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Enjoyable read, but...
on 11 December 2011
Tony Groom writes about his diving and naval exploits in an entertaining and readable form, making this an enjoyable read, but I feel a small word of advice is worth giving.
The vast majority of this book is about his time diving with the Navy which is fair enough, but a lot is taken up with his time in the Falklands (not surprisingly perhaps), but little diving takes place there and it's a war memoir more than a book about diving for this part.
Also, I felt his career as a commercial diver was a bit skimmed through. What's there is riveting, but much more is made of his naval diving and Falklands War experiences.
If you're interested in the Falklands War as a subject this provides an interesting perspective, being that of a fairly ordinary sailor, albeit one involved in some mine-clearance and bomb-disposal work, but if not, you might want to skim read this section (or at least accept that 1/3 of the book may not interest you greatly as a diver).
If that sounds negative, it wasn't the intention - I enjoyed the book and recommend it.