The Hoi An, a wreck deep beneath the waves of the South China Sea. In her fifteenth-century hull a priceless treasure; on the waves above a team of treasure hunters racing against the clock to claim the fabulous cargo via dangerous saturation dives. But typhoons, pirates, gunships, mutiny, rival treasure hunters, storms and greed were to make this deep-sea dive one of the most dramatic and gruelling expeditions ever undertaken. Frank Pope was there and his gripping tale of this high-stakes folly will captivate anyone who loves undersea adventure.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 1 x 1 x 1mm | 145g
- 05 Jun 2008
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
PRAISE FOR"DRAGON SEA" "Treasure and typhoons, conflict and greed, plus a cast of intriguing characters and a weighty issue at its heart--Frank Pope's tale has all the ingredients of a classic thriller. But it's all true. A stunning debut."--Nicholas Evans, author of"The Horse Whisperer""It takes a writer of extraordinary talent to tell a story like the one we find in "Dragon Sea, " but Frank Pope is one. This masterful recreation of the salvaging of the Hoi An hoard is as exciting as it is suspenseful--a thoughtful and gripping true thriller."--Clive Cussler
When Oxford archeologist Mensun Bound--dubbed the "Indiana Jones of the Deep" by the Discovery Channel--teamed up with a financier to salvage a sunken trove of fifteenth-century porcelain, it seemed a dream enter-prise. The stakes were high: The Hoi An wreck lay hundreds of feet down in a typhoon-prone stretch of water off the coast of Vietnam known as the Dragon Sea. Raising its contents required saturation diving, a crew of 160, and a fleet of boats. The costs were unprecedented. But the potential rewards were equally high: Bound would revolutionize thinking about Vietnamese ceramics, and his partner would make a fortune auctioning off the pieces. Hired as the project's manager, Frank Pope watched the tumultuous drama of the Hoi An unfold. In"Dragon Sea"he delivers an engrossing tale of danger, adventure, and ambition--a fascinating object lesson in what happens when scholarship and money join forces to recover lost treasure.
About Frank Pope
Frank Pope has worked on underwater expeditions under the auspices of Oxford MARE (Marine Archaeological Research), including the salvage of Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Agamemnon. He divides his time between London and Nairobi.