Author G. M. Matheny was a US Navy saturation diver on the nuclear submarine USS Halibut involved in Operation Ivy Bells, America's most important (and most dangerous of the Cold War) clandestine operations. If you like good old-fashioned American bravado, espionage, and American history, you will enjoy this book.
God & Spies is a firsthand account of America's greatest intelligence coup.
Operation Ivy Bells was not a onetime intercept of foreign intelligence but an ongoing operation of multiple Soviet military channels! Another reason for the high interest in our operation was the audacious nature in which it was done - with not one person risking his neck but the crews of two US Navy nuclear submarines which rendezvoused in Soviet territorial waters.
"How did I end up as a navy diver, 400 feet down in a frigid Russian sea? After making my dad totally disgusted with me, I set out to make him happy. 'Honor thy father' - I struggled with a decision to serve God. 'Lord, I will give my life to you and serve you if you let me make this dive.' But I had the impression He only wanted to know one thing: 'What if I do not let you? Will you serve me anyway?'"
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Interesting Insight in to Operation Ivy Bells
Not much here that has not been told before. It is very interesting to hear it from one of the divers who actually did the work. Parts of the book get very preachy as though the author's main intent by writing the book is to convert you to his religion. Overall if you are looking to learn about Ivy Bells seek elsewhere. Blind Man's Bluff has more info and better explanation. If after that you want the POV from someone who was there, then read this.