Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
This wooden, paddle-wheeled steamship was carrying more than 400 passengers who were returning home with the gold they had dug from the earth during the California Gold Rush. The first part of the book is a great sea story, involving magnificant heroism and, finally, tragedy. Some survived to tell the tale, but most perished. The Central America sank in 8,000 feet of water and seemed to be lost forever. But from there, the story shifts to Tommy Thompson, who is very difficult to describe. Tommy is a brilliant young engineer and scientist, a modern-day entrepreneur, inventor, visionary, creative thinker, and all-out maverick who absolutely refuses to take no for an answer - on ANY topic. He gets it through his head that he can not only find, but also recover, the treasure from the Central America. No one had ever worked in water this deep, at pressures so high and temperatures so low, and the odds against success were astronomical. NASA couldn't do this. The CIA couldn't do this. NO ONE could do this. Or at least that was the thinking at the time. I won't spoil this great story for you, but let me just say that this book is a little bit like the story of the Titanic, and a LOT like a Tom Clancy novel - only it really happened. Don't miss it.