Keith Gave is the author of three books: The Russian Five (March 2018), Vlad The Impaler (April 2022)  and A Miracle of Their Own (October 2022). The works cap an eclectic work career that included lengthy stints as solder, spy, newspaperman, radio host, TV analyst, publicist, teacher and college newspaper adviser and filmmaker – all before he set out to write book.

Gave spent six years in the United States Army as a Russian linguist working for the National Security Agency during the Cold War, including three years in West Berlin when it was surrounded by a wall. Nothing could have better prepared him for a career as a sports writer covering hockey for the Detroit Free Press. That’s when he experienced the cloak-and-dagger assignment of his career; on a covert mission to Helsinki, Finland, he passed along messages to two young Soviet hockey players who would eventually lead the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup summit for the first time in 42 years.

That experience led to two books: The Russian Five, A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage (March 2018); and Vlad The Impaler, More Epic Tales from Detroit 1997 Stanley Cup Conquest (April 2022). His third book, A Miracle of Their Own, A Team, A Stunning Gold Medal and Newfound Dreams for American Girls (October 2022) was written with co-author Tim Rappleye.

A best-seller, The Russian Five also won the Notable Book Award from the State of Michigan Library in 2018.

Gave’s IMDB profile lists credits as writer/producer on the award-winning documentary film, ‘The Russian Five’ and appearance in ‘Tough Guy, The Bob Probert Story.’

A native of suburban Detroit, Gave’s news career has spanned more than 40 years, including assignments with The Associated Press (Chicago Bureau), the Detroit Free Press and the Dallas Morning News, where his editors nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. More recently, he spent nearly 20 years as a college English and journalism instructor before “retiring” to write books.

He lives in Northern Michigan, where he continues to write and serve as a part-time sports director for Grayling/Traverse City-based Blarney Stone Broadcasting – when he’s not sneaking off to cast a fly to the trout on his home waters of the AuSable River.