Daily Review: The Port Fee by Garrett Dennis
February 6, 2018
This is a lawn chair read full of everything a reader could want – mystery, history, humor, personal relationships, illegal activity, and drama.
Underwater, everybody can hear you scream, but they can’t tell where you are…
Ketch is at it again in the magical Outer Banks of North Carolina, in this new adventure from the author of PORT STARBIRD and PORT OF REFUGE. It’s a picture-perfect summer afternoon on a pristine beach near a ghost seaport on an uninhabited island.
What could go wrong? But things do, when two bodies wash ashore and Ketch stumbles upon clues that lead to the sunken treasure of an old-time buccaneer off Portsmouth Island. Ketch isn’t the only one who has an interest in the treasure, and it exposes both him and his adversaries to unexpected obligations and consequences.
It seems everyone has to pay the port fee… Good guys and bad guys, boating and diving, a dash of romance, and a mysterious otherworldly presence all come together in THE PORT FEE, Ketch’s most challenging adventure to date.
If you’re pining for John D. MacDonald and Travis McGee, Storm ‘Ketch’ Ketchum might be your guy. Like Hemingway’s Old Man, he reveres his island and the sea; but unlike Santiago, he doesn’t fish – and despite his solitary nature, he and his boatyard friends find themselves embroiled in coastal intrigue more often than not. If you read the Hardy Boys series as a kid; if you’re a fan of the Outer Banks lore of David Stick, Judge Charles Whedbee, or Ben Dixon MacNeill; or if an ecological and literary juxtaposition of Barbara Kingsolver, Randy Wayne White, Jimmy Buffett, and Carl Hiaasen might float your boat, you should enjoy the Storm Ketchum Adventures.
Garrett Dennis has another winner in The Port Fee! A quick read that held my interest all the way through. The main characters are well described, both in looks and personality. I really like the descriptions of the beaches and ocean,
I feel like I am actually there, and I want to see these beautiful places preserved forever, for the flora and fauna and the people who love these places to be able to enjoy them. The story is captivating from the beginning with spookiness and nasty criminals.
Ketch, the main character in this series, is a lovable caring fascinating guy whose life is in constant flux with his newfound grandson, Bean and his interesting hobbies and well-rounded knowledge about people, animals and the history and ecology of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
I am a big fan of this author and I know he will become the favorite of many more readers with this new book in the series.
By Tenn. RA Mason
I truly love this book and this series. I don’t know how to technically classify the Storm Ketchum Adventures, but if you are a middle age guy with connections to the southeastern coast, you will love these books
. Ketch gets himself into many situations we’d all like to be in and some we wouldn’t.
If you’ve been to the Outer Banks or any of the islands off the Carolina coast, Garrett Dennis does a fabulous job of painting a setting you know so well. The story is well written and a page-turner.
It really is tough to put down because you want to know what happens next.
I hope there are more to come.
By Theresa M. Goodrich
Reading a Storm Ketchum novel is like catching up with an old friend – an old friend who leads an exciting life, whether or not he wants to! Set off the coast of North Carolina, this read includes rich, beautiful nature and geography, modern environmental issues, fabulous local and cultural history, and a changing way of life.
Ketch, always the thinker, planner, and former corporate businessman is now raising his young grandson, and both he and his cast of colorful friends step into a situation that leaves the reader not wanting to stop until the book is finished.
This is a lawn chair read full of everything a reader could want – mystery, history, humor, personal relationships, illegal activity, drama, and more – incredibly enjoyable!
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