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Shark River (Doc Ford Mystery #8)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  1,724 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
What starts out as a normal Florida Keys work-vacation for marine biologist Doc Ford quickly turns into a hurricane of kidnapping, revenge-even murder. And while he can't see through the tropical storm, pieces of his past begin to appear.
A real winner here...More, please. (Washington Times )
White's most satisfying to date. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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In this thriller, Doc Ford is a marine biologist with a black past. He was an off the books, outside the law, super duper trained government killer charged with keeping America safe by any means necessary. Get it pilgrim? The writing is good, and the characters pretty well developed,especially his Bahamian half cousine Ransome, and his pal Thomlinson. However, the pace of the book is too slow with way too much internal narrative, too much psychology, and too much description of his temporary ...more
David Ward
Shark River (Doc Ford #8) by Randy Wayne White (G.P.Putnam's Sons 2001) (Fiction - Mystery) is another one of the good Doc Ford mysteries. In this one, Doc meets a Bahamian relative that he never knew he had. My rating: 6/10, finished 8/10/12.
Nov 29, 2016 Glen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this entry in the Doc ford series, Doc and Tomlinson are hanging out on the exclusive Guava Island, when thugs try to kidnap a young woman. He stops the abduction, but the woman is daughter to a powerful man who knows about Ford's secret life, and the thugs work for a powerful Colombian drug lord.

Meanwhile, Ford meets his Bahamian cousin, and the two go on a treasure hunt for their inheritance from Tucker Gatrell.

All the storylines converge in a thrilling climax with a twist we don't really s
Dec 09, 2016 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series. I liked finding out more about Doc's secret past and blending it with the present crime.
Scott Rachui
May 31, 2013 Scott Rachui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Randy Wayne White in the late 90s and fell in love with his books. Having visited Florida many times on business, and having been infected with a deep love for the state and its many palm trees, beaches, inlets, natural springs and abundant fishing, I have tried to find every author of Florida fiction I can. Randy Wayne White is perhaps the best I've read (he has been compared to the late John D. MacDonald, in fact).

White has a wide range of interesting and quirky characters, and hi
Jun 17, 2010 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doc Ford is a Marine Biologist working/vacationing on Guava Key. He has been noticing to women pass his house every day regular as clock work and today the same. He takes off on his daily run when he see the women at their usual stopping place at the end of a pier where they stop to watch the sunset. Today though there is something added, two large men are approaching them and when one shows a gun, Doc takes action and hits him from behind, knocking him into the railing then when he sees a third ...more
Apr 09, 2010 Vickie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Doc Ford books that feature a whole buncha Tomlinson. I loves me some Tomlinson. He and Doc Ford work well together. And I've been listening to these completely out of order, so I've watched all the relationship growth all out of order and it's been kinda cool.
This one shows Tomlinson having problems with 'Zamboni and the hat trick twins'....and he's been having dreams about his past, things are starting to surface. And he thinks that's why he's having his problems.
A woman comes into
Sep 19, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shark River is one of my favorites in the Doc Ford series. This one starts off with a lot of action packed scenes. Then, you find out that Tucker did have a daughter, which she thinks Ford is her brother, not her cousin. A story of Tomlinson's past comes out during this story. I never imagined Tomlison as a someone who'd commit a crime, but after a brief moment, I remembered, a lot of the protesters of the 60's/70's ended up with some sort of a record. More of Doc's past is revealed and a ...more
This was Doc Ford no. 8. Someday I want to hang out at Randy Wayne White's place on Sanibel Island. Probably another joint like the myriad number of "Margaritavilles" that I have been to....remembering that it's always 5 o'clock somewhere. Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille on Sanibel Island does sound inviting. I like going these places that mimic that which they represent...yes, there is a Cheers in Boston...been there. Yes, there is a Rick's in Casablanca...been there.

This Doc Ford novel is fun...
Feb 07, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Doc Ford series.

Doc Ford series - When Ford tags along with his perpetually stoned but intelligent pal Tomlinson to a posh island resort where the latter is leading a workshop on Rinzai Zen, the two get tangled up in murder, kidnapping, drugs, revenge and, for good measure, the sudden appearance of a mysterious Bahamian woman who claims Doc is her brother and seeks his help in discovering whether the "X" on her treasure map really marks the spot. Meanwhile, some very bad Colombians wan
May 21, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
This was a good beach book, especially if the beach is Ft. Myers Florida. This whole series is set there. It's a quick read. If you fall asleep in the middle of a chapter, you won't miss anything. I don't care one way or another if I read any more in the series, but it was captivating enought that I wanted to finish it and find out "who done it." The protagonist is a biologist that is living off the grid in a shack on Sanibel Island. Also a great restaurant in Ft. Myers. I only know how to get ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really been enjoying this series, although it's been difficult to find copies of the books in order so I've ended up skipping around a bit.

Doc Ford is a marine biologist and also a former secret ops agent. These books are filled with marine biology and history of Florida facts. Doc is a very logical, cool headed character, who generally lives a quiet life. In this story he prevents a kidnapping and ends becomes a target as a result. We are introduced to a new character and the truth behind
to me this book kinda slowed things down for me, I felt all the action was at the beginning of the book and the last 8-10% of the book the rest just seemed like filler because the author didn't know what to write or which direction to take his story. I definitely want to finish the doc Ford series but after this book frankly I was bored with it so for now I believe it is time to step away from the series for a bit and read some other authors and revisit the rest of the series in a few months
Aug 17, 2007 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jacklopes
This is the first off the Doc Ford novels I have read. It's a fun read, and even got my dad to read it.

It's a who dood it, with the story told from different POVs that mesh in the end. RWW is a pretty good story teller, and his characters are really full.

I think the great keester head of New Hamster would like these reads, as there's enough of a parrthead in him that he'd find the stiry telling cool.
Sep 10, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good Doc Ford novel-fast paced, with a lot of suspense. I enjoyed the further character development and background story for both Ford and Tomlinson, as well as the addition of Ransom, Ford's cousin. The descriptions of Sanibel and its nearby areas are wonderful, as always. Randy Wayne White novels are much more than just mystery novels-each one makes you want to read another to find out what Doc Ford and Tomlinson will encounter next.
May 30, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: florida-fiction
It took me a while, but I'm really enjoying the series now. Love the evocative description of life and nature on the Florida coast. I've seen people complain about the pace of these books, but I enjoy the character development and botany/biology/Florida history lessons as much as the plot and action. In my book, Ford could stay in and around Dinkins Bay and not get shot and and I'd still find it a great read.
Richard Katz
I enjoyed this book, I have a complicated relationship to White's books. Generally, I like them a lot, much for their south Florida setting and for Tomlinson - protagonist Doc Ford's mystico-zany sidekick. Shark River introduces Ford to a Bahamian sister who is a really endearing character and the somewhat incredible plots are more than well compensated for by the Florida settings and the zany and somehow easy-to-imagine characters.
Donna Fowler
Aug 17, 2013 Donna Fowler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid reader. I rarely have less than 3 books going at the same time but with Randy wayne White's Doc Ford books I have to read them without interuption and even when I can pry myself away from the book to get some sleep his writing will follow me into my dreams. I cannot praise his writing and his character of Doc Ford too much. They are alll keepers.
This was number eight in the Doc Ford series. The setting is Florida. The story is a light mystery with edgy dialogue. Doc Ford is a marine biologist living in Dinkin's Bay. He prefers to keep a low profile but was soon in the middle of a kidnapping of a young woman..As the story evolves, we learn that Ford is much more than a marine biologist...good read..
Mar 17, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading RWW for YEARS! I grew up in the southwest Fla area that he writes about, actually met the author when I was in high school, have eaten at Doc Ford's...besides being a consummate storyteller, I enjoy his Doc Ford novels because it reminds me of the area in which I grew up in, many hours spent on Sanibel/Captiva as a boy.
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
This is one of my favorite series. I'm sorry I haven't read a Doc Ford novel in quite a while. The books are fast-paced, with some terrific characters. In this story, an interesting bit of Doc's background is revealed. I always enjoy the Florida island atmosphere of these books. Now I must find me some more in the series that I have not yet read.
I liked the characters in this book, they were well developed and interesting. I just wish there had been a little more action, the book was a little slow in parts.
Robert C. smith
Feb 24, 2015 Robert C. smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Randy White Mystery

Packed full of surprises, adventure and interesting real life facts, Randy White's novels are extremely entertaining and informative in a most enjoyable manner. His characters are each unique and graphically portrayed as are the various scenes and locations. It doesn't get much better than this.
Mary Newcomb
Doc Ford becomes involved in an attempted kidnapping, meets his “sister” and hunts for treasure left by his uncle. Along the way, we learn some more about his murky background and seemingly limitless specialized skills.
Carol Nasby
Chris and I are reading some Florida authors these days, and like White for his surprise factor, and his sense of humor. He has a very funny side kick in his Doc Ford mystrey series. And we love the sense of place in his books.
Nov 06, 2012 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow paced. I was surprised when I realized I was 80% done. Assumed I was closer to 30% based on the pace. Nice background of some of the characters and addition of one that will defiantly appear again.
Carl Nattrass
Shark River moves along in RWW's normal style, but there's nothing new here. Its not that there is anything actually wrong with the story, it just does not contain anything particularly exciting. Sorry Randy.
Jan 30, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read...and well worth spending the time with it. Doc and Tomlinson while deeply involved with the present time and events, delve into their past histories. It is complex and fascinating coupled with some great action scenes.
Dec 26, 2009 Phair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Doc Ford continues to be one of my favorite characters. Particularly like stories that bring in his covert past and that explore Doc's internal conflicts. Tomlinson is a delight as always. Please keep writing Randy!
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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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