Friday, May 22, 2009

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder

Has it finally stopped raining? You know, as a general rule, I love rain--absolutely LOVE it--but this week has put that love to the test. It rained Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and today, Friday, the sky has held off except for a kerplunk here or there. We needed the rain, but this deluge was just too much. It goes to show that the old saying is true--when it rains, it pours, literally and metaphorically. To counterract the resulting soddenness (of earth and spirit), you must read--you must! Well, you should either read or listen to music or do something else that lights up your harbor.

So, I suggest you read about water. Not puddles, but deep, perilous ocean as detailed in the nonfiction thriller Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder. The SS Central America sank in 1857 while returning from a California gold run, and the treasure lay somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. Fast forward to the late 1980s...entrepreneurial inventor, Tommy Thompson, sets his mind on finding this gold. Is he successful? You'll have to read the book to find out. Regardless of Thompson's success, you'll learn about the last frontier--the deep ocean--as well as the history of the California gold rush. This book really appeals to men; my father recommended it to me, and some of our male friends have also really enjoyed the story. As far as adventure stories go, I am not an easy sell, but I fell hard and fast for Ship of Gold. Oh well, call me fool's gold.

Happy Memorial Day!

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