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Key West Connection (Dusky MacMorgan #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,101 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
“When it comes to creating push-the-limits plots and loathsome bad guys” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), Randy Wayne White is a master. This is the New York Times bestselling author at his vintage best—a violent plunge into the depths of the Gulf Stream as one man’s vengeance becomes another’s worst nightmare.... Ex–Navy SEAL Dusky MacMorgan survived a military hell only to fin ...more
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published (first published February 1981)
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Tracy
Jan 20, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a suspenseful quick read. I liked the main character a lot. He was one of those unbelievable hot guys who also was a tough guy(Navy Seal) and a devoted husband, father and friend. The author did a wonderful job with his descriptions of the Key West area and the diving experiences. He explained about becoming a Navy Seal and the expertise that provided him survival skills during the Vietnam war. He continued to use his abilities to survive and kill going after ruthless drug runners ...more
Patricia
Dusky MacMorgan is a happy man, at least as happy as a recent Vietnam vet who worked Special Ops as a Navy SEAL can be. He has a beautiful wife and twin sons who love him dearly. He has his best friend from Nam working as a fishing guide on the same island. He has a commercial fishing boat that suits him perfectly. He has exactly what makes him happy – until he doesn’t have anything left but his boat.

Dusky’s first step into Hell occurs when his best friend is murdered at sea by drug runners inte
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Joe  Noir
This book is really a lot of fun, but it is pure pulp. The first book in one of those neo-pulp men’s adventure series that sprang up in the 70’s and 80’s. Written at the request of an editor at Signet who provided Randy Wayne White with a template for the protagonist. With additional thought White came up with: a young circus trapeze artist, part of a family act, knew Hemingway in Key West, orphaned, lied about his age to join the Navy, joined the SEAL’s, saw combat in Vietnam, and married the w ...more
Scott Rachui
Jun 03, 2013 Scott Rachui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Randy Wayne White started his stories about Doc Ford (and Tomlinson...who can forget him?), he wrote a series of men's adventure stories under the name Randy Striker. Due to White's popularity, they have been reproduced under his real name, and this book is the first of that series.

Set in the Keys, these books don't have quite the feel that his later novels do. But you can still sense the developing talents of Randy Wayne White. The story is more action-oriented, and the pacing is closet
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Book Lady
White's first book, published under the name Randy Striker in 1981. In a 2006 Introduction, White says he wrote the book in 9 days, using "obvious cliches", as job-of-work for Signet publishing. This story began a 7 book series about Dusky MacMorgan. Even as a self-proclaimed "formula" adventure story, I think it is a decent read.

My real interest is in the foreshadowing of elements that are later part of the Doc Ford novels. Also, I was surprised to find out that White published 11 other books
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Patricia
Jan 25, 2017 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love ALL of Randy Wayne White Books-even the early written one by Randy Striker- takes you to the Keys and West Coast of FL by boat! Living like we want to - like it used to be....
David Ward
Key West Connection (Dusky MacMorgan #1) by Randy Wayne White writing as Randy Stryker (Signet Books 1981) (Fiction - Mystery). Written by Randy Wayne White under the pseudonym "Randy Stryker", the author has created Dusky MacMorgan, a 1950's and 1960's style Private Eye who always gets the girl and who avenges all wrongs. In this inaugural tale, cocaine pirates kill Dusky's pal, and then they kill his wife and twin sons, but never fear: Dusky's on the case! Dusky is created in the mold of Travi ...more
Jennifer H
The reason I liked this book was the forward by the author. I liked that he wrote it fast and knew that, yeah, maybe it wasn't super but he finished it and the publisher liked it. I think for any aspiring writer, one of the hardest things to get past is feeling like the writing it too cliche or been done before. So his forward was pretty nice.

And this book is hilarious! No on purpose, but the utter outrageousness of the main character is great. He's so manly, so smart, so strong, etc. Women are
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Ed
Jan 31, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#1 in the Dusky MacMorgan series. The debut novel of a 7 book series written by Randy Wayne White as Randy Striker. These paperback original action novels were published over the course of 1981-2. Dusky is an ex-SEAL who is recruited as a part time government agent.

Dusky MacMorgan seeks to avenge the murder of his best friend and finds the man behind the murder was their hated OIC from Viet Nam, Lt Ellsworth. An attempt on Dusky's life kills his wife and twin sons. An old CIA contact, Stormin' N
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Sherri F.
For this book being over 30 years old and the author not so happy with this earlier work, parly b/c he was hired for abt 6 book in a series for setting, characters and some history chose for him. However, the storyline/plot, characters, etc. are all really good even if some are a lil cliche. Any points the book would lose for it being his very early learning work, he gets back b/c it's nice, short, sweet, to-the-point (230 pgs), which I really like at times. I don't mind a longer book at times, ...more
Cat
Jan 16, 2015 Cat rated it liked it
As an author's first title, it's clear to see what his publisher saw when she first read his draft. White is a gifted author who has a knack for descriptions that make you feel like you're there. You don't have to enjoy the story to appreciate his prose.

The plot had promise, but fell a bit flat at the end. The story became a bit predictable, and unbelievable as well.

If you read White's intro, you'll find him to be candid about how quickly the book was written, and his feelings about his first
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Keith Howard
Aug 08, 2013 Keith Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book to read on the beach, especially in SW Florida as it is filled with tons of local color. Although the characters are rather shallow, it is a good story line. Makes you want to read the next book in the series. Be sure to read the author's Introduction. This is the first book (circa 1981) written by Randy Wayne Write (writing as Randy Striker) and is the beginning of a prolific career.
Jeff Dickison
The first, and the worst, of the Dusty MacMorgan series. While this is fast-paced and sometimes exciting, it is also quite amateurish. In his forward Striker (White) admits to writing it in just 9 days, and it really shows. Recommended only to fans of fast-paced, shoot 'em up, blow em' up books.
Southern_man
Jun 04, 2014 Southern_man rated it it was ok
This is the first book that Randy Wayne White wrote. So if you are into the author and want to read everything he wrote, read it. Otherwise I would skip it. This book is about nothing but fighting and the character getting lucky.
Linda
Jan 01, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a young writer, Randy Wayne White was pretty good (if you can get past the one-man-army hero....or in this case, one-man-navy hero). Lots of fast-moving action which keeps you reading. I much prefer his later series, but this one is a fun read.
Kathleen
Jun 30, 2015 Kathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
one of his earlier books in order to survive but not well written
Bonnie
Dec 30, 2011 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure how I was going to like going back in time to his books prior to the Doc Ford Series....but I loved this.
Dan
Apr 16, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AKA Randy Wayne White
Fred
Feb 29, 2008 Fred marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
2006
Jack Alexander
Jan 25, 2017 Jack Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good waterborne one-man-vengeance story.
Jim Felton
Apr 03, 2012 Jim Felton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. This is a quick action oriented read. I plan to read the next in the series.
Jeff Kleespie
Feb 10, 2016 Jeff Kleespie rated it liked it
Good but confusing

The story was good but the it jumped around to much. I don't understand sex scenes with a man who just lost his wife and kid's. No need for it.
Linda
Jan 20, 2016 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much violence.
Peggy
Jun 17, 2009 Peggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a writer has to start somewhere, right?
Paul W
Jan 19, 2015 Paul W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just love the Doc Ford series. If you have or wish to spend anytime on the west coast of Florida, these are all great reads. Fun, but full of FL tidbits that most of us are unaware of.
Billy
Jul 30, 2010 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this series.
Lori
This one was just OK, had trouble getting into the story line.
Donna Fowler
Jun 16, 2014 Donna Fowler rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. You can tell that the author was lacking experience but it was an action packed book and kept my attention and I could see the future author he became.
Cathi
Nov 27, 2016 Cathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's just like a Bruce Willis movie.
Nancy
Aug 18, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Nancy 5 stars; Ron xx stars
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