Review: “Shadow Divers” by Robert Kurson

  • Posted on: 7 November 2013
  • By: TedG

“Sorry, I am late reporting on Shadow Divers.”

That’s the opening line in Adrian’s email to me relaying our group's review of the book (I missed the meeting). Trouble is he sent that message to me on September 1st. I just rediscovered it sitting in my email box. I forgot to post it here on our blog.

So, let me start with a similar apology: Sorry I’m late in posting our review of Shadow Divers. Here’s Adrian’s report.


John Sills, Angelo Bollero, and I got together on August 15th to discuss Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. John and Angelo had finished the book and liked it. I had not finished it, but enjoyed it as well. It was a great adventure and fascinating story. We were also very interested in the history of submarine warfare during World War II. John with his Navy background did have some experience with subs, but mostly liked staying above the water.

As far as rating readability:

• John gave it a 4.0, said it was good with detailed research, but does bounce around some.
• Angelo gave it a 4.5, and admired the detailed scientific research.
• I gave it a 4.0.

As far as interest level:

• John gave it a 5.0 and said it was a great story.
• Angelo also gave it a 5.0 and really enjoyed it.
• I gave it a 4.5 and was fascinated by the methods of how these dives occur as well as the history of German submarines during world War II

Would we read another story by this author?

• John, Yes
• Angelo, Yes
• Adrian, maybe, depending on subject matter, but the author did seem to do very thorough research which would likely make me interested.

In general Shadow Divers is a good read, great adventure story, interesting look into the lives of hard core divers, and fascinating historical research.