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Port Starbird (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 365 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: Storm Ketchum Adventures (Book 1)

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From RED CITY REVIEW (redcityreview.com):

Dennis' novel could not be more of an enjoyable read unless you were receiving a massage while reading it. The storyline is engaging and Dennis' characters are so well written that you almost want to invite them to your next barbeque. Port Starbird should find a home on every shelf and become a yearly reading ritual.

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

When a wealthy developer suspected of murder comes offering money for the land, Ketch is the last to hold out. Ketch's knowledge of the island is professorial, something that will appeal to readers who adore a strong sense of place. The accented dialogue creates the right southern atmosphere... A good effort.

From AMAZON.COM Vine Reviews:

Really well-developed characters, especially Ketch and the Captain. Plus, they are unique people, very quirky and entertaining... I thought the author did a great job of balancing information, history, and story... Very good writing in terms of both word choice and actual structure.

From Lita Smith-Mines, Editor, BOATING TIMES Long Island (boatingtimesli.com):

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I'll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I'll be recommending the book to others.

From the Author

It looks like my writing is "polarizing", like that of many Pulitzer Prize winners. :) It appears that most people "get" this book, but some don't; either that, or it wasn't what they were looking or hoping for. So here are some notes for anyone who might be on the fence about reading this book after scanning the reviews:
1. This is not a cookie-cutter mystery, suspense, or action/adventure story; nor did I intend or want it to be. If you're looking for a formulaic, fast-moving read that's meant to be devoured rather than savored, this probably isn't your kind of book.
2. If you enjoy a laid-back, thoughtful, descriptive, and edifying read, you might like this book.
3. This is a standalone book; despite being part of a series, there are no major cliffhangers.
4. This book has been edited to my artistic satisfaction, and this edition does not misuse or caricature Southern slang.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3483 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TBD Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IRSX51I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Garrett lives in upstate New York, where he and his wife serve as the housekeeping staff for two rather spoiled dogs. He has degrees in biology and computer science. After a career that ranged from testing experimental drugs (legal ones, and not on himself!) to developing computer operating system software, he decided to retire from the real world and try his hand at writing fiction. Garrett lived in coastal North Carolina for a while some years back, and the current focus of his writing is a place that's very special to him, the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, which he still visits as often as possible. PORT STARBIRD is his first published novel, and PORT OF REFUGE is the second of the Storm Ketchum Adventures. Garrett is now working on his third novel - keep a weather eye out for it! Connect with Garrett at www.GarrettDennis.com, garrettdennis.author@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/garrdenn, and www.twitter.com/PortStarbird.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mizzy on March 29, 2014
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It seems to me that when I can associate separate voices in my head with the dialog in the book I am reading, it always ends up being something I will go back and read again. This is the case with Port Starbird. There was a little mystery, a lot of humor and attitudes that I can truly relate to. Can't wait to see what happens with Storm next!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By daisy on August 1, 2014
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As a southerner, I don't think I'll be able to finish this book. While it appears to be well written in many ways, the author misuses the word y'all repeatedly. Y'all is a contraction for you all. It does not mean you in the singular tense. This is a common mistake non-southern writers make. Adding y'all to a book doesn't make it sound southern if it isn't used the way it is used in the south!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Theresa M. Goodrich on May 5, 2014
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Ketch is a "young retiree" who seems just at this point in his life of allowing life to truly "happen." He is a complex character; great knowledge of the environment, strong computer skills, extremely attentive to detail, and almost constantly introspective - and yet........he enjoys a good time, makes no character judgements, and often "seeks input" from his dog. I very much enjoyed how the author "immerses" the reader - with historical, demographic, scientific, and other information. The reader then feels a greater connection with both the characters and the action developing in the book. The book most definitely leaves the reader with interest in Ketch's "next adventure," kind of like reconnecting with a friend who leads an exciting life that's always full of surprises. A fun read!
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The novel is a very good romance wrapped in a murder mystery . I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the characters, the area, diving and love between Storm and his dog. I enjoyed many of the quotes, especially the one from John Prine. I am looking forward to the next Storm Ketchum novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on August 10, 2014
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This is one of the oddest books I've read. The detail is wonderful. You'll learn much about the Outer Banks history and terrain, but here's the strange part. Ketch has an ex wife and estranged child. That goes nowhere. He tracks people dumping toxic waste into the sound. He doesn't get spotted or have boat trouble, so that poohs out. A greedy developer wants his property to be part of a marina and threatens to have it condemned. Ketch hatches this plan to attach floats to the bottom is his house to float it in the sound when his property is taken. This book is devoid of violence but the description of North Carolina eminent domain laws chilled my very soul. Surely the North Carolina legislature isn't this corrupt, but I fear there's more truth than poetry to the tale. Worth the read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 16, 2014
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Port Starbird is a lot of fun and Storm Ketchum is a great character. Well drawn and real. I can't wait to find out what he gets up to next!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mike on March 20, 2014
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Great book. Story line flows along nicely and the picture painted is easy to see. I am definitely looking forward to many more adventures with Ketch!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robert Proctor on March 29, 2014
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Garrett Dennis is a new author and he hit it out of the ballpark on his first try. If you have ever been to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you will enjoy the trip that this book takes you on. Good character development and a mystery to keep your interest. It is worth a read. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Mitzi
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