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What Men Call Treasure

El Paso Scene

Originally turned down by New York publishers because the title “treasure” hasn’t yet been found (or even been proven to have existed at all), this book is more if study on what drives the treasure hunters themselves. Co-authored by former El Paso resident Schweidel and NMSU teacher Boswell, the focus is on the legacy and family of Ernest “Doc” Noss, who originally claimed to have found and lost the treasure hidden in the mountains of New Mexico in the late 1930s. It follows Noss’s search for the treasure that extends beyond his own life to his wife Ova’s (Babe’s) grandson, Terry Delonas, who took on his own heartbreaking quest for the treasure through the 1990s. From lawsuits, to conspiracies and personal family and inner struggles, Delonas’s quest, albeit seemingly futile, captures the ageless psyche of the human spirit always looking for the end of the rainbow. Starting with a nod to “Treasure Island,” and winding down with a nod to Odysseus, this book is filled with enough pitfalls and promises to make any would-be treasure-seeking throw down their shovel and give up the hunt ... or purchase a better one and look even harder.
- Lisa Kay Tate, June 28, 2011 

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