It's a fascinating book for divers, and is not unlike listening to BS stories from a grizzled old-timer. From the initial chapters, I Daniel Lenihan. Adventure writing at its best, Submerged is the first book on the remarkable story of America's elite underwater archeology team. If you like 'procedural' shows, Pirates, adventure, the occasional grim reminder and are a diver or an aspirational diver this book will be a joy for you. My review at LibraryThing.
Jul 02, Ellen rated it really liked it. Fascinating - I had no idea that the National Park System employes underwater archeologists. Feb 12, Kass rated it liked it Shelves: sci-comm. This was an interesting read. Made me wish that I could go diving right now! Jul 05, Clare rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , kindle , marine , non-fiction. Mar 21, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: library , nonfiction. Very readable nonfiction. Exciting at times; too detailed and in the weeds at others.
Jun 07, Tim Bryant rated it it was amazing Shelves: pineapple-hill-library. Several years ago, I went diving alone to check my gear and clear my head. That's a big no-no, by the way, don't do it.
There was a yellow school bus in the lake that had been stripped of its benches and windows: a fun place to hang out. The roof was right at feet or so. I lay there on my back—tank removed and resting upside down beside me—watching my bubbles rise while focusing on my breathing and, based on the sound—the only noise down there—make adjustments for Yoga-style adjustments. A Several years ago, I went diving alone to check my gear and clear my head. A bright red Autumn leaf floated on the surface and, high up from there, three big fluffy white clouds seemed hung like pictures on a bright blue sky.
The water and air were so crisp and still On its way A few years later an injury sidelined my scuba diving hobby. I gave my tank and regulator to my roommate in lieu of rent but kept the fins, mask and snorkel for sightseeing, retrieving a lost tool at the dock or cleaning the hull of my sailboat. Why am I telling you all this before telling you about this book?
Because my diving experience, though limited as it was, provided a "sights and sounds" foundation to fascination with Daniel Lenihan's Submerged. It's the only book about underwater archeology that's ever made me hold my breath. The emotional insights related to risk and death are as captivating as the adventures going deep and dark.
In addition to navigating creepy death traps such as caves, wrecks and the rooms of a sunken power turbine, Lenihan and his people successfully navigate a labyrinth of governmental policy, funding red tape and politics.
Submerged: Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team
This peek behind-the-scenes enables an even greater appreciation for what they were able to achieve—with their lives literally "on the line" the whole way. This one's absolutely a keeper for the beach, boat or hammock. Not just for divers but also for riders of pool floats in blue rubber pools. May 16, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: This book wasn't for me but I stuck with it. The one thing that made it enjoyable is that you can stop from time to time to find the YouTube video of the dive you are reading about.
The first half is interesting The first half is interesting, , both diving and archaeology, then too many stories that seem repetitive names and places change. May 31, Sarah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: scuba divers. Shelves: nonfiction , forscubadivers , history.
I loved it because of the diving of course, but I think any adventure seeker would enjoy living vicariously through Lenihan be it cave diving or tropical Micronesian diving.
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There is also a very touching account of the teams dive aboard the USS Arizona. Apr 23, fbz rated it it was ok. I could not get through it. I thought it would be fascinating, as i got my open water diving cert last year. Turns out, this book is so badly written, that it is unreadable. View 1 comment. Jul 17, Mystic rated it it was amazing.
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