Treasure Trove, Inc.

September 27, 2006 15:35 ET

A New Way to Treasure Your College Days: Join the Worldwide Hunt for $2 Million in Jewels

MEDIA ADVISORY--(Collegiate Presswire - September 27, 2006) - Bored with trivia contests and scavenger hunts on campus? "Secrets of the Alchemist Dar", a newly released illustrated fantasy by best-selling author Michael Stadther, is your chance to participate in an exciting worldwide treasure hunt with a fantastic prize to boot. Up for grabs is a bounty of jewels valued at more than $2 million - making this the world's largest public treasure hunt in history!

"Secrets of the Alchemist Dar" contains clues to 100 jeweled rings valued at more than $2 million. One ring alone is worth $1 million and contains an extremely rare red diamond. The prized rings are designed by internationally renowned jeweler Aaron Basha, whose clients include Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Celine Dion, among other celebrities.

How easy is it to solve the clues? According to Michael Stadther, the book's author, illustrator and publisher, "The clues are simple enough for a child to understand and solve them, just as they were in my first book. Anyone, anywhere in the world, who can read English and meets all of the requirements in the Official Rules printed in the back of 'Secrets of the Alchemist Dar', can be awarded a ring."

During the nationwide hunt for $1 million in hidden jewels spawned by Stadther's first book, "A Treasure's Trove", readers (who dubbed themselves 'trovers') became obsessed with solving the book's puzzles and a treasure hunting phenomenon swept across America. Jason Davis, a cognitive science major at University of California at Berkley, and David Somers, a cognitive neuroscientist at Boston University's Department of Psychology, were among them.

Davis decoded a clue in the book and borrowed $320 from a friend to take a Greyhound bus from Oakland, California to Elk City, Oklahoma. Nearby, at Chinaberry Campground in Foss State Park, he discovered a gold token that he redeemed for a Firefly jewel worth $280,000.

Somers became a 'trover' after reading the story to his three daughters. Tracing the treasure to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, he invited his former college roommate and close friend along on the adventure. Once there, they discovered another hidden gold token and Somers was awarded a Beetle jewel worth $54,000.

Stadther hopes his new book will promote teamwork and collaboration in the quest for the jewels and the finder's "15 minutes of fame" that accompanies it. He encourages college students looking for challenging fun to grab their own copy of the book to try and solve the clues and find the hidden treasure. Winners will be included in the book's ongoing international publicity campaign.

"Secrets of the Alchemist Dar" (Treasure Trove, Inc.) by Michael Stadther is now available in both hardcover and softcover editions at online stores and local bookstores. Join the worldwide hunt now at for your chance to win big!

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