THE TREASURE OF THE GREAT REEF Paperback
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Treasure of the Great Reef is an account of the excavation of a sunken treasure ship found on the Great Basses reefs on the south coast of Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon). There were cannon and other artifacts, but mostly silver. It was discovered by Clarke's diving partner and co-author, Mike Wilson, quite accidentally during a pleasure dive Mike was taking with the two sons of one of Mike's friends.
This is a fun true-life adventure, and while there is nothing so fantastic in it as Pirates of the Carribbean or 2001, life is sometimes stranger than fiction. Clarke himself was unable to do much of the excavation work, being quite weak from a neurological injury -- some doctors thought polio, and some thought head trauma. The expedition was financed by... this is crazy... filming a hit adventure movie, the first Technicolor feature film ever made in Ceylon for the Ceylonese.
This book is highly readable, interesting, informative. It certainly beats 95% of the fluff that passes for fiction. If you like entertaining writing about true life adventures, this is a promising possibility. If you already like Arthur Clarke's science fiction, it is a no-brainer, because this book is better. It is informative and light-hearted. A very pleasurable diversion.