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Shadow Divers Edition: First [Paperback]

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House (2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0965925072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965925075
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BILL NAGLE'S LIFE CHANGED the day a fisherman sat beside him in a ramshackle bar and told him about a mystery he had found lying at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Read the first page
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life adventure! 29 Jun 2004
My reading tastes have always been fiction: action, adventure, thrillers, and since going away to college two years ago I have not had time for any fun reading, But started this book last week and then could not put it down. It is TRUE action adventure!This is the story of two deep sea wreck divers who dive into a long lost wreck in over 200 feet of water, which they identify as a German U-boat. The book follows the lives of these two men as they attempt to discover the identity of the U-boat and discover things about themselfs. There lives are greatly changed by the discovery, Jobs changed, marriages lost, diving companions killed on the wreck, and lost to the bottle.The story is more than just about the men's dives on the wreck and there attempt to discover its identity, and the adventure involved in such an endeavor, but also about the characters (which are rich in this story) involved, the history behind the boat and Hitlers 3rd Riech. there is so much to learn on every page. In the end though it is the under water action that kept me enthralled. If you read this book you will gain an appreciation of the wonders and dangers of deep water diving.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can taste the fear... 24 Sep 2004
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I don't write reviews for books, but I will for this one. As a diver this book is fascinating. As someone disinterested in history, this has changed my mind.
This is a book you won't want to put down until the mystery is solved. And even then you'll want to carry on reading it just to find out what happens to the divers. Along the way you'll feel cold and claustrophobic just as the divers did, you'll share their disappointment and sorrow for comrades lost.You'll even yearn to know more about the German submariners.
This book is expertly written with a very vivid writing style. The experiences of the divers are shared ones and the WWII background fascinating. I have not read a book like it, but hope to find more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could almost feel the nitrogen bubbling! 7 April 2006
One of the best diving books I have read. Very exciting, well written, portrays a sense of adventure, human tradgedy, competitive spirit and eventually common purpose. As a diver I can't understand why they took the risks that they did, it was simply not worth it, but I know my limits and it was great reading about guys who were pushing theirs. The risks taken in the final push was just amazing, totally crazy and breathtaking, by this time my own pulse had risen, my breathing rate had increased and I could almost feel the nitrogen bubbling!
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3.0 out of 5 stars too many lies !!!!!!!!!! 16 Dec 2011
All i can say is if you read this book please also read Shadow Divers Exposed, to learn the real truth.
It is a good read but this pair are gloryfied as being the two main divers to discover the truth about this wreck, and did not correct the writer onmany untruths, it also glorifies the danger of wreck diving to enhance the book, being a wreck diver this is realy irratating, as it may put many people off wanting to wreck dive by over enhansing the dangers involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best read ever!! 7 Jan 2007
Having just read this book i can honestly say i have never read one better.I was unable to put it down and finished it in two sittings.The style of writing makes it so easy to understand diving in laymans terms,a quite thrilling adventure and a true story to boot!

I even admit to having a tear in my eye at the end,breathtaking and brilliant.If you take my advice buy this book and you wont be dissapointed i can promise you that.5 stars without a doubt!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book. 1 Feb 2006
As a sub aqua diving instructor who no longer dives I was advised about this book being of interest. I can agree with another reviewer who indicates that once you being reading such a dramatic story you can’t put it down. I found it truly enchanting and the endeavours the team put into the whole saga were captivating. It keeps you wanting more and it is so informative. When two of the divers were lost it was heart wrenching and although there is another book that details the lives of the two lost divers, I find that this particular book was more descriptive. In closing, the book is extremely well written and presented and is one that is well worth buying and is a must for all divers, I would whole heartedly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Respect 3 Aug 2004
This is an amazing and horrifying journey.Ultimately i am struck by the respect that is shown towards young men who came to attack US military targets knowing that they would die doing it.The most astonishing thing is that through meeting the one survivor(who missed the trip through illness) the reader can get to know and possibly like members of the crew.The sacrifices made by the diving teams was shocking but one thing struck me-When the first man died diving the wreck the reaction of Richie Kohler was"you'll need a new diver then."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adventure story 10 Sep 2013
By kevin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great story and the writer portrays the story very well , and its true. A must read for anybody, particularly if you dive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is a powerful and well written adventure story. It also contains excellent descriptions about what it is like to go diving.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by an ex commercial diver
I thought I'd nitpick details in this book but I couldn't put it down. The author isn't a professional diver himself but he wrote it in conjunction with the two men the book is... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Dave H
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story but...
Good book and subsequently good Audio book. However the CD's appear to have a problem and they skip and stick and hiccough; especially if you try to convert them to iPod... Read more
Published on 15 May 2011 by DannyP
5.0 out of 5 stars SHADOW DIVERS
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was not simply about the diving,which itself was riveting, but also history of U Boats, research methodology,the bond(s) of friendship formed by... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by J.L.Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read if you're into deep water adventures
Amazing read if you're into deep water adventures.

This book is well crafted and action packed. I didn't want to put it down even after reading the final page.
Published on 13 Jun 2010 by D. Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story
A fascinating account of a little-known story. Brilliantly told. Was also
made into a very fine documentary, "Hitler's Lost Sub." I recommend both
the book and the film. Read more
Published on 14 April 2010 by S. Walshe
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Divers
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well written and 'pacey' and I should think even non-divers would find it exciting.
Published on 10 Mar 2010 by R. Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Divers
Well written, very entertaining, edge-of-the-seat stuff, though with lots of Boy's Own derring-do and very black-and-white characterisations of the people involved. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by J. M. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story
This audio book is a very gripping story that allows you not only to learn about deep wreck diving but also a piece of history, "newly found" history ! Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Vincent Leroux
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Divers
A superbly gripping tale of endeavour, courage and adventure. One of the best true life stories I have read.
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by Mr. G. S. Day
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