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on 4 December 2011
I read this book after reading Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson (an INCREDIBLE book by the way...) and I am not at all happy with the outcome, despite its rave reviews. Though I am sure that Bernie Chowdury has some excellent stories to tell, I feel he should have used somebody else to write them (perhaps Robert Kurson).
I read the book because the relationship that Chris and Chrissy Rouse had was of interest to me and I wanted to learn more about them, and the development of their skills and adventures. The ratio of details to do with the Rouses and details to boost Chowdhury's ego when it comes to his own set of diving skills is not what I was hoping it would be. One page of the book is spent describing how Chowdhury decompression time is spent in fear of a Jellyfish stinging him on the lip. Aside from disrespectful and patronising I find the book dull.
I know it has been described as a "must read" - and part of me thinks it is, if only to get an opinion on it and see what you think.
I think that it was foolish to think that he was capable of writing such an important story, and why it has been published in so many different languages (as his facebook profile pictures modestly communicate) is beyond me.
Any feedback welcome...