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
--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
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
It is also a non-fiction book about the discovery of an unidentified submarine where none was said to exist. Which submarine was it? Who were the men that discovered it? What was done to discover its provenance and how it came to be there? Who were the dead men on that U-boat? That is the theme of this book. It can be tackled in several ways, two of which are to make it into a thrilli ...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
The best part, the many and detailed descriptions of searching the u-boat. The hazards, the danger, the insistence of certain divers to keep going back and back again, and yes, back again.
Why I took off one star, I didn't like the main characters. Perhaps I know too many people like this, driven to such exacting precision and perfection they become almost stereotypes of themselves. Or it could be the way the author chose to represent them. I wanted to say (to the aut ...more
The book takes you beyond just the facts of the finding, into the lives of th ...more
In order to fully appreciate my review of this book, you need to know that I am not a World War II (or WWI for that matter) buff in any shape or form. Yes, I've watched loads of war movies, and was that person; the one asking are those the Germans or allies? Am I the only one who did not know that you could tell them apart merely based on th ...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
Knowing you were going to get the tale of a sunken U boat, I had no idea you would also get the biography to emotional depths and physical conditions for the principles who operated this obsession off "The Seeker". And they did seek, and it did start with obsession. And did end with a more total obsession.
Being wi ...more
Ich habe als Kind mit Begeisterung die Comic-Reihe um den Meeresforscher Jean-Jaques Cousteau verschlungen. Am besten haben mir dabei immer die Tauchgänge der Calypso-Crew gefallen.
Dieser Enthusiasmus hat leider mit meinem ersten eigenen Tauchgang vor Gili Trawangan (Indonesien) rapide nachgelassen. Diverse Umstände haben dazu geführt, dass ich vorerst keine Tauchausrüstung mehr anrühren werde.
Warum also ein Buch zu dem Thema lesen?
Ich bin ein Fan von Non-Fiction und eines meiner Lieblingswerk ...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
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
Kurson's books (both centering on the actual diver John Chatterton as a main character) are non-fiction dressed up like fiction. What I mean by this is that, much like Erik Lars ...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
As new concepts emerge, the author includes chapters explaining the process of diving and its dangers. ...more
"A diver who has spent time in deep water must ascend gradually... He must do this even if he believes himself to be suffocating or choking or dying. Panicked divers who bolt for "sunshine and seagulls" risk a case of decompression sickness, or the "bends." Severe bends can permanently handicap, paralyze, or kill a person."
Increased water pressure is also a problem:
Kurson began his career as an attorney, graduating from Harvard Law School and practicing real estate law. His profe ...more