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Setting the Hook: A Diver's Return to the Andrea Doria
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on 13 January 2015
Whilst the main story was of interest and, for the most part, enjoyable I found this self-published narrative rather irritating as a result of the poor grammar, spelling mistakes and irritating Americanisms.

OK, so it's primarily aimed at an American audience, so why sell it on the UK site then?

So this review is aimed at UK readers primarily who, like myself, have a command of the English language and appreciate that a 'Dove' is a feathered bird, usually used to symbolise (that's with an S and NOT a Z) peace, and is NOT, in fact, the past tense of a dive..... which is dived..!! ;-)

I also found the lack of metric measurements for depths and pressures utterly frustrating.... the rest of world is metric.... so why have every depth in feet and tank pressures in PSI? This got really tedious after a while. It would have been so easy for the author to have included both...!!

The book also jumped around a great deal, making it difficult to follow at times. Especially when it went off at a tangent mid chapter....

However, at the end of the story you find out that the author has developed Parkinson's Disease.... this made me stop and think for a second... Gosh, OK. That's a real achievement to write a book..... so credit where credit is due.

Unfortunately there is then a 'Book Review' that states that it's perfectly written and that there isn't a single spelling mistake etc in it...... This 'review' must have been written by a friend of the author or a complete retard...!!

For example the author uses both 'Kindergarten' and 'Kindergarden' within the book. This is of German derivative, not an American word... it means Child's Garden and is spelt (Not Spelled) Kindergarten.

I could go on..... but I would prefer to remember the story for the story's sake and for its author's achievement and not for the American assault of our English language.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2012
I have read a lot of literature on this shipwreck. I have never dived it myself and I am not all that interested in doing so and it is in the wrong part of the world for me. However the books on the topic do give a fascinating insight into the recent history of scuba diving. I suggest you read everything you can find on diving the Doria and then read this thing. It does a very good job of tying together "events" as they relate to the shipwreck.
To be sure I wasn't expecting much as it is written by some ex US military type and such a person's very existence offends my Guardian reading sensibilities. However, surprise, surprise, I was wrong! It is a fantastic book. I was weeping by the end and it has haunted me. It has changed my perspective on life never mind diving. I will say no more as it is so delicately balanced that my brutish intrusion may destroy the experience for any potential reader.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very nice insight into early diving on the Andrea Doria, with a fascinating trail through to the concepts of modern technical diving. Well written, thoughtful, with a nice personal element.
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on 27 February 2013
Enjoyed the book, it's certainly captured my enthusiasm for diving and the knowledge to understand and appreciate the more techincal side of diving.
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on 9 April 2014
5 stars because this book is very educational about the very dangers of wreck diving. All novices should read this book.
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on 2 January 2015
Great read.
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