The Lost intruder is now available at Amazon print and Amazon Kindle

…as well as all other electronic formats, such as iBook, Nook, Kobo, etc…at their respective online stores.

“Although I owned a boat, I had no sonar, metal detector or any practical method of surveying the ocean bottom. With an incurable illness, no prospect of financial reward, little chance of success, brain surgery looming, and one child in college with another about to start, I was not in a position to spend thousands of dollars on a search. Still, desperate for a distraction, anything to pry my focus away from the disease, I decided—the hell with Parkinson’s. I’m doing it.” – From The Lost Intruder


On a windy, Autumn day in 1989, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder crashed off the shores of Whidbey Island, Washington. The Navy mounted a comprehensive, four-ship search for the attack jet with advanced sonar systems and remotely operated mini-submarines. They came up empty handed.

Former Navy pilot Peter Hunt knew the lost Intruder well. The jet came from his squadron; he had flown it from the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ranger. Standing in the squadron ready room, Hunt listened to the radio transmissions as the accident unfolded: the hydraulic malfunction, the aborted mission, the futile attempt to lower the landing gear, and finally the violent ejection into Puget sound. Puzzled by the failed Navy search, Hunt long imagined the thrill of finding the A-6 and accomplishing what the U.S. Navy could not.

But time was running out. At age 43, Hunt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After ten years of worsening symptoms, no longer permitted to fly, and barely able to scuba dive, Hunt knew that he was losing the battle. Desperate for a rallying point to prove to himself that life still mattered, Hunt struck out in 2014 to find the missing A-6. Naval Aviation, deep technical wreck diving, high seas exploration, and one man’s optimistic refusal to quit converge in a salute to life’s possibility. The Lost Intruder soars in a triumph of the human spirit—see what it means to be alive.

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The void

Always threatening, bringing the jagged cliff of despair to the highest grassy meadow, the void hangs like a vulture over carrion. Existential emptiness without meaning, the void is an absence, a lacking, a primal and essential hunger gone unfulfilled. The vacuum leaves nothing but the horror of being, yet not-being; of knowing the I that …


Water floods life with stark alternatives: hope or despair, passion or malaise, thirst or drowning, all as we choose. The same fluttering drop fills the seas while emptying the skies, pushing imagination to explore, pulling it to dare. Clouds pan across the bright half-moon, thin, then thick, exposing seconds of clarity before blackening in a …


Peter Hunt after Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease.

Peter M. Hunt, a native of New York, was an experienced wreck diver long before he joined the Navy in 1985. After ten years of active duty and three aircraft carrier deployments, Hunt left active duty to fly commercially until his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2005. An alumnus of Brown University and the University of Washington Graduate school, Hunt has two adult children and lives with his wife on Whidbey Island, Washington. He is the author of, The Lost Intruder, the Search for a Missing Navy Jet, Angles of Attack, an A-6 Intruder Pilot’s War, and Setting the Hook, a Diver’s Return to the Andrea Doria.