“Superbly written and action-packed, The Last Dive ranks with such adventure classics as The Perfect Storm and Into Thin Air.”—Tampa Tribune
Spurred on by a fatal combination of obsession and ambition, Chris and Chrisy Rouse, an experienced father-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve wide-spread recognition for their outstanding and controversial diving skills by solving the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented, World War II German U-boat that lay only a half day’s mission from New York Harbor.
The Rouses found the ultimate cost of chasing their personal challenge: death from what divers dread the most—decompression sickness, or “the bends.” In this gripping recounting of their tragedy, author Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver, explores the thrill-seeking, high-risk world of deep sea diving, its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and notorious tragedies.
Tabor, a former contributing editor at Outside\n magazine and author of Forever on the Mountain\n, contrasts two sterling teams, one American and the other Russian, in their perilous search to locate the deepest supercave on earth. While the book dwells largely on the obsessive, authoritative American star caver, Bill Stone, the writer gives just enough ink to the bold Soviet team counterpart ,Alexander Klimchouk, and his fair-but-firm leadership in his expeditions into the subterranean world. However, the personalities of the adventurers aside, it s the fascinating information of the big supercave treks that holds the reader to his seat, containing dangers aplenty with deadly falls, killer microbes, sudden burial, asphyxiation, claustrophobia, anxiety, and hallucinations far underneath the ground in a lightless world. Using a pulse-pounding narrative, this is tense real-life adventure pitting two master cavers mirroring the cold war with very uncommonly high stakes. \n
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.
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.
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.