By Barry Donnelly

ISBN-10: 0987358553

ISBN-13: 9780987358554

Imagine yourself...adrift in a four-metre tinnie within the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean—lost and possible forgotten—shark bait!

Ben Tooki, his uncle and a pal have been stuck in a hurricane off the island of Kiribati and swept out to sea. For 46 days they have been adrift with little nutrients or water.

There's a typhoon shapin' up; it has been gettin' to complete on all day. We pay attention the rumbling noise. It appears like the track of a digeridoo, a type of buzzing sound.

"What's that noise, it truly is getting louder?"

"It's comin' in our direction!"

The wave grows right into a massive bulge within the ocean. Lifts us like an elevator, after which starts to roll ahead, no longer breaking, yet bent on offering us to a few form of eternity. we are 3 males, goin' to definite dying at the mom of all waves, 3 males in an elevator, driving a boiling mass of water. It lasts perhaps seconds, however it appears like a life-time, and the tinnie turns within the air, completing the wrong way up, and me spinning...

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I’ve been here so long now I class myself as an Aussie, the type who appreciates a few beers and catching up with my mates. I go for the lifestyle. I’ve got good friends from all over, from New South Wales and the Northern Territory. I have a couple of really close friends. One is Tommy Ducat, from Armidale. His father, Peter, is the mayor and a good bloke. Tommy and I went through heaps together, with his family and my family. He came over to Kiribati once, when we were young, and I often stay with his family.

Liam’s interest in the islands now drives him to satisfy a certain curiosity about life on a Pacific island. He wants to see Kiribati in the coming holidays with his wife to be, Hannah Moran. As Christmas draws closer, Liam prepares to fulfil his intention of proposing to his beautiful girlfriend, Hannah. When Liam mentions the plan among other teachers, I feel honoured; it touches my heart. The idea that someone might choose my isolated island for such a momentous step brings tears to my eyes.

Before pissing off to Kiribati. So we arrive, and I creep into Neville’s bedroom wearing a silly grin on my face. Neville’s not expecting us at this hour, of course. I give a loud whisper, ‘Hey, Nev, mate! ’ Neville stirs, and then sits bolt upright in fright. The look on his face is something to imagine. He rubs his eyes in a half-dream state, and mistakes me for a ghost at the foot of his bed. ” “You crazy young bastard! ” Later in the morning, Mum catches the bus for Brisbane airport, where she’s to meet up with her “colleagues”.

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