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Featured Books—April 2016 Issue


Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat

By Randall Peffer
Hardcover. 320 pp. Penguin Random House. $19.15


On April 16, 1944, the SS Pan Pennsylvania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-550 off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The sub was driven to the surface with depth charges, and then sent to the bottom of the ocean by three destroyer escorts that were guarding the naval convoy. For more than 60 years the location of the U-boat’s wreck eluded divers. In 2012, a team found it—the last undiscovered U-boat in diveable waters off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, more than 300 ft. below the surface. This book is the story of their 20-year quest to find this “Holy Grail” of deep-sea diving and their tenacious efforts to dive on this treacherous wreck—and of the stunning clash at sea that sealed its doom and brought the Battle of the Atlantic to America’s doorstep.

The Assiduous Quest of Tobias Hopkins:
The Complete Novel


By James Faro
Paperback. 322 pp. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. $13.99


In October 1675, Tobias Hopkins arrives in Jamaica to discover the truth about his missing father. He discovers that not only has the man been dead for six years, but he has left Toby with a half-brother and the clue to an inheritance that promises to change the course of their lives. However, Toby’s inquiries attract the attention of others who will stop at nothing to achieve their aims. He sets a course for the Island of Nevis, where he reaps the fruits of his search. He continues his voyage, bound for Virginia, where trouble awaits.

Salt to the Sea

By Ruta Sepetys
Hardcover. 400 pp. Philomel Books. $11.36


World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Neither country, nor culture, nor status matter as all 10,000 people aboard—adults and children alike—must fight for survival.


Titanic: Minute by Minute

By Jonathan Mayo
Paperback. 336 pp. Short Books Ltd. $11.59


At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the Titanic plunged 12,000 ft. to the ocean floor. Hundreds of passengers and crew remained trapped below decks and hundreds more perished on the surface. This is the definitive chronology of the Titanic’s final hours, offering readers a real-time experience of one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century.



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