Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Killing Sea

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2006
Pages: 183
Source: I purchased
ISBN: 978-4169-1165-4

The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis is the story of Ruslan, Sarah and Peter who fight to survive the Tsunami that hit Indonesia December 26, 2004. Ruslan is a young boy who lives in the small harbor town of Meulaboh, Indonesia with his father. Sarah and Peter are Americans who have stopped in Aceh to have their sailboat motor fixed by Ruslan’s father. This is their first meeting. The next time they will meet will be under different and difficult circumstances. The tsunami has hit Indonesia. Sarah and Peter have found their dead mother’s body. Unable to find their father they decide to make their way back to Meulaboh to seek help. Ruslan had run to higher ground when the tsunami hit. He is trying to make his way into rebel territory to find his father when he finds Sarah and Peter. Peter has become very sick from swallowing contaminated water when caught in the tsunami. Ruslan is determined to help them find a hospital to help Peter. This means he is putting these strangers before his own need to find his father. I felt the terror and frustration at such a helpless loss of life. I cried as Sarah seemed to face one challenge after another. I got angry with the way the media was handling the situation. They seemed to be interested in the Americans who survived and not so much the native people who had lost so much. I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5


  1. I am glad to know there are works about the Tsunami. Lots of people keep forgetting it.

    Thanks for being part of 9 for '09 Challenge.

  2. I think that you've read more than 5 books in the 9 for '09 Challenge.

    Make sure to sign up for the 8/29 drawing.