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.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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