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Researcher pens tense tale of buried treasure

Imagine if you had the technology to locate the treasure on the ocean bottom. This is the premise of “Lost and Found” ($27.99, Arche Books, 2008), a new novel by Tom Williams.

Lost and Found

Two British scientists are hired by an oil consulting firm to track oil reserves around the globe, using a geological survey satellite. The technology doesn’t work for oil, but it does work for gold. They are fired by the company for their reconfiguration of the satellite under the pretense of sabotage, and events begin to spiral out of control when a co-worker is murdered while trying to prove the scientists’ innocence. When the duo is given 30 days to find gold or be arrested, it becomes an exhilarating race against time, battling storms, earthquakes and each other.

Williams, a master merchant marine officer licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard for 23 years, has done extensive work on shipwrecks and salvage diving. Much of the events in his first novel are based on true-to-life experiences from his past. Williams resides in Marco, Fla., with his wife, Vicki Lynn, and their three cats, Lucy, Ethel, and Elvis. For information, visit