Author Rhys Llewellyn interviews his long-time friend, Ed Hanley, a hardscrabble, colorful scuba diver and store owner, who for decades was recognized for entertaining his customers with his true-life adventures collecting some of the most unusual and valuable artifacts and seashells in the world. This book preserves Ed’s stories for generations to come and includes Ed’s own articles and sketches of the various species of shells found in the waters off Sanibel Island, Florida.
About the Book: Ed Hanley, the iconic store owner of “Neptune’s Treasures”, shares exciting, and sometimes harrowing, accounts of over a half-century of his adventures and explorations, both underwater and below ground, in search of rare and unusual artifacts and seashells for the patrons of his store on Sanibel Island, Florida. Readers of this book will be convinced that this most unforgettable and enthusiastic gentlemen truly had nine lives. A “must read” for adventure lovers of all ages.
About the Author: Rhys Llewellyn was born in Washington, D.C and lived in Falls Church, Virginia during his formative years. He received a B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary and did graduate study at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After a decade of fighting DC traffic, commuting to various lackluster federal government jobs, in 1975, he, along with his wife and three young children, traveled westward, in a covered Wagoneer, to Colorado, where he served out the remaining 25 years of his federal sentence, as a statistician with the Department of Labor. Following his release, he developed an allergy to snow; he and his wife were compelled to spend winters in Sanibel, Florida for the following 16 years, until driven out by malnourished alligators. Now, full-time in Colorado, he’s promised to put down his snow shovel, take off his mittens and crank out additional tomes. The whereabouts of his children is often unknown.
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