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The Last Dive

A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths

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Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half-day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so, they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a close friend of the Rouses', explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward—and sometimes beyond—the limits of human endurance.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 07, 2008 – In this gripping account, Finch (F2F) narrates a disastrous attempt to recover a body nearly 900 feet underwater in a South African crater named Bushman’s Hole. David Shaw, an Australian pilot for Cathay Pacific, became obsessed with diving in his early 40s and quickly became a world-class deep diver. In South Africa, Shaw trained with renowned diving instructor Don Shirley, and the two men grew close. Shirley was a proponent of diving “rebreathers,” sophisticated pieces of equipment that allow divers to reach greater depths while using less equipment. In 2004, Shaw dove to the bottom of Bushman’s Hole, where he discovered the corpse of a diver that had lain there for a decade. Together, Shaw and Shirley decided to try to raise the body. Finch seamlessly weaves together the various strands of his story, from the character biographies to the dangers and arcane technologies of deep diving. An experienced cave diver himself, Finch brings the reader into a strange and hermetic underworld that few have ever experienced firsthand. In deep diving, he demonstrates, even the smallest breakdown in judgment or equipment will bring catastrophe. Although the outcome is never in doubt, Finch manages to build suspense to fevered intensity.

Customer Reviews

The Last Dive

A poorly writen book. Instead an in depth book about the the father and son dive team, it is more about the author building himself up and his own exploits.

No thanks

This story had a lot of potential, but the author took so many tangents throughout the book that I often forgot I was reading a story about the Rouse's. He tried to fit too much "history of diving" into the book that it just got boring. The parts that actually are about the Rouse's are good but they're sandwiched in between irrelevant information ,and back stories about people who don't really contribute to the story. Lackluster at best.

Great book on diving

This is a great book about the history of diving, as well as the entertaining stories Chowdhury gives. Once I started I couldn't put it down, there are not many books like this about diving. I have this on the same shelf as the benchmark, Caverns Measureless to Man, by the cave diving great Sheck Exley. Bernie is a nice guy and is genuinely interested in the advancement of the sport, including hyperbaric medicine. A must-read for any serious diver.

The Last Dive
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Specialty Travel
  • Published: Jan 03, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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