By Jedwin Smith

"In actual life-especially off the Florida coast-things may have deadly outcomes. deadly Treasure is a very compelling read."-Aphrodite Jones, long island occasions bestselling writer of merciless Sacrifice and All She WantedIn 1622, countless numbers of individuals misplaced their lives to the curse of the Spanish galleon Atocha-and they wouldn't be the final. deadly Treasure combines the rousing experience of send of Gold within the Deep Blue Sea with the compelling characters and native colour of dead night within the backyard of fine and Evil. It tells the robust actual tale of the relentless quest to discover the Atocha and reclaim her helpful treasures from the ocean. you are going to stick with Mel Fisher, his family members, and their intrepid workforce of treasure hunters as they dive underneath the treacherous waters of the Florida Straits and scour the sea flooring looking for gold, silver, and emeralds. and you may realize that just about 4 centuries after the shipwreck, the curse of the Atocha remains to be a dangerous force."On this present day, the ocean once more relinquished its carry at the riches and glory of seventeenth-century Spain. And by means of the grace of God, i might percentage the instant of glory . . . . i used to be achieving for my 8th emerald, one other sizeable one, whilst the invisible palms squeezed my trachea. In desperation, I clutched at my throat to pry away the enemy's palms. yet not anyone had carry of me."-From the Prologue

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I was transfixed by a storm moving in off the Straits of Florida. Regrettably, I would be returning to Atlanta the next morning, slipping back into the rat race. My short stay in paradise was drawing to a close. There would be no more fishing for bonefish, the “Gray Ghost” of the flats. No more searching for “Big Moe,” the 18foot hammerhead shark that dominated our fishing guide’s everyday thoughts, much like Hemingway’s Santiago, the old man who went 84 days without taking a fish. No more idyllic days skimming about the nearby clumps of mangrove keys, doing nothing more than watching nature unfold in its most profound majesty.

A diver would sit atop the tower, keeping Holloway’s 44 Jedwin Smith boat in the theodolite’s crosshairs. Deviation from course was monitored by radio between boat and tower. Throughout the 1970 dive season, despite crisscrossing what amounted to thousands of miles in a west-by-southwest arc near the Quicksands between Rebecca Shoal and the outer reef, they found nothing to indicate that the Atocha had gone down in this area. Then one of Lyon’s researchers in Seville came across a document that said that the Margarita had gone down east of the Keys’ last mangrove island, which prompted Fisher’s crew to move its search area to Boca Grande Channel.

But when Wagner and Fisher discovered gold in abundance, Florida’s archaeological community immediately stepped forward, claiming that the salvors were destroying the state’s cultural heritage. Leading the dispute was a state marine archaeologist who viewed all commercial treasure hunters as modern-day pirates and thieves. The archaeologist’s argument was that only qualified archaeologists could properly map a wreck site, excavate, catalog, and successfully preserve the newly discovered artifacts.

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