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The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths

The Last Dive A Father and Son s Fatal Descent into the Ocean s Depths 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 sou

  • Title: The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths
  • Author: Bernie Chowdhury
  • ISBN: 9780060932596
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 sChris 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.

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    1. If you have not read Shadow Divers and are planning on it, read this book second. If you don't do it that way, you have to read a very brief, depressing version of the deaths all over again. I love that they have some decent books about scuba diving out there. This book makes you see everything they went through in their diving careers and how all of your training can still fail when you make one mistake diving. Also, no matter how much you know how you are supposed to react in an emergency situ [...]

    2. An interesting story, but the book contained far too much filler. At it's best, it provided a compelling human drama which it set in the context of the advances in diving of the time. However, it was amazing how often the author veered off into telling stories about himself instead of the Rouses. He also had a habit of repeating certain points endlessly, while leaving out other key details and then dropping them into the story later out of time and context. The author also tried to use the book [...]

    3. What I learned from this book#1 When you're underwater no one cares how big you think your balls are#2 Things can get out of hand very quickly#3 Live to dive another dayGood book, sad book. It does a really good job at describing technical diving, even in a way that a non-diver can understand.

    4. Despite the folksy, hamfisted, and frankly amateurish writing, The Last Dive is at its heart a breathtaking adventure story about a truly different kind of thrill-seeking.Don't confuse this with a deep-sea diving book. Both Bernie and the Rouses, the focal characters, are mainly cave and wreck divers as portrayed here, and those are quite different sports from the sort of deep sea diving you might do on a cruise or see on a Jacques Cousteau special. Specialized techniques and equipment abound, a [...]

    5. O livro tem seus prós e contras. É bom saber que ele não trata unicamente do caso do pai e filho mortos. O caso, aliás, ocupa uma pequena parte do livro. A maior parte é sobre a história do mergulho, os desafios em busca das maiores profundidades, embates entre profissionais e mergulhadores recreativos, os problemas de saúde decorrentes da atividade etc. Há redundâncias e a habilidade narrativa não é um forte do livro, mas é bom para quem se interessa por uma visão geral do esporte [...]

    6. "The adventurous father and son diving team of Chris and Chrissy Rouse is the center of Chowdhury's book, which details their lifestyle from learning to dive to exploring Florida's limestone cave system to diving wrecks at the limit of advanced scuba diving capabilities (The Andrea Doria as well as the U-boat, also mentioned in "Shadow Divers". Chowdhury himself is an expert diver as well as a friend of the family's. His book not only explores the father-son dynamic but also the world of deep se [...]

    7. Great example of a true story done well. History of diving, history and personal stories of the Rousses, all terms and scuba practices explained - just excellent at pulling the world into the world of scuba diving without leaving the reader at a loss. Made me want to try it, but also respect the folks who dive and understand the dangers that come with the sport. If you're looking for something eloquent or fancifully written, this isn't it, but if you're looking for something informative, touchin [...]

    8. I thought this was going to be a narrative of the final dive of father and son, Chris and Chrissy Rouse, but it was actually a superb history of the sport of technical diving. I really enjoyed this book. It was informative and made me appreciate everything that went into all the gear, rules and regulations that I was required to learn for my diving certification. (Although I'm not sure I would have ever scuba dived had I read this book first!) It was a hard book to put down, and I would recommen [...]

    9. Whoah. Totally opened my eyes. I have a way deeper understanding of , the history of SCUBA and especially technical diving, the bends, decompression issues, the psychology involved in diving, etc. Looking forward to Tiger Beach in 6 weeks and feel more prepared overall for future diving. I also realize just how lucky I was in the Galapagos to have come back home totally healthy!

    10. It is tough to evaluate this book without having a clear sense of who Chowdhury considered his target audience. In serving multiple audiences, this can get slow and bogged down in needless detail in places. Is this book for experienced divers? Their friends/family? New divers? Historians and archaeologists? Designers of sport diving gear? As a recreational diver, I appreciated that Chowdhury takes time to consider the psychology of risk and how our perception of risks can be distorted by circums [...]

    11. Way more than I had bargained for with this dive book. I expected a great story and it delivered. I mean the Rouse are legendary for helping bring technical diving to the recreational diver. What I did not expect was the history and psychology lessons. There is so much diving history packed in here it is unreal. I would also go so far to say that the experience of reading this book will make you a safer diver. If you scuba dive you must read.Understanding the psychology behind why we do things a [...]

    12. Great story about the history of diving overall and cave and wreck diving specifically told alongside the tale of the Rouses and others who had been on the cutting edge (at least the emerging edge) of the sport. It is, at times fascinating, thrilling, humerus and heartbreaking. The author paints an indelable picture of the Rouses, although their story is only a small part of the bookJust remember the book ends with the Rouses in 1992, 25 years ago, so a lot has changed since then. I learned only [...]

    13. While agreeing with what most people have mentioned about The Last Dive, I'd like to add that lots can be learned from these non-fiction stories when reading this book from a more educational point of view. I personally really enjoyed the layout of them; the author states what happened which gets you thinking, then supplies a brief history of the concerning dive, the personalities involved and the preparation (or the lack thereof) taken. With every sub-story, the author seems to drive a point ho [...]

    14. A good book with lots of good lessons for those interested in diving. I have seen reviews on here that criticize the author for going to deep into his own experiences and I disagree with that. At first I questioned why we went so far down the road of the authors experience, but later found it added context that was important to the most critical part of the book. There are things that are repititious and written with an amateurish style. However, I feel this is overcome by the authors personal c [...]

    15. Now that I have scuba dived this book was a little more exciting. The book was good. I’mGlad I read it. Lots of draggy parts that I skimmed through. If you are an avid diver you would most likely enjoy the draggy parts as it was regarding equipment and how it worked etc.I would recommend this book to people who love diving, snorkel , under sea activity.

    16. Sometimes I like to read about topics that are out of my comfort zone. This book is about recreational diving of the risky kind. Technical deep diving, it is called, I think. I didn`t know anything about it before I read this book. I don`t dive myself nor do I know any divers personally.Reading this book, I dove into a world (pun intended) that is very foreign to me. The diving realm is still very male-dominated, rather macho (who can dive the deepest? who can retrieve the most valuable items fr [...]

    17. Some books can give you a great idea on what certain things are like, some do not. When I chose my book to read this month I decided to read a nonfiction book to see if I could learn something, the book I chose was, The Last Dive by Bernie Chowdhury. This book gave me quite a lot of information about diving and what to watch out for while diving. The Last Dive is a nonfiction book about a family's final dive, like the title says, and what goes on in the diving world. Chris (the father) and Chris [...]

    18. If you enjoy diving and reading you will enjoy reading this book. This book tells us about the tragic story of a father and son who die while diving on a mysterious German U-boat wreck. The book also takes the reader on a trip through the history of diving, encompassing both wreck diving and cave diving. You are shown a glimpse of what diving was like at different points over time, just how difficult it was for these ground breaking divers and the risks that they took to advance diving and make [...]

    19. This book is about the deadly dive of a World War II German U-boat by Chris and Chrissy Rouse. Chris and Chrissy, father and son, dove off the coast of New York to depths of over 200 feet. However, they decided to dive with normal air, instead of enhanced air, which helped contribute to their deaths. Although they were skilled divers, they performed many dangerous actions underwater. I was interested in this book because I received my scuba certification a few years ago and wanted to know some s [...]

    20. What a disappointment! The actual story about the father/son last dive is collectively only about two chapters worth. The rest of the book is just filler. Some of it is educational. You learn about diving, its techniques, verbiage and history. But the author has a problem with repeating some parts over and over and OVER again! It got really annoying. He also took a slight detour and told about his diving accident (which took up more than the actual story of the father/son's last dive). I was rea [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this book, even though it was about a topic I was unfamiliar with. I love reading books and learning about other people's passions, especially if it's a topic I know nothing about. I really enjoyed reading about the Rouse's and their family bond and experiences with scuba diving, but I also enjoyed all of the history and background information on scuba diving as well. Usually with books like these, I dislike all of the background information and just want to get into the story, [...]

    22. A very interesting story to readers of all sorts and a must-read to divers. Not the best book in terms of narrative, but it takes you on a journey through the scuba diving world and its technical evolution. For divers, it is a great wake-up call to your own motivations and to remind you that shit definitely happens - the chapter describing the author's accident is disturbingly vivid. It is also hard not to get emotional over the father and son story – you know what will happen to them since pa [...]

    23. Very interesting book. I liked that it told some of the history of scuba diving. I enjoyed reading about cave & wreck diving as it's not something I will ever do - I'm happy sticking to dives of less than 100 ft. This book did put a bit of a fear of diving in me as it detailed many ways a planned dive can go wrong - sometimes ending in fatalities. Even having several hundred dives or being an instructor there is still a chance something could happen. Diving is a fun and exciting sport but it [...]

    24. Heartwrenching just incredible. Yes, there was too much "filler", but I feel connected to the family and author in the story, perhaps because I am a deep diver. So, why would I want to read such a tragic story if this is a sport I do avidly? I learned from it and it served up a generous dose of reality and horror. Things I know can happen, but have never seen (well, a minor ear bend twice, but nothing compared to this father-son team). I do recommend that divers read it as a humbling reminder.

    25. I loved this book and I could hardly put it down! A diver friend gave this to me and anyone who has done any diving will dive into this story! I learned alot about something I enjoy doing. Although I have only gone to about a depth of 104ft, the extreme divers in this story go 300+ft on regular air. This is a very interesting, yet sad story. It also addresses the psychological needs of people who participate in very dangerous activities. Excellent!

    26. This book was really fun to read and I laughed a lot. It about two scuba divers, father and son, and their voyage to try and discover the identity of a mystery sub. It is so great because I love scuba diving and all the details of diving are very vivid. It made me feel as though I was underneath the surface with the Rouses, Chowdhury did agreat job making the reader feel like a part of the story. This book had a very very sad ending but it was all worth it.

    27. Also got this at a library book sale as a book on tape. I listened to it all day doing dishes and baking! :) I really enjoyed the journey it gave into the diving world. The story is so tragic, but it taught a lot, too. I don't know that I would pick it up to read, but really enjoyed listening. In case anyone decides to read (or listen if you want - let me know - does anyone still own a tape deck?? :)), the "F bomb" is popped a little in quoting some of the people in the book.

    28. Reading "Shadow Divers" made me want to know moreis is the story of the ill-fated father and son diving team that lost their lives exploring the German U-Boat off the coast of New Jersey. Not quite as riveting as "Shadow Divers" but a very interesting expose of "deep wreck diving," nonetheless.

    29. Holy Backstory Batman! I thought from the description (and the title) that this would be an adventure packed take of an expedition to a sunken U-boat that turned into a tragedy. Turns out, "The Last Dive" is simply the tie of the last chapter. Only on page 240 of 350 do you start the dive that cost the Rouses their lives. Some backstory is necessary, but 240 pages is over kill.

    30. NF357 pgsA true life diving adventure. The joys, realities, trimuphs and tragidysof real people and their love of their underwater expierences. As various people explore the waters, we learn of their diving experiences full trottle along with diving history of equipment and shipwrecks.Only dive in the warm waters of the carribian and look at the pertty fish.

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