One of the best underwater adventure books of 2004-2005 is the dangerous diving to the famed Lost Liner Empress of Ireland called Dark Descent by Kevin McMurray. This book is a no-hold-barred glimpse of the very deadly diving that is done while exploring the Canadian Pacific liner that collided with a Norwegian collier named Storstad in 1914 and sank in 14 minutes. This tragedy killed more passenger lives than both Titanic and Lusitania in the St. Lawrence River near the Quebec town of Rimouski. I have been very fortunate to have more dives to the Empress of Ireland than any other American (currently 124 dives over 18 years); however, this pales in comparison to fellow Canadian divers Steve Brooks, Phillippe Beaudry and Dany St-Cyr. This year, I brought a group of fellow American ( Tony Granata, Ray Stine and Charlie Howlett) divers to the wreck site and our diving logs, videos and other assorted resource information can be found on our web log ( blog) archives .
Dark Descent by Kevin McMurray has been a tremendous success and has received five stars (highest rating) by its reviewers on Amazon. I have contributed several of my diving adventures to this book and have had many people rave to me about my exploits on this famous ship. This book is considered a MUST HAVE from the diving community and this success has been heard by the famed McGraw-Hill Publishers to create an abridged account of the book on audio (Four CD's) that was released a couple of weeks ago. Follow this link to Amazon and order your set of these audiobook CDs as a wonderful Holiday gift. Please note that this extremely popular audiobook is going very fast and you need to get your order in soon! For those that do not have the time to read, this audiobook is a perfect way to experiencing the drama and dangers of diving such a historic shipwreck.