By Barry Donnelly
Imagine yourself...adrift in a four-metre tinnie within the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean—lost and probably 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 foodstuff or water.
There's a hurricane shapin' up; it has been gettin' to complete on all day. We listen the rumbling noise. It appears like the tune of a digeridoo, one of those buzzing sound.
"What's that noise, it really is getting louder?"
"It's comin' in our direction!"
The wave grows right into a tremendous bulge within the ocean. Lifts us like an elevator, after which starts to roll ahead, now not breaking, yet bent on supplying us to a couple type of eternity. we are 3 males, goin' to definite loss of life at the mom of all waves, 3 males in an elevator, using a boiling mass of water. It lasts might be seconds, however it appears like an entire life, and the tinnie turns within the air, completing the wrong way up, and me spinning...
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Mum can tell me, but I want to hear it from the man himself. I guess he’ll stay a character I never meet. I don’t feel anything about it; I decide to leave it alone. ” “I don’t know. ” I change my name back to the family name, Tooki. I get to thinking, if Mum hadn’t come to Australia, things would be different. If I track my missing father down, he might not want to have anything to do with me. Why meet someone who doesn’t want to have anything to do with you? I’d only get the shits, and tell him off to his face.
924 C o n t e n t s Dedication About The Author Ben Tooki Foreword Acknowledgements Map 1: Somewhere off Kiribus 2: The Lost Boy 3: Taoati’s Story 4:The Half-and-Half-Man 5: Taoati in Tennant Creek 6: Faraway Places 7: The Man from Armidale 8: The New Culture 9: Taoati’s Flight Home 10: In Kiribas 11: Homecoming 12: Storm Warning 13: Rub-a-Dub 14: Lost in Space 15: One More Tomorrow 16: The War with Heaven 17: Bad News Day 18: All in the Mind 19: Taoati’s Dilemma 20: The Shark 21: Death and Other Stuff 22: The Wave 23: Wanted, a Miracle 24: The Wave (continued) 25: Second Thoughts 26: The San Nanumea 27: The Call 28: Re-entry 29: Reunion 30: The Island 31: Neville and the News 32: Land of the Living D e d i c a t i o n For Ben, Taoati and Neville A b o u tt h eA u t h o r Barry Donnelly’s development as a writer owes much to his extensive career as an actor and director.
He kept comin’ over the road, comin’ back and forwards over time, and that’s how I got to know Ben. He was a happy-go-lucky type of kid who wanted to help. He didn’t have money to buy things, so he came to do a few jobs, like filling drink fridges, while his mother studied second languages at the uni. Ben was after someone he could look up to, ’cause all he had was his mum, and all Taoati had were women friends around her all the time. I thought of Ben as the son I never had. Ben’s mum announced she was goin’ back to Kiribati, ’cause her contract at the uni was about to expire.