Shadow divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
2004.
Language:
English
Description
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 more 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 more 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 more daring, and each realized that he was hunting more 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robert Kurson's Pirate Hunters.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781588362490
9780739349953
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Tagging
Tags:

No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!


Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID599ba1c3-34c8-9d49-f4bd-9a4fdcd9cc5d
Grouping Titleshadow divers the true adventure of two americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of world war ii
Grouping Authorrobert kurson
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2021-07-24 04:51:47AM
Last Indexed2021-07-24 05:12:57AM
Novelist Primary ISBNnone

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorKurson, Robert.
author2-roleBaker & Taylor Axis 360.
author_displayRobert Kurson
available_at_addisonOnline OverDrive Collection
detailed_location_addisonAxis 360
Online OverDrive Collection
display_descriptionIn 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 more 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 more 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 more daring, and each realized that he was hunting more 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.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robert Kurson's Pirate Hunters.
format_addisoneAudiobook
eBook
format_category_addisonAudio Books
eBook
id599ba1c3-34c8-9d49-f4bd-9a4fdcd9cc5d
isbn9780739349953
9781588362490
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
overdrive:245398ad-fcef-4234-b09e-df1399460d7a1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books0falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenAvailable Online
overdrive:245398ad-fcef-4234-b09e-df1399460d7a-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenAvailable Online
axis360:bk0009222221bk0009222221Axis 360Online Axis 360eBookeBook1falsetrueAxis 360http://ereadil.axis360.baker-taylor.com/Title?itemid=0009222221Available OnlineAxis 360
overdrive:2369de9d-f19a-42d5-9a90-bc3d15f225591Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook0falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, Adobe PDF eBook, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
overdrive:2369de9d-f19a-42d5-9a90-bc3d15f22559-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook2falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, Adobe PDF eBook, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
last_indexed2021-07-24T10:12:57.349Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_addisonOnline OverDrive
owning_library_addisonAddison Public Library Online
owning_location_addisonOnline OverDrive Collection
primary_isbn9781588362490
publishDate2004
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
overdrive:245398ad-fcef-4234-b09e-df1399460d7aeAudiobookAudio BooksEnglishPenguin Random House Audio Publishing Group2004
axis360:bk0009222221eBookeBookEnglishRandom House Digital, 2004.1 online resource
overdrive:2369de9d-f19a-42d5-9a90-bc3d15f22559eBookeBookEnglishRandom House Publishing Group2004
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_addison
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:245398ad-fcef-4234-b09e-df1399460d7a1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
overdrive:245398ad-fcef-4234-b09e-df1399460d7a-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
axis360:bk0009222221bk0009222221Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
overdrive:2369de9d-f19a-42d5-9a90-bc3d15f225591Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
overdrive:2369de9d-f19a-42d5-9a90-bc3d15f22559-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
subject_facet
Chatterton, John
Deep diving
Deep diving -- New Jersey
Electronic books
Excavations (Archaeology)
Excavations (Archaeology) -- New Jersey
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western
HISTORY / Military / Naval
HISTORY / Military / World War II
Military operations, Naval -- German
Military operations, Naval -- Submarine
Nagle, Bill, -- 1952-1993
Naval
New Jersey
Other
Shipwrecks
Shipwrecks -- New Jersey
U-869 (Submarine)
Underwater archaeology
Underwater archaeology -- New Jersey
World War (1939-1945)
World War II
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Submarine
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, German
title_displayShadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II
title_fullShadow 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 / Robert Kurson
title_shortShadow divers
title_subThe True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
topic_facetChatterton, John
Deep diving
Excavations (Archaeology)
German
HISTORY
HISTORY / Military / Naval
HISTORY / Military / World War II
History
Military
Military operations, Naval
Nagle, Bill
Naval
Naval operations
Naval operations, German
Nonfiction
Other
Shipwrecks
Submarine
Underwater archaeology
Western
World War II
World War, 1939-1945