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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Pope Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Frank Pope pulls back the curtain on the intensely competitive underworld of shipwrecks in this thrilling story of treasure hunting gone wrong. 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 enterprise. 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. 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. Or so they thought. In Dragon Sea, Pope delivers an engrossing tale of danger, adventure, and ambition—a fascinating lesson in what happens when scholarship and money join forces to recover lost treasure.

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  • “Heller’s voice reflects the excitement, energy, and irresistible allure to understand the past that draw the ‘Indiana Jones of the Deep’ into the field of underwater archaeology. Pope’s story presents the historical background of the rivalry between China and Vietnam, piracy on the South China Seas, and the project to salvage the Hoi An, a fifteenth-century wreck loaded to the gunwales with priceless blue-and-white porcelain. Heller makes nonfiction as thrilling as any action-adventure, presenting Pope and Bound as men with scruples, sincerely concerned about greedy treasure- seekers who destroy ‘the time capsules’ so valuable to archaeologists and historians.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 12/5/2013

    " follows the story of one of the largest porcelain hauls from the seabed in history. that part gets really boring, however it also contains a good history of deep sea diving. discusses the techmology, the blood, the gore, and the bends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 9/5/2013

    " Deep sea ceramics recovery off Vietnam coast "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 6/12/2013

    " As an archaeology buff, and a antiquities collector, I was mostly interested in this book for the tales of ancient salvage, but I really got into the dangers of deep sea diving, and I found the book to be well presented with engrossing writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff | 9/21/2012

    " Great book about the clash between archaeology and treasure-hunting in the depths of the South China Sea. Reminiscent of another great book that I read, "Shadow Divers" by Robert Kurson. "

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About the Author

Frank Pope has worked on underwater expeditions under the auspices of Oxford MARE (Maritime Archeological Research and Excavation), including the salvage of Lord Nelson’s flagship Agamemnon. He divides his time between London and Nairobi.