[KINDLE] ↠ Free Read ✓ Shadow Divers : by Robert Kurson ✓

Shadow Divers By Robert Kurson,

  • Title: Shadow Divers
  • Author: Robert Kurson
  • ISBN: 9780345482471
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the tradition of Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery and make history themselves For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was than a sport Testing themselves against treacherous currents, bIn the tradition of Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery and make history themselves For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was than a sport Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, navigating through wreckage as perilous as a minefield, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.But in the fall of 1991, not even these courageous divers were prepared for what they found 230 feet below the surface, in the frigid Atlantic waters sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey a World War II German U boat, its ruined interior a macabre wasteland of twisted metal, tangled wires, and human bones all buried under decades of accumulated sediment.No identifying marks were visible on the submarine or the few artifacts brought to the surface No historian, expert, or government had a clue as to which U boat the men had found In fact, the official records all agreed that there simply could not be a sunken U boat and crew at that location Over the next six years, an elite team of divers embarked on a quest to solve the mystery Some of them would not live to see its end Chatterton and Kohler, at first bitter rivals, would be drawn into a friendship that deepened to an almost mystical sense of brotherhood with each other and with the drowned U boat sailors former enemies of their country As the men s marriages frayed under the pressure of a shared obsession, their dives grew daring, and each realized that he was hunting than the identities of a lost U boat and its nameless crew Author Robert Kurson s account of this quest is at once thrilling and emotionally complex, and it is written with a vivid sense of what divers actually experience when they meet the dangers of the ocean s underworld The story of Shadow Divers often seems too amazing to be true, but it all happened, two hundred thirty feet down, in the deep blue sea From the Hardcover edition.
    Shadow Divers In the tradition of Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great his

    One thought on “Shadow Divers”

    1. As a kid one of my favorite television shows was Jacques Cousteau s Undersea Kingdom I was enthralled with the idea of scuba divers swimming with dolphins and looking for sunken treasures and video taping their findings for the world to see While Cousteau s weekly program showed coral reefs and shallow water scuba diving that many tourists engage in, he on occasion aired a program about deep sea divers searching for the sea s mysteries When the nonfiction book club on selected Shadow Divers by R [...]

    2. Things that don t interest me military history WWII submarines other ocean going vessels maritime terminology scuba divingOddly 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 I need to know I think that means Robert Kurson might be a brilliant writer.My husband is a U.S Navy submarine veteran and belongs to a local base of crusty s [...]

    3. Holy moly I didn t think that this book would be as amazing as it was I had thought it d be a rather dry telling of an awesome discovery, but it was so much than that.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 only the his [...]

    4. Well, I ve done some calculations, and it turns out that there are precisely one bagillion ways to die while deep water diving As I m neither Boyle, nor Dalton nor Henry I won t be going into grave as in watery grave detail vis vis the laws of physics that make humans so ill equipped to brave the pelagic depths of the sea Things like nitrogen narcosis can impair even a master diver s decision making skills, and those decisions can often be fatal Wreck diving, the subject of this riveting read, a [...]

    5. Akin to Shadow Divers, I know what it s like to have a deep shrouded mystery gnawing at you, where the answer is out there, somewhere, but finding the answer is like looking for a needle in a haystack I was adopted as an infant, and spent my entire adult life sifting through murky waters, so to speak, for clues No joy Zero, zip, zilch But joy of joys, just last week through an act of faith after years of searching, I found my birth siblings and my father And I love each and every one of them Suc [...]

    6. This is an action packed adventure story An adrenalin thrill Make sure that is what you want before you start 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 thrilling advent [...]

    7. When I was around ten years old my dad handed me this book Looking back on it, I m not too sure why he did so 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 all to t [...]

    8. Just as on the Titanic, it is U 869 s ghosts that do not let her sleep, crying out of the depths for their story to be told 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 resear [...]

    9. Shadow Divers is a quest story, and, as those often are, a story of obsession It chronicles the discovery of a sunken U boat off New Jersey by a group of die hard wreck divers and their six year campaign to identify that relic.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 would [...]

    10. Liked it, gave it four stars.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 author y [...]

    11. I believe I read a review of this book recently that stated Things I m not interested in, 1 WW2 U boats, 2 Deep sea diving 3 WW2 history of any kind.And yet I LOVED this book I can honestly say I relate While I do typically stick to WW2 fiction, I found this read absolutely fascinating I m awed by the amount of research that had to go into writing this And I m equally awed by the divers that were so committed to revealing the mystery behind this U boat Which by the way, was found off the coast o [...]

    12. This was a great recommendation from Emilie I don t normally read non fiction, but this was a perfect mix of facts and storytelling I actually found myself holding my breath during the intense diving scenes.

    13. This nonfiction book lives up to its subtile The true adventures of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II 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 their hea [...]

    14. This is a great adventure mystery a German U Boat from World War II is found off the coast of New Jersey But history records do not mention any such submarine in the area In fact, historical records are shown to be replete with errors and mistaken identities So which U Boat is it What was it doing there How did it sink 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 course of ye [...]

    15. This was a fantastic book about a gripping story part mystery, part history, with than a little bit of life thrown in The story of several divers who discover a u boat 60 miles of the coast of New Jersey that s right, a NAZI FRICKING SUBMARINE that was so close the submariners in it could have THROWN bombs at us if they wanted, let alone launching torpedoes and one that was utterly unknown until the 1990s The book takes you beyond just the facts of the finding, into the lives of the divers who [...]

    16. This book is principally the story of two American divers who risk their lives to explore and identify the wreck of a WWII U Boat.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 themse [...]

    17. 3.5 StarsThis 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 divers fin [...]

    18. Not only the date by date survey of a diving project that lasted many years, but also the depth and core story of the reality for the divers who accomplished the answers to the mystery.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 total obsession.Being within the [...]

    19. Best book I ve read in five years The adventure of a lifetime A mystery underwater I was already hooked Two guys who find a German U Boat off the New Jersey coast The entire crew still inside That s a book with promise And the author delivers He weaves the right combination of non fiction research and a fascinating tale of two men struggling for seven years against incredible and unexpected odds to figure out which U Boat they had found If you know anything about research, or simply believe in t [...]

    20. In the fall of 1991, deep wreck diver John Chatterton found a German U boat under 230 feet of water off the New Jersey coast where no U boat had ever been recorded sunk According to all the history books, it simply couldn t be there It took Chatterton and fellow diver Richie Kohler six years, multiple dives to recover artifacts, exhaustive record searches through the National Archives and the Naval Historical Center, multiple trips to Germany, the solicitation of an endless anecdotal history fro [...]

    21. Imagine you are deep sea diving to a shipwreck over 200 feet below the surface, swimming inside, disturbing the surrounding silt such that visibility becomes nil, and having to find your way back out And, oh, by the way, the ship is angled or sideways or upside down, with wires dangling down and debris sticking out Your body is building up narcosis so your brain and extremities are functioning much slower than normal This is the stuff of nightmares to me, but it is what these divers faced in try [...]

    22. This abridged audio tape was absolutely thrilling to listen to It tells the story of divers who find a U boat off the coast of New Jersey and then try to identify it Until they do, they call it the U Who Part of what made it interesting for me was that I never want to dive I am a shore person I ll settle for splashing my ankles in the waves In basic training in Texas, I went with three other guys to the Gulf of Mexico We rented four oxygen tanks to dive with No way I was going to go through with [...]

    23. This was one of those books sitting on a shelf waiting to be read from 2004 and I had heard from various people that it was a great story But I did not get around to reading it until it was decided that it would be the book for our discussion group to read for this month August, 2017 It certainly lived up to the hype as I give it It s an amazing story of wreck divers exploring a sunken German U boat from World War II off the coast of New Jersey We learn about the dangers of that activity, wreck [...]

    24. Un libro que te engancha desde el principio, una grata sorpresa y lo mas fant stico es que es basado en la vida real, as que es novela hist rica contempor nea Es de esos libros que me encantan porque a trav s de la historia te brindan conocimientos sobre una profesi n, en este caso de los buzos que se dedican a la b squeda de pecios, que ampl an tu cultura como lector La manera que el autor cont la historia es para quitarse el sombrero, describiendo los acontecimientos y relatando la vida de los [...]

    25. This book was interesting and made me think of history in a completely different way in that, what is written in the history books may not be as accurate as I once thought I ve only been diving a couple of times and really enjoy it, but these guys are SERIOUS and took some risks I don t think I could ve taken When the author was talking about them changing regulators or almost running out of air or actually running out of air I could feel myself breathing for them as of that would help I really [...]

    26. 3.5 stars for this exciting true tale of two renowned shipwreck divers who discovered a lost, historically unaccounted for German WWII U boat lying in the depths off the shore of Brielle, NJ I admired the incredible bravery, obsession and compassion of the pair, who refused to give up until they identified the boat and could provide closure to the families who lost loved ones on the doomed ship Three of the divers who assisted them died underwater in what I learned is one of the most dangerous s [...]

    27. Ich habe als Kind mit Begeisterung die Comic Reihe um den Meeresforscher Jean Jaques Cousteau verschlungen Am besten haben mir dabei immer die Tauchg nge der Calypso Crew gefallen Dieser Enthusiasmus hat leider mit meinem ersten eigenen Tauchgang vor Gili Trawangan Indonesien rapide nachgelassen Diverse Umst nde haben dazu gef hrt, dass ich vorerst keine Tauchausr stung mehr anr hren werde Warum also ein Buch zu dem Thema lesen Ich bin ein Fan von Non Fiction und eines meiner Lieblingswerke aus [...]

    28. 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 covered in a P [...]

    29. My book club non fiction lover friend, Denise, chose this book She did it again I would have NEVER chosen this book myself Thank God for book club It was really quite gripping I was glued to the story It had all the elements of suspense that a nonfiction mystery novel would ve had The writing was surprisingly fluid and descriptive without becoming bogged down with detail That s what I most have trouble with in nonfictione details drag me into boredom I disassociate This one, not at all Halfway t [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *