"The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. The journey to the front of a Central American firing squad can start with a trip to the men's room in a Chicago convention center." Tommy Conklin always imagined discovering more than his placid Indiana life had to offer. As a naive nineteen-year-old and scuba enthusiast, he is lured by a government agent into joining an American underwater expedition based in Honduras. After selling all of his possessions to buy a stake in the company and relocating to the island, Tommy quickly learns that, as the saying goes, "dark waters run deep."Arriving immediately after the 1969 "Soccer War" between El Salvador and Honduras, Tommy is quickly immersed in the unstable politics of the region. He, in fact, unwittingly becomes a central figure in several local episodes, which magnify into an international incident. Dive into Fathom to discover if Tommy survives his adventures through his sheer ingenuity and instinct, or succumbs to the overwhelming odds against him. Michael Gaff is a former PADI scuba diving instructor, having taught and certified more than two thousand people. He also assisted hundreds of Indiana and Ohio scuba rescue and body recovery team divers. His diving experiences reach from the more modern shipwrecks of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and the Georgian Bay of Lake Erie in Canada to the ancient remnants of Spanish and English galleons beneath the coastal waters of Central and South America. A former airline pilot with Piedmont Airlines and USAirways, he is presently a corporate pilot, flying a Citation business jet. Mr. Gaff resides with his wife Debbie, dog Millie and five cats outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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