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Submerged (Alaskan Courage) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"Submerged is romantic suspense that will keep you up at night!"--Bestselling Author Dee Henderson
A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.
One single clue.
Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart...but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.
Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.
"An amazing story of faith, suspense, the power of forgiveness and second chances! Dani Pettrey has a gift for developing characters to fall in love with..." --Lynette Eason, bestselling author of THE WOMEN OF JUSTICE series
"Pettrey is a new author to watch. Recommended for fans of Dee Henderson."--Library Journal
"A spell binding mystery, full of suspense and a great story that will pull you in."--The Suspense Zone
"[A] steadily paced thriller...Pettrey's debut novel is a thoughtful attempt to capture both love and suspense in this intricately plotted mystery."--Publishers Weekly
"Combining romance, danger, and a dose of Russian history, the novel proves a rapid and entertaining read."--Booklist
"Brimming with romance, suspense, faith, and forgiveness, Submerged is a superbly written debut novel from Dani Pettrey that will satisfy readers of nearly any genre."--Portland Book Review
"Submerged is filled with action and mystery, engaging the reader from the first scene. . . . Pettrey sustains a high level of suspense throughout the narrative." -ForeWord Reviews
About the Author
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and Silenced, and new release, Sabotaged. Her books have been honor
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I wasn't disappointed by the opening, which grabs the reader and puts them in the middle of a crisis. But all too soon the story deteriorated into a romance that I hadn't realized was "inspirational" (it doesn't mention it in the book's description). The heroine, Bailey, spends all of her time re-hashing the mistakes she made as a teenager, despite now being a supposedly sophisticated, or at least learned, woman with a Ph.D. in Russian American studies. These mistakes so beset her that she can't go outside and look at her neighbors, and feels she's unworthy of the man she loves, even though she believes she's a Christian whose sins have been wiped out by Jesus' death. Instead of showing how Christianity has changed her life and made her a better person, and bravely facing her neighbors, she instead seems to have a perverse need to despise herself and constantly shows herself to be an emotional coward. It was very hard to get behind her--which was perhaps a problem the author had, too, since she spends a lot of the time focusing on other characters and other romances. I skipped most of the romance parts, they weren't at all interesting, and certainly not unique, unfortunately.
It takes a long time before we get to the interesting story of the Russian American Atlantis. And while the action was all good, her research was not impressive. I was intrigued by the author inserting the deposed Tsar Ivan VI into the story, having him escape from his many years of imprisonment (almost his entire life) to Alaska, but was taken aback when she gave no explanation as to how this was pulled off, and how he managed to get hold of the Russian crown jewels (or at least one of them). She was right in saying that Peter III visited Ivan VI with an idea of freeing him, but she says he didn't get a chance to because he was assassinated. While it's true Peter III was assassinated, he had already given up on the idea of freeing Ivan VI because the young man had spent his entire life since babyhood in solitary confinement and had forgotten how to speak or in any other way communicate with humans. In short, he was insane. Not quite the romantic picture this author paints.
In addition, there wasn't a colony established in Kodiak, let alone south of it where she places her fictional town, until 1784. Yet the author has a painting of Ivan VI dated "July 1778, Russian Alaska." Also, a vital clue to the mystery is buried with Princess Maksutova (the author wrongly leaves off the "a" at the end), wife of the last Russian governor of Russian America, in the story's fictional town. Only one problem with that--Princess Maksutova left with her husband back to Russia in 1867 when the U.S. bought Alaska. How the heroine, an expert in Russian-American studies, didn't know that is beyond me.
And I won't even go into how many things the author got wrong about Alaska--other reviewers have gone into that. I'll just mention that I kept getting the impression that she was extrapolating from her experience in some West Coast small town, perhaps in Oregon. You can't do that with Alaska, it's not like anywhere else. For instance, she has the mayor of the small town worried because if news of the murders leaked out it would affect tourism. While this is a common fear elsewhere, in places where tourists can always move on to the next place, I've never heard this fear voiced in Alaska. Tourists who come to Alaska expect life to be dangerous and expect to hear life and death tales and are disappointed if they don't hear something where death figures prominently, or at least potentially.
The writing was fairly good and fast-paced, particularly in the beginning and the end, but it tended towards melodrama, especially in the descriptions of everyone's emotional reactions, which were constant. And sometimes the analogies just weren't good: "The crisp sea air splattered her face like a blanket of reality." (Blankets and sea air don't splatter.) On the other hand, I enjoyed her having a diver feel like he was Darth Vader, and the way she describes one character as having "a robust midsection."
Despite all of the above negatives, I love her larger than life premise and Romancing the Stone ambitions as a writer. I hope that she spends more time on future research, and other areas improve, because I could really get hooked on an author who thinks in such adventurous terms.
I began reading on the 3rd day of my 7 day vacation and was so drawn in by the suspense and the characters I finished the book the day after vacation was over.
I couldn't put it down I just wanted to know what was going to happen next and I found myself caught up in the lives of the characters.
This book was very well written. When reading it the pages came alive, when brows were lifted in the book I found myself with lifted brow. The landscape, the smells, the emotions portrayed all came alive. I actually felt like I was apart of the story and I've always wanted to go to Alaska and this book took me there without actually being there.
I found the gospel message not overwhelmingly in your face but gently intertwined in the pages and that's from someone who hasn't been to church in 18 years. This book was refreshing after downloading a free book to only delete it after the first few pages due to its unnecessary rawness.
GREAT BOOK PICK IT UP YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
Ps. I've never written a book review before this book. That should tell you something.
I had hoped this would be a good mystery but because of the repetitive mantras above, the only mystery is how this got so many good reviews.
Sorry to give this a poor review, but I am unable to identify any redeeming qualities about it.