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Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II Paperback – May 24, 2005
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Kurson puts us in the center of the action as we learn about the discovery of a mysterious submarine shipwreck--not one of ours--just 60 miles east of Pt. Pleasant, NJ. In nautical terms this is literally in our backyard. Resting on the bottom of the ocean at 233 feet, it is a depth that is tantalizingly close, yet dangerously deep and accessible to all but a few of the most experienced deep diving specialists.
Central to the story are the truly larger than life main characters: hard drinking rough hewn John Nagle, Captain of the dive-boat and world renowned wreck diving legend; two peas in opposing pods, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, wreck diving enthusiasts who idolize Nagle and only hope to share in some of the excitement that he has experienced in the past; and a rather odd assortment of other players who come and go at different times. Along the way we witness relationships destroyed, marriages ruined, jobs forfeited, sanity questioned, and even lives tragically lost, all in the single minded pursuit to solve a seemingly unsolvable puzzle.
Kurson pulls it all together nicely, and without revealing the end, I will just say that this book is a richly rewarding experience for the reader. Good books like this leave me wanting to know so much more about the characters, sort of "where are they now?Read more ›
This book is as good as any suspense novel out there, but the diffference is that it is true. I highly recommend this book to diver and non-diver alike!
From time-to-time Kurson lays it on pretty thick stylistically; the story is so dramatic (several divers died during the search) that it does not need melodramatic prose. There is an interesting but strangely apologetic chapter on the German sailors; Kurson seems a little too eager to prove that many of them had anti-Hitler leanings. This is surely true, but the story of the lost men, whose bones still rest on the bottom of the Atlantic, is tragic and touching regardless of their politics.
Still, if you like true adventures, you can't do better than this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... So much so that tuis will not be my last sub read! Pictures and drawings add much to the human stories.Published 17 hours ago by Marty Brooks
i am not buyer of this book "Shadow Divers." However, i found this book to be a 'must read' book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ds_esnce
This book reads at times like a mystery novel (although it's all true), at times like a couple of biographies, and at times like a history book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jean Valjean
If you like history and a good story them Kurson delivers! Holy cow this book was exciting and non fiction.Published 10 days ago by Jeremy Baker
I'm a long time SCUBA instructor and cave diver. This book is very well written. It is incredibly researched, and follows two divers attempting to identify a German U-Boat sunk... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mort Mason
Well written and well researched account of the dangerous process of determining how a German U-boat was sunk off the coast of New Jersey. A page turner.Published 26 days ago by Craig H. Larson
My wife is a diver and I bought this book for her---she said its not the easiest reading but still likes the bookPublished 27 days ago by joeyM
This book tells a big diving incident which happened in the days where Technical Diving has not been formalized. Read morePublished 27 days ago