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on 29 November 2008
This is a most enjoyable book for everyone. If you ever wanted to get up close to what's under the sea, John Collins'wonderfully photographed book will take you there. This is both a work of art and a work of love by the author. The excellent photographs combined with the author's own written contributions, plus quotations from diving's pioneers works extremely well.

The book is well edited and I'm sure it was a huge task for Collins and his editors to select the final photos from what was no doubt a massive collection. It is divided up into several sections like "Undersea Journeys" and " Sea Dreams". My favorite section was the "Face to Face" where Collins gets up close and personal with wonderful fish, dolphins, seals, and sharks.

I also like the fact that the author does not use each organism's taxonomic full title - the common name "Painted Topshell" (p 60) sounds much more interesting than the more formal "Calliostoma zizyphinum".

This book is like a collection of the best photographs from the National Geographic, with a personal touch added. It makes you want to put on a wetsuit, learn how to dive, and jump straight into the ocean to see the plants, creatures, and wrecks that are out of sight for us landlubbers. If you like a glimpse of the undersea world, you will not be disappointed with this book.

Maith an fear tú féin John.
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on 2 November 2006
Now I have a book where I can explain why I dive so much in Irish Waters. People assume there's nothing to see when you dive in Ireland and that you need to dive coral reefs to see anything. Pictures are excellent. Quotes from Dive Pioneers are inspiring. The text is surprisingly good for what is primarily a book of underwater photos.
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on 24 October 2006
This is one excellently researched and brilliantly put together books on the underwater world. The images capture a world that most are never privy to. From the tranquil underwater and over-water images in and around Ireland to the snarling image of a great white shark in South Africa, this book brings us on a photographic journey to the far flung corners of the globe. Fantastic and deserving of 5 and more stars!
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