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Gold And Fishes [Kindle Edition]

Donna Carrick
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Book Description

On December 26, 2004 the earth erupted under the waters of the Indian Ocean.

For Canadian aid worker Ayla Harris, her first overseas mission to post-tsunami Indonesia presents the perfect opportunity for escape. A failed romance with a married man and a strained relationship with her twin sister have left her suffering a general sense of ‘detachment’.

But a late night call on the eve of her departure reminds Ayla the bonds of love can be tenacious. It turns out her wheeler-dealer brother-in-law, Robert Trasque, has gone missing in Thailand.

However, it is the injured orphan Mahdi who restores Ayla’s soul with a single word: mother. In his child’s eyes she discovers the extent of her connection to the world.

From the devastated tourist beaches of Southeast Asia to the graveyard that was Banda Aceh, Ayla sets out on a personal mission – to find her sister’s gold-hungry husband and return him to his family.

In the midst of universal tragedy, what is the value of a single life? Can Ayla expose a killer and avoid becoming the next victim as she and her team struggle to bring hope to a region that is drowning in despair?

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About the Author

Donna Carrick was raised in the Canadian Military. She studied English literature and psychology at the University of Toronto. An accounting manager, wife and mother of three, she lives in Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

Product Details

  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419641859
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carrick Publishing (August 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold and Fishes October 3, 2011
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This was a wonderful book about the aftermath of the terrible tsunami that washed away countless people in 2004. Wonderfully researched, the story was primarily about and aid worker, Ayla Harris, who went on a relief mission to Banda Aceh. She is there to help people recover from the devastation of the tsunami, but also to try to locate her brother in law who was vacationing there.

I especially appreciated the descriptions of the challenges relief workers face. Facing cultural sensitivities, theft, lonliness, lack of supplies, food, water. and more, the aid workers carried on the good work for all the right reasons.

I have always appreciated the work that aid workers do, and fantasized doing some work myself. This book made me consider the work in a very different way.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Gem March 8, 2010
Donna Carrick's "Gold and Fishes" is a well-written story, filled with just enough plot twists and research to make it a literary gem. The book begins with a woman seeking purpose after a failed relationship. As an aid worker, Ayla turns to her work to find purpose, and instead she finds so much more. As a series of unpredictable events unfold, Ayla finds what she's looking for, but her journey is filled with dangerous turns, eye-opening glimpses into the human capacity for greed; and ultimately, the human capacity for compassion. It turns out to be the very person Ayla wants most to help that gives her the drive to realize who she truly is, and the strength to persevere. This is a beautiful story, unique and delicately pieced together. Read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and well-written thriller February 18, 2012
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From the very first page, I was drawn into this compelling story of a Canadian nurse who traveled to find her brother-in-law after a tsunami. Folding herself into the local culture, she served the survivors of the tsunami with nursing care, even as she tried to unravel the mystery of her missing brother-in-law. The people she meets become a part of her as they bond together in the harsh aftermath of a disaster of epic proportions. The characters are well-drawn, the mystery is engaging, and the danger escalates as she discovers things that surprise her and also unrolls some of her past in small pieces until the reader has a full picture of the brave and adventurous heroine. The book is well-written in a factual journalistic style, but with plenty of emotion embedded in the unfolding events. I liked this book a lot and recommend it as a realistic portrait of a nurse in a disaster aftermath and how her heartstrings are pulled by people she meets and begins to care for. I especially enjoyed reading a book by a Canadian author, which I plan to do more often. There was a lovely syntax to Donna Carrick's writing that was somehow a bridge between American writing and UK-style writing. I quite enjoyed the lyrical quality of the story, which was well paced and had believable dialogue and well-researched settings.

p.s. I bought this book for my Kindle but instead read it on my Amazon Cloud Reader and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the Cloud Reader for multi-tasking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The tragic tale of a Tsunami January 22, 2012
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The author takes you on the most difficult tasks taken by aid workers from Canada who responded to the December 26, 2004 Tsunami off the coast of Indonesia, Sumatra Island, Banda Aceh. Over 300,000 people died or were missing when all was said and done. You will struggle with the aid workers, and the terrible conditions they worked through will come to light while feeling you were right there with them. I compliment the author for all of the research which was necessary to give a more complete picture of how terrible the situation actually was. Not only were the aid workers dealing with all of the trauma of death and destruction, they were required to do so without offending the Muslim population's customs and beliefs. It's a tragic story told through the eyes of a nurse aid worker who finds deep and caring friendships while on her mission to help the poor people of Banda Aceh. I can't say I enjoyed the book, but I respect the author's presentation and learned things about a tragedy I may never have heard. I usually end a review by saying, enjoy, but this time I'll just say be prepared to learn about the tragic results of a Tsunami and the conditions aid workers are put through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read January 14, 2012
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The author did do her work on facts - I was curious about some things and looked them up. It is the story of an experienced rescue worker in Indonesia after the tsunami. The graft, the soldiers, the lack of clean water even months later, made this book come alive. I, like another reviewer, felt the romance could have been left out. Of course I know even in those circumstances human sexuality is a fact, but the book would have been just as good by leaving it out.
Just an OK book for me, not something that would make me seek out others by the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended June 23, 2012
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GOLD AND FISHES is a wonderful, haunting novel, part mystery, part thriller, all human. The characters are all complex and compelling, the setting -- Sumatra after the 2004 tsunami -- is gripping.

I dropped a star because I felt the climactic scenes were too rushed, although a writer of Ms. Carrick's power would have made them unbearable, if they had been as fully realized as the rest of the book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend.
Good reading
Published 10 months ago by Von
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Hard to Read
I cannot imagine how the author managed to write about the 12/26/2004 tsunami in Asia. It was one of the most traumatic disasters of human history, yet this devastation is the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Margaret Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Gold and fishes
Ok book I really enjoyed"the first excellence" and I assumed that this book would be equally well written. Not so
Published 22 months ago by Jaymay
4.0 out of 5 stars In the aftermath of a tsunami, a story unfolds...
Unaccustomed to the traditions of the Far East? Do read Gold and Fishes. Enjoy thrillers? Go for it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by pictoWrit
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Read
The tsunami that devastated much of Asia provides the backdrop for the action in this novel. Donna Carrick has done meticulous research and crafted a story that is suspenseful,... Read more
Published 24 months ago by E. Joan O'Callaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember the Tsunami?
"On December 26, 2004 the earth erupted under the waters of the Indian Ocean..."

Ah, yes. The victims, the survivors, the aid workers. Read more
Published on February 13, 2013 by Eileen Schuh
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadness & caring
One should always stop & be thankful for what they have & not bemoan what they don't. This story makes me DO that.
Published on January 19, 2013 by DI
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fictional story of a real time
This book is an interesting fictional story that takes place during a time in real life. You get to follow a good plot while also realizing the reality of what happened to all... Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by Kristin
2.0 out of 5 stars Tribute?
I really was looking for more of a tribute to the lost lives but this just seemed to be a searching for love in all the wrong places type book. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Pickles
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More About the Author

An Air Force Brat, Donna Carrick grew up in locations all over Canada. Her primary influences came from small town Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario, the mining towns of Cape Breton, Northern Quebec and her birth province of New Brunswick.

An executive member of Crime Writers Of Canada, Donna volunteers her time as a mentor to aspiring CWC authors. She remains active in the Canadian writing scene, supporting Sisters In Crime, Word On The Street, Bloody Words and a variety of other venues for the literary arts.

Donna is the author of 3 mystery novels: The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling's Map, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God. All titles are available in paperback as well as Kindle and e-reader versions. Her 3rd full-length crime novel, The First Excellence, won the 2011 Indie Book Event Award for excellence in fiction!

In addition, her Toboggan Mystery Series, which includes "Sept-Iles and other places" and "Knowing Penelope", offers short-story lovers a broad collection of her work for Kindle.

Donna's interest in creative writing was established early and developed into a passion for fiction that continues to this day. She studied both Literature and Psychology at the University of Toronto and currently writes novels, short stories and poetry.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the independent and self-publishing industry. Contact Carrick Publishing to arrange a workshop or group engagement.

An office manager, wife and mother of three, Donna divides her time between the hectic pace of Toronto and the relative peace of Ontario's spectacular Georgian Bay. Life is never dull with husband/author Alex Carrick, their children, their beloved golden retriever Daisy and Dora The Cat.

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