At the seabed, divers have found ships cut in half. Many have been removed completely, leaving a ship-shaped indent. Cambodian, Chinese and Malaysian-registered vessels have been spotted above shipwrecks. In some cases, their crews have been arrested. The illicit business, which appears to have rocketed in the past 18 months, remains shrouded in mystery, with some archeologists suggesting selling corroded scrap metal was not worth the costly process of removing it from the sea bed.
Another point of confusion is the fact that plenty of accessible modern wrecks in the area have not been targeted. Having been made before atomic bomb explosions in and subsequent nuclear tests, the steel is free of radiation. This makes even small quantities that have survived the saltwater extremely useful for finely calibrated instruments such as Geiger counters, space sensors and medical imaging. Some ancient ships, often centuries-old Roman vessels in European waters, have also been salvaged for their lead, which is also low-radiation and is used in nuclear power stations.
Martijn Manders, the head of the maritime programme at the cultural heritage agency of the Netherlands, has been looking at mystery of three Dutch wrecks that disappeared in the Java Sea. They see that the ships are being torn apart, which is very painful. While there might be small amounts of lead on the second world war wrecks, looters appeared to be more interested in the thick steel hulls, he said, pointing to the fact that salvagers dumped a large part of one ship, the HNLMS Kortenaer, back on the seabed.
That vessel was a lighter destroyer type and its hull was much thinner and more corroded. A body is found in the cemetery that is unaccounted for and Drew begins to investigate what happened. The story itself is quite good and who done it and why they did i This was a solid diverting read.
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However Drew seems to work it out more by luck than design and an enjoyable part of reading mystery novels is marvelling at how the detective worked it out so that was a shame. A greater problem is that roughly half the book is dedicated to Drew dealing with his martial problems, child care and the detailed workings of being and undertaker and owning a cemetery, natural burial versus modern day burial and so on; topics that just aren't very interesting sadly.
Jul 13, Dolores rated it liked it. This was a very interesting book. Drew Slocumbe is an undertaking and owner of Peaceful Repose Cemetary.
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One day, a body is discovered buried there, but Drew and his staff don't know who buried it, which leads Drew to investigate the mysterious body. This book is very entertaining. Jun 07, Lorraine rated it it was amazing. Lots of twists and turns. I've read a number of Rebecca Tope's Cotswold series featuring house sitter Thea Osborne, and for the most part have enjoyed them. They are well written and plotted, but have an unsettling feel. This is probably because Thea is unsettled, being in a strange house and strange location, responsible often for animals as well as a house. The unsettled nature of her occupation is transferred to the reader, or at least this reader.
I do recommend them as a good read, generally speaking though.
Drew Slo I've read a number of Rebecca Tope's Cotswold series featuring house sitter Thea Osborne, and for the most part have enjoyed them. Drew Slocombe, the main character of this series, is Thea's love interest, so this particular series is a spin off.
Drew is an undertaker, widowed with two children. He is attempting to set up natural burial sites in his part of Britain. The pros and cons, difficulties and sometimes local opposition to this approach tends to get tedious. After reading so much of it in the Thea Osborne series, I could not bring myself to finish this read from Drew's perspective. If I had read less of them it may have been all right. Search for:. Skip to content Free download.
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Rebecca Tope Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The story itself is quite good and who done it and why they did it makes sense. Home Job. Menu go. Follow the Irish Examiner.
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