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The Crushing Depths

Crushing depths : Dani Pettrey

The fatality on the Dauntless brought Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers back together to investigate the death of one of the crew on this oil rig. Was Greg’s death caused by a gas explosion or was intentional. Tensions rise as they head for the oil rig but the helicopter taking them crashes in the water and it takes more than will and good swimming to bring them to safety but both are injured and this adds to the tensions and another investigation has to happen as to why it crashed. With their boss Noah on their case , having to allow the medic to check them out both Rissi and Mason realize that this might be more than just solving a case together.

Things get tense when the investigation takes place and the Dauntless crew must be interviewed to find out exactly what caused the fire and Greg Barnes to be burned to death. Was it an accident caused by a gas leak or something else or did someone want him gone? Each member of the crew feels the tension within them and the tensions surrounding the rig are high and death has everyone more than on edge. This is also about climate and environmental changes and the environmentalist activists will take any action to stop the structure from being completed and some think that there is a curse involved about that part of ocean. The Dauntless comes under great scrutiny but what about the Freedom fill with these environmentalists docked right near them? The environmental activists do not want the structure to be completed and rumor has it there are ancient curses within that part of the ocean.

Questions were asked concerning the death of Greg. A gas leak, no smell and Karl the medic stated that the fire had not been completely doused and he was covered with foam. Garrett and Jayce are the damage control team- firefighters- hazardous waste. Garrett put the fire out on Greg and Jayce we learn fought the ancillary fire on the outer wall of the separate room. The sight of Greg was devastating and yet necessary for the investigation. Added we learn about medic Brooke who received a threat and needed to be investigated. Was her ex-boyfriend the sender?

Meanwhile Rissi and Mason must question the Dauntless men and we learn what might have caused the gas to ignite: three things: oxygen, something flammable and in this case gas and a source of ignition. Next Peter who was Greg’s roommate but feared the curse. Mason continued questioning people but the eerie feelings you get the Dauntless beckoned danger. Each member related their part in stopping the fire but was it one of them or the Freedom? One member of the Dauntless is in the hospital and hopefully will be able to determine after inspecting all the parts and systems to determine based on machines and instruments alone, if it was an accident, human error or foul play. The gas sensor alarm failed to go off, but did Greg not realize that? Greg went out to smoke and in an oil rig that’s dangerous. Now there are three things to consider: Greg’s death, the copter crash and Peter falling overboard and nearly drowning. The author’s research had to be extremely extensive relating to how oil rigs operate, responsibilities of the crew, dealing with accidents and the information about gas leaks and fires. Also is the platform just having an odd pattern of mechanical issues or is someone doing this?

As Rissi and Mason investigate they realize that the death might not have been an accident but murder. Who murdered Greg? Was it one of the activists on the Freedom , or one of their own?

A storm will be a catalyst for what happens, how will they be rescued or will the killer take another life or more. There are many investigations that would take place at the same time and each one would yield the fact that they were not accidents but intentional murders. Who made sure that the copter would go down? Who made sure that a bolt was missing from a flange gasket that killed Greg? The gas leak was foul play. They needed the list of the marine biologists on the Freedom some working off grants and digging deeper into who might have tried to kill someone on it but why?

Rick Carson is quite rich and managed to team up with a billionaire but why? How did he con her into letting him manage her company and who was he trying to impress? Emmy and Logan could uncover anything about anyone, but their banter is priceless in this novel and allows the humor to temper off the murders. But, Caleb would soon learn something that would change the course of his feelings with a family member, namely his nephew Lucas whose college tuition he paid and his other expenses so why did he quit, join forces with Gwyneth and take two of her classes, join her protests and even get two friendly with the instructor. What was her goal and what role did Rick play?
Rissi and Mason not only realized their feelings for each other but when things get dangerous, he’s right there to make sure she’s okay and safe. But someone is hiding in plain sight and the number of murders will increase. Was Rick his wife Bella’s financial advisor and what did he hope to gain? Why was she so blindsided?

When another member of the crew, Chase is killed as he is on a mission in the water, when they hear a grunt and pull him up, he’s already dead? Was it a stingray or something else? As we learn more about Gwyneth and her dealings as a marine biologist as we learn she’d go off on rants and raves about oil companies and chemical plants stating they are not environmentally friendly? But, would she kill to make sure her goals were met? What was the reason for getting close to Lucas? Was Lucas the mole on the Dauntless?

As this is happening someone is trying to scare Brooke this time planting black widow spiders in her car and this person was just beginning. Out to hurt her because of something he thinks she did not do; will he get caught before it’s too late? What about Noah and his feelings for Brooke will he take it a step further and let her know how he feels about her?
The crew of the Dauntless seem at odds all the time as Chase is found dead and someone confesses to the murder and when questioned refuses to tell why he did it and what was the motive behind it. Bob is the head of the Freedom group and his only concern is not questioning Lucas for the death of Chase or anyone else, but money, time and delays for his projects. Did Lucas kill Greg when someone found the bolt for the flange in his load of laundry or was it planted? But, someone wanted to make sure that Chase’s body was not going to help them solve his murder as another fire is started but Mason and Rissi had already done their external autopsy and hopefully the cause of his death would be found by the ME.
Jayce and Erik had their own private feud and neither one is innocent of their actions and the fights that started and had to be stopped by both Ed and Mason leaves the reader wondering what was behind it? Things get even more tense when we everyone sits down to the second shift’s dinner and some get sick because someone poisoned the food because he/she was told to do so for a reason. This is not only about taking down the Dauntless and making the crew believe in the curse which we learn more about when Mason and Rissi talk with Margaret Gregory. But, it’s about revenge, jealously, hate, deceptions and deceit. One man decides to poison a crew and when asked why he tries to justify his actions. Another is angry that someone is getting too close to a family member and decides this needs to be addressed. Just who killed Greg and Max? Who decided to off Chase and why? The author created an intrigue plot filled with several storylines and murders each leading to more than one suspect but will Rissi, Mason, Logan, Emmy and Noah figure this all out before someone else becomes the next victim? Will they find Gwyneth and what’s her link to Rick? The ending will shock readers when you find out who was behind the murder of Chase. The Dauntless will do down but not the way you think. What happens when you go down beneath the water and your equipment is sabotaged, or a fire is caused because of your lighter on purpose, who might be another victim of the horrible feeling of Crushing depths beneath the water.

Author Dani Pettrey leaves us wondering what research did she do into marine biology, underwater working, oil rigs and how they operate, the importance of a platform and why members of an environmentalist group would go so far to discredit the people working on an oil rig plus learning what both sides do.

Characters that are tough, hardnosed and some you might want to see again. Who knows where Mason and Rissi, Logan and Emmy and Caleb and Austin might wind but plus let’s not forget Brooke and Noah?

Fran Lewis: Just reviews

 

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