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PORT STARBIRD: A Storm Ketchum Adventure (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 1) by [Dennis, Garrett]
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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: 2145 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TBD Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IRSX51I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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This is a novel which takes place on the outer banks of North Carolina. The author weaves information about the area and the characters as he reveals problems and mysteries. The characters in the story are each interesting individuals and the problems and mysteries keep the reader guessing. Storm Ketchum, known as Ketch in the book, loves his life of early retirement in his cabin on the water with his dog. The problems come when a land developer is prepared to take Ketch' s place by imminent domain if he won't sell. He becomes involved in more problems and mysteries when he realizes some local men are dumping some type of barrels at sea. Enjoyable read.
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This looks like this author could make a series of a retired biologists adventures. From dealing with the laws of eminent domain where either the government or a developer can take your property for very little money to finding illegal dumping in the pristine ocean not to mention a murder or two. This book kept my interest. The diving scenes are realistic and dealing with government red tape was very real, especially the fact that polluters can "buy" permits to pollute!
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Excellent writing very difficult to understand from the perspective of a long-term desert rat. I found it fascinating and interesting but got bogged down in the jargon which includes that information to operate a boat to mapping ocean and the jargon that goes with it. Was a learning experience the characters are delicious. I applaud the relationships because they were very realistic can't wait to see what They are up to next. They are up to next.
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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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This is a very engaging book. The characters are well drawn and evoke empathy. The flaws and foibles as well as the crimes are cast on a very human scale and the heroics are not overdone. One can really relate to these men and women. I agree with the other reviewer about the distinctive voices - it makes the characters come to life. I must mention that the use of the term "Y'all" is not uniform across the southern states. While I am not personally familiar with North Carolina's usage, all the years I lived in Texas and Georgia I was constantly reminded: "Y'all come back now, ya hear?' I can't blame a New York resident for misplacing his Y'all.
I am looking forward to reading his next book.
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I'm much more at home on the water than land, even though I know nothing about boats and diving. I love everything about the sea and seashore. You'll hopefully learn much as I did from reading the author's descriptions of the non- human inhabitants and the flora and fauna of the area. The plot was very good, and the characters were as real as people you meet in your every day life. And - it features Jack, the much loved dog...
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