This is the second book of Clive Cussler\'s true stories. I love scuba diving and this book held my interest through the entire book
Anything by Clive Cussler is great!
Outstanding. Don't forget to look for the cameo!
clive cussler writes novels to finance his search for sunken ships. This book describes several of these expeditions.
Good book if you like nautical-type writing. Cussler is not my favorite author.
I enjoy history and his searches in the book provided me with quite a few bits if information about famous ships thjat I had not heard about before. I hope to read the other Sea Hunters book before long.
Very exciting and informative book. Clive Cussler lives up to his high standard here.
This book is the sequel to The Sea Hunters, which totally fascinated me and is still one of my favorite books. However, I didn't find Sea Hunters II nearly as fascinating. It follows the same style. Each chapter tells about a famous wreck, first a fictional retelling of the story that made the ship famous and the story of it's wreck, and the the non-fiction story of the search for the wreck.
Maybe it was the fact that most of the wrecks talked about in this book aren't all that famous. Or that many of the wrecks in this book either (1) weren't found, or (2) weren't ships. Actually I think Cussler just spent too much time on the fictional retelling of the wrecks' stories, and not enough on the non-fictional part about the search for the wreck.
Several stories in the book fascinated me just as much as the original, though - the stories about Carpathia (the ship that rescued the survivors from Titanic) and the White Bird (the French plane that reportedly made the trans-Atlantic flight just weeks before Lindbergh did, but crashed before the flight was totally completed). For those two stories alone I would have read this book.
Clive Cussler. The Sea Hunters II. 0425193721
Please read the Introduction as it explains the stance of Mr. Cussler and his associates. Using some of his royalties, they are interested in locating and identifying the remains of wrecked ships in shallow waters, in information, but not in treasure. He assures us that if we visit his office or home we will find no souvineers on display.
The book was one of several add-ons to an order, obtained as non-fiction for the bookshelf at the old soldiers' home, and is likely to find a reader. However, I only had time to read a few chapters before sending the book out, the first being about the Mary Celeste that I read of sixty years ago, and the story of her voyage is presented as historical fiction. The second part of the chapter tells of their successful efforts to locate the wreck and includes the results of lab work. The local color of Haiti encountered during their visit is interesting.
I also read about the RMS Carpathia, the General Slocum, and PT-109. They found nothing in the latter case but found the Solomon Islands and its friendly citizens to be worth the trip. Mr. Cussler does take the opportunity to caution that searching for wrecks is work, work in this case done with simple equipment and in very humid weather. Photo section.