Thursday, July 22, 2010

What We're Listening To - Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson.

A couple of weekends ago, I had occasion [on a long weekend trip] to listen to 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.

In 1991, two rival deep-wreck divers, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, discovered an unknown WWII German U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. Their developing friendship, years of doggedly determined research, many perilous dives, and the obsession to discover the truth of which U-boat has been found, drive this amazing true-life tale. The lengths to which these two men go, both in fighting the written historical record of WWII and in taking hazardous risks to find corroborative physical evidence from the wrecked U-boat, contain more obstacles and plot twists than a fictional thriller!

You know you are in the hands of a great storyteller when you forget that the main characters lived to tell the tale. The perils these men faced are described in such a suspenseful manner that I was gripping the wheel with white knuckles and sweaty palms. Great stuff to listen to while driving down the highway!

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