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Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,467 ratings  ·  443 reviews
Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives a
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Bethany House
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Karen Witemeyer
I don't usually read contemporary romantic suspense, but I decided to give Submerged a try, and boy am I glad I did. From the very beginning the setting breathed life, and I could have sworn the author herself was an experienced rescue diver because the dive scenes were so authentic. Dani Pettry knows how to do her research and weave it seamlessly into her stories in order to create a fantastic experience for the reader.

Cole McKenna is a top-notch, sigh-worthy hero. A man dedicated to family, to
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Whoa! What an adventure! I had a feeling that Dani Pettrey would write a romantic suspense that sucked me in from page one and wouldn’t let me go till the very end. And that's exactly what happened! While the suspense and tension wasn't very high in the first half of the book, things DO happen that keeps the reader going…and then I hit that halfway mark and it just took off!

There is quiet a large cast of characters in Submerged. Not only does the reade
Terrible book. First of all, this should have been filed as Christian fiction. The writing was terrible and did not flow well. In many places scenes jumped between paragraphs without warning. The action scenes at the end were jumbled and hard to follow, not to mention unbelievable. The only thing even slightly good about this book was the mystery and it was confusing and hard to keep up with, too many names to remember. It appeared that the author is setting the characters up to be a series. I w ...more

Friends had been telling me how great this series is for a long time, but it somehow kept slipping to the bottom of my to-read pile. I finally got to it, and it's fantastic!

Bailey left Alaska, leaving her heart there with Cole McKenna and swearing never to return. When a death in the family pulls her back, she becomes involved in a police investigation that leads her into harm's way and Cole's arms.

The mystery is interesting, but the characters are what make this book such a great read. The Mc
What a start to what is sure to be a great series!

“Submerged” blends a wonderful array of great characters, gripping suspense and a romance that will the most hopeless of hearts at a near sigh.

One would think from the cover that the inside of the novel would be as chilling as the outside, but actually beginning to end, this novel has to be on the easiest, smoothest romantic suspense I believe I have read. Perfect balance in story and tension, romance and suspense. Character portrayals are deep
What a great way to discover a new author! I understand that this is Dani Pettrey's debut novel. In my opinion, she did an excellent job. This was a fast read for me and kept my attention from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to get my hands on book two... :)

Just finished re-reading this and I must say it's just as good the second time through!!
I enjoyed this book so much!

Everyone is talking about this series and I decided to read the first one to see how well it is. I was not disappointed.

I'm not used to the mistery thing but I really had a good time reading.

Of course, I ended up loving Cole. He's so real and good brother and caring. There is no faking in him.

Even though I cannot say I feel identified with Bailey, I could connect with her and understood how hard it was to be in the place where she did so much damage in the past.

Nicki Olsen

“The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed.” – Jacques Cousteau


Cole Mckenna is still shocked that the beloved aunt of one of his closest friends in high school was in the plane crash he was just called onto the scene to rescue. When he arrives at the hospital to find out she died, he has one thought. Bailey. More precisely, the woman he loved in high school that broke his heart and then left. When Bailey returns and more crimes are c
SUMMARY: A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town...until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

They say the beauty is in the details... well this book has plenty of them. Rich with Russian and Alaskan history and a scuba diving culture that held my interest, Submerged simply kept me enthralled to the end. I enjoyed a lot of things about this story, mainly because of the tension and suspenseful elements combined with history and culture. My nail-biting increased as I kept reading, until I couldn't stop and had to finish the book to find out how things resolved. I loved the under water scen ...more
Here's my thoughts on this one:

I struggled with it through a lot of it, mostly the amount of characters, a few parts I got a little bored with, I put the book down and read other books then by the time I picked it up again I'd forgotten who some people were. The ending felt rushed to me, and I'm still not sure what happened. This is also a Christian book, so there's a lot of inwardly praying to the Lord for so and so and such and such. The main character was supposed to be a born again Christia
Amber Stokes
With a unique and majestic setting, Submerged offers an engaging reading experience! The characters who play their parts against such a great backdrop are wonderful - especially their interactions as a community, whether just the McKenna family community or the community of the townsfolk of Yancey. The McKenna family certainly won me over, including those members who were "adopted" into the family. What a fun, welcoming bunch!

In this Romantic Suspense, the romance takes precedence - not in thril
This story had the perfect blend of mystery, romance, suspense and intrigue.

Honestly, one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time.

I loved the integration of Russian history into the mystery because it created a kind of archeological treasure hunt based on supposition, something which may or may not have actually occurred in history.

The pace of the story is rapid, and at the same time, not fast enough. I really wanted to know who was behind all the murders and their motive. I really th
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Submerged is Dani Pettrey's debut novel, but I would have never guess that from the writing! The characters, story... everything was so well written and entertaining that I enjoyed Submerged right from the beginning!

The characters were fantastic! As the story continued I found myself caring more and more about what happened with them and wishing for a happy ending. I hav
Sandra Lassiter
I really wanted to love this book! I lived in Alaska for around 10 years total, and loved the idea of a book set there. However, I was pretty disappointed. Frankly, it sounded more like it was set in California, Florida or Hawaii than it was Alaska most of the time. "Surfer" lifestyle--in Alaska?!? The story is supposed to take place in a fictional town on the peninsula just south of Kodiak. Um, I lived on Kodiak. Her descriptions do not in any way match what I remember. She talks of Piper and L ...more
I don't want to be harsh in my reviews, because I know what it takes to write a novel, produce a film, music, etc. It's very difficult. This book was a recommended Nook Daily Find, which I have found to be a good source of books.

I have no faith in Christian fiction, Christian movies or any other Christian entertainment. It's as if Christian consumers have lowered their standards and anything with Christian content becomes more acceptable. Christian content does not make a book good. This is not
This author is new to me. Really enjoyed this book. It was a real page turner and of course left me wanting more. Other things besides the great suspense and backdrop romances I enjoyed were the the way the McKenna siblings bonded as a family. They really looked after each other and worked well together in this story. I also liked the lesson illustrated in the character of Bailey Craig. We should look at who we are today through God's grace not who we used to be. We all grow in Christ. The littl ...more
Sam B
I really enjoyed this book!

It is the first book in the Alaskan Courage series. So in this book, the McKenna family is introduces. They are a great family; they own a diving shop in Yancey, Alaska and help on rescue missions.

This first book in the series is centered around Cole, the oldest of the five siblings. When the plane on which her aunt was crashes, Bailey, Cole's first love, returns to Yancey. She only plans on staying a week for the funerals and selling her aunt's Russian antiques shop.
Almost everyone raved about this book. Before I started it I hoped it was as good as everyone said and that I would like it. I loved it! Where has Dani Pettrey been hiding all these years! Can't believe this was her debut.

If you love Christian suspense, you need to place this high on your TBR. If you loved Dee Henderson's O'Malley series, even more reason to get to this series quickly. For me the McKenna family had the same feel and love I felt when reading the O'Malley series.

The story is well
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence, murder, and romance
Best for Ages: 15 and up

Yes, I started this series by reading the forth book. No, I do not normally make a habit of reading the series out of order. However, I am now happy to say I will be starting at the beginning and reading this series the correct way.

I loved this story so much. The mystery was so engaging and interesting. However, the characters are really what drives these books, the mystery comes second. Each of them sparkles
Bailey Craig is a reluctant visitor to Yancey, Alaska, the town she fled as a young adult. The mistakes she made as a teenager haunt her, and she’s sure the memories live on in Yancey as well.
However, a funeral and business affairs force her return. Once there, she can’t avoid crossing paths with Cole McKenna, the man she’s never been able to forget. Seeing him brings back the shame of her past. As much as she tries to avoid Cole, a murder forces her to work with him to find the person responsi
I really, really enjoyed reading Submerged by Dani Pettrey. In fact, I stayed up until 7 in the morning just to finish it!
The 2 lead characters, Bailey and Cole, were both fantastic. Bailey is raw, broken, and desperately trying to rebuild her life, leaving behind the wild, promiscuous girl she once was. Her character (actually, all of the characters) were so well written it was easy to get "attached" to them. Cole was absolutely fantastic and had me grinning like silly most of the time. This m
Charity U
After reading and enjoying “Shattered” for the blog tour, I decided I needed to read the first book in the series. I finally convinced the library to get it…and can we say – New Favorite Book! Wow, it was so good. The first half? Yup, awesome. The second half? Beyond belief amazing. Now, a few things that stood out to me…the cover. Pretty cool. If you look close, you’ll note that the model had on mascara, which is now smearing in streaks down her face. Which I think is super cool because as any ...more
Bailey Craig returns to Yancey, Alaska to bury her aunt and put the estate in order. She's not returned since she left ten years before. In a small town like Yancey, her past has branded her and she can't escape it. Cole McKenna runs a successful adventure business with his siblings. He's also part of a Search and Rescue team that assists the local law enforcement. Bailey's aunt was in the plane crash that he helped with the recovery of. Now there are two dead divers which link back to Bailey's ...more
What a fabulously suspenseful novel from debut author Dani Pettrey!! Never before have I read a book with such a great mix of historical elements balanced against heart-pounding action. Considering that Dani's novel was set in Alaska, it wasn't far-fetched to include some intriguing Russian components, and believe me, they made the story. I normally shy away from Russian history or talk of czars and such in fiction, but the way it was presented here was so very interesting! Dani may have just go ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I absolutely loved this one and can't wait to reread Shattered and read more from this author.

An Overview of the Novel: Cole McKenna is often called in to help the police recover evidence on deep-sea dives, but the most recent dive has left him reeling. Two people were killed and they suspect murder was at play. One of the victims was alive when he r
Awesome Cover!

I'll be honest, I usually steer away from Christian fiction because the stories are cheesy, for lack of a better word. (Unless it's a Jenny B. Jones book b/c she ROCKS!) I am a Christian and while I don't care to read smut or stories filled with straight up evil, I also don't want to waste my time reading books that are over the top with the Christianese. Why? Because it didn't work for me in real life and it's not gonna work for me in a book either.

This was a unique book for me t
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SUBMERGED by Dani Pettrey is an exciting inspirational romantic suspense. It is the beginning of a new series, “Alaskan Courage” and what a beginning. It is fast paced and action packed. Written with vivid descriptions and a cast of characters that will steal your heart away. What an amazing story of faith,suspense,danger,the Alaskan countryside,rescue divers,treasure diving,mystery,romance,family secrets,murder,second chances,healing and forgiveness. It has everything a romantic suspense reader ...more
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Review by Kara Grant

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Cole McKenna isn’t like other search-and-rescue divers. He loves God, he loves living in the small town of Yancy (population 603) with his brother and sisters, and he loves adventure. Him and his family help with search-and-rescue missions, but they take it personally when rescued victims don’t survive. Cole’s best friend, Landon, works with the sheriff’s office and they work hard to keep the peace in their small Alaskan town. Cole and his fa
Bailey Craig and Cole McKenna have a history together... He has always been in love with her, but the fact that she decided to leave their hometown has made it easier for him to move on. But Bailey comes back to Yancey, after Agnes, the aunt that raised her, dies in a plane crash. Both of them have to deal with what could probably be the most difficult thing of their lives - they are still in love with each other, but their lives do not longer include each other. The main issue is their radicall ...more
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Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote ...more
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