An engrossing tale of danger, adventure and ambition.... It was to be the deepest marine excavation ever attempted. 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. In her hold, a unique and potentially priceless horde.To bring it to the surface required a grizzled, battle-scarred collection of treasure hunters, rig divers and ex-special forces, saturation diving, a crew of 160, and a fleet of boats. The costs would be unprecedented, but the potential rewards were equally high: Mensun Bound - an Oxford archaeologist dubbed the Indiana Jones of the Deep - would discover the answers to an age-old historical mystery. Hired as the project's archaeological manager, Frank Pope recreates the unfolding drama of this audacious expedition in this riveting real-life thriller.
- Hardback | 400 pages
- 160 x 234 x 38mm | 762.03g
- 07 Jun 2007
- Penguin Books Ltd
- Michael Joseph Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- Black and White integrated throughout
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.
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