Seattle, WA, February 17, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The 1956 collision of the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm triggered a night of sheer terror for the Andrea Doria's 1,134 passengers and set in motion one of history's most dramatic rescues at sea. From the moment the Andrea Doria settled on the sea floor in 240 feet of water, skilled amateur divers have risked their lives to simply touch her broken hull. In 1981, wealthy adventurer Peter Gimbel enlisted the aid of commercial salvage divers to torch open the Andrea Doria's Foyer Deck doors in search of treasure and answers. The unprecedented access to deep within the sunken ship's interior enticed growing numbers of sport divers to explore the wreck in increasingly daring quests for a piece of the "Mt. Everest of wreck diving." Not all returned alive.
Peter Hunt crewed on five Andrea Doria diving expeditions during the early 1980s aboard Steve Bielenda's legendary research vessel Wahoo before becoming a Navy carrier pilot and settling in Washington State. Nearly twenty years after first exploring the Andrea Doria - and following twelve months of arduous Pacific Northwest dive training in the newest equipment and techniques - Hunt hugged his wife and children goodbye and returned to New York to dive the Andrea Doria once again. The experience transformed him forever.
In Setting The Hook, an extreme adventure, thirty years of technical diving, and enduring friendships merge in a personal tale of learning to accept life's oldest challenge.
“The act of ‘setting the hook,’ when the expedition’s first diver races to secure the boat’s anchor to the shipwreck, signals the dramatic initiation of an underwater adventure,” Hunt says. “An intricate weave of history, extreme adventure and the evolution of technical diving over the course of 30 years come together in a compelling personal tale of learning to accept life’s oldest challenge.”
"A deep-sea diver explores shipwrecks and his own character in this gripping scuba memoir... Hunt’s taut scenes and meticulous prose will have readers holding their breath, but his saga probes hidden depths as well." -- Kirkus Reviews
Setting The Hook: A Diver's Return to the Andrea Doria
Author: Peter M. Hunt
Published: December 2011
About The Author
Peter Hunt graduated from Brown University with a history degree in 1985 before joining the Navy and training as an A-6 Intruder attack pilot. He completed three aircraft carrier deployments to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific during ten years of military service. After leaving the Navy, Hunt continued to fly as a pilot for a major international airline until being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2005 at age forty-three. He is trimix/technical diving certified, a PADI Divemaster, and has made over 1,000 dives in a wide variety of locations around the country and the world. Hunt holds a Masters Degree from the University of Washington, lives with his wife and two children on Whidbey Island, and still dives despite the progression of Parkinson's disease. His first book, Angles of Attack (Ballantine 2002), is a pilot's account of combat operations during the first Gulf War.
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Setting The Hook is available for purchase online through the author's website, from the publisher, Amazon.com, BN.com and other online retailers. The trade paperback version is $15.99 and the kindle version is $9.99. Autographed copies of the book are available from the author at www.settingthehook.org
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