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Author of the novels STRAW MAN, FEVER, GRAY, BLACK, and WHITE.


The Firebrand Trilogy
WHITE - Book Three

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GRAY - Book One
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BLACK - Book Two
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In The Press


Review of BLACK by Jim Christina - Former Host of LA Talk Radio's Writer's Block

"Black is not only a continuation (of GRAY) but a hell of a story in its own right. David outdid himself and if you read Gray, then you NEED to read Black... Clean writing, terrific dialogue and unique tight storytelling are the hallmarks of David's will not be disappointed."

Kirkus Review of GRAY

"Kettlehake refrains from filling each chapter with gory scenes reminiscent of World War Z, instead showing Scout, Lord, and their cohorts in a distinctly human light... A stylish and compassionate tale..." 


"Still reading this book by this relatively unknown author, and love it so far. Great characters and strong plot with action and love interest. I look forward to picking it up every night for my few minutes of reading time that I have available. Definitely worth buying for the price."


"Fever kept me turning page after page and not going to bed as early as I should. Loved all of the details about the jungle adventure. Felt like I was right there in the village at times! Anxiously awaiting David's next book."


"How can you define loss?" Blog post on the Brother Mockingbird website

Always Agnes: Mickey Dubrow in conversation with David Kettlehake

Malaprop's Bookstore's recorded event. Dave Kettlehake interviews Mickey Dubrow, author of Always, Agnes, a YA novel of time-travel, the love a daughter has for her mother, and what that daughter will do to save her mother's life. 

Recorded on August 2, 2023.  Click here


Jim Christina and Richard Paolinelli of LA Talk Radio's Writer's Block catch up with David Kettlehake as they discuss BLACK, the sequel to GRAY, and the fact that Richard read the two books out of sequence - and it actually worked. Jim didn't think BLACK could be better than GRAY, whereas Richard thought just the opposite. It was time well spent with these fine folks. 

Recorded on November 11, 2021.  Click here.


Listen to David Kettlehake and hosts Jim Christina and Bobbie Jean Bell of LA Talk Radio's Writer's Block as they discuss writing, the novel GRAY, and their conclusion that the writing style is reminiscent of something penned by the great Alfred Hitchcock.  
Recorded on September 24, 2020.  Click here.


Check out this 15 minute interview between David Kettlehake and Linda Thompson of The Authors Show. Linda opens with the line, "Every now and then we come across a book for young adults that captures the attention of everyone. Such is the science fiction novel GRAY."  And it just gets better from there. Please give it a listen. 
Recorded on December 7, 2020.  Click below. 
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Following the completion of WHITE, the final book of the Firebrand Trilogy, my publisher asked me to write a short blog regarding loss and how it relates to my characters and their world now that the series is over. It's a fun, two minute read. Posted on October 9, 2023.  Click here
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David Kettlehake’s fascination with reading began at a very young age. And even though money was tight when he was growing up, his parents neer said no to books.


He still vividly remembers reading under the covers at night with a flashlight, while listening for the footfalls of his parents telling him (for the last time!) to go to sleep.


The first book he ever checked out of a library was Robert A. Heinlein’s  Rocket Ship Galileo, back in elementary school. But as often as not, he could be found reading an Alistair MacClean thriller, or horror short stories from H.P. Lovecraft. Other science fiction and fantasy novels came later, and even now the books he picks up are from genres all across the board.

For the most part, his protagonists are average people caught up in events outside their control, forcing them to overcome their own fears and shortcomings in order to succeed…or survive.

He deeply believes that reading should be fun and pleasurable, and that when you finish one of his books you breathe a deep, satisfied sigh, and wish there were just a few more pages.


David and his wonderful wife Lisa have three terrific kids, Nikki, Aaron, and Ian. and three awesome granddaughters. He and his wife live in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. They love traveling here and abroad and seeing the world, which is why his stories tend to gravitate outside of the U.S.


His third novel, the YA dystopian thriller GRAY, was released in September of 2020. 


BLACK, the sequel to GRAY and the second book in the Firebrand Trilogy, was released in October of 2021.

The Firebrand Trilogy concludes with WHITE, due out November 3rd, 2023. The Trilogy is published by Brother Mockingbird Publishing.

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For inquiries, please contact Melissa Carrigee at Brother Mockingbird Publishing at Or feel free to contact me directly at 513-623-7060,

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