Not everyone’s involved a shipwreck, a submarine, and kidnapping.

Memoir of how a childhood tragedy surfaced a Cold War secret.

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— B. B., 

Santa Barbara Dolphin Family Sculptor

“A fantastic tale!” 


Who is this book for?

Those who want to EXPERIENCE a common person who takes on a Goliath – giant issues—  and experiences PEACE where there had been frustration, gains COURAGE serving things that matter most, and becomes GRATEFUL where once there had been a chip on their shoulder. 


Those who want to REMEMBER brave civilians who commit to a mission and became HEROS by giving the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.  


Those who want to LEARN about the story of the first infrared COMMUNICATOR taken UNDERWATER by a Raytheon-related project team of ENGINEERS and SCUBA DIVERS


Those who seek to engage minds using a STORY with historical context in todays world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and PROJECT MANAGEMENT.   


Those interested in a true story of a LOSS, a SEARCH, and a CELEBRATION.

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About the Authors

Teresa Newton-Terres

TERESA NEWTON-TERRES, PMP® is recognized as a leader who helps frustrated people navigate their projects by making project methods easy for use at home and at work. Holding a Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification since 2000, Ms. Newton-Terres was awarded the Community Advancement Through Project Management Award for her service to the National Guard Professional Education Center Family Program by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) at their Global Conference in 2008. More recently, PMI recognized Teresa for her Project Life-skills, in 2016. Raised in California, educated in the Midwest, Teresa has served individuals and project teams in two countries and 32 states between Hawaii and UK. Often she is found wandering in the mountains or experiencing the seas majesty where she feels God’s grace in each sunrise and sunset. Currently, she lives in view of the Arkansas river - a river that runs from the mountains to the sea. 

James Pence

JAMES H. PENCE is a man of many talents.

He’s a performance chalk artist, singer, speaker, published author, editor & collaborator, and in all his spare time he teaches karate, writing, and art to home schooled children. Jim has been called a “Renaissance man,” but he prefers to be known simply as a follower of Jesus Christ and a storyteller. Jim is the author or co-author of over nine books. 


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About the book

In MYSTERY OF THE MARIE, Teresa Newton-Terres delves into the true story of how she was two years old when her father disappeared from the vessel Marie in the waters off Santa Barbara California in 1960. When the Marie vanished, her crew was conducting a covert underwater communications experiment for a Raytheon-related project, which left a lot of questions unanswered. Among the seven men lost, four victims were found and three bodies were never located, including Teresa’s father and an eminent scientist. After the Marie’s disappearance, Teresa and the other fatherless children grew up and the details to the story were submerged. 

Ms. Newton-Terres first began her journey into uncovering the truth about the Marie while living near Pearl Harbor, when she received a dusty scrapbook of her grandmothers filled with coast-to-coast news articles of the shipwreck. Teresa’s research into her father’s loss began by asking what she believed was a simple question. What happened? Yet, she failed to realize the Goliath she stood before – giant issues that threatened to overwhelm her many times. Through an abundance of relationships, collective memories, and a crumbling wall of secrecy, part of the story began to surface. 


Ms. Newton-Terres takes on the search to find the untold story of the Marie shipwreck in MYSTERY OF THE MARIE by approaching Raytheon Company officials, scouring original sources in coast-to-coast archives, and honoring first-hand accounts of those touched by the tragedy. The recently de-classified details raise more questions than they answer. In the process, she sheds light on one of the darkest of dark projects and she uncovers an untold Cold War mystery that occurred in the days after the CIA’s U-2 spy plane was shot down by Russia.

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