Monteleone's Submerged looked amazingly promising on the surface. A sunken Nazi U-boat that isn't listed on any documents from the war, a secret German mission, and a hidden Nazi base under the ice of Greenland. I'm happy to report that Submerged was all that I hoped it would be and much more.
Dex, an ex-Navy diver, leads a group that descend on an unknown sunken wreck at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. What they discover in the murky water is a German U-boat that is twice the normal length, isn't listed on any known documents, and has an unusual substructure that gives the sub and unusual humpback look. In an attempt to keep their find secret until they can discover information about this unknown U-boat, an accident on the wreck blows the whole mission wide open. The U-boat captain, Erich Bruckner, is unveiled to us in a backstory that describes the secret mission him and his crew are sent on. His U-boat is a new Nazi weapon that is designed to deliver a lethal blow that will bring the US to its knees. After they are deployed, they are to stop at a hidden Nazi base underneath the ice of Greenland. What they discover there is the ruins of an ancient civilization that comes straight out of H.P. Lovecraft and delivers secrets that the world has never seen.
Submerged was a fun, page-turner that I couldn't put down. The characters were lifelike and realistic, the dialogue was spot on, and Monteleone tied it all together wonderfully. Submerged had the feel of an underwater Indiana Jones tale without being hokey or cartoonish. I absolutely loved it and can't recommend it high enough. Great stuff.
5 secret Nazi U-boats out of 5
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