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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Book Review: Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War IIIf you are looking for a thrilling and captivating mystery that just happens to also be a true story, this is an excellent book to read. Shadow Divers gives the story of a group of divers who decide to investigate a report of a potential sunken ship off the coast of New Jersey. The divers assume that it will be a pile of rubble or a pipe barge, but are astounded to discover a sunken German U-Boat. There were no reports of a U-Boat sunk in New Jersey waters, so the divers embark on a dangerous mission to identify the sunken wreck.

The book reads like a thriller, complete with drama and danger. I was truly hooked from the start and found it to be a wonderful account of the danders of deep diving and wreck diving, German naval history and World War II. If you even have a passing interest in any of these subjects, this is a great book to pick up and read.

I've seen other reviews that have stated that book dragged a bit through some descriptions of submarines, etc, but I found ever bit of it entertaining and interesting. Perhaps parts of the book were a little over-dramatic, but with the danger that these divers put themselves through in order to identify the wreck, drama seems justified.


Nick said...

That sounds a lot more fun that the book I just finished.

Kim said...

I thought of you while reading it. The archivists came in and saved the day a couple times!

Nick said...

ooooh, archivist heroics. Now I'm definitely reading this.

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