Welcome to Deep Cove

Rated 4.79/5 based on 14 reviews
Vellian Mysteries Book 1. Welcome to Deep Cove follows Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle as they attempt to make it in the real world. Garrett has finally received his P.I. papers and he and Merle must undertake a case for a notorious gangster in order to pay their bills.

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781310039157
About Grant T. Reed

Grant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing, working contract jobs, and exploring the lakes in his backyard of Canada . He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan.


Review by: Wes To on June 30, 2014 :
Right off the bat, I’ll be honest: I’m not really that much into fantasy. I’m also not much for mystery novels. I’m a fair-weather, casual fan of both. I like the basis for the genres, but I generally leave it up to others to tell me what’s good before I invest a lot of my time into it. The two genres as a whole usually bore me because it’s a lot of the same old, rehashed content. I think that, in and of itself, fed into my fascination with this book. It’s such a strange take on fantasy and mystery, mixing in a lot of humor and eccentric, eclectic style that really sets it apart from the rest of the crowd. There’s also a lot of memorable, fleshed-out characters, and an interesting plot, which are generally lacking in a fantasy genre that is so quick to jump to played-out archetypes and to rely on the usual tropes. I really enjoyed the novel, and would recommend it to fans of any of the constituent genres.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sofia Winters on June 23, 2014 :
I really like the cover of this book, and when I got into it, I loved the book even more. Welcome to Deep Cove (Vellian Mysteries Book 1) by Grant T. Reed is a not only well, but intelligently written mystery done by an author with a true talent for unfolding the story in a way that sucks you in, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and has you dying to finish it to see the plot completely laid out. I didn’t want to put this book down and completed it in one sitting. The characters are also well thought out and you will find yourself completely involved in their lives. This was just all around a wonderful read and way to escape life a bit! I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ohvanessa on June 13, 2014 :
This was such a fun read! The Deep Cove brings aspects of some of my favorite books cohesively into one adventure. I loved all the characters and friendship that was built. Reed does an excellent job creating such a real world, you never question the validity of there being so many creatures in one place. I started reading on the morning of my day off and ended up not getting anything else done because I wanted to see what happened next.

The only drawback to the book is that it's digital. Reed created characters that I would love to revisit on dog-eared pages. Definitely recommend!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sandra Lopez on June 04, 2014 :
The first thing that struck me about Garrett Willigins was: he has a dragon—a dragon named Merle? Mmm…. And he talks, too!

The pair was kind of like an odd couple, like the roommates on the comic strip, The Duplex, and the two were set in a scene straight from King Arthur’s court. Knights, kings, goblins, and princesses are all things you’ll expect to find in this book.

I’m not that much into fantasy, but what encouraged me to try this book was that it dabbled in the mystery genre, even though I couldn’t figure out why there would be a private investigator in King Arthur’s court when they had wizards to do the bidding. This story presented a light-hearted dialogue with humorous quips; however, my interest was deterred by the complexity of the plot. There also may have been a few too many characters to keep track of. Percy, Pacorro, Don Fergani, Omik, Kaxaun—who can remember these? If I can’t say the name, I usually don’t remember it.

And I honestly couldn't quite understand the need to work at a fisherman's dock.

I trudged on until about a quarter of the way before I stopped all together. I just didn't get it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ryan Regal on May 29, 2014 :
There is something brewing in Deep Cove, and there’s no better people to figure it out than the private investigator Garrett, a dragon named Merle, and their robotic friend, PC. This book is a delightful surprise that seriously injects some fun and humor into the fantasy genre, and Welcome to Deep Cove has enough action, suspense, and laughs that it could satisfy even the most discerning reader.

First of all, the author’s descriptions are incredible. They really suck you into the world of Deep Cove, and little of it seems to be there without reason. Most of the description piggybacks into character development or exposition that actually furthers the story, and that which doesn’t illuminates the scenery in a veil of imagination that is living, breathing, and undeniably realistic despite the fantastic subject matter.

The characters in this story are memorable. I especially loved the dragon, Merle. His laugh-out-loud antics and dubious wit combined with snark makes him lovable in addition to providing comic relief to the story.

My favorite aspect of Grant Reed’s setting has to be the way that he effortlessly combines the fantastic with modern day ideas and subject matter. Dragons, kings, robots, and crime families can all be found in Deep Cove, and they are unabashedly interconnected in a world that has been brought to life by excellent diction.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy novels, especially the young adult demographic. However, I’d also lend this book to friends who like lighthearted adventure stories, and more. There’s something in this book for everyone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Lucas on May 16, 2014 :
What do you get when you put together a private investigator, a robot who gets offended when being mistaken for a golem, and a sarcastic little dragon? A one-of-a-kind adventure with the most interesting characters you’ll ever come across! Grant Reed’s contemporary fantasy novel, Welcome to Deep Cove, is refreshing, witty, and highly-entertaining.

The story revolves around Garrett Willigins, who has a lot to prove as a private investigator. He’s just gotten his P.I. badge, and he needs cases to bring in the bucks, with the help of his dragon named Merle, and a robot quite aptly named PC. First off, I’ve never encountered such an adorably snarky dragon before. Typically when you hear about a book with dragons, the dragon is considered either a villain like Smaug in The Hobbit, beasts you ride into battle like Saphira in Eragon, or just fantastic creatures that are best secretly admired from a distance like the Hungarian Horntails in the Harry Potter series.

So it’s refreshing to encounter the smart-ass, adult magazine-reading, brightly-colored dragon that is Merle. The chemistry between him and Garrett as partners and friends is undeniable, and it might be wrong to ship a dragon and a human, but there you go. Also, the kinds of quests in which they find themselves are nothing short of incredible, from chasing cats to solving murders.

Moreover, Reed’s writing style is like close-up shots in a movie instead of long-range shots. You can imagine every scene so vividly that you will get lost in the story immediately within the first few pages. When PC finds himself facing Stoneman, you can almost sense his panic as he tries frantically how to beat the massive chap. Admittedly, you’ll find yourself torn between empathizing with and laughing at PC, but I won’t spoil that part for you.

But I must warn you. You need to take necessary precaution when reading this book in public because people might think you’re crazy for laughing out loud on your own. The book is both fun and funny, and you’ll finish it within a few hours.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh and an enjoyable adventure. Personally, I can’t wait to get started on Reed’s next book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Psmith81 on May 14, 2014 :
Welcome to Deep Cove is an engrossing and hilarious book. Garrett and his mini-dragon Merle are vibrant characters and Merlin is someone I definitely would want to spend time with.

I look forward to reading more in the Deep Cove Series. Its absolutely fantastic.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Janja K on May 13, 2014 :
Great & entertaining read!

“Welcome to deep cove” is great and entertaining fantasy story about Garrett Willigins and his miniature dragon Merle. It is captivating fantasy telling with interesting plot, many twists and turns, likeable characters, with a lot of action, adventure, suspenseful moments and much more - so everything what you expect from any good fantasy. Overall, the story is well written, entertaining, exciting and great to read. I recommend it to any fan of fantasy stories, both young and adult readers!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa White on May 12, 2014 :
This book is about Garrett and his tiny pet Dragon Merle. I have to say that first off... Merle is someone I want to hang with... coffee drinking, newspaper reading and pouring beer all down a lady's cleavage so he can slurp it up.... love the little dragon :)

Garrett has money problems in the beginning of the story, so Merle and Garrett are forced to take jobs that really have nothing to do with being a private investigator.... like chasing down cats.

When Garrett is forced to work for a bad guy in town things start to get really good.

This leads to a tale of robots, talking animals, murder and mystery that had me clicking page after page with tons of laugh out loud moments. The characters are developed really well, and you can't help but giggle at all the antics of the robot PC and the dragon Merle.

This was a VERY fun book to read that never got boring... a roller coaster of mystery, fantasy and comedy that kept me in front of my computer long after I should have been asleep :) I can't wait to read all I can find by this author!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Angie Wilson on April 27, 2014 :
This is a very fun book which takes you on an adventure involving dragons. The book is well written with a fast-paced plot which has kept me glued to the book until the end. The author did a good job developing characters and the story is very fun and never gets boring. So glad I stumbled on this fantasy book, it is very unique and I read it one on sitting. Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Carol Cadoo on April 25, 2014 :
Puff the Magic Dragon Green With Envy in Honalee While These Two Frolic in Deep Cove
Puff the Magic Dragon green with envy in Honalee While These Two Frolic in Deep Cove
I want to start off this review by saying this book is a delight. At first glance I thought hmmm this sounds like a YA couldn’t be further from the truth. This was witty adult writing with a whimsical touch that in all honesty made me smile. This fanciful story involves a guy by the name of Garette it should be noted my youngest sons name that was a surprise LOL. His cohort in crime is a delightful character who happens to be a Dragon name Merlin.
Were it not for the medieval undertones you could almost hear the Murder She Wrote theme music in the background. I mean that in the nicest way to imply the pacing and development of the storyline and characters.
This book is the perfect first volume of a soon to be series, the characters are fleshed out and you just know each is going to get their own stand- alone volume. Personally I can’t wait to read each one of their stories. That is a tough thing to do with a new series, and I find often it fails miserably that is not the case here. The author has succeeded beautifully in tailoring a story that in my humble opine could be read and enjoyed by many demographics.
I am giving this five stars because of the detail and enjoyable read this book is, who knew that dragons could be so adorable. I will keep my eye out for Book two in the Vellian Mysteries series
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: emmaparker on April 20, 2014 :
An enjoyable and often roller-coaster ride with the enduring character Garrett Willigins and his miniature dragon partner Merle. A great book to forget your troubles and just immerse yourself in the story. This is book 1 of the Vellian Mysteries series and I can happily report author Grant T. Reed has delivered it superbly. A happy fun read for all.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: MichaelBeas on April 15, 2014 :
An amazing and captivating story of classic proportion!

This is one of those books that you simply will not be able to put down once you get started. I was completely enthralled with this original storyline and plot theme that swept me away to the tiny coastal town of Deep Cove. All of the characters are developed perfectly, my favorite being Garrett Willigins, who was made detective but is still trying to scrape two pennies together to make a living.

Words to describe this book are: Fun, Exciting, Thrilling, Suspenseful, Descriptive, and Captivating in an adventurous way that will leave you wanting more.

An extremely well writing tale that will have you going into work late the next day and leave you wanting more. I was saddened to see it come to and end and can assure you that it will engulf the imagination well after you are done reading.

5 Stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Michael on April 13, 2014 :
Captivating! Enthralling! Fascinating!

After plunging into the wonderfully colorful and bright world of the people of the imaginary little coastal town of Deep Cove, I’m back in the real world. The journey was fascinating, intense, full of intrigue, fun and jokes, and sometimes shocking – for it’s difficult to pin down Welcome to Deep Cove by Grant T. Reed to one particular genre. It has the slapstick humor in the best traditions of a P. G. Wodehouse novel, action – thrilling, edge-of-the-seat, nail biting, heroic action – straight out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, friendship, loyalty and camaraderie – as seen in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a fantastic story, told beautifully, in the best traditions of any of the classics. Completing the book leaves you on a high and a feeling of being happy with the world, imagining yourself to be one of its great heroes – the admirable Commander Rowgar, the intelligent Garrett or the snarky dragon Merle.

The plot is intricate, and while I’ll talk about it briefly, it’s best for other readers to go through the book and experience the wonderful twists and turns, and the splendid writing on their own. We are in an imaginary world of 2 warring nations, Vellia and Ponce, in an uncertain era, with robots and talking animals, dragons and ogres, but placed in a medieval period, with Machiavellian intrigues, plots and mysteries, brutal tortures and murders, hired assassins and mafia type gangs.

Our heroes, each of who have an independent storyline of their own, unrelated to each other, are the courageous, utterly fearless and selfless Commander Rowgar, who leads a failed mission to release Vellian POWs from a high security Poncean prison, and the charming, selfish, funny down on his luck Private Investigator Garrett – who is more than he appears, as we find out later in the book. We meet Garrett’s equally interesting friends, the cynical talking dragon with an acerbic wit, Merle and their manservant (just don’t call him that!), Who does their laundry and comically doubles up as a prize fighter, the robot P.C.........Merle and P.C completely own this book with their humor, although P.C’s humor is completely unintentional. There’s also a love interest (Garrett’s) in form of Coral. Garrett gets mixed up in gang wars, murders and mysteries by coming under the command of a cunning and shrewd small time Mafia don, Kline and we meet Kline’s very interesting henchmen, including the retarded giant Vic, the smart talking ogre Maury, the nice kid B.S and others.

Bottom line : The book is absolutely un-put-down-able, and the great news is that it’s only the first of a series. I’ll definitely pounce on the next book by the writer, Grant Reed.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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