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Night Vision (Doc Ford Mystery #18)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,392 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
Doc Ford is on a collision course with death in this extraordinary new novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Alot is going on in the trailer park known as Little Guadalajara, inhabited principally by illegal laborers. The park manager is the hired gun of a financial syndicate that wants to develop the property, and he's prepared to do whatever it takes-but he
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published February 2011)
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Jay Connor
Mar 19, 2011 Jay Connor rated it it was amazing
"Night Vision" is a good, not great, Doc Ford story. It is more violent and sexually graphic than more recent entries in the series and that cost it a star from the benchmark of last year's "Deep Shadow," which received four stars. Why then, you might ask, did I give "Night Vision" a seemingly incongruous five stars?


Carol and I started listening to "Night Vision" as we were leaving Captiva / Sanibel after another fantastic visit. Great company for our 7 hour drive. Since Doc Ford and th
Apr 20, 2011 Greg rated it did not like it
Another Doc Ford novel. Less of the "marine biology for novices" that attracted me to his series in the first place, and a little weird with the middle 70% of the book. Not as entertaining as others of his that I've read. I skipped quickly through most of it without really reading it for effect. I wouldn't recommend it.
Mike French
Dec 01, 2015 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can always expect a 4 or 5 star Doc Ford series book by Randy Wayne White and he didn't disappoint with "Night Vision"! Very enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish. I am looking forward to finding and reading books under the pen name Randy Striker.
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, audiobooks
A profound entry in a great series. The user reviews of the latest Doc Ford mystery have been overwhelmingly negative, for a classic ridiculous reason. Oh, you can read all the reasons contrary to what I'm going to say, but the reasons the reviews are negative is because Randy Wayne White expresses a religious faith through this narrative.

The action is slow but steady, and when a Nicaraguan teen girl who idolizes Joan of Arc is kidnapped by a steroid-manufacturing bodybuilder, whom sh
Kevin Beck
Mar 30, 2016 Kevin Beck rated it really liked it
An interesting story. Doc is up to his usual. Helping the good and punishing the bad.
Mar 24, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Again a book I would probably give 3.5 to except for the last 100 pages when it deserved a 5. I couldn't put it down until I was done. This is the first book I've read by this author. He has written 18 books in the series and I just read the newest. I'm going to read the first one sometime soon. The main character and his sidekick seem to have very intriguing story lines. Doc Ford evidently has quite a background in something that was only touched on in this book. I want to find out more about h ...more
Michael Sova
Oct 22, 2015 Michael Sova rated it really liked it

Marion ‘Doc’ Ford, a marine biologist with a mysterious and somewhat checkered past, has been featured in nearly two dozen highly acclaimed Randy Wayne White novels. In Night Vision, Doc is called upon to help a young Guatemalan girl who is trying to find her mother. She lives in a trailer park run by a money hungry, steroid pumping manager and his grotesquely muscular and depraved girlfriend. One night, the girl witnesses the manager dumping a body in the swamp. He knows he’s been seen and kno
Gary Anderson
Jul 27, 2014 Gary Anderson rated it liked it
Set against a backdrop of human trafficking and illegal steroid manufacturing, Night Vision, the eighteenth Doc Ford novel by Randy Wayne White, is captivating but not one of the best in the series. The elements which make this series so enjoyable for me are still here but they are almost in the background. Tomlinson, Doc Ford’s hippie best friend, appears briefly at the beginning and end of the story. Doc Ford himself is off stage for what seems like more than half the book, as we are brought u ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is my second taste of the Doc Ford series and it was a special treat as an audiobook. George Guidall does an awesome job with the various characters. He is an excellent narrator and truly brings this story to life. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I cared about the characters. I even sat in my car to listen to the last of the final disc rather than cut the ignition and pick it up at a later time. While it definitely has a strong religious aspect, it is also a story about making choices and be ...more
Jeff Tonkinson
May 03, 2016 Jeff Tonkinson rated it it was ok
This book doesn't follow quite the typical pattern I've seen in Doc Ford books, but he does help a helpless person in distress with his special skills. My main negative is the extremely unpleasant nature of the distress. It portrays in graphic detail horrific events that I'd prefer to be ignorant of. It left me feeling as dirty as the "jelly boy". Because the book dwells so long in the mire of this underworld I don't get enough of the thoughtful and almost poetic musings of this black-ops scient ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Vickie rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
I do like this series, especially to listen to. Doc Ford has an unassuming appearance, but appearances deceive. He travels the world using his Sanibel Island home as his base. He is a marine biologist, but that's his cover. It allows him to travel the world and take care of business for a shadow agency. This gives him the abilities and training to help his friends when they need it.
Here he helps his buddy Tomlinson rescue a young teen. There's drug running, human trafficking, thugs, a genuine t
Nov 02, 2011 Vic rated it liked it
A solid offering in the on going Doc Ford series. The first half of the book establishes some great new characters and a timely and interesting story line involving a young girl from Guatemala living in a trailer park filled with Mayan Indians, a couple of nasty rednecks making and selling steroids out of said trailer park and a gang of Mexicans involved in drugs and prostitution and what amounts to slavery. Our young heroine is deeply religious and sophisticated well beyond her age with an unca ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Phair rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
Only two Doc Fords have truly disappointed me- I think one was The Man Who Invented Florida which if I recall correctly went on far too long about Florida real estate dealings and now this one. About 2/3 of the way through listening to this audio it occurred to me that there had been no Doc, no Tomlinson, no other Dinkin's Bay folk at all in the story since the opening bits. Tula was an OK character with that slight mystical touch that I enjoy (that's one of the main things I like about Tomlins ...more
Scott Rhee
Jul 24, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of well-written action-filled crime thrillers AND Southern Florida as a setting, you are guaranteed to enjoy Randy Wayne White. His recurring hero, Doc Ford, is a marine biologist who moonlights as private eye/commando/super-spy. "Night Vision", White's latest in the Doc Ford series (there are well over a dozen now), pits Ford against redneck trailer trash operating an illegal steroid lab in their trailer, a Mexican coyote who enjoys kidnapping young Mexican women in order to ma ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it
Another Florida book: a thriller with serial adventurers Doc Ford, biologist and mercenary with sidekick Tomlinson and a romantic biologist partner. Good for listening when driving around. Having visited the area, I recognize the rum bar, the shrimp boats, trailer parks . . . but no so much the seedy characters, although we did see a few. It catches the overpopulated Florida and adjacent wildlife living in close proximity.

While vacationing in Ft. Myers Beach, we ate at author Randy White's Doc
Ray Bearfield
Jul 22, 2011 Ray Bearfield rated it liked it
Doc Ford goes all medieval in his own back yard.

We are, by now, accustomed to the Superman-like quality of Randy Wayne White’s answer to Travis McGee. By day, Doc Ford is a mild-mannered, bespectacled marine biologist living a monk-like existence on an island on Florida’s southwest coast. At night, especially in some Third World hellhole infested with tyrants, perverts and their minions, he is a ninja in a linebacker’s body.

You can’t read about his stilt house on Dinkins Bay, a gathering place f
John Hood
Jul 21, 2011 John Hood rated it it was amazing
White’s latest defines ‘shadow society’

By John Hood

Miami Herald 2/27/11

Apply the old adage “write what you know” to Randy Wayne White, and you’d have to say the author knows a thing or three about U.S. intelligence, especially the National Security Agency. Add the universally held belief that a novelist’s primary protagonist generally resembles its creator, and you might conclude that the crime scribe knows what he knows from the inside.

Whether White was ever a spy like his main man Doc Ford has
Mar 10, 2011 Viccy rated it it was amazing
Rednecks and steroids go together like peanut butter and jelly. Mix in a Guatemalan saint and you have a Doc Ford book. Doc and Tomlinson are visiting a trailer park and rescue a man from Fifi, an alligator imported by the RV park owner to keep the illegals in line. After Doc sees the young woman in action, he knows something is going on; he's just not quite sure what it is. Tula seems to have a direct line to Joan of Arc, who protects her and tells her what to do. Tula has crossed 3,000 miles t ...more
Robert C. smith
Jan 10, 2015 Robert C. smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Randy White raises the bar on "Spell Binding"

Not many authors who can write such a fast-paced story that the reader really can't put the book down without reading "one more" page or chapter, regardless how late it is! Randy White is a master story teller, able to draw the reader in and keep him there by tugging at just about every human emotion as he weaves in a wide variety of good and bad characters. He does an excellent job of researching his subjects also.
Mary Taitt
Oct 22, 2011 Mary Taitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
I'd never read any Randy Wayne White3 and when I got this from the library, I didn't know it was part of a series. It was so well-written that I didn't notice that first. It's number 18, but it stood alone very well.

I hated it at first. I almost took it back to the library. There was a POV character who was so despicable that I was afraid the whole book would be horrible.

Then, I loved it. Doc Ford is a biologist and an intelligent person, very cool, wants to rescue a girl in trouble. YES! I like
Dec 16, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I am a romance reader so this one was way off my comfort list. I like to listen to audio books that come in my store that I would normally not read. I have a number of Randy Wayne White readers and wondered what the was the attraction. Well it was intense and Doc Ford the main character in the series is quite a character. Not really my cup of tea but it did keep my interest.
Mar 09, 2016 Glen rated it liked it
Shelves: men-s-adventure
Doc Ford really isn't in this book very much, as it focuses on a young girl who believes she hears spirits like Joan of Arc, and a roided up criminal. The girl is an illegal immigrant, so we have to hear all about White's views on immigration.

There's the usual Florida craziness, with a gator attack and all, but I didn't like it as much as the rest of the series.
Another great Doc. Ford tale but with a twist. A young girl from Guatemala in search of her family ends up in Florida. Doc and Tomlison get involved in the steroid crazed world of the local trailer park when the girl disappears. The girl depends on the guidance of her patron saint to stay alive. In the meantime Ford is typical Ford in action.
Mar 07, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like thrillers and have strong stomachs.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all his work.
Once more we discover truly evil people up to truly evil deeds and we need the 13 year old Guatemalan girl, Tula, protected by Doc Ford, his hippy-dippy friend Tomlinson, and everyone she comes in contact with to overcome the bad with their good.

Could she really be connected with Joan of Arc? What do all the Mexican and South American field workers see in her that they venerate. Can she succeed in her mission to get her people to return to the mountains of Guatemala?

Full of action and mystery, t
John Hanscom
Feb 07, 2012 John Hanscom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unexpectedly good book. I bought it as I was out of things to read, and it is set in an area where I have been - Michael, it was so long ago you might not remember, but you and Kevin have, too - Sanibel/Captiva Island FL, right across the bridge from Shell Point Village, my in-laws retirement home. In the center of the mystery, with it's usual "awfulness," is a 13 year old illegal immigrant Aztec girl from Guatemala, who believes she is "channeling" Joan of Arc, and to whom others in the immi ...more
May 26, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Alot is going on in the trailer park known as Little Guadalajara, inhabited principally by illegal laborers. The park manager is the hired gun of a financial syndicate that wants to develop the property, and he's prepared to do whatever it takes-but he can't figure out what to do about the teenage girl, the one the laborers believe has some sort of gift.

When she witnesses him killing a man, though, and runs, there's nothing left to figure: He's got to find her fast and shut her up good. Her only
Aug 18, 2015 Wanda rated it really liked it
Doc Ford is helping Tomlinson look for a young Guatemalan girl and saves a man being attacked by an alligator at a trailer park. This leads to more problems as the owner of the trailer park is not a nice guy. Ford attends the autopsy of the alligator and ends up dating the biologist performing the autopsy. He then goes out in search of the girl.
The girl thinks she is being guided to help people by a saint and tries converting the trailer park guy to help her. His girlfriend is after him along w
Valerie J. Jones
Aug 28, 2014 Valerie J. Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and captivating

Interesting and captivating

A very enjoyable and different Doc Ford story. I always appreciate Randy Wayne White's tales with their Florida scenarios and this was no exception. Can't wait to read another.
Dec 02, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-florida
I am a Big Fan of R W White and his Doc Ford novels and this latest one, NIGHT VISION continues the great storytelling of Doc, his friend Tomlinson and the adventures that take place In Dinkin's Bay and elsewhere in south Florida. This time, Doc doesn't stray too far from home, as he has in some of his past exploits. You get to expierence south Florida, the everglades, Immokalee and a very nasty place called Red Citrus Trailer Park where some "evil" characters live who take advantage of illegal ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Mimi rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Doc Ford books so far. The girl in this and the relationship they develop is intriguing. Lots of action, as usual, and some good Florida history. Terrific read! Hated to put it down and hated more when it was over.
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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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