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No radio distress call ever crackled from the submarine USS Grunion. In 1942, under the fog of World War II, the vessel simply vanished without a trace. For nearly sixty-five years, only a dead silence lingered regarding the fate of the sub and its seventy-man crew—until now. Here author Peter F. Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery of the Grunion—as well as the navy’s shocking and willful cover-up of the submarine’s baffling disappearance. The Grunion was discovered in 2006 after a decades-long search by the Abele brothers, whose father commanded the submarine and met his untimely death aboard it, but one question remained: what sank the USS Grunion? Now, for the first time ever, Fatal Dive reveals the answer: one of the Grunion’s own missiles. The navy knowingly sent the Grunion out with faulty torpedoes, and Fatal Dive reveals damning and never-before-published government documents that provide irrefutable evidence of its shameful cover-up. Intriguing and explosive, Fatal Dive finally lays to rest one of World War II’s greatest mysteries.

Peter F. Stevens, news and features editor of the Boston Irish Reporter, is a veteran journalist with a specialty in historical writing. His work is syndicated by the New York Times and has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers. He is also a two-time winner of the International Regional Magazine Association’s Gold Medal for Feature Writing and the award-winning author of The Voyage of the Catalpa. He lives in Boston.

©2012 Peter F. Stevens (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Suspenseful…a chilling conclusion.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“After the USS Grunion was lost in perhaps the most hostile environment of the war, the details of the submarine’s sinking off the Aleutian Islands remained a mystery for decades—until the deceased skipper’s sons set out with dogged determination to find out where and how their father died. Stevens manages to build suspense even though the reader knows the ultimate fate of the Gato-class ‘pigboat.’ Fatal Dive is a quick but thoughtful and moving read.” (Jim Defelice, bestselling author of Rangers at Dieppe)
“Peter Stevens unreels a fascinating piece of nautical history. This real-life drama of war, suspense, and human achievement in the face of frightful odds is mesmerizing from start to finish. A book for all.” (Lieutenant General Dave Palmer (Ret.), author of George Washington’s Military Genius)

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  • nerdymko
  • 13-02-21

Not my first Grunion book

This wasn’t my first Grunion book, or my first World War II sunken ship book, or my first shipwreck salvage book, but I must say that this one will stay with me because of how well written and personal it is. I cried. got me right in the feels. Well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-20

What a story. Wow.

Great book and well read. As a retired submariner and history buff I love books like this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-21

Very personal presentation

The author did a great job of presenting the personal side and loss of war and the bureaucratic bungling of the government. The torpedo issue was a prime example of arrogant condescending bureaucrats doing CYA at the expense of the people doing the job. The biographies of the crew at the end really brought home The devastation of families both of the sinking in and of the cover up that followed. Very few books I’ve read of this genre have made an emotional connection with me but this one did! I would recommend it.

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  • Ginger 3701
  • 26-11-20

Completely unknown

A great but tragic story. A very engaging listen. The history is great. The ending is sad but uplifting also because the 70 men are finally recognized and finally laid to rest properly. Now their country honors them as it should have in 1941. The narration is very good, clear and concise and he doesn't struggle with the more difficult Japanese names. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in naval battles of the second world war or in general human interest stories.

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  • Alan
  • 04-11-19

It took exceptional men to crew these iron coffins

This may come across as superficial but I'm as serious as a heart attack: See if you can listen to the final chapter
without choking back tears. Its a postscript with each crewman's bio and his family's reaction
to his disappearance, If you can endure this without flinching, well, you are soulless.
The narrator must of needed a three day bender afterwards.

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  • Thomas L.
  • 28-05-21

Captivating read !

This book was so interesting . I could not stop listening . Very well written and read . I recommend it highly . These young men were selfless heroes . It was especially touching that everyone of the 69 were individually named and a brief biography was read . I loved it .

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  • Emily S.
  • 26-05-21

Amazing story. God bless our Heroes.

This story was very well written, at no point doesn't come across like a boring history story. Definitely keeps you involved.

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  • Cleavo761
  • 08-02-21

really good story

great story about a WWII sub that was lost and no one knew what happened to it for over 60 years.