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    Hi there,

    I went through most of the threads in this subforum and had a look into many books. Since I am in sincere need of books to compensate for any out-of-water-time, I am going to give you an overview of what I read so far and would be most grateful for more input on this.
    The given list does include some wreck diving, might be interesting for one or the other though. I got some books in the basement, so I might add some more the next 2 - 3 days.

    General / Ed
    Into the Abyss - easy read, not that entertaining. 3/5
    Deep Diving Good, interesting read. Cannot judge currentness of data, nevertheless I gained interesting insights. 4/5
    Diver Down Kinda typical Padi storys, probably nothing for this forum. Nevertheless, read it, 2/5
    Nt. Buoyancy Cannot remember details, but i CAN remember that I found it boring enough to not finish it. Happens rarely ...

    CAVE
    Raising the Dead The Story of Dave Shaw and Bushmans Hole. 5/5
    Diving into Darkness Same book, different title. US Version, I think.
    Cavern Kings Fictional Novel about a guy, getting started with cavern diving. Easy holiday read, easy to follow. 3/5
    Blind Descent The story of Bill Stone, trying to crack a record. Some insights into building his rebreathers, bought it for the interest in cave diving, contains mainly dry caving. Lots and lots of dates, timelines and so on - catching up a lot of history ... Well researched but boring, in my humble opinion. 2/5

    WRECK
    The last Dive The (well known) Story of the Rouses. Kind of cave, kind of wreck. 4/5
    Shadow Divers Including the story of the Rouses, but focussing on the exploration of the wreck they tried to indentify. 5/5
    Deep Descent Diving the Andria Doria. Some of the Dives without fatalities. 5/5
    Fatal Depth Pretty good, entertaining read. Focussed only on fatalities. All about the Andria Doria 4/5
    Setting the Hook Another book about diving the Andrea Doria, but ... different. 5/5

    On my To-Read-List:
    Amazons Cave Diving Series
    Down to a sunless Sea
    A Glimmering in Darkness
    The Cave Divers
    Where Divers Dare


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    Quote Originally Posted by sxm View Post
    Blind Descent The story of Bill Stone, trying to crack a record. Some insights into building his rebreathers, bought it for the interest in cave diving, contains mainly dry caving. Lots and lots of dates, timelines and so on - catching up a lot of history ... Well researched but boring, in my humble opinion. 2/5
    If you want Stone's story, it's better from the source:
    https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Deep-D...cherous-ebook/

    Written by Stone and Barbara(SquirrelGirl here on CDF), it's a good read. If you're lucky you might also be able to get it autographed! (assuming you get the dead tree version...)


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    Quote Originally Posted by jlillest View Post
    If you want Stone's story, it's better from the source:
    https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Deep-D...cherous-ebook/

    Written by Stone and Barbara(SquirrelGirl here on CDF), it's a good read. If you're lucky you might also be able to get it autographed! (assuming you get the dead tree version...)
    Excellent book.

    Mike


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    "The Darkness Beckons" by Martyn Farr. A new edition came out recently. An excellent book about the history of cave diving; lots of historic pictures.

    Mike


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    I like books too, have a lot. But here some I like or I don't like.
    I have these books from Bruce Wienke:
    Basic Diving Physics and Applications
    Basic Decompression Theory and Application
    Reduced Gradient Bubble Model
    Diving Above sealevel
    If you like mathematics, you will like the books, otherwise not.

    Further I have a nice book from Frank Vasseur:
    Manuel technique de plong?e souterraine
    I really like this book as he describes all aspects, including examples of gasplaning on solodives in caves. I will rate it 5/5
    With nice pictures. But written in French.

    A must have for cavedivers:
    Exley, Sheck Basic Cave diving
    Exley, Sheck Taming the Slough
    Exley, Sheck Caverns measureless for man
    Burge, John Basic Underwater cave survuying

    Further I have:
    Heinerth, Jill Cave diving-articles and opinions (5/5)
    Heinerth, Jill The essentials of cave diving (3/5)
    Heinerth, Jill The basics of rebreather diving (3/5)
    price, Duncan Underwater Potholer (4/5)
    Strauss, Michael B. Diving Science-essential physiology and medicine for divers (4/5)
    Tolksdorf, Martin Faszination H?hlentauchen (2/5) (German)
    pridmore, simon Scuba confidential (5/5)
    Boudinet, Pierre Cave diving:Motivations to Practice an Engaged Activity (2/5)
    Lewis, Steve Staying Alive (3/5)
    Lewis, Steve The Six skills and other discussions-creative solutions for technical divers (4/5)
    Schaik, Verna von Fatally flawed (5/5)
    Gurr, Kevin Technical diving from the bottom up (
    Elyatt, Mark Ocean Gladiator (5/5) nice written.


    and if you like wrecks in France:
    Ponchon, Alan/Joachim, Philippe 100 belles plongees Varoises St.-Cyr a st. Raphael
    Jonchery, Anne et Jean Pierre 100 epaves en cote d'azur-de la Ciotat a St. Tropez
    Jonchery, Anne et Jean Pierre 100 epaves en cote d'azur-st. raphael a Genes
    All 3 books are written in French language.


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    Middle Waters and Triangle (2 of 3 book series, 3rd book in progress) by John Clarke. Sci Fi with diving and caves. Fun reads

    I Semper Fi, Cameron David Smith, my son, my hero. 11/9/1989 - 11/13/2010

    Never forget, we were all beginners once. Allain Burrese

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    Another novel about cavediving is: The Caves of Karst (1969), by Lee Hoffman There are two kinds of cave divers. those that use rebreathers, and those that have an operation to implant gills. What is interesting is, that in 1969 there were no civilian rebreathers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FW View Post
    Another novel about cavediving is: The Caves of Karst (1969), by Lee Hoffman There are two kinds of cave divers. those that use rebreathers, and those that have an operation to implant gills. What is interesting is, that in 1969 there were no civilian rebreathers.
    Fun read, and Forrest recommends this to book a lot

    Richard Blackburn
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    On the Bottom by Ellsberg covers the raising of a sunken U.S. submarine in 1925. It's a pretty decent book and discusses how several important salvage techniques were developed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FW View Post
    Another novel about cavediving is: The Caves of Karst (1969), by Lee Hoffman There are two kinds of cave divers. those that use rebreathers, and those that have an operation to implant gills. What is interesting is, that in 1969 there were no civilian rebreathers.
    How could I forget! This comes up in conversation every couple of months. I really want some fireflies and underwater explosives!

    Quote Originally Posted by rblackburn View Post
    Fun read, and Forrest recommends this to book a lot
    Yes, and yes, because it's AWESOME

    I Semper Fi, Cameron David Smith, my son, my hero. 11/9/1989 - 11/13/2010

    Never forget, we were all beginners once. Allain Burrese


 

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