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Dragon Sea: A Historical Mystery. Buried Treasure. An Adventure Beneath the Waves

Dragon Sea: A Historical Mystery. Buried Treasure. An Adventure Beneath the Waves [Kindle Edition]

Frank Pope
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'A real-life thriller with shipwrecks, buried booty and unscrupulous treasure hunters' -- Harper's Bazaar

'All the ingredients of a classic thriller. But it's all true. Stunning'
-- Nicholas Evans

'Engrossing . . . gripping . . . high-octane adventure . . . offers a fantastic insight into the world of treasure hunting' -- Daily Express

'Extraordinary . . . as exciting as it is suspenseful. A gripping real-life thriller' -- Clive Cussler

'Extraordinary. As cautionary a ballad about greed hypocrisy and disappointment as 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' -- The New York Times

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2686 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Jun 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Frank Pope writes true stories about the sea and the challenges that it poses mankind. As Ocean Correspondent for The Times newspaper in London he covers subjects as diverse as piracy, the melting arctic, shipwrecks, overfishing, science, technology, exploration and energy. While covering the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, Pope was the first journalist to dive beneath the slick to highlight the hidden, subsea impacts of the blowout.

After a degree in Zoology from Edinburgh University and a short stint in coral research, Pope was invited to join the excavation of Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Agamemnon, which sank off Uruguay in 1805. For the next six years he worked with Oxford University's maritime archaeology unit as a diver, draughtsman and underwater mapmaker on shipwrecks around the world. In 1998 he helped project-manage the deepest archaeological excavation yet attempted. The story of that ill-fated mission, 'Dragon Sea', has been critically acclaimed as a classic of the genre.

'72 hours' grew from long conversations with the Royal Navy submarine commander who led the 2005 rescue mission to the Russian Far East. Despite extensive press coverage at the time, no-one had probed the inside story and grim details of how the disaster unfolded.

Aside from writing for The Times, Frank Pope blogs about the ocean at www.wordpress.frankpope, and tweets from @papafranco.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great interesting read! 5 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The books has a nice and good flow to it, making it an easy read. The background information about diving archaeology and diving for treasure are well introduced and then the book describes the history of the find and retrieval of the Hoi An, one of the most famous porcelain wrecks from Vietnam. The book is very factual, but reads like a novel too with a great cast of characters. Well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dragon sea by frank pope 8 April 2012
By mike1
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this is a great read for anyone who is interested in the history of voyages from long ago and in particular the south china seas where there were very rough seas to overcome in order that the ships could get to their final destination
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An outstanding true story about commercial marine archaeology
An excellent, exciting and very realistic book giving a first hand account on the difficulties trying to blend science and commerce. The two main protagonists, unable to look over the rim of their plates, are jeopardizing a wonderful project, which almost by miracle is brought to an end without harming OPS team and crew. Finally a very high price must be paid as neither the entrepreneur, nor the archaeologist will meet their goals.
A MUST for any shipwreck aficionado!
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