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Convergence of Valor - The Men of the HL Hunley
by Guntis G Goncarovs   

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Historical Fiction

Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595370551 Type: 
Pages: 

237

Copyright:  December 2005
Fiction

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A German spy infiltrates the Confederate Navy and uncovers advanced technology in development, a submarine.

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From Chapter 1 - He heard the raspy breaths of the five other exhausted crankmen. Like him, they were physically spent from horsing the vessel four miles out and a mile back. No other sounds from the dark silence. No panic in the Hunley. No one clamored toward the hatchways for escape. No one screamed in fear of the possible death sentence they faced, ten fathoms under in a fragile tube. Silently they obeyed the code of valor.

He leaned forward on his crank handle and rested for a moment. A sweat-laden, mixed odor of whiskey and acorn-shell, coffee-tainted stench oozed from every man's pores, then hovered like a thick soupy haze, like the sweltering summer night haze he remembered from Mobile. As much as he hated those suffocating nights, he longed for them now.   


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"As far as I'm concerned, if you don't sink anything, scuttle the damned thing!"




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Reviewed by Floyd Orr 9/1/2006
I have read Convergence of Valor cover to cover, and I highly recommend it to fans of Civil War history and/or submarines. The story concerns both the early development of the submarine and the history of naval warfare in America. The H. L. Hunley was the first submarine built in the U.S. during the Civil War. The book chronicles the heroic efforts of a few engineers of European descent who built and tested the man-powered submersible. It was an exquisitely dangerous endeavor to dive beneath the surface of Mobile Bay with your view of the seven other crewmembers lit only by a candle at each end of the sub. The Hunley was only minimally tested enough to satisfy the team of engineers before the Confederate Navy, desperately needing to break the Yankee blockade of Charleston, commandeered the Hunley. The rest is history. Mr. Goncarovs has composed his book as historical fiction because no one actually knows what happened to the Hunley. The author of Convergence of Valor proposes a likely description of what it felt like to be a member of the crew on that risky mission. Guntis Goncarovs carefully unfolds the mystery surrounding the H. L. Hunley and its ill-fated crew. Damn the torpedoes! A Yankee ship is dead ahead!


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