman, and his fellow shipmates. Without engines, generators, or warmth and facing diminishing supplies of food and water, the crew labors tirelessly to restore broken and antiquated systems in order to provide electricity, power, and heat. The persistence of their efforts is occasionally rewarded with temporary success only to ultimately fail and dash their hopes again. Max recounts the events and describes the strained relationships among several crew members who compete for control and vie for the affections of Kat, the only female member of the crew. Eventually, the Krill America sinks into the sea and is gone, leaving the exhausted crew to salvage and huddle into a small dilapidated shrimp boat while hoping desperately for rescue from a certain death-by-winter. A surprising and stunning conclusion reveals a hidden truth that no one, least of all Max, suspects.

"Krill America" is a "relentless impending death" fast-paced thriller suspense novel that has been described as a cross between "The Old Man and the Sea", "The Flight of the Phoenix" and "Titanic". Prepare to take a mind-bending roller-coaster journey to the bottom of the world as KRILL AMERICA sails to crush a frigid cabin-fever winter with "I was there" graphic wealth.

Krill is the most abundant food source in the world and is virtually, perpetually self sustainable

Writer to watch. —Marsha Wright, BBC

Painted in Fantastic Gritty Reality. —Wes Chick, Playwright

Quite deft... reminded me of MOBY DICK. —Bud Scott, Author

A stick with you... lasting impression. —Laurie Forehand

A great study on personalities. —Bobbie Davis

Action, adventure & suspense... eerily plausible. —Selma Wehrman

Unrelenting tension and suspenseful drama. —Marian E. O’Meara