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Caribbean Rim

(Doc Ford Mystery #25)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,198 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Murder, sunken treasure, and pirates both ancient and modern send Doc Ford on a nightmare quest in the thrilling new novel in the New York Times -bestselling series.

Marine biologist Doc Ford's been known to help his friends out of jams occasionally, but he's never faced a situation like this.

His old pal Carl Fitzpatrick has been chasing sunken wrecks most of his life,
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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This novel reads like the last book of a series.

A treasure seeking friend of Ford's is in trouble with the government, and some low level bureaucrat has stolen treasure, and clues to another treasure. Ford goes looking for him, and meets up with an island of inbreds, pirates, and assorted other low quality people.

I can't say this is one of the best in the series.
Terence G. OHara
Apr 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Convoluted, confusing. Didn’t understand what was happening half the time. And I’m pretty intelligent. Doc Ford is a peripheral character —- again. Not what I hoped for in a Randy White book.
So-so entry in Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series...Doc's on a "road trip" in the Bahamas on the trail of an archeology professor in a "mid-life crisis" with a former female student...they're on a hunt for lost Spanish treasure...plenty of cultural background & an interesting background on the "treasure business," but only a mediocre "Doc Ford" a tag at the end, there might be some personal resolution for Doc
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I liked the cover and the setting, but I usually like island settings. I disliked the characters. None were likeable. Also, I disliked the story. I thought it was slow and boring. It was a lot of conversing and not much action. This wasn't the exciting mystery that I was expecting, which was quite dispiriting.
Joan Westgate
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest read by Randy Wayne White + his book has gotten only fair reviews from other commenters. It's a light read + I enjoyed the adventure, though Doc Ford wasn't truly a main character in this edition. We see a lot of Tomlinson who, of course, I love: the hippie that seems to appeal to women. There's some religious symbolism, sunken treasures, stolen gold, bizarre romance, + descriptions of hide-a-way Islands off the western Florida coastline, that I know exist outside of this fiction stor ...more
#25 in the Doc Ford series. I love this series but in this turgid 2018 entry, author White has tried to shoehorn in too much of his research. In addition to the main story arc, we have protagonist Doc realizing that the dive master he is chatting up is his second cousin, Tomlinson arrives and gets involved with a would be starlet who read his book in rehab, there is the reclusive colony of Marl people, and an old preacher who establishes a Masonic bond with Tomlinson. A device I feel slows down ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The first half of the story dragged on as it consisted of a long conversation between treasure hunter Fitzpatrick and Tomlinson which was probably meant to be background but actually was confusing as one person was untruthful and the other under the influence of some drug. The missing couple seemed to be more of a focus than Doc Ford and his exploits which was a disappointment. Although this was not the strongest Doc Ford novel in this 25th episode, I always look forward to following his challen ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really like Randy Wayne White and the Doc Ford books. They can be hit or miss. This is definitely a miss. His character dialogue seems so, how to describe it...vague. As if he is trying to not give things away by having his characters interact vaguely. And the book kept introducing new characters and not giving them context. Kind of a convoluted mess.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. I thought the sharks would play a bigger part. I didn’t know Doc could fly a plane. Just a small mention of his new relation later in the book. As usual many questions left unanswered
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining yarn from Randy White. Doc Ford and his pal Tomlinson are hired to retrieve a logbook and some coins stolen from a treasure hunter. When the trail leads to the Bahamas, the plot escalates dramatically, involving missing gold, a sleazy Hollywood type, and the descendants of an 18th century shipwreck from Scotland.

Unfortunately it feels hastily written at times, often racing past events that could be more fully explained. Still a fun, quick read.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kathy-s-shelf
I liked the book, but it's not one of my favorite Doc Ford books. I feel as though Doc Ford & Tomlinson were not involved in the action as much as they usually are.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't up to my expectations of a Doc Ford adventure,

However, the plot moved along at a satisfying pace. The dialog often seemed choppy and difficult to follow.
Leo and Lydia were frustrating as main characters, I found their development to be as choppy as the dialog.
I look forward to learning something new and worthwhile from a Doc Ford novel. The story about the Caillech and Lady Anne were worth it.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always liked the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White, and this one was no exception. In this adventure, a former stodgy university professor decides to live a little, and he and one of his former students get together, he leaving his wife back in Florida. Leon Nickelby and his romantic interest, Lydia Johnson, steal a chart book from a salvage diver friend of Ford's, Carl Fitzpatrick. According to Lydia's research, there may be millions of dollars worth of gold and artifacts from an 18th ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventure in tropical climes and a likable set of recurring characters make the Doc Ford series novels a good read. Rarely are they a great read though, as White sometimes gets bound up in minutiae (usually first person musings of Doc Ford) and the plotlines sometimes wander. This book is neither the best nor the worst Doc Ford novel, but it holds true to the formula that has helped sell so many books.

A midlife-crisis professor and a young former student have stolen a logbook and taken off to th
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Clive Nickelby and his former graduate student, Lydia, have disappeared somewhere in the Caribbean, along with Carl Fitzpatrick's log book that may, or may not, be the key to $4million in gold ingots, mined in Ecuador and sent to Spain, only to be lost in a ship wreck. Marion Ford, marine biologist and secret agent man, is looking for them, along with his friend, Tomlinson. There are also some very bad men looking for them as well. Murder and mayhem ensue, along with some interesting information ...more
Shelley Carlson
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another adventure Doc style

Entertaining as always. Not as violent, as some of Randy's books have been, and no romance for a change. Doc does have his share of danger, but it doesn't consume the whole book. His good buddy appears and it makes life more interesting. A good read, but the ending was unexpected. Can't wait for the next one!
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L. Farmer
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth Ann
Not up to the standards of White's last book.
Two odd characters, archaeologist and professor Clive Nickelby and former student Lydia Johnson, are the main characters. They are on the run with false IDs, stolen doubloons and Carl Fitzpatrick's guidebook. Marion Ford will need the help of Tomlinson to catch this surprisingly clever pair and their stolen goods.
The story line is confusing and includes historic Masonic ties and an island harboring people without ties to any mainland - for centuries
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a light read and adventure with the marine biologist Doc Ford and
his friends. Although Doc played a part in the story, he was not the main
character this time - Tomlinson was. There was plenty of action with
sunken treasure, pirates, murder, suspense and mayhem and greed.
David Ward
Caribbean Rim (Doc Ford #25) by Randy Wayne White (G.P. Putnam's Sons 2018) (Fiction – Mystery). This has never happened to me before: I just read this entire novel and never did figure out what was going on. The characters, the plot lines, and the detail – I just never was able to parse out the thread that led to the various characters and sub-plots twining into a coherent narrative. Truth be told, I never figured out which of the various bad guys the author had even intended to be THE bad guy ...more
Karen Howell
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This is an entertaining book and does not disappoint. As soon as Randy's new book comes out I have it
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun summer read, a good edition to the Doc Ford cannon. It is not nearly as good as his last couple have been, but it was entertaining. If you're a fan of the series, you'll like it. Period.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caribbean Rim is a great read! The nightmare for Doc Ford & Tomlinson begins when they leave the comforts of Dinkins Bay to help out an old treasure hunter pal recover some rare Spanish coins and a list of unchartered ship wreck sites dating back to the late 1700’s.
This action packed story takes place in the Bahamas and encompasses modern pirates and sunken treasure, Masonic lore and the strange Marl people, a psycho movie producer and more, all driven by memorable sympathetic characters an
Don Gorman
(2). I was really surprised here, because the last couple of Doc Ford books have been really solid efforts. This one is totally disjointed. We don't get that much of Doc, what we get of Tomlinson is mostly ridiculous jibberish and the side characters are nothing special. Some of the premise is cool (in fact, I think it was based on a true story from a shyster from my hometown of Columbus, OH) but everything is fairly hard to follow. Randy Wayne Whhite has been on my must read list for many years ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Doc Ford fan and read them all. This one particularly attracted me with the references to Cat Island as friends and family had vacationed there for years. Sharks, treasure and some island lore was interesting.I got a copy from my friend for my birthday. THANK YOU!
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randy Wayne White continues his Doc Ford series with minimal participation from his main character, Marion Ford, and Ford's longtime friend, Tomlinson. It's a shame really. Both Doc and his friend have a rich history of shared adventures and mind expanding conversation. Readers just coming on board with Caribbean Rim will find a decent story, interesting information about the Bahamas and the people who live there, but longtime fans will probably be disappointed.

I was and I wasn't. I was because
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Not one of the better ones. First I listened to this on CD from the library but I couldn't get into it. I thought maybe it was the narrator that I didn't care for but no, this narrator has done other of White's books just fine. So then I checked the print version out and read it. Still was disappointed. Unlike the other Doc Ford novels, this one was written with a very confusing time / event pattern. The narration would talk about something that happened as though the reader knew about it happen ...more
Kay Wright
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back on track, White has Doc Ford (supposedly a scientist but really a super spy) in his usual mode, flying, fishing, finding trouble and beautiful women. The story is simple, not convoluted like a recent one about Tomlinson and his drug induced ESP. much better. There’s the usual rich villain, the hostile environment, hidden treasure, lots of diving and beautiful beaches. This time a mensch and his unattractive girlfriend are a charming addition to the story.

As always White creates fascinating
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book a grudging 3 stars. Fairly good plot, although derivative, but the flow is choppy. The subject matter could have yielded a much better book. It’s as if his mind was on other things and his focus, poor. Perhaps, as a best-selling author with a successful series, White felt he needn’t offer more. He uses a kind of short-hand writing style that, if intentional, merely confuses things. I don’t find it charming. It is a feature of the later books in the Doc Ford series that is, to me ...more
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