salvage by jon mayDue out in paperback and eBook in June 2015

Salvage is Jon’s second book, the follow up to Divers, and is based on his time with the truly extraordinary South China Sea Ocean Salvage And Towing Company, during the few years before its final demise in 1994. Like his first book, this story has the dry, dark humour of professionals facing tough, life-changing decisions in the face of disaster. 

Jon gives a fascinating account of life in this industry, from dealing with the devastating consequences of a typhoon in the South China Sea, searching for missing explosives and going to the rescue of a shipwrecked crew, to hunting for lost pirate treasure, treating wounds from a shark attack and almost being lost at sea himself.

The stories are all true and though he has adapted other peoples’ stories into the narrative to produce a coherent flow, all of the events are taken from first person accounts.

Written with a delicate balance of harsh reality and poignant reflection, Salvage gives a further insight into the truly remarkable and adventurous lives of these men.