In The Age of Materialism, Bestseller Championing Character Scores Big

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Through the use of robust character development and a consistent philosophical undercurrent "Diving The Seamount" weaves seemingly dissimilar lives together and leads the reader to a wholly compelling conclusion; that leading a life of personal value exceeds a life based solely on material acquisition. Amazon.com readers have embraced the novel; it has risen over a million rating places since publication in July.

La Paz, Mexico serves as the backdrop for a sweeping tale part carpe diem, part life philosophy that questions the wisdom of pursuing a material life at the expense of freedom.

Through the use of robust character development and a consistent philosophical undercurrent "Diving The Seamount" weaves seemingly dissimilar lives together and leads the reader to a wholly compelling conclusion; that leading a life of personal value exceeds a life based solely on material acquisition.

"I wanted to combine my passion for scuba diving and the experiences I've had on the Marisla Seamount off the coast of La Paz to illustrate the viability of the Mexican lifestyle I found so convincing in Baja," explained the author. What, you might ask, is a seamount anyway?

"A seamount," Rapko uses his hands to illustrate while talking "is an underwater volcano that plateaus below the surface of the sea. Characteristically scuba divers encounter a rich variety of sea life in these areas--dense hard coral, prolific schools of fish and pelagics like hammerhead sharks. All of these animals have an affinity for seamounts."

"Diving The Seamount" illustrates in a mind's eye view all that is beautiful about Baja scuba diving: the sea life, the landscape and most importantly the freedom. Given the propensity of describing life success in terms of material acquisition, "Diving The Seamount" offers a refreshing view on the importance of personal character development and the value of simplicity.

"I wanted to challenge the status quo ingrained in the American psyche that portrays material worth superseding self worth," Rapko smiled then explained "inevitably there would be internal conflict, the characters in my novel ultimately realize that sometimes we need to look away to see the truth."

Diving the Seamount, ISBN 0595320856, is available for $11.95 at all major book retailers including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Tom Rapko is an experienced scuba diver and avid underwater photographer. With over a thousand dives on five continents, he holds a special place in his heart for the Baja peninsula. He lives in Boston's South End with his wonderful wife Angela. Readers can visit his homepage at: http://www.theseamount.com

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Tom Rapko

(617) 331-1784

bajadiver@netzero.com

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