Tom Williams (Author - 'Lost and Found')
'Thar's Gold in Them Thar Ships!'
Two brilliant scientists pioneer a means of exploring for hidden oil reserves using satellite technology. However, they find a treasure worth much more than black gold-real gold, in every sunken treasure ship in the world's oceans.
Together with a beautiful dive master and salvage expert, the treasures of antiquity are all there for the taking-if the adventursome trio can just stay alive long enough, fleeing a madman from the exotic tropical waters of South Florida to the depths of the Black Sea in Europe.
'Lost and Found' is an exciting breakout novel by Tom Williams that is receiving many incredible reviews and national acclaim. Has someone really discovered a method for using a satellite to find lost shipwrecks that still contain gold? Does the ultimate treasure map now exist? Can all the lost treasure ships, undiscovered for centuries, now be identified and located with specific GPS coordinates?
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Tom Williams about his debut book, 'Lost and Found,' and first wondered, being that it could reveal the answer to whether or not someone has really discovered a method for using satellite to find lost shipwrecks that still contain gold, just where had this interesting idea first originated? "At a birthday party for a software engineer. Some high-tech computer folks were discussing something they were calling satellite mining. It was explained that orbiting satellites can use radio telescope technology and determine the exact locations of specific mineral deposits for future mining sites. The more dense the mineral the easier it is to find from space ... that was when I thought WOW! Tight little cargos of gold from lost and sunken treasure ships could be found from an orbiting satellite."
And, given today's technology, could such a thing truly happen, perhaps? "Professor Emeritus Ralph Webb of Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering gave a "Highly Recommended" review. Many believe this is how the Odyssey Marine Group has found all the lost treasure ships so recently found without extensive sonar searches."
Being that this book is set in the exotic, tropical waters of South Florida one minute, the depths of the Black Sea in Europe the next, did you travel to either location yourself - just to get a real feel for the areas, the locales? "I live in southwest Florida and work as a merchant marine officer - at sea 4 or 5 days a week, I am also a shipwreck scuba diver for 23 years."
"All the research on Turkey came from a great friend and resource born in Istanbul. all the details of Turkey are accurate."
What was one of the hardest parts of this tale to tell, of a chapter in this book to write - and why? "There was no hard part. I made up the characters and they wrote the book. I was the most fun adventure I have ever had!"
Finally, how much of a new technology geek are you yourself - as there are lots of tech speeches made in this book? "I am not a new technology geek, I am an old fashioned sea captain. I love the computer for word processing and email and new ideas, but I don't think text messaging is good for children. They are forgetting how to speak, and read and write English correctly."
"There are fun exploits in the book that describe how satellites work, how high they orbit, and lots of details space related, but these techy parts are introduced into the story as part of dialog - a fun way to learn."
Interviewed by: Russell A. Trunk
Tom Williams Interview
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