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The Port Fee: A Storm Ketchum Adventure

Narrated by: Ward Paxton
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Engaging and quirky mystery, history, and adventure!

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.

©2016 Garrett Dennis (P)2016 Garrett Dennis

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Combines mystery, history, and action

I have vacationed in the beautiful Outer Banks, N.C. area and I got this book, which takes place there, to reconnect with it. I gave 5 stars for the story which is about finding sunken treasure and what happens to the characters that find it. Ketch and his family and friends seem to do a marvelous job of proving that money can't buy happiness. The author, Garrett Dennis, used to live there and brings a lot of the area's history to life, which I appreciated. And there is an otherworldly element that is both spooky and humorous. I got the audiobook version narrated by Ward Paxton, whose casual style fits the book nicely. I loved the voice he does for the fishing boat captain. There is an environmental message in the book, which I really liked because it gives hope that the area will remain unspoiled.

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Captivating Book

Would you listen to The Port Fee: A Storm Ketchum Adventure again? Why?

Am not much into listening to any book moire than once, but I could see me pulling it up at some future date and listening again because it was a captivating read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Port Fee: A Storm Ketchum Adventure?

the accident after they first discovered the gold bars

What about Ward Paxton’s performance did you like?

Had trouble at first deciding the age of hero because he sounded much older than he actually was but I became more accustomed to his voice as I listened and got into the story. Everything else was good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

would have liked to, but needed to take breaks and was always anxious to get back into it

Any additional comments?

I freely received this audio book from, the author, narrator, or publisher and am freely offering my unbiased opinion .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Creepy, Interesting, and Very Good

I love the ocean and I love mysteries. This wonderful book kind of reminds my of a Treasure Island/Kidnapped book but set in a more modern environment. If you know the Outerbanks, you'll enjoy the history and locations. I loved the narrator's take on the story and it was never without a dull moment. I enjoyed the book and look forward to more from the author and narrator.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Prepare to pay the port fee!

The Port Fee was a fun story that puts me in the mood to take a trip to the coast and eat seafood and smell the briny air. After reading this story, out of order, unfortunately, I'm now interested in reading the first two stories that preceded it. Even out of order, I'm able to enjoy a story in any order I read it, or in this case, listen to it.

Past mystery, part history, the book doesn't take itself too seriously, which I liked, and it had fun with itself when some kids who found some dead bodies on the beach thought they were Zombies. I almost wish the adults would have messed with the kids a little and reminded them that if they were Zombies, they'd be going after them, groaning, "Braaaaains!" But I like the idea of messing with fictional little kids, so there you have it.

I don't like giving away parts of the story in my reviews, so I will just say that the performance was chill but strong and the story, while not super tight, was still satisfying overall.

The narrator, Ward Paxton, had the authoritative voice of a teacher (in a good way) that made me believe the facts and stories he told. If you ever had a teacher who told you really good stories and who made you believe things and want to hear more, then that's who I compare this narrator to. I'm going to seek out other titles he has written.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review."

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Mystery in the Outer Banks

Another great story by Garrett Dennis. Mystery and danger with some history woven in!! Love the narrator Ward Paxton especially when he sings Storm's songs!!

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Loved to listen to this book.

This is a good thriller/detective story. The story and narration work well together. The characters are fun to get to know. I received this audiobook for free and voluntarily reviewed.

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A Great Listen

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher and found it very entertaining. The characters are well written with unique personalities. The plot moved at a good pace with lots of suspense. The trivia that was added about the area and history, I found very interesting. I really enjoyed this book and I'll check out the early books by this author.

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Listen to the Sea Hag!

I received the audiobook for this in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the story. The narrator had a laid-back voice, fitting the scenario of the story. Set on an island off North Carolina (I believe), it's a story about buried treasure and intrigue, with a bit of supernatural added to it.

Storm Ketchum, his family and some friends are wandering around the island when the kids discover a couple of dead bodies and pirate gold.  This intrigues Ketch and his girlfriend, Carrie, and they decide to go looking for pirate treasure off the coast of the island.  But the bad guys also want the gold and will stop at nothing to keep if for themselves.  

This is a slow moving story, fitting the idea of island life.  There are some references to early books in the series (this is the third title) that help somewhat with knowing the characters, but sometimes not.  I'm of two minds about author's recapping previous series' information.  It can be really irritating if the reader has read all the books, but helpful if they haven't.  I found that there wasn't necessarily all the information needed to keep me a little confused about some information.  However, I enjoyed the story and plan on reading the other two books.  

The characters were colourful, there was some misdirection (at least to me, see comment above) as to who the bad guy was, and some tense moments.  I won't give away the ending, listen or read for yourself.  

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Outer Banks of N. Carolina Cozy Mystery

If you could sum up The Port Fee: A Storm Ketchum Adventure in three words, what would they be?

EVOLVING MYSTERY with a bit of SUPERNATURAL.

What did you like best about this story?

It's an easy, laid back pace of a mystery that takes place in a an easy, laid back location.

Which scene was your favorite?

I got pulled in dutifully ng the early opening of the story. The kids finding "zombies" and the gold coins. There's a mystery, there are beautiful locations. I haven't read other entries in the series but the characters are interesting too. Just don't expect edge of your seat but it's still worth the listen.

Any additional comments?

This is very laid back story, be patient though. It is entertaining. A beach read possibly.

Ward Paxton does a good job with the characterizations and pace of the story. Easy listening.

Thanks for the opportunity to review it!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.

Thank you Mr. Paxton!

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Nice mystery with a dash of the supernatural

I listened to The Port Fee out of order, and it would have definitely helped to listen to the previous books before. It was an enjoyable mystery anyway. I especially liked the mysterious lady talking with the kids. Ketch is a likeable character and Ward Paxton is a great narrator, so I can see myself getting hold of the other books too. Gotta Google Earth Outer Banks now. It seems like a lovely place.

My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.