Synopses & Reviews
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. 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.
"The wreck of the Hoi An lay on the bottom of the Dragon Sea off the coast of present-day Vietnam for centuries, containing within it a hoard of 15th-century porcelain. In the late '90s, Pope managed a salvage mission, led by Oxford archeologist Mensun Bound, which would result in the rescue of a fortune in ancient Vietnamese ceramics. Bound's moniker, 'Indiana Jones of the Deep,' sums up this audiobook's appeal pretty well. This is a can't miss for fans of that intrepid archeologist and/or aquatic exploration. Audie Award-winner Heller's pleasant alto voice is engaging throughout, and he does a fine job dramatizing scenes and adding accents to dialogue. The book's structure, however, is not particularly well-suited to the audio format. The narrative's chronology jumps around as Pope introduces the listener to the major players in the project with a lot of background information, making it a bit hard to follow at times. Heller is in top form with this performance, and first-time author Pope will leave readers looking forward to accounts of new adventures. Simultaneous release with the Harcourt hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 23)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Johnny Heller's narration of this true tale of sunken treasure is a fine fit for Frank Pope's story.... Heller makes nonfiction as thrilling as any action-adventure." ---AudioFile
Recounts the extraordinary efforts to recover a sunken trove of fifteenth-century Vietnamese porcelain from the Hoi An shipwreck hundreds of miles beneath the Dragon Sea.
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, and the costs were unprecedented. But the potential rewards were equally high. 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.
Frank Pope recounts the story of a highly successful yet also ill-fated underwater archeological expedition off the coast of Vietnam.
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 15th-century porcelain, this engrossing tale of danger, adventure, and ambition ensued. Unabridged. 8 CDs.
About the Author
Frank Pope graduated with honors in zoology. He then joined Oxford University MARE, assisting on the archaeological excavations of HMS Agamemnon, Nelson's favorite flagship, which sank in 1809, and the San Salvador, a Spanish troopship wrecked in 1812, before finding himself at the center of the Hoi An wreck drama. He has published numerous specialist articles in the press and currently lives in Cornwall, England. Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards and has earned numerous Audie nominations. He has been praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy, and children's book narrations. Named a Best Voice of 2008 and 2009, as well as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine, Johnny has earned almost twenty Golden Earphones Awards. Two of Johnny's audiobooks have been picked by AudioFile as Best Audiobook the Year, and he has won two Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards.