Waves of tragedy: Natural and man-made

Poseidon’s Wrath by Lucky de Chickera.Price: Rs 700

Lucky de Chickera ‘s second book for 2010, titled “Poseidon’s Wrath”, is a fictional tale wrapped around the catastrophic wave that crashed onto Sri Lankan shores in December 2004, and wrought havoc on its people and the country.

The story tells of a fisher family living in Narigama, Hikkaduwa who were destroyed by the killer wave, as were many thousands on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and how human clarion in the form of drug peddlers and slave traders capitalize at the expense of traumatized lives in the aftermath.

The story also tells of the mythical sea God Poseidon, and the power he wields over his domain of earthquakes, volcanoes and Tsunamis, leading to the book’s title.

The devastation wrought by the killer wave on the hamlet of Narigama and its fisher folk, goes beyond to the destroyed southern city of Galle and through to the devastated Southern coastal belt in the company of International drug dealers and flesh traders, and finally ends up in a pulsating finale on the beaches of Matara on the night of the 31st of December of that year.

Lucky’s first book “A Tigress of Kilinochchi” has experienced a dream run with over 400 copies being sold in five months and he hopes that his second book will be as popular. He is currently working on his third book which he hopes to publish in the first half of 2011.

“Poseidon’s Wrath” is available at most leading book shops in and around Colombo and with the author at

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