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
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
Overall, engrossing and highly recommended for m...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
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
The author describes the technical details of scuba diving in a way that's very informative while keeping the reader's attention. Between dives, some of the divers...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
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson is a New York Times Bestseller, rumored to become a movie, and a classic guy-read. In 1991, weekend wreck-divers discover what appears to be a German U-boat 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey....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
As in all adventure sports, deep sea shipwreck scuba diving has several schools of thought and methods, and this book describes and probes the highly individualistic and independent methods of Chatterton and Kohler, who are Atlantic wreck divers of extraordinary skill and daring.
I loved the reverence that the divers paid to the men whose bodies lay deep in the ocean trapped in the war sub. Their personal stories and how they so...more
The book begins with a man named Nagle, who recieves mysterious "numbers" or coordinates from a...more
As the story begins, they happen upon a complex mystery 50 years in the making. In response, a core team of divers find friendship...more
The story telling reminds me of “Into thin air” by Jon Krakauer. Shadow Divers is well researched and provides great detail into the specifics of diving, experiences on specific dives, and how some divers met their fate. As a non...more
Shadow Divers was phenomenal. I cried. I was terrified at moments. Sometim...more
Thanks to my new job I've gone caving this year, but the thought of caving underwater where the "cave" is deteriorating metal full of twisted wires and rotten wood boards give...more
Kurson is a contributing editor for Esquire.