The Port Fee: A Storm Ketchum Adventure : Storm Ketchum Adventures

  • by Garrett Dennis
  • Narrated by Ward Paxton
  • Series: Storm Ketchum Adventures
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Kayceen

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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- Dominique

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2016
  • Publisher: TBD Press