Fatal Dive
Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion
Peter F. Stevens

Regnery History
Hardcover/352 pages
ISBN: 978-1596987678
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". . . one of the most heartbreaking and amazing stories you will ever read . . ."

As an avid reader looking for the ‘best of the best’ in titles out there at the moment, this book is one of the most heartbreaking and amazing stories you will ever read. Although some may feel as if they need to be a ‘historian’ for this one, that is absolutely untrue.

Covering the life of Jim Abele, readers will discover a man who never wanted anything more than to go to sea, which he finally accomplished. But his life, as well as the lives of his family who lost their husband and father to his lifelong quest, is extraordinary.

On July 31st in the year 1942, the submarine, USS Grunion vanished without a trace – taking with her the Commander and seventy-seven crewmen. There was never a distress signal sent from the boat; her men simply vanished into the cold waters off Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. The submarine had been in that area to keep a ‘weathered-eye’ on Japanese shipping and submarines coming from Imperial Japan that were all over the northern Pacific at that time.

Decades later Commander Abele’s sons and their families were still hunting for the truth; they would never give up their quest for the Grunion and finding out exactly what sank the sub. Undertaking this tremendous job, Jim’s sons used information they acquired from the US Navy, families of crew members, and even some Japanese who were experts in salvage and found the lost submarine lying 3200 feet below the surface of one of the most horrific and dangerous bodies of water in the world.

By the time the answers were found, family members had passed way, but readers will find it a mesmerizing tale as they discover what really sank the USS Grunion in the first place.

The author, with the help of the Abele family, offers the true story of the search and discovery of the facts. Anyone wishing to read World War II stories will devour this tale, however, seeing as that it reads like fiction – absolutely all readers of suspense and mystery will also want to find out about the men who stood proud and worked hard for their country.

Reviewer: Amy E. Lignor