WELCOME TO ‘THE GREAT CARRIER REEF’ - PHIL GREEN'S DEBUT NOVEL
Welcome to peagreen Publishing and Phil Green's debut novel ‘The Great Carrier Reef’. A technological thriller following Daniel Morris, as he uncovers a series of family secrets leading to the discovery of his family's world-changing technological advances and associated dark government links.
If you are not reading ‘The Great Carrier Reef’, I am a little disappointed however you can read the first few chapters.
Please be aware there may be spoilers on this page, you have been warned. If you are reading the novel, thank you, there may be some helpful images to visualise events in the book.
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A note from myself - My narrative really showcases the loss felt when tragedy and protective lies surface within families, leading to seclusion and resentment. Whilst Daniel believed his family, although eccentric was relatively normal, generations were actually working in secret to protect and perfect the discovery his Grandfather had made working under Winston Churchill’s Government. The technology was incredibly volatile and precious, possessing the ability to fix many of humanity’s ecological problems, or simply become another weapon of economic greed, dependant on who took control.
So, even though it is of course fiction, my story contains many ideals that will resonate with all readers. All Daniel wants is to discover the truth, however as with any good novel, it isn’t quite that simple! This is going to be just the first of many books. Reader feedback to date has been fantastic and I’ve got numerous other projects on the drawing board. I’m not yet in a position to make them public, but I can say that Daniel’s family problems may not just be over yet as not every secret has been revealed….
Why is the novel called ‘The Great Carrier Reef’? The Great Carrier Reef is a play on words, relating to the scuppered USS Oriskany (CV-34) which was part of a pilot program to create artificial reefs. The USS Oriskany was decommisioned in 1976 and sold for scrap in 1995. In 2004 it was decided to sink her as an artificial reef off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. After much review and remedial work to remove toxic substances, she was carefully sunk using explosives in May 2006. It is now popularly known as ‘the Great Carrier Reef’, a tongue in cheek reference to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Is the ‘Lighthouse Restaurant’ real? In a word yes, and no! The Lighthouse exists but not as a restaurant as it does in the novel, my apologies. It has been transformed into a museum which you can visit - http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/
Can I have a go in the ‘Hyper Sub’? Yes absolutely, well in theory, as it still is in concept form. A special thank you to Reynolds Marion who allowed me to use his concept in the book, you can see more at - http://hypersubnow.com/
If you would like to ask me anything about the novel, don't be shy drop me a line, I would be happy to answer.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!
Morris Geneaology Chart
Onboard The Oriskany - The Underwater Wet Lab
The underwater lab consists of three separate areas, the living block, the lab and operations, where the moon pool and external hatch/decompression chamber are situated.
Wet Lab - End Elevation
The wet labs main working/living area is the upper section. Beneath the living quarters is the life support systems; heating control, electrics, air scrubbers, water desalinisation/purification and general storage, accessed by a stairwell in the galley floor.
Each structure has its own escape hatch for emergencies where diving equipment is stored. Except under operations which utilises the moon pool and decompression for means of access and to carry out maintenance.
The ‘living’ and ‘external link’ are flexibles tubes (like a bendy bus, called the armadillo in the storyline) basically connecting the disparate structures together, with water tight doors between sections. They are flexible because the wet lab is built within an existing structure. The structure has the propensity to shift in violent weather and the lab needs to remain level, so the structure does not flood internally.
Each individual habitat is secured to the deck with its own engineered ‘Gimbal’, which keeps each habitat level and dampens any movement for the occupants inside.
Wet Lab - Plan
The ‘moon pool’ is a lock out chamber with bomb bay opening doors, so the Hyper Sub can dock from underneath. The chamber is sealed, flooded and then emptied so there is no decompression throughout the underwater lab. The structure will maintain normal atomspheric pressure.