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- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: Melange Books, LLC (September 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009W1S3JI
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The CSS submarine H.L. Hunley plays a small part in in the Civil War but has a larger role in history. Revealing the dangers and advantages of undersea warfare, the CSS Hunley was the first to sink an enemy warship, the USS Housatonic. The current historic record is not explicit as to whether the submarine was entirely submerged during the assault. It cost 21 sailors their lives during the experimentation and assault; the ship sank three times. Constructed at Mobile, Alabama, shipped by railroad to Charleston, South Carolina, the Hunley was lost on February 17, 1864. After decades of search, the Hunley's remains were located in 1995 and recovered in 2000. It now rests in a marine labratory in Charleston.
Kerr employes quick, conversational style dialog to move the story forward from April 1861 to February 1864. The author does not provide fanicful developments to heighten the narrative or suspense. Readers who are familar with the Hunley's story will be well satified. Those who are encountering the story for the first time will be compelled to track down the original TNT Network's 1999 creative film, The Hunley. Readers seeking toto learn more about the submarine, the heroic individuals who died with it are well served by current stewards of the ship and its museum. The Friends of the Hunley offer a very fine website. The website is a fine companion to Kerr's enjoyable, fact-based novel.
The Confederacy was dying as a result of the Union's stranglehold on their life blood - shipping. A group of southern businessmen met to attempt to negate the situation and ultimately learned of a rumored submersible craft of destruction devised during the American Revolution. Following the lead, they obtained plans of the crude vessel and constructed an advanced workable model. The story continues along an interesting plot line involving the lives of the men as they continue their efforts at construction and implementation against tremendous odds provided by the need for repeated trials, their government's non-interest because of more pressing needs and efforts by the Union to keep the plan from fruition.
Mechanically speaking, the tale is well written, the plot, including a romantic theme, is engaging and the history fascinating (particularly for this reader having previously reviewed a novel based on David Bushnell's original Revolutionary War submersible plans that are such a prominent basis for this book). Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning author of fiction/non-fiction.
The Hunley: The Civil War's Secret Weapon is a very well executed piece of historical fiction with extraordinary character development. The period settings are generally first rate and the depiction of human drama during a catastrophic time is done remarkably well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it for all fans of history. In my personal opinion, it's a bit overpriced at $5.99, but then again, I'm a crusader for the $2.99 e-book.
If you enjoyed The Hunley, you will surely also enjoy Convergence of Valor by Guntis Goncarovs which deals with the same topic from a slightly different point of view.