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Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks - Clive Cussler, James P. Delgado Adventures of a Sea Hunter is a decent book. It is really more of a shipwreck sampler than an in depth study of historical wrecks, but this format worked just fine for me, as it allowed me to refresh my memory regarding wrecks that I am familiar with, and whetted my curiosity of wrecks that are new to me. The book appears to center a great deal on wrecks explored on The Sea Hunters TV series that aired several years ago, and at points in the book I found those references to the TV show to be distracting. I'd have just preferred to read about these wrecks without reference to a TV show that James Delgado was affiliated with at the time he wrote the book.

Delgado's descriptions of diving some of the wrecks featured in this book were just lovely. His description of the dive he did on the U.S.S. Arizona was haunting and moving, and his description of the wrecks in the Bikini Atoll was fascinating to me (I am also a sucker for the early days of the American nuclear program, so shipwrecks *and* nukes are just the cat's pajamas for me). I found other chapters to be quite interesting as well (e.g., the chapter on the Carpathia and the chapter on Kublai Khan's lost fleet), but I do think that the first half of the book was far more appealing to me than the second half, for some reason.

Although Adventures of a Sea Hunter was interesting, the copy editing of this book left a lot to be desired. The book was riddled with typos, grammatical errors, awkward sentences, and sentence fragments. My own writing has lost a lot of its sparkle since I graduated from college, and frankly, I'd have *never* been employed as a copy editor at any point in my life, so I really am not someone who should criticize this aspect of any work. That said, however, these types of errors were plentiful and obvious in this work, and it would not be fair to fail to note that. I was able to read around these errors and still enjoy the book, but readers who are distracted by errors in writing will have a lot to be frustrated by with this book.