pulse-quickening real-life thriller...written with great you-are-there
intensity and dynamic verve."
masterful work...Remarkable...Captivating. Shadow Divers
will in all likelihood join the company of such compelling
and successful narratives of men doing deadly battle with
nature as Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Sebastian
Junger's The Perfect Storm."
a great story needs the right storyteller, and Chatterton
and Kohler couldn't have asked for anyone better than Kurson.
From U-boat history to the mortal dangers of diving...Kurson
explains it all, even as he's spinning a fantastic yarn that
happens to be true. All he leaves out are the boring parts."
researched and superbly told...will leave even armchair adventurers
gasping for breath." (Critic's Choice...four stars)
irresistible sea yarn."
People who risk their lives and family bonds to pursue their
passions can create some of the best non-fiction. Perhaps
the most startling elements of Shadow Divers are anecdotes
about the dangers of diving. [And] the final part of the book
is perhaps the most moving."
breathes life into Shadow Divers with consummate skill.
His research is meticulous but he wears it lightly, his characters
are skillfully drawn, and the narrative is so well paced and
constructed that it develops a hypnotic, almost suffocating
tension... But it is far more than mere adventure; this is
also a haunting, painful story of obsession and its attendant
costs. For once, the comparisons with The Perfect Storm
are not out of place; this is a memorable story, beautifully
Sunday Times of London
Divers is not only a gripping adventure story, but a tale
of dogged persistence and growing friendship. Mr. Kurson vividly
captures the hazardous world of diving and the competition
and camaraderie of the divers themselves."
of the most haunting moments occur on land, as when the divers
research the lives of the doomed German sailors whose bones
they swim among. Once underwater, Kurson's adrenalized prose
sweeps you along in a tale of average-guy adventure."
know a book has you when you avoid looking at its photo display
or final pages for fear of spoiling its surprises. Robert
Kurson has written a genre-mixing sprint of a narrative, an
adventure story that is also a genuine historical mystery."
York Times Sunday Book Review
descriptions of some of these forays inside the sub were so
harrowing that I frequently caught myself holding my breath...A
amazing story which Kurson tells in a dynamic and agile journalistic
style. Shadow Divers is a must-read and a genuine page-turner."
pages are drenched in action and suspense, rivalry and cussedness,
technical detail in wondrous plenty, commitment and loyalty,
and, most amazing of all, archival sleuthing
the publishers are dreaming of another Perfect Storm,
they may get their wish."
reading, full of suspense...tightly plotted and remarkably
Divers surely ranks with Sebastian Junger's The Perfect
Storm and Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air in the realm
of nonfiction adventure."
book is so suspenseful, dramatic and filled with shocking
turns that if it were fiction, it would be written off as
just plain silly."
executed...Your interest in aquatic matters can start with
a glass of water and end with a shower and you will still
recognize this true story as one of the most engaging tales
you'll read this year."
York Daily News
crackling, tension-ripped narrative."
marvelously weaves this tale of men who come to the same place
in life from opposite sides of the playing field."
riveting tale told beautifully... Shadow Divers is
a masterfully suspenseful account of how a handful of American
recreational divers discovered and identified a German U-boat
that historians had long thought lost."
phrase 'page-turner' is bandied about too cheaply, but Shadow
Divers is the real thing."
great beach read... Shadow Divers is a riveting adventure
about the dangers of
underwater exploration [that] becomes an intellectual quest."
layperson need not even have an interest in deep-sea diving
to appreciate Shadow Diversan
interest in history will do; or, short of that, an interest
in human beings, in courage and obstinacy, glory and folly."
is a great sea adventure indeed."
Choice) Reader's Digest
with neat technical details, red-meat prose and blood-curdling
underwater sequences, Shadow Divers is the kind of
madly engrossing mystery from which you want never to resurface."
Out New York
riveting tale...Readers of Robert Kurson's engrossing Shadow
Divers may also stop breathing, if only to conserve oxygen,
as the divers at the heart of this underwater odyssey literally
gamble with their lives to solve a wartime secret discovered
in the waters off the New Jersey shore."
Told with edge-of-your-seat suspense. Comparisons to The
Perfect Storm and Into Thin Air will be numerous.
That will put Shadow Divers into well-deserved company
as one of the best adventure books published since they rocked
the publishing world in the late 1990s.
worlds, these, explored by Mr. Kurson on his literary voyage.
With a shifting focus yet total immersion in his watery subject,
the author has brought clarity and energy to create a true
adventure story out of obscure passions.
Kurson demonstrates that tales of obsession, in a master writer's
hands, also can be as addictive as chocolate truffles. The
Chicagoan has taken several unlikely plot elements and brilliantly
woven them together to create one of this summer's most compelling
Diver's author Robert Kurson blends the natural excitement
of the tale well. He knows when to abbreviate. He gets out
of the way to let the breathtaking (literally) events unfold.
His research reads solidly and his sources are extensive."
of the best whodunits are true stories, and this is one of
unbelievable...Sometimes truth is more suspenseful, more riveting,
than any novelist could hope to create."
reading...Reads like an adventure novel."
well-paced tale of adventure on the high seas...buffs of adventure
will find this a pleasure."
of these elements...military history, mystery, action tale,
ethnography ...combine to make this book very hard to put
Divers is a mystery, an action-adventure, an education
on deep-wreck diving, a drama, and at times, a tragedy. Its
climax is so harrowing and emotional that anything Hollywood
has to offer pales in comparison."
strength of Shadow Divers is its inherent humanity...One
of the most compelling, well-written accounts of descending
into the darkness of the ocean to touch the past."
as much for its underwater thrills as for its two main characters...Shadow
Divers tells the riveting tale of Chatterton and Kohler's
adventures with the same edge-of-your-seat intensity as The
Divers has all the thrill of discovery as a favorite of
several years ago, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea.
But what ultimately sets it apart and makes it such a great
read is not the discovery itself, but what inspires those
who seek to discover."
can throw away any preconceived notions you might have about
historical or biographical works, or tales from the sea. Shadow
Divers is a book for everyone, a - dare I say it? - Kon-Tiki
for the twenty-first century. It doesn't get any better than
book has adventure written all over it...Once you dive into
Kurson's estimable book, you will not surface again till the
extraordinary and dramatic tale and the best thing I've read
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
Divers is an adventure, a tragedy and a glimpse at the
devotion and work it takes to accomplish something truly remarkable
in any field.
is rare that one encounters a book that combines a factual
story of historic and scientific significance with a prose
style that reads like fiction. This is a book that could hardly
have been better written and is a pleasure to read.
true tale, but it reads like a gripping thriller.
is masterful in his description of the dangers of shipwreck
a word: deep.
Sun (Melbourne, Australia)
& Lower North Shore Daily (Australia)
plot line and the kinds of characters that evoke an Indiana
great sea adventure indeed.
Divers is not only a compelling adventure story of deep-sea
diving but also an instructive revelation of the pitfalls
of history, and a unique full-circle tale of the life, death
and rediscovery of one of World War II's legendary German
great beach read and a riveting adventure.
writing is evocative and powerful. This is an exceptional
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