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Gone (Hannah Smith #1)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  1,042 ratings  ·  211 reviews
OWhite takes a break from his "New York Times"-bestselling Doc Ford books to launch a new series starring Hannah Smith, one tough cookie first seen as a secondary character in White's "Captiva." Here, Smith is asked to find a missing girl.ON"Library Journal."
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Published September 4th 2012 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Scott I have to say no. I think it's hard to write about Florida in a novel way without crossing themes--unless you're Carl Hiaasen!

I met Randy a few years…more
I have to say no. I think it's hard to write about Florida in a novel way without crossing themes--unless you're Carl Hiaasen!

I met Randy a few years back, and I asked him about the JDM comparisons. He was upfront that they are out there. Hell, Doc Ford has even been compared to Doc from Cannery Row.

Hannah is not Travis, and the boat that was gifted to her is not the Busted Flush. (less)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay to everyone who like this I'm sorry. I tried. The idea sounded like a nice solid plot and the opening scene was a good one. The action of getting the boat back to shore and leaning on how well she knew the channels and so on was good.

But I have to say that our hero's body issues tended to overpower anything else in the book. I got so tired of the discussion of her poor history with men, how she'd only "flowered" recently and her wondering if now men stared at her because they liked what th
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Scott Soloff
Randy Wayne White has pulled off something that I consider extremely difficult, if not impossible. White has taken a minor character from his Doc Ford series and turned her into the central character in his latest outing, "Gone". That, however, was not the impossible part. What he has managed to accomplish is a female character, the lead nonetheless, and make her come across as authentic.

This is no small task. I read mysteries almost exclusively. They are the quintessential American art form. It
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Suzanne Fox
"The fact that Mrs. Whitney and I wore the same bra size—-34D—-had helped, too. It created a sisterly feeling…"

"Once I got the straps adjusted, the bra was such a soft pleasure, the way it held me…"

"...the lonely girl’s eyes move up the mirror where the woman spills out of her favorite 34D bra..."

“I had undone a third button, enough for him to see me spilling out of Mrs. Whitney’s 34D Chenille bra…”

Seriously? Seriously: Randy Wayne White is seriously smart and seriously entertaining, I seriously
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Michelle
I love this author, and would have recommended any of his books to friends in the past. In fact, I have recommended them. To date, his primary protagonist was a nature-loving marine biologist with decidedly Special Forces-like skills. This book launches a planned new series centered on Hannah, a minor character in an earlier book with a rich back-story intertwined in the history of the State of Florida. I had high hopes going into this book, since i had always enjoyed his other books. Unfortunat ...more
Katy
Feb 07, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of strong, smart, independent heroines, mystery/thriller/suspense stories, Doc Ford
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Shelves: vine-book
Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of thriller/mystery/suspense novels with a truly strong woman, not just a "spunky", stubborn, and usually actually fairly silly woman.
Trigger Warnings: (implied) rape, bully, sexual predator

My Thoughts: I’ve been trying to collect the Doc Ford books for awhile, but as luck would have it, this new book in his new Hannah Smith series is the one I’ve had the chance to read first. Now I’m more determined than ever to read th
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Jay Connor
Well, at least, Randy Wayne White kept the setting the same for his new series, featuring Hannah Smith. Captiva, Sanibel, Pine Island Sound and the rest of the south gulf coast of Florida can certainly support two series. Especially if written by the more than able White.

The key question is can his new lead character – Hannah Smith – do these locales justice?

Well, even with a slew of references to White’s previous central character, Doc Ford, and the ever-faithful Tomlinson, and the fact that
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Michael
Hannah Smith is a fishing guide in Florida. She inherited the business and a home from her uncle, Doc Ford. He was the father Hannah never had and she was the son, he never had.

Things are difficult, financially, for the fishing guide business. It's the end of the fishing season and Hannah understands that she'll probably have to get some kind of part-time job to pay the bills.

One of her wealthy fishing clients asks if she'd help find his niece, she isn't exactly missing but might be being held u
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Susan Johnson
It used to be that female sleuths were ex-police and now private detectives like Kinsey Milhone and VI Warshawski. They were hardened, athletic, loners and very professional. Now any line of work provides female detectives. There are chefs and caterers, knitters, herbal doctors and now a fishing boat captain that takes tourists out. And, oh yes, on the side she solves mysteries.

Randy Wayne White has a series of novels featuring Doc Ford in the western Florida Islands. He now has a female protagn
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Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
I love Randy Wayne White and Doc Ford. I wanted to love this book. I did not.

I have always thought White's weakness as an author was his female characters. That certainly is proven in Gone. Hannah 4 is filled with adolescent angst and doubts. She constantly worries about her "changing" body image. My God she is 30+ years old. Grow up already! I cannot see her as this tough fishing guide. If she is to be Doc Ford's love interest as appears from his latest book, she needs to mature. Is she smart
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Viccy
This is the start of a new series by Randy Wayne White, one of my favorite writers. I adore Marion Ford and his hippy side-kick, Tomlinson. Hannah Smith is the fourth woman of that name in her family. Her best friend, Nathan, calls her Four. She is a strong and formidable woman, like the women who came before her. She works as a fishing guide in Florida, but is hired by one of her clients to find his niece who has gone missing. Hannah discovers Olivia has been seduced by a con artist who preys o ...more
Ann
I can't recommend this one. I was disappointed throughout the book when both the actions and thoughts portrayed from the female point of view of the main character, Hannah Smith, felt clumsy and didn't ring true to me. While listening to an audio book I am a somewhat captive audience and usually finish a book I started; had this been print I would have been tempted to throw it across the room and highly likely to have not bothered to finish.
I expected better from Randy Wayne White, I enjoy the
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Eyehavenofilter
For once a fiercely independent female protagonist that I can put my money on, in a tight spot. Hannah is a force to be reconnect with for sure. Born and raised in the southern area of the Florida keys she knows all the ins and outs of the hidden waterways for sightseeing, and the best fishing areas, all taught to her by her father. She doesn't wear high heels or name brand duds, but she's single, likely to remain so, good looking and incredible intelligent and resourceful. She has taken over hi ...more
Paul
I was really looking forward to a new book by Randy Wayne White as I had to stop reading this author's previous series featuring Doc Ford, because the storylines became so farfetched. Little did I know the author would create a new series that is not even as good as the worst book in the last series? I received an early reviewer s copy of this book and even if the continuity problems are addressed, and they need to be as there are many, this book would never have seen the light of day if it had ...more
Melissa
It's been a long while since I've read a Doc Ford book, so I can't adequately compare White's previous novels to this one, but I do recall enjoying the Doc Ford series. Sadly, I'm not impressed with his attempt at a female protagonist.

I never felt that he truly got inside the mind of a woman. He wanted her tough, but sexy and she came off flighty instead. The lesbian tangents were completely unnecessary and is more male fantasy than the true thoughts that occupy a woman's mind. Not sure if White
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Rachel MacNaught
i'm not sure if this book is that rancid, really, it's just so unbelievably plodding and awkward i cannot imagine giving it the two stars to qualify it as 'okay'.
this guy.. wow, man. good on you, Randy White. you tried to make a female protagnist. now, you clearly only used the acting prior to a lowbudget porno as character reference, but you tried to even that playing field. and that's something, hilarious as the attempt was.
the protagonist started off okay. and when i reflect back on it, i r
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Margie
I loved it. It was very light and fun. The main character is a fishing tour guide slash private detective in Sanibelle and Captiva in Forida. Good memories vacationing there.
Gail Stewart rumsey
I am a huge fan of the Doc Ford series and had high expectations for a Hannah Smith book. Most of the book was very good but I got bored with Hannah's musings on her past and hang-ups and experienced frustration rather than gripping suspense during scenes where she was in eminent danger and wasted precious time talking with the woman she was rescuing and wrestling with her conscience. How a competent woman accidently loses her cell phone and her gun while tracking a homicidal maniac is beyond me ...more
Mary Ahlgren
The obsession with bra size running through the entire book was really bizarre.
Denoramae
I found the 3rd book as part of a give-away on Goodreads. As it sounded interesting, I went looking for the earlier Hannah Smith books. I am very glad I did.
Hannah 4, is from a long line of strong Florida women. Some of the earliest settlers in the Sanibel area, they have eked out a living on the land and Gulf. Sometimes it has only been pride and backbone that has kept the family going. Hannah 4, raised by an uncle and a crabby, uninvolved mother, is mostly a fishing guide, becomes a part-time
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Margaret
I read Gone to see how Randy Wayne White would portray a female heroine, Hannah Smith, and if she would be as appealing and interesting as Doc Ford. She is appealing and one of her interesting characteristics is being native Floridian with several generations of strong females named Hannah – she is the fourth and her best friend Nate calls her ‘Four.’ Her youth and emerging beauty combine with her experience as a charter fishing guide and love of the water to make her a very interesting characte ...more
Jennifer H
When I started reading this book, I first figured that the female lead character would turn out to be the usual kind written by a man's man writer. Then I realized that she was actually a bit more well rounded and realistic. I really wanted to like her, because I would like to consider myself to be a little more of a tomboy than a girly girl. But then the character went a little off the deep end for me, but I don't think that the author was too far off from describing some women. I see the bad r ...more
Lynette Barfield
I didn't like this book. As much as I like Randy Wayne White's books, this, in my opinion, was pathetic. Too much comparison to Hannah's aunts, too much about her ornery mother who had a stroke, too much information about the old timers, too much of everything except editing and plot and action. Doc Ford and Tomlinson barely mentioned. He needs to stick to what he does best. I thought this was a catastrophe. His name will sell it, but not for me..I really should take away a star.
Brette Sember
I love Doc Ford, so I was ready to love Hannah Smith. But I just didn't somehow. And I feel really disloyal saying that. She has potential and I might pick up the next one but I found myself skimming to just get to the end. Bringing in characters from the Doc Ford books just made me wish I was reading one of those instead. The whole thing felt flat to me. I couldn't identify with her in any way. I suppose I'm a terrible old stick in the mud to be so reluctant to accept the new character!
Randy Daugherty
Hannah Smith, tall, good looking though her looks came along later in life, and being tall and somehwat muscular from all her fishing does not attrack to many men. She is a capable and honest fishing guide, a business inherited from her uncle Jake, she also inherited his private investigatiob business, something he had encouraged her to take part in as having multiple income streams was a good idea.
Though he has been her client since her incle died, he has come to her for her other business skil
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Jim
The question is always: "what did you think?" I don't know. I started the book on a trip to Winfield and back then finished it in the hard copy. I do enjoy Randy Wayne White. I've read several of the Doc Ford novels. I became acquainted by chance, simply looking for mysteries/thrillers about Florida. I love the craziness of Dave Barry and especially Carl Hiaasen and the cast of characters. Randy White is tamer...but also fun. So along comes Hannah Smith (you meet her in an earlier Doc Ford book) ...more
Cyanemi
I found out that one of my favorite authors cannot write from a woman's point of view. He is either very sexist or just plain stupid. This one had a good plot but was horribly marred by Hannah's perception of her beauty or some man or woman's perception of her beauty. Ridiculous mess. His portrayal of alzheimers was way off and he this in the state where he should get plenty of experience with it.
Karen
Randy Wayne White writes mystery thrillers mostly set on the west coast of Florida in the Fort Myers-Sanibel-Captiva Island area. I have read mostly all of his Doc Ford series. Gone introduces another character, Hannah Smith, some of whose descendants (also named Hannah) appeared in his Doc Ford series. If you like action thrillers you will like this book. It is great "pleasure" reading.
Anne
Hannah Smith is not as compelling a character as Doc Ford in this debut but there is hope that she will grow in wits and strength. I am not fond of a "perils of Pauline" heroine in a female PI novel. Give me Kinsey Millhone or V.I. Warshawsky any time.
Jeanette
OK, but not a good as the Doc Ford series. I think White was trying too hard to "write like a woman." Doc Ford and the Rum Bar do show up in the story. Maybe the second in the series will be better. Not terrible, just not compelling.
Pattie
There are male authors who can write credibly from a woman's POV. Randy Wayne White is not one of them. Randy, honey, we all love Doc Ford, but if you're looking for a new protagonist, stick with the guys.
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Randy Wayne White (born 1950) is an American writer of crime fiction and non-fiction adventure tales. He has written best-selling novels and has received awards for his fiction and a television documentary. He is best known for his series of crime novels featuring the retired NSA agent Doc Ford, a marine biologist living on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida. White has
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Other Books in the Series

Hannah Smith (3 books)
  • Deceived (Hannah Smith, #2)
  • Haunted (Hannah Smith, #3)
Sanibel Flats (Doc Ford, #1) Deep Shadow (Doc Ford, #17) Captiva The Heat Islands (Doc Ford, #2) Ten Thousand Islands

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