TigerFish Audiobook Sample

 TigerFish Audiobook Sample

TigerFish Audiobook Sample

 

TigerFish Audiobook Sample

An excerpt from Chapter 9

3:30 Minutes Narrated by the Author Hoang Chi Truong

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Up until now, our parents sheltered us. We had never seen this face of humanity, nor faced any challenge like this before. We fought just as hard as the next family to get on the helicopter, our guards unable to reserve our transportation with the mobs occupying the aircraft. We pushed and shoved hard alongside the soldiers to climb to our seats. There were men, women, and children struggling to board. As the engine started and the propellers created a tornado of dust, people backed away and stumbled from the pad. I saw their angry and scared faces, their bodies soon became dots on the ground as the helicopter gained elevation. We were awestruck. This scenario must be a dream and couldn’t be happening to us. The fear of all fears had finally materialized. As a child, I envisioned the word “Communist” as a horrific entity. I thought that if I closed our shutters and doors, I could keep them out. But here I was, high above the ground in a “Huey,” while I feared for my life and the lives of my family. I feared being shot down in flames. The chaos happened before my eyes. It wasn’t a dream. I spotted the bridge that the US Corps of Engineers built joining Đà Nẵng and Sơn Chà. I saw the gray and choppy water below us, and in one quick moment, Đà Nẵng went out of sight. When we landed in the harbor, we saw hundreds of thousands of people who arrived there before us. My father contacted the officers in charge at Camp Tiên Sha and learned that a Navy ship would come ashore that evening for evacuation. At this point, my dad told us to abandon one piece of luggage each because, judging from the crowded harbor, it would be a long and arduous journey. By late afternoon, we all felt the rug pulled from under our feet, our lives filled with uncertainties and unknowns. No one spoke about it, but the situation became increasingly dire because of this massive crowd on the dock who would fight to their deaths for a spot on the ship. Not only that, the streets clogged with thousands more arriving at the harbor by the minute, so when my father sent word to my brothers to join us, bringing more provisions, they got stuck and couldn’t push their way to the Naval Base. By nightfall, around nine o’clock, we moved closer to the office building where we could rest our backs, and shelter ourselves in the event of air bombardment and shelling. Hunger and exhaustion overwhelmed us. Mỹ Châu and Hồng Châu cried for 

before my eyes. It wasn’t a dream. I spotted the bridge that the US Corps of Engineers built joining Đà Nẵng and Sơn Chà. I saw the gray and choppy water below us, and in one quick moment, Đà Nẵng went out of sight. When we landed in the harbor, we saw hundreds of thousands of people who arrived there before us. My father contacted the officers in charge at Camp Tiên Sha and learned that a Navy ship would come ashore that evening for evacuation. At this point, my dad told us to abandon one piece of luggage each because, judging from the crowded harbor, it would be a long and arduous journey. By late afternoon, we all felt the rug pulled from under our feet, our lives filled with uncertainties and unknowns. No one spoke about it, but the situation became increasingly dire because of this massive crowd on the dock who would fight to their deaths for a spot on the ship. Not only that, the streets clogged with thousands more arriving at the harbor by the minute, so when my father sent word to my brothers to join us, bringing more provisions, they got stuck and couldn’t push their way to the Naval Base. By nightfall, around nine o’clock, we moved closer to the office building where we could rest our backs, and shelter ourselves in the event of air bombardment and shelling. Hunger and exhaustion overwhelmed us. Mỹ Châu and Hồng Châu cried for 

before my eyes. It wasn’t a dream. I spotted the bridge that the US Corps of Engineers built joining Đà Nẵng and Sơn Chà. I saw the gray and choppy water below us, and in one quick moment, Đà Nẵng went out of sight. When we landed in the harbor, we saw hundreds of thousands of people who arrived there before us. My father contacted the officers in charge at Camp Tiên Sha and learned that a Navy ship would come ashore that evening for evacuation. At this point, my dad told us to abandon one piece of luggage each because, judging from the crowded harbor, it would be a long and arduous journey. By late afternoon, we all felt the rug pulled from under our feet, our lives filled with uncertainties and unknowns. No one spoke about it, but the situation became increasingly dire because of this massive crowd on the dock who would fight to their deaths for a spot on the ship. Not only that, the streets clogged with thousands more arriving at the harbor by the minute, so when my father sent word to my brothers to join us, bringing more provisions, they got stuck and couldn’t push their way to the Naval Base. By nightfall, around nine o’clock, we moved closer to the office building where we could rest our backs, and shelter ourselves in the event of air bombardment and shelling. Hunger and exhaustion overwhelmed us. Mỹ Châu and Hồng Châu cried for 

before my eyes. It wasn’t a dream. I spotted the bridge that the US Corps of Engineers built joining Đà Nẵng and Sơn Chà. I saw the gray and choppy water below us, and in one quick moment, Đà Nẵng went out of sight. When we landed in the harbor, we saw hundreds of thousands of people who arrived there before us. My father contacted the officers in charge at Camp Tiên Sha and learned that a Navy ship would come ashore that evening for evacuation. At this point, my dad told us to abandon one piece of luggage each because, judging from the crowded harbor, it would be a long and arduous journey. By late afternoon, we all felt the rug pulled from under our feet, our lives filled with uncertainties and unknowns. No one spoke about it, but the situation became increasingly dire because of this massive crowd on the dock who would fight to their deaths for a spot on the ship. Not only that, the streets clogged with thousands more arriving at the harbor by the minute, so when my father sent word to my brothers to join us, bringing more provisions, they got stuck and couldn’t push their way to the Naval Base. By nightfall, around nine o’clock, we moved closer to the office building where we could rest our backs, and shelter ourselves in the event of air bombardment and shelling. Hunger and exhaustion overwhelmed us. Mỹ Châu and Hồng Châu cried for food and milk, soon tiring and falling asleep on their blankets. I wondered uneasily what would become of us. All afternoon we sat on the ground outside an office building and waited along with hundreds of other families for the ship to arrive. We spoke to no one and they did not talk to us. No one could afford idle and inconsequentil small talk. We had to save our energy to claim our spot onboard that ship and stay alive, all nine of us.