Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: "Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, 5 Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness" by Neil Swidey

Do NOT read this book if you are claustrophobic, don't like being damp, being underwater, or anything like that. This book will probably make you very anxious! It made me kind of anxious and I'm not any of those things.

Boston's harbor was disgusting, dirty and stomach churning just to look at. The city government decided that this had to change. They designed a tunnel, miles underground and incredibly long to funnel all of the grossness out of the harbor and farther out into the ocean.(Not better for anything involved, but less visually disgusting for the fine people of Boston).

This project is unlike anything else ever attempted. And the commercial welders who work on the project now that there are some risks involved because so much of the technology is new and untested. (They were joking that they could be on the Discovery Channel because of all of the new things happening). Things go well for awhile, but then there is a horrifying accident leaving some divers dead, some traumatized and fingers pointing at who exactly is to blame.

Also commercial diving is super scary and I don't know how any of these wives/girlfriends/parents/kids could function knowing how much danger they could be in at any random job.

I  found the book incredibly technical, which I understand why that is. I however, was more interested in the relationship between the men, the accident and the aftermath.It's also a lot of names to keep straight I'd have to re-read a lot to make sure that I was thinking of the right person.


I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books


  1. Haha, your disclaimer scared me off right away! I get nervous just driving in tunnels under water :)

    1. Underground is bad enough then you add underwater and I'm done for!

  2. I'm stressed out just reading the storyline! Sounds sad and interesting though - maybe they'll make it into a movie ;)

    1. It's totally ripe for a movie with Mark Wahlberg.


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