Sanibel Flats (Doc Ford Mystery #1)
Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him.
After ten years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and...more
This is the first Doc Ford book. It takes place in Florida. Doc Ford has retired from his work as some kind of government agent. He has come back to live in his boyhood Florida haunts, on Sanibel Island. His boyhood friend calls him out of the blue and asks for his help in rescuing his son. Ford agrees to meet his friend, but when he arrives at their meeting place, he finds his friend’s body hanging with vultures all over it. He tries to convince the sh...more
Second, White also creates in...more
It took until they got to the village before I really got interested in the book. I wanted to know if they got the kid out alive. That's why I gave it a 3 rating.
However, the women only showed up in this book to tell Doc Ford how attractive he was and to have sex with him. They were all very one dimentional. It seemed to be that way with the first...more
What the heck was I waiting for?
Doc Ford is a retired spook who has moved back home to Sanibel Island, Florida to start a business supplying schools with preserved sea creatures for dissection. Sounds like a decent life and Doc is enjoying until he gets a call from an old high school buddy who's son has been kidnapped by some b...more
I was in the mood for a mystery/thriller, and wanted to check out something new. This book is the first in a series featuring author Randy Wayne Whit...more
Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him.After ten years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.Then Rafe Hollins appeared.H...more
Perhaps my enjoyment lies in the fact that I love marine science, or maybe I just loved reading about the Southern Florida locales that my extended family enjoys, fo...more
In 2005 I suggested Sanibel for a f2f mystery discussion group. It held up well as a re-read fo...more
I did like that it talked about the real restaurants/roads/landmarks from the island in the book. And the story line was ok, but this author went way into detail about fishing and science and 'guy stuff' that made it really boring to me. I never really got into it and needless to say never read any more of the series.
This was a good read especially from the aspect of the geography and biology, but I like that stuff. The crime was the core of this novel, however there were lots of side-shows going on; love interest(s), the previously mentioned science lessons and the beer drinking,which is all good. However I was compelled to have the "obligatory pint of beer" before I sat down to read, and it probably took a little longer to digest, so to speak, but it was a fun fun read.
I have returned the book without copying a quote which went something like this about the situation in S America and a lot of other countries:
Americans will view the brutal situation in S America in dis-belief and as if it were a dream. However, it is reality and the place where Americans live is really the dream.
This, Shark River, Tampa Burn, the Man Who Sold Florida, all of the early stuff are great, and really show that White knows his subject and area.
Randy Wayne White had been a fishing guide along the Florida west coast and it shows!
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...more