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Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent Into the Ocean's Depths

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    A wonderful read. Bernie did a fantastic job bringing the reader into the world of deep diving in it's early stages. The book goes into detail about the men and women who pioneered the sport of tech diving and the controversial use of mixed gas diving. Bernie not only gives great technical info but he also delves into the psychological aspect of deep diving. I read shadow divers and thought it sounded more like a fictional novel than an actual book relating a true life event. The Last Dive is a tragic story about real people who lost their lives exploring the limits of deep diving without using colorful adjectives and adverbs to dramatize the story. If you are looking for just another good story then read the other books, but if you want the cold hard truth. Read the Last Dive. A must for new divers

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Good Read on Technical Diving Stuff

    After having read the book, I am really daunted. Not that I wasn't aware of the much higher risk that one would be taking when crossing from recreational to technical diving, but it was simply the fact that even the most experienced tech divers could ended up in situations that were beyond their control. Bernie Chowdhury has definitely done a great job incorporating all the awesome stuff from diving history, U-boats, hyperbaric medicine etc etc, all packed into a book that could be easily digested. I am really glad that I picked up this book especially when I am about to enter the realm of technical diving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    Full of suspense

    I enjoyed the book tremendously and could not put it down until it was completed. Bernie did an excellent job in describing the technical aspects of tech diving and some of the pitfalls associated with the sport. Although some people do not condone this type of activity, it's nice to read about a community of divers who share the same passions. This was definitely a tragic accident and Bernie illustrates all the details superbly. His writing style is right on...and yes, he's no Tom Clancy, but then again, this is a true story, not fiction, so all you reviewers who bashed his writing style, give him a break. I disagree with the reviewer from February 2001, Bernies writing style is right on and at least the author knows how to spell the word 'recommend.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2003

    Must Read Book

    Having returned to sport diving after a 10 year absence (with a Cayman Island dive trip, I might add), I became interested in reading about real life diving adventures. This book, while detailing diving accidents, is full of info on the history of commercial & sport diving and introduces the world of tech diving. I describe this book also as a truimph of human spirit and our desire to live, not just survive. If you enjoy adventures of any sort, you don't have to be a diver to enjoy this book, you should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    WOW!

    A true story about a father/son team that take it to the limits with very deep 240'+ and cave....tragic end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2001

    'THE BOOK OF CHOICE'

    'THE BOOK OF CHOICE', BECAUSE YOU WILL EITHER WANT TO DIVE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, OR YOU WILL NEVER DIVE UPON COMPLETION OF THIS BOOK... IM TOTALY ADDICTED TO DIVING DUE TO THIS BOOK, OUTSTANDING RESEARCH AND A GREAT READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    You feel like you are there.

    The Last Dive is a great book for divers and non-divers alike, however, if you have ever been on a wreck then you will get a pit in your stomach and a lump in your throat while reading some of the accounts. I am certainly not a 'novel' reader but I could not put this book down. Awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Excellent!!!

    My father has been diving in NJ for over 25 years, whenever he has the opportunity. An avid wreck diver, he was given this book by a dive partner and could not put it down! He fabulously recalled the entire story to me with such excitement, I would have to recommend this book to any divers, or otherwise who are interested in reading a compelling true story. Not one for novels, I was suprised that he enjoyed the book so much, which is testament to its worth!

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