In this quirky low-key murder mystery, Storm Ketchum, a damaged emigre to the coastal town of Avon on North Carolina's Outer Banks, likes to mind his own business and isn't any kind of detective - until he's forced to become one by extraordinary circumstances.
On the verge of losing his modest waterfront home to an unscrupulous developer, Ketch stumbles onto the scene of a crime that might expose the perpetrator of an unsolved murder and enable him to save not only his own home, but also the similarly threatened bohemian boatyard community he's inexorably drawn into. And in case Plan A fails, he's hard at work on a Plan B that's both laudable and pitiable - if he can't stop them from seizing his property and ruining what's left of his historic town, he's hell-bent on turning the event into a political statement.
Together with his loyal dog, a salty charter boat captain, the sketchy denizens of the boatyard, and an alluring scuba diving instructor who may or may not have a hidden agenda, Ketch struggles to make sense of his new reality, while trying to save some of the things that really matter along the way.
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"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." (Publishers Weekly)
"Garrett Dennis' Port Starbird has everything that a fun, summer weather novel should have - adventure, romance, beautiful beaches, guitar playing, underwater excursions, and, of course, murder mystery intrigue!" (Red City Review)
Port Starbird is a fun mystery adventure story of Storm Ketchum, a jack of all trades who resides in Wilminton, NC a beautiful small coastal town. The story nicely winds together 3 subplots involving shady characters, a home in peril, and a romance. Three words to describe Port Starbird are: splendific, hapless romance, and noble.
I loved the suspense of the deep sea dive and the suspicious characters. I also enjoyed the mystery around the girlfriend--was she involved in the crime?
I most loved the Captain
I most enjoyed the main character of Storm. He was well developed and a fun character to get to know.
I have done many audiobooks. The reading was a 9-out-of-10 in my experience. Good understanding of the material, good characterization of the characters, on top of a pleasant, interesting, non-sensationalized story made this book a pleasure.
I thought the singing of one of the songs in the book was a pleasant surprise. I don't think I've run into such a thing previously in an audiobook. Very pleasant, very unexpected, very good fit into the storyline, the way it was done.
Mr. Holte's reading was always clear, pleasant, and in-character. He added to the tale, I believe, and nowhere did I ever feel he detracted from it.
Tough question. At my age I remember so little 8-). Yet, I seem to remember all the characters. The unassuming Mr. Ketchum was nicely painted and easily remembered, except for his name, but that is my problem, not his. Perhaps the most memorable character is the skipper in the song Mr. Ketchum wrote. Makes ya wish you could have met the old salt.
A wonderful little story, infused with real-feeling characters and laced with enough reality for one to really care about the characters and the outcome. I will be reading, or more probably listening, to Garrett Dennis' next installment in the life of Storm Ketchum.
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PORT STARBIRD: Storm Ketchum Adventures: Book One
Author: Garrett Dennis
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: DJ Holte
Length: 8 hours, 26 minutes
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Release Date: March 18, 2015
Publisher: TBD Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
The narrator has an amazing voice for this story. There is even a scene where Ketch sings an original song and plays guitar and the song and music sounded great. In fact, the tune is quite catchy. The narrator also does a terrific job of differing male voices and his voice of the older sea captain is exactly what I thought an 'ol sea dog' would sound like. Great job!
In the town of Avon on the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks region people live a small town existence. There really isn't much for tourists to do except take in the local scenery and fish in the ocean. And that is exactly how the locals prefer it.
Storm Ketchum may not be from Avon originally, but he has adopted the town as his home and has lived there for the past three years. Ketch owns a house in an area that a local developer has big plans for. He has offered to buy Ketch's house and land but
Ketch does not want to sell his house which he has nicknamed "Port Starbird."
Most of the other homeowners have sold and the developer is not happy about Ketch being a holdout. He has threatened to use the law of "imminent domain" to take the house away from him if Ketch will not agree to sell.
Ketch dislikes the shady developer and has suspicions that he may have murdered both of his wives. But, suspicions are not facts.
Ketch has a plan. If he cannot save his home from being ripped out from under him, then he will make sure that he draws attention to the corruption of the law and the misuse of "Imminent Domain" by greedy politicians and developers.
Ketch's plan seemed fairly easy in the beginning, but when he stumbles upon some illegal activity he has a decision to make.
To complicate his life even further, throw in a love interest, some illegal toxic waste dumping, blackmail attempts, murder, missing wives and a girlfriend who may have something to hide.
This book is full of colorful and lovable characters. Jack the dog comes across as the perfect pet and anyone who has ever had a loyal pet will fall in love with him.
This book is a great Spring or Summer read. You cannot help but imagine yourself sitting out on Ketch's deck enjoying the quiet summer night with a glass of wine. I found the conclusion a bit far-fetched, but it is fiction, so anything is possible.
I was entertained and I look forward to finding out whats next for our hero; Storm Ketchum.
I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars for the story and 5 out of 5 stars for the narration.
A mystery of a likable normal person who is forced to become a unintentional private eye. Set on the beautiful Outer Banks, with bad guys, a love interest and a red herring! I thoroughly recommend and can't wait to listen to the next in the series!
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
Probably not! I thought the story was enjoyable but I felt it took to long to really get going. I did not find the characters that memorable. To be honest I won't be thinking about this book again after I finish this review. Don't know that I would want to listen to other books in the series either.
I think the captain was my favorite character. He's just an old sea dog, gruff sometimes but loveable.
Not for me it doesn't need a follow up. I wouldn't listen to it.
DJ Holte was a good choice for the narrator. He really made the book for me. I was not overly impressed with the story and probably would not have finished listening to it if it had been a different narrator.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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