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Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed off the Coast of Vietnam

ISBN13: 9780156033299
ISBN: 0156033291
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $14.0
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published Date:
Edition 1
Pages: 368
Average Goodreads rating: 3.67/5 (6 ratings)

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.