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Tsunami 2004 [Kindle Edition]

Tracey Lee , Lucy Popescu
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Boxing Day, 2004, in Sri Lanka was a day when many people lost their lives in a ‘freak act of nature’. Asia experienced the second largest earthquake on record in the Indian Ocean, off the west coast of Sumatra, releasing massive tsunamis which brought death and devastation throughout the region. The mega-thrust earthquake created a geological catastrophe and approximately six hundred miles of fault lines ruptured in the Asian sea. Two of the planet’s plates went head to head. As one pushed down on the other it was squeezed and the pressure built up until the plates erupted, releasing an enormous amount of energy. The sea bed rose and within seconds the water column shifted to create a massive wall of water.
The tsunami started to travel in different directions across the Indian basin. Although this was picked up by experts at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, there was no warning system in place in Asia. This meant there was no time for people to evacuate the beaches and head inland. Had a system been in place this would be a very different story and many unnecessary deaths could have been prevented.
Early that morning, everyone was blissfully unaware of the horrors that lay ahead. They were going about their daily chores, eating their breakfast, taking an early dip in the crystal water or lying on the beach catching the early morning sun rays, happy and relaxed. What began as a normal day for hundreds of thousands of people turned out to be one of the most catastrophic days in history.
In Sri Lanka alone, somewhere between thirty-eight thousand and thirty-nine thousand people became victims of the tsunami. It is estimated that at least three hundred thousand people died in twelve different countries throughout Asia and Africa on that day – the exact figure may never be known. The countries affected were Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Bangladesh, Burma, Kenya, Malaysia, Somalia and Tanzania.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nickerson Publishing (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1HIR9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-read 7 April 2013
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If ever there was a book to sharply bring the so-called 'worries' of our lives into perspective then this is it. A heart breaking personal account of a fun-loving British woman enjoying a Christmas family holiday in Sri Lanka with her partner and his family only to find themselves caught up in and trying to survive one of the worst natural disasters this world has ever seen - the Asian tsunami of 2004. The writing here is so vivid, visceral and real that you feel like you are there with Tracey and experiencing the horrors yourself. Even at the start as Tracey arrives in Sri Lanka and marvels at the beauty of the country, meets the friendly locals and enjoys Christmas in the sun you already feel the sense of foreboding of the immense tragedy to come. Once the tsunami unexpectedly hits, Tracey's transition from confusion to shock to terror to the fight to survive and help rescue those around her is beyond haunting. The full horrors of what her and her partner Luke are suddenly experiencing, especially the witnessing of people losing their loved ones all around them is written so skilfully and honestly that you often have to remind yourself that this is not fiction, this is all real. A gripping, haunting book, this is a must-read and will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 5 April 2013
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This is an amazing first hand account of one of the greatest natural disasters in our time. Tracey Lee writes with an immediacy that evokes the enormity of the Tsunami in extraordinary detail. The sights, sounds and smell of the experience are present throughout this page turning account. This story of survival is juxtaposed with an equally extroadinary home life that is filled with laughter, love and adventures in London. The author's day job at London Zoo was in itself material for a biography and not without its share of trauma and tragedy. As Tracey and her family struggle to make sense of the events that took place in Sri Lanka on Boxing Day 2004, she interweaves stories of animals and people that touched her life and made her the strong survivor she has become.

The book is written with great humour and laugh outloud moments. Luke, her boyfriend, and his family are real three dimensional characters and the family bonds are complete with drunken evenings and run of the mill holiday banter - although the amount of shoes to take on holidays may be an argument that Luke never wins again, as diamante flip flops were an unexpected necessity! The family history was what took the family to Sri Lanka and the relationships are what held them together in the crisis. The reader has a real sense of the beauty of the island and the courage of the people who live there.

The author's experience of personal tragedy includes losing her own child, witnessing the death of a colleague and facing the dangers of wild animals first hand. She is clearly loved and brings spirit and humour to her wide circle of friends and family who are present throughout the book. It is hard to believe that a young woman could have gone through so much and be able to recount it with such dignity and humour. This is a truly remarkable story of survival.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tsunami 2004 11 April 2013
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Tracey Lee's vivid writing has brought to life the horrendous events that unfolded in Sri Lanka on the fateful day the tsunami hit. She has clearly written from the heart and you share her terror, shock, fear and love all the way through the book. The devestating effects of the wave are hard to comprehend and news reports did not portray what happened a fraction as well as Tracey's story. Clearly this was a life-changing event for everyone involved and we must remember those that were lost and those that are still suffering the consequences.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a moving account of being caught up in a natural disaster with all the trauma, emotions, sadness and acts of heroism by ordinary people that is entangled in such a tragic event. The account is honest and, at many times heart wrenching, I sobbed from the outset but could not put it down. An amazing read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read 20 April 2013
By Dawnie
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I could not put this book down, from the minute the author starts her journey in London to her return to Sri Lanka in 2012 this book had me gripped - the real story of the Tsunami is brought to life, the experiences of the locals and tourists and the trauma and heartache that the author and her family went through take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed and cried and cried some more and have not stopped recommending this book since I finished it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid Account 6 April 2013
By Orwell
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This boook details some very sad events but gives a brilliantly vivid picture of the 2004 Tsunami. Warmly written and evocative, the book tells the story both of the author and the many Sri Lankans caught up in the horrific disaster.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet powerful 16 April 2013
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This is an un-airbrushed, emotive, first-hand account which enthralled me from the first few pages. It isn't wrapped up in literary prose, there is no need to 'unlock' the meaning and search for subtext, it is just like sitting in a quiet corner of a pub with a new friend who is sharing her experiences. It is brutal in places, heart warming in others, and lingers long after you have finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book! 12 April 2013
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This book is heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. The story hooks you from the very start and you cannot help but care about every individual. The author makes you feel like you are with her, sharing every moment - an emotional rollercoster. What a book! What a story! Life is so precious, be thankful for every minute.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars heartily recommend
A moving account of a difficult experience.
Published 1 month ago by Hannah Claxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down!
I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting! This book is the authors first hand experience of the Tsunami while she was on holiday with family for Christmas in Sri... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly-Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read!
What a great read! Enjoyed every page! Emotional store of an amazing women going through terrible times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kate sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Heartbreakingly moving!
Published 4 months ago by Louise Jakobsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read, written by an extraordinary woman.
I originally read this ebook back in April 2013. I found it such a gripping, emotionally charged read, I couldn't put it down, so read the whole book the same day I bought it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J F L How
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
An incredibly brave and very honest account of the Tsunami and other traumatic events throughout Tracey's life. Thank you Tracey for this heart felt, wonderfully written book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ali Parbles
5.0 out of 5 stars A very brave book, and a very rewarding read
From the opening pages I was struck by how incredibly brave Tracey has been to eviscerate her emotions in this book, not only about the tsunami but about other devastatingly tragic... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. K. MACDONALD
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster
a gripping read which helps you gain some small understanding of living through a tragedy like this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs S Shaughnessy
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional & thought provoking account of the Tsunami. Extremely well...
An emotional rollercoaster of a read, this account of that awful day is like no other. I was bought to tears (happy & sad) throughout. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keren Swain
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and evocative account.
I was not sure I wanted to read about this terrible natural disaster. However, from the first paragraph of the Prologue I was transfixed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by F A.
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