New Novel Uncovers the Story of a Vietnam Photographer, a Queen, Unexpected Love, and the Search for an Ancient Treasure.

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“Thap Cham” is the exceptional first book by William Diebold. Pulling from his experience as a photographer during the Vietnam War and his time later as an advertising photographer in Chicago in the 1980s, Diebold has crafted a story that is rich in history and intrigue.

In eleventh century Southeast Asia an ancient Champa Queen, fleeing a falling empire, leaves behind the remaining wealth and heritage of her kingdom in a hidden cave near Thap Cham, Vietnam, where it remains undisturbed for centuries. A photographer and three of his friends become entangled in a story of intrigue, love and betrayal as they find a surprising connection to the ancient queen and her treasure. Their quest leads them straight into the arms of two evil brothers who seek to control and rule this ancient land. As their story unravels they discover that looks can be deceiving, and the past is a mystery not yet revealed.

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“Thap Cham” is available for sale online at, Barnes and, and, as well as wholesale and retail channels worldwide.


"An impressive debut novel, this difficult-to-pronounce but equally hard-to-put-down adventure tale delivers a strong cast of unusual characters whose lives intersect in Chicago and take them across the Pacific to Vietnam and Cambodia. Weaving together ancient Southeast Asian legend, American military involvement in Vietnam, and Chicago entrepreneurship in the late eighties, the scope is ambitious and result rewarding. Intelligent female and male leads must trust each other as they pursue a lost treasure and a medieval culture to which their newest friend is the royal heir. Sexy and suspenseful, I can’t wait for the sequel!" -Dk Mercer

"I really enjoyed reading this book. I was gripped by the story immediately. I have traveled several times to Vietnam and have read many other accounts of the Vietnam War or as the Vietnamese people say " the American War". The book really brought many of the locations that I have visited to life. It was a very interesting mix of real life experiences of the author, who was stationed in Vietnam during the war days, as well as a fictional story involving Vietnamese history. I highly recommend this book as the author brings the charm and mystery of Vietnam to life." -Michael Farr

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