In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat - complete with its crew of 60 men - not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taugh...more
Mr. Kurson was able to tell John Chatterton and Richie Kohler's stories so that it read just like that, a story. His tone was honest and even, his research was obvious. There were points where I had to remind myself that this wasn't fiction.
I truly appreciated the history that Mr. Kurson injected into this entire book. Not o...more
In 1991, when Bill Nagle and his small band of fanatics first ran across the sub in question (eventually identified as U-869, sunk in 1945), what we now call “technical diving” was in its gestational period. The equipment hadn’t progressed much past what Jacques Cousteau...more
This is what I remember: I heard the word "motherfucker" for the first time, and reflected that it's one hell of a curse word. I became engrossed in the truth and real journalism in this novel--it made me realize the mysteries of the world and the great depths of the sea. Mostly, though, I remember loving the men and their devotion to this wreck. I remember them perservering through it...more
2 amateur “shadow” divers moved beyond reason, spent 6 years of their lives in study, research, planning, travel, and dangerous deep sea diving (risking death countless times, three men did in fact die while diving the wreck) to uncover the identity of a lost WW2 submarine discovered in 1991 on the floor of the Atlantic just off the coast of New Jersey. It is a flawlessly...more
--other ocean-going vessels
Oddly enough, these are what this book is about and whenever real life forced me to set it down and walk away for awhile, I spent an absurd amount of time thinking about it and frantically wondering, "what next? Tell me more! I need to know more!" I think that means Robert Kurson might be a brilliant writer.
My husband is a U.S. Navy submarine veteran and belongs to a...more
This story had me hook line and sinker. I initially came to it with its comparison to Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air", which blew me away. There is no doubt for the comparison. Where Into Thin Air delves into the politics and risks of climbing Mt. Everest, Shadow Divers deals in the risk and politics of deep sea diving. High altitude sickness vs depth narcosis, and how they both intrude on your sanity while you are already risking your life. This is a true story of discovery. American di...more
The "U-Who" and German soldiers' stories "have settled," Kurson writes, at the bottom of the sea, "where one uncovers the freeze-frames of final human experience." Critics compare Shadow Divers, a danger-filled adventure story that blends action, mystery, science, and military history, to Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Sebastian Unger's Perfect Storm. Like these true-adventure authors, Kurson, contributing editor to Esquire, definitely knows how to tell a story (some parts were previously cove...more
Rich with adversity, adventure and war history, the author's enthusiasm for the tale (which in turn is lit by the dedication and determination of the divers themselves) lends the writing that elusive thrill of perfect retelling. The balance of back-story of the men who explored the wreck, the detail and technical information, the history, the suspense of the dives the...more
Overall, engrossing and highly recommended for m...more
I went into this knowing nothing about scuba, and only a trivial amount of knowledge about u-boats. This audio book has been sitting in my queue for 2 years with many others jumping line ahead of it. What was I thinking.
Robert Kurson paints a vivid picture of two amazing people performing amazing feats under water, and the changes they experience as people in the process of discovering and identifying this mystery sub.
The author takes an appropriate amount of time telling...more
This is the story of two brave divers, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, and how they solved these mysteries. They risked their lives diving down to 230 feet over the cour...more
i cannot express in words how fantastic i thought this book was. an absolute page turner that i wish i could convince everyone to read.
the fact that this was non-fiction made it all the better. i cannot believe that they haven't made a movie based on this book.
i recommend it to everyone.
some favorite lines:
-if an undertaking was easy, someone else already would have done it.
-if you follow in another's footsteps, you miss the problems really worth solving.
-excellence is born...more
Robert Kurson does an ou...more
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I won’t bore you with the information that can be found on the dust jacket.
I will say that the story that is told here has many facets and was great read on many levels.
After completing the book I looked for others that are similar and found a few, including one that tells the personal story of two of the divers on the wreck that focuses on them as a team and not the full story of SHADOW DIVERS.
I also found a book that claims that...more
that appears to be from a different era. A war machine with ferocious design.
Focusing on two men in particular, Kohler and
Chattermen, Kurson chronciles their ambition and their guidance in bringing the untold story of the a german u-boat that sank off the east coast. We see the journey through...more
Kurson is a contributing editor for Esquire.