Fatal Treasure: Greed and Death, Emeralds and Gold, and the Obsessive Search for the Legendary Ghost Galleon Atocha

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2003 - History - 257 pages
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"In real life–especially off the Florida coast–things can have fatal consequences. Fatal Treasure is a truly compelling read."
–Aphrodite Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Sacrifice and All She Wanted

In 1622, hundreds of people lost their lives to the curse of the Spanish galleon Atocha–and they would not be the last. Fatal Treasure combines the rousing adventure of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea with the compelling characters and local color of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It tells the powerful true story of the relentless quest to find the Atocha and reclaim her priceless treasures from the sea. You’ll follow Mel Fisher, his family, and their intrepid team of treasure hunters as they dive beneath the treacherous waters of the Florida Straits and scour the ocean floor in search of gold, silver, and emeralds. And you’ll discover that nearly four centuries after the shipwreck, the curse of the Atocha is still a deadly force.

"On this day, the sea once again relinquished its hold on the riches and glory of seventeenth-century Spain. And by the grace of God, I would share the moment of glory . . . . I was reaching for my eighth emerald, another big one, when the invisible hands squeezed my trachea. In desperation, I clutched at my throat to pry away the enemy’s fingers. But no one had hold of me."
–From the Prologue

  

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Review: Fatal Treasure: Greed and Death, Emeralds and Gold, and the Obsessive Search for the Legendary Ghost Galleon Atocha

User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this documentary about Mel Fisher and his lifelong quest to find the sunken galleon, the Atocha. It kept me hooked to the end and then beyond! Read full review

Review: Fatal Treasure: Greed and Death, Emeralds and Gold, and the Obsessive Search for the Legendary Ghost Galleon Atocha

User Review  - Rob - Goodreads

A real-life treasure hunt for the fabled Spanish treasure Galleon, Las Nuestra Señora de Atocha. The loss of life involved over the course of this one man's hunt for her is astonishing and what he sacrificed and went through...I'm about half-way through...I'm completely hooked. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
Invitation to the Party
5
Dreaming of the Hurricane
19
A Mothers Story
22
No Warning
32
The Curse of the Atocha
40
I Will Return
50
A Little Chunk of Gold
57
Mother Lode
127
A Tale of Two Kings
145
Catching Green Fever
152
The Trouble with Treasure
167
Death of a Dreamer
173
Spirits at Sea
182
Keeping the Dream Alive
189
Bitch Galleon of the Sea
202

Nightmare Time
68
A Powerful Ocean
74
Aboard the Rock
87
Death in the Water
100
Margarita and Myths
105
Raising Kane
114
Life in Paradise
215
The Search Goes On
224
Todays the Day
237
Index
247
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About the author (2003)

JEDWIN SMITH is a journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Since the 1980s he has been working with the Fisher family, who are searching for the Atocha and its lost treasure of gold, silver, and emeralds. Smith has found emeralds and pieces of eight while hunting with the crew, and his brother now works full-time for the Fishers on the treasure hunt.

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