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Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes 1st Edition

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About the Author

Leigh Jones and Rhiannon Meyers covered Hurricane Ike for the Galveston County Daily News and spent a year writing about the storm's devastating aftermath. They were part of GCDN team that won the 2009 Star Breaking News award from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for their coverage of the hurricane.

Jones, a graduate of Texas State University, has worked as a reporter since 2004, receiving first place awards for feature writing, spot news coverage, specialty reporting and stories written with the help of open records laws. Meyers, a graduate of Texas A&M University, has worked as a reporter since 2005 and has been honored for her work in investigative and feature reporting.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: PenlandScott Publishers; 1st edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982315244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982315248
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having always loved Galveston Island since I moved to Texas almost 30 years ago, I was excited to receive my copy of the book. I truly hated to have to put the book down as the book began with tales from the regular citizen to government officials preparing for this disaster. The authors did a great job in their research for this book which included short comparisons to the 1900 Galveston hurricane tragedy. Although I know this book would be fascinating to anyone who is drawn to the dark energy of a hurricane, native Galvestonians as well as island lovers will appreciate this book for the steadfast resolve of the people and local officials that either survived the days of hardship or returned to rebuild their futures in Galveston. Congratulations to the authors for a tale well told!
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Having been a victim of the damaging floods caused by Hurricane Ike, and following the progress of the book through tweets from the authors, I couldn't wait to read it. I wasn't disappointed. There were times when I had no choice but to put the book down for fear of breaking down into sobs. I cannot imagine being in Galveston during the darkest and most frightening hours of the storm (I evacuated late on Friday, a decision made after seeing the water slamming against the Seawall). Knowing that my tiny apartment suffered the same fate as was artfully described within the pages was enough to bring back a flood of emotions, along with memories of the smell and other such things those who lived it will never forget. But then, I remember how proud I am to call Galveston home. How proud I continue to be of the residents and businesses (and I LOVE The Lunchbox Cafe!) who came back and rebuilt, all because this is OUR Island and we will not abandon it in times of hardship. As I have throughout the almost two years since the storm, I experienced tears of joy mingled with tears of sorrow and remembrance. Leigh Jones and Rhiannon Meyers have captured those sentiments exceptionally well within the pages of "Infinite Monster."
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'Infinite Monster' was a compelling read and hard to put down. When I finally did, it was to go check my hurricane supplies, evacuation plan and insurance! Even for those who lived through the storm or closely followed the coverage by these two reporters in the months afterward, this book offers a more personal look at the storm and its aftermath.
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Hurricane Ike was a massive and destructive force and its impact is still being felt today as residents of Galveston ponder the Hurricane's effects on their lives in the past and in the future. Infinite Monster is a book about this devastating natural disaster and the strong will of the people to bounce back in the face of uncertainty.

Infinite Monster is a book about people more than anything. The book provides some background on Hurricane Ike, such as its strength, speed, and other scientific information, but most of the books pages are devoted to the actual families who lived on Galveston Island and watched helplessly as their homes and belongings were tossed back and forth in the churning waters. Some people were fortunate and only had to deal with some minor flood damage, but others lost everything or practically everything, including their cars, boats, businesses, and the entire contents of their homes. The losses varied, like they often do when a hurricane strikes, but even those who didn't lose as much as others were still affected by the storm's fury and were left to decide whether or not life on Galveston Island was worth the future risk. Galveston hadn't been slammed this hard by a hurricane since the infamous 1900 storm that killed thousands, but would it be safe to assume that a large hurricane wouldn't strike again for another hundred years? Was living in Galveston worth this constant threat, not to mention the outrageously high cost of home and flood insurance? These questions had to be sorted out and answered by everyone and the book includes direct quotes from many people who share their experiences and decisions.

The best part about Infinite Monster is the personal element. As stated before, this book doesn't devote much space to the specifics of the storm.
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I teach disaster management and one of the questions I ask my students is, "Why do people not evacuate when the weather service tells them there is a 50-50 (one in two) chance that a magnitude 3 hurricane will hit them head-on, yet flock to the nearest convenience store to buy a mega-million lottery ticket when their chance of winning is only 1 in 258,890,850?" Although this book doesn't give all the reasons, it does explain a lot of them. The question then becomes how to overcome those "excuses."

The authors take you through the disaster from pre-landfall through much of the recovery process; from city leaders agonizing over whether or not to call for an evacuation of the island, to residents pondering whether or not to go, through the terror of those who decided to "ride it out" and the fears of those who left and didn't know what would be left of their lives when they returned, to the thought process of city officials, business owners and residents about how to approach the recovery process with all of the costs involved, hassles with insurance companies and government "red tape"--its all there. Many chose not to return.

As with New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the question that should be asked is "should this flood-prone area be rebuilt?" Again the pros and cons are discussed.

I highly recommend this book to all who live along our coasts, emergency managers (Federal, State and Local) and government officials everywhere, especially those in areas susceptible to hurricanes (or other disasters), so they will know what to expect when the BIG ONE hits.
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