Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat

Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat

by Randall Peffer


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ISBN-13: 9780425276365
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 840,602
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Randall Peffer is the author of eight nonfiction books, most with a nautical angle, as well as nine crime/suspense novels. His first book, Watermen, is a documentary of the lives of the Chesapeake's fishermen. It won the Baltimore Sun’s Critic’s Choice Award and was Maryland Book of the Year. His novel Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues was a Lambda Award finalist and has been optioned for film by producer Barr Potter of Tripod Entertainment. The son of a career naval officer, Peffer holds a 100-ton masters license and has logged over one hundred thousand miles at sea, mostly in traditional working vessels. Peffer teaches writing and literature at Phillips Academy, Andover.

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Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CPZ More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed reading Robert Kurson’s excellent book “Shadow Divers”, then you will thoroughly enjoy Randall Peffer’s “Where Divers Dare, The Hunt For The Last U-boat”. This is not a story of thrill seekers or men looking to have accolades added to their names. It is a story of true historians and researchers in on a quest for answers to a question that has persisted for over 70 years. Twenty years ago, dives to these great depths were unimaginable and suicidal. Yet, these divers ignored that and did what they needed to do to solve the mystery of what happened to the U-550's crew, and the crew of its victim, the SS Pan Pennsylvania which sank not far from the U-boat that torpedoed it. It is a fact that more people have climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest than those who have successfully dove and returned from the depth where these divers have gone. These are not "young guns" all pumped up on adrenaline to try to get to the greatest depth. These men are seasoned professionals who have seen and faced death personally over the years, and are on a search for answers to solve a 70-year-old mystery and in turn, help bring closure to the families that were so tragically affected by this battle in the Atlantic. The author emotionally connects the reader with the divers, both during their research and as they undertake their perilous deep dives. The story provides detailed glimpses into the background of these men, their feelings,fears,frustrations and the ultimate elation of success. And of course the undeniable satisfaction being able to reveal the truth of a Battle of the Atlantic that was incorrectly documented during the fog of war when the Hunter became the Hunted. Few historical researchers have been able to dig/dive down as deep(both figuratively and literally) as this team of divers has done, and have it so expertly and hauntingly told by Randall Peffer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband was riveted to this book. He read it cover to cover during a day of travel. He enjoyed the history and the way the various individuals were introduced. Would highly recommend this.