Sunday, October 12, 2008

Any of my fellow sub bloggers read Robert Kurson's Shadow Divers?

Looks like an interesting read, mostly because it combines three of my enthusiams--diving, WWII history, and subs.

Eager to hear your thoughts about the book.


At 9:58 PM, Blogger scada said...

I listened to both the abridged and unabridged audio book (long commute). The book was fascinating and very engaging. I highly recommend it especially if you have served on a sub.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Larson said...

An excellent book, and I have recommended to many Navy buddies and particularly diver enthusiasts. I’ve known quite a few adults who take a SCUBA class with dreams of diving shipwrecks within a year. I doubt they have the slightest idea of what the dangers of shipwreck diving are, and this book is an excellent way to open your eyes to that.

I really wouldn’t describe this as a submarine book; it’s about a roughneck trying to make a name for himself in the world of shipwreck diving and he stumbles across the find of the decade, a sunken U-boat off the east coast.

The author describes his research trip to Chicago to visit the U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry to prepare for the dive. He made several trips through the submarine, getting back in line to go through it again so he could get a better idea of what to expect when he dives the U-boat.

This reminds me of when I graduated from RTC at Great Lakes some 3+ decades ago. A fellow sailor who was also going subs and I caught the train to Chicago to visit the U-505. Even knowing that the submarines we would be on would be much larger than this, it was still a bit awe-inspiring to walk through a sub for the first time while trying to imagine what it’ll be like when we finally get there.


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