A Swimmer’s Odyssey

This book takes the reader on the author’s life journey filled with adventure, adversity, and achievement. Uyless Black’s belief that putting in the time with effortful study and sustained motivated practice would give him access to the career he passionately sought: That of the life of an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman.


The dive marked his passage from a world of noise and heat into a sphere of cool translucent silence. The next few seconds---coasting from the dive’s momentum, gliding underneath the water’s surface, flexing no muscles---left the swimmer with a sensation of an effortless soar though a chilled quiet ether.

As I entered the grotto, I slowed my swim stroke. I surfaced to find myself in a world far removed from anything I had experienced in my life. I was inside an ancient rock cave, a ceiling of antediluvian stone, layered with a carpet of the clearest water I had ever seen.

Readers’ Comments

"Thank you for your service to our country. I was extremely interested in your observations about outliers, perseverance, work ethic, and the stick to it attitude."
-- Dave, Coeur d’Alene

"Black presents an intelligent discussion of historical events that were happening during his time in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Whether writing about his ideas of acquiring and using good teaching methods, attitudes toward his duties in the Navy, what it takes to be successful in the field of computer software development, his admiration of certain individuals in his life, he keeps the reader interested in what he's saying."
-- Doug, blog reader, physical location unknown

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