MYSTERY, HISTORY, AND ADVENTURE ON THE OUTER BANKS
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.
If you're pining for John D. MacDonald and Travis McGee, Storm 'Ketch' Ketchum might be your guy. Like Hemingway's Old Man, he reveres his island and the sea; but unlike Santiago, he doesn't fish - and despite his solitary nature, he and his boatyard friends find themselves embroiled in coastal intrigue more often than not. If you read the Hardy Boys series as a kid; if you're a fan of the Outer Banks lore of David Stick, Judge Charles Whedbee, or Ben Dixon MacNeill; or if an ecological and literary juxtaposition of Barbara Kingsolver, Randy Wayne White, Jimmy Buffett, and Carl Hiaasen might float your boat, you should enjoy the Storm Ketchum Adventures.
"The diction of the piece makes it incredibly clear that our narrator has that sort of comfortable Southern drawl that every fantastic storyteller adopts when spinning a tall tale... Explore this novel for yourself and prepare to be enthralled by its outrageous twists and turns and subtle endorsement of preservation. While it's primarily a fantasy, The Port Fee has some very real underpinnings. Be sure to check out the previous two novels in this adventurous series that details the trials and tribulations of Storm Ketchum!" - 5-Star Red City Review