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
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
I found it to be well written, and the twist at the end surprised me, which these days doesn't happen often. Doc Ford is a likeable character, super smart, funny, interesting, and the descriptions of Sanibel and sea life are wonderful. A++!
*On a side note, which has nothing to ...more
In 2005 I suggested Sanibel for a f2f mystery discussion group. It held up well as a re-read fo ...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
I miss White intertwining Ford’s occupation as a marine biologist with his occasional forays into adventure ...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 may read all of Randy Wayne White books in the future. Fun and exciting.
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.
And it was ...more
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!
I read one of his books in the past and remember liking it, but it was a casual pickup in airp ...more
Doc Ford quits government service in Central American Masagua and retires to the life of a marine biologist on Sanibel Island, FL. His high school friend Rafe Hollins draws him back into a life of intrigue when he tells Doc that his 8 year old son has been kidnapped by Masaguan guerillas. After Rafe is found hung, Doc and Tomlinson travel to Masagua.
In this one, Rafe Hollins, a good high school f ...more
I am looking forward to reading other Doc Ford stories by Randy Wayne White.
Doc Ford leads us from the mangroves of Florida to Central America to rescue his
old friend's 8 year old boy. An interesting enough romp, but not enough Florida for
"I'm going with you. This is the chance of a lifetime, and you think I"m going to miss it?
My shot at being a bodhisattva...."
(one whose essence is enlightenment;
a being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in ...more
This story combines a good mix of action, adventure, intrigue, cool locales, marine biology and history (a lot of it bogus, but plausible and fun nevertheless). The only issue I could see was the author trying to take on a little too much in ...more
It was a good read. The plot had a couple of big holes in it and more than a couple of "yeah, sure" moments in it, but it was a good read. The book leaves lots of room for character development (Doc Ford is a bit like Mr Reese in "Person of Interest". Very mysterious, very calm and very dangerous).
I'd be inclined to read a couple more of these stories, just to see i ...more
Brilliant. Brave. Generally unemotional, even when blameless men are executed and fed to the sharks.
It is his amoral nature I object to. When he slept with two women in one night in Randy Wayne White’s debut novel in the Doc Ford series, Sanibel Flats, I was disgusted.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
This mystery features a complex and interesting plot, well-drawn characters and just enough violence to make it intense wi ...more
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