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Trove Books: Adventures in Fiction

Trove Books publishes tales of magic, adventure, suspense and romance. Trove is the publishing home of fantasy and adventure author Dan McGirt, creator of the Jason Cosmo fantasy adventure series and the Jack Scarlet adventure series.

Trove also publishes romance novels by international bestselling author Andrea Parnell.

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Ken McKea
Latest book: Cuban Dagger. Published August 19, 2012. (5.00 from 1 review)

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  • The Rumors Swirling About James Patterson (Story) on Oct. 23, 2010

    Ever wonder how bestselling author James Patterson churns out so many new books so fast? The truth is revealed in this witty exposé. It is pretty much the way I always imagined it. See for yourself...
  • Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins on Feb. 23, 2011

    An exciting beginning to this excellent series. Three fast-moving novellas introduce the Spinward Fringe universe and a cast of fascinating characters whose adventures will keep you eagerly clicking to the next page. Great action and intrigue, and a story that keeps surprising you until the very last page. My only warning is that if you read this free download you'll find yourself compelled to buy the rest of the series.
  • Spinward Fringe Broadcast 5: Fracture on March 11, 2011

    Previous entries in the ongoing Spinward Fringe saga had the sprawling feel of a classic Edgar Rice Burroughs yarn, with several groups of characters having independent (though interrelated) adventures scattered across various ships and planets, but ultimately converging (at least those who survive). Lalonde changes up the pace with Broadcast 5: Fracture. It is a faster read than the last couple of outings. Though characters do split up, the action is tight and focused, covering one very hectic day in the life of the rogue ship Triton. If Spinward Fringe were a series on the Channel-Formerly-Known-As-SciFi, Fracture could be this week's episode: "The crew of the badly damaged Triton respond to a distress signal and come to the aid of an isolated space station under assault by raiders. But all is not as it seems in the Ossimi Ring." We get great action and problem-solving, several key character relationships advance, and there is a new development in the larger plot that promises more trouble ahead for the Triton crew. I'm definitely tuning in next week!
  • The Dancer in the Dark on Sep. 01, 2011

    Proving that the South can be every bit as haunted by creeping horrors and deep mysteries best left buried as H.P. Lovecraft's New England, Fuller and Strickland bring the Cthulhu mythos down to Georgia in a well-crafted and suspenseful tale. Certain passages echo the prose of the pallid gentleman from Providence, and there is the obligatory reference to the Necronomicon, but this is not a Lovecraft pastiche. Rather, a worthy expansion of the mythos into new territory that also stands on its own. Readers who don't know an Old One from Old Spice will still enjoy this story as a creepy period tale of terror. The vivid characters are far more warmly drawn and well-rounded than Lovecraft ever managed. The pace is brisk, the tension taut, the stakes high. (And if you happen to be familiar with the Georgia setting, you'll enjoy all the nice local touches!)
  • The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Russia on May 08, 2013

    An informative compilation of useful information about life in Russia (past and present) including many details that Western (or other non-Russian) writers are apt to get wrong. The writing style is engaging, like a conversation with a friend. From the description, I expected the book would cover contemporary and Soviet-era Russia, but is also dispels myths about life in earlier epochs. Typos and formatting errors were numerous enough to be annoying -- the text could use another good copy edit. But in all, this is a useful and informative reference for a writer who wants to set a story in Russia and get the facts right. I especially appreciate the many links to additional online resources.
  • Atlanta Bones on May 22, 2013

    Atlanta Bones is a gripping, gritty, down in the muck mystery. Jim Dallas is a compelling character, an ex-cop with a tragedy in his past who takes on a case with too many loose ends. Author Ken McKea clearly knows the Florida Keys, where much of the action takes place, and makes you feel the sweat as Dallas keeps tugging at those threads he should probably leave alone. Every character has an angle, and when you think you know what's up -- that's exactly when the truth slugs you from behind! An excellent, entertaining tale.
  • Cuban Dagger on June 18, 2013

    Another enjoyable outing with ex-cop Jim Dallas and his partner in crime-solving, Sam Lyons, following their introduction in Atlanta Bones. (You don't have to read book 1 to enjoy Cuban Dagger -- but you should!) This time the daughter of a wealthy Miami businessman has gone missing on a Caribbean holiday -- is she a runaway, a kidnap victim, or worse? For the first half of the book Dallas and Lyons work the case and gather the clues, along with a few injuries. As usual, no one is telling the full truth. At the mid-point, I was worried we were veering into James Bond territory. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Bond fan, but that wasn't the story I was expecting. This proved to be a clever feint by author McKea. The ending was gritty and bloody and satisfying for this reader...if not for all the characters.