"A gripping saga of archeological exploration of famous shipwrecks. An engaging read of true adventure in the depths." —Clive Cussler
"A sharp, engaging writer, Lenihan describes the terrifying aspects of his work with a good dose of black humor." —Publishers Weekly
"An edge-of-your-seat story that succinctly illustrates the danger of wreck exploration." —The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
"Every water-oriented reader will be enthralled by Lenihan's underwater world." —Maine Harbor
Recounting his 25 years as founder and director of the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit the underwater archeological team of the National Park Service Lenihan (Wake of the Perdido Star, with Gene Hackman) offers an entertaining mix of maritime history, memoir and adventure tale. Started in 1975 to keep fortune hunters from looting national water parks for sunken treasure and damaging vital historical material, Lenihan's unit has explored the wondrous (and deadly) sinkholes in Florida and Mexico; studied shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Micronesia and places in between; and investigated the remains of the USS Arizona and the ships sunk by nuclear bombs near Bikini atoll. While the author is an authority on sea archeology and naval history, he and his divers are also underwater cowboys and cowgirls, thrilling in the dangers of their extreme sport. A sharp, engaging writer, Lenihan describes the terrifying aspects of his work the bone-chilling cold, impenetrable clouds of silt and the notorious bends with a good dose of black humor. (A surreal trip through an old impoundment house submerged in the reservoir of Amistad Dam in Texas is especially haunting.) Fast paced, full of amiable characters, the book will appeal to divers, maritime enthusiasts and anyone fond of nautical hijinks and swaggering seafarers. Photos and maps not seen by PW. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Lenihan has been diving as a park ranger and archeologist for the National Park Service for some 30 years. He presents the first book on the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (SCRU) team of the U.S. National Park Service, a group of archeologists, historians, and photographers whose job is to survey, map, investigate, and protect the shipwrecks and sites that make up America's sunken heritage. Lenihan describes the diving experiences of the SCRU team from 1972 to the present, throughout the U.S. and in Micronesia. Illustrated with 16 pages of color photographs, this insightful, fast-paced text will appeal to readers interested in diving, archeology, American history, adventure, and rescue missions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)