Sunday, June 7, 2009
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything To Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything To Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson is a true adventure tale in the best sense of the word. The men, John Chatterson and Rich Kohler, are deep sea divers, attracted both by the challenge and thrill of the dive. They dove separately to what they believed were all of the great dives in the North Atlantic ocean, when a friend of John's, a boat owner, who makes his money from these divers, hears about one more, a site where the fishing is good. The men go to investigate the wreck. What they find changes their lives. Robert does a fascinating job of exploring both how these men's lives have changed as a result of the boat, and explaining about the art of the dive, and the history of the boat, its inhabitants, and what life was like for the men aboard the U-Boats during World War II. I have previously read books by Mr. Kurson, and believe him to really study his subject writing books that are not only informative but also engage the reader in the sport of participating with him in learning. The book is about not only a boat and a couple of men who dive, but all the intricacies of a deep sea dive, and the relationships and bonds that develop between the various people on the dive team. He discusses their relationship, both on and off the boat. It was exciting to read their exploits, and for the time I read the book, pretend that I also could deep sea dive, and explore the wreck with them.