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Black Widow (Doc Ford Mystery #15)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,958 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
A cult of death.
A weapon of apocalyptic horror.
Juan Cabrillo must stop them both.
Some women you love.
Some women you hate.
Some women you survive.
Doc Ford is drawn into a deadly battle when his goddaughter Shay is blackmailed. Someone filmed her at an out-of-control bachelorette party?and they want big money t
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Putnam Adult (first published 2008)
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Mike French
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doc Ford is to the West Coast of Florida as Travis McGhee is the East Coast.Always enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish! Randy Wayne White is one of my favorite authors and should be yours too.
Scott Rhee
The Caribbean: a literal hotbed of animalistic pleasure and naked lust. That's what the travel brochures say, at least, and Randy Wayne White's novel "Black Widow" graphically illustrates it.

Okay, so I've been to the Caribbean once, but my experience was pretty much confined to a cruise ship with occasional trips on-shore for typical touristy traps like horseback rides along the beach, visits to beautiful waterfalls, walking through crowded markets to buy touristy junk, and getting wasted on mar
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Randy Wayne White just cannot write a bad book. I have to admit I fell in love with the zany hippie/guru character, Tomlinson, from the very first and he's the character who keeps me coming back for more. I've gotten more hilarious one-liners from him than I can count. (My favorite is: "Weirdness is only weird if you fight it.") Mr. White, I demand a book with Tomlinson as the main character!!

My only tiny complaint about "Black Widow" is there wasn't enough Tomlinson in it.....thus said, I have
Cheryl Klein
I was initially lured by the tropical descriptions and the NPR recommendation, but soon I was trying to decide which bugged me more: the superficially empowered damsels in distress (note to White: Having your ladies say things like, "I can take care of myself, dammit" before falling into the arms of your protagonist does not an enlightened novel make); the "damn"-laden dialogue; the evil blood-drinking hermaphrodite villain (again, having your protagonist murmur sympathetic statements about how ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a Doc Ford novel in a couple of years since I have been reading new authors during that period. I had no idea how very much I missed him and his adventures until I started this one. Doc's goddaughter is being blackmailed and he gets involved. Tomlinson is very secondary in this, but Hooker is introduced and is well worth knowing. It is set in the Islands and is about revenge, psychosis, evil and greed. Does a plot get any better? The novel itself is most satisfying; the conclusion ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doc Ford's goddaughter is being blackmailed with footage from her bachelorette party, and Ford is used as a go-between.

Of course, things get complicated, and Ford finds himself in a whole lot of trouble.

Pretty good stuff, although a bit different than Ford's usual adventures.
This was a good beach read atlhough a few too many story lines and characters to follow .
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this book down! My first Doc Ford book-now I have to go find more of them!
Jimmy Henderson
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of the Doc Ford books that I could not put down...loved it
Ross Dolloff
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These book are mysteries starring a guy who is a marine biologist and a former CIA or NSA agent. He runs a biological supply company. People ask him to help with their problem because his history. This particular story involves a blackmail plot on a Carribean island. The series is great and this is one of the best.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite book in the series. I just didn't like the plot.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is very little say about The doc Ford Series, its juts an awesome read as always.
sharon roemer
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

Great read. Once I started to read the book, I could not put it down. Very interesting twists and turns.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 15th novel in the Doc Ford series. If you've read any of the other 14, you know pretty much what to expect: A little hanging out in Dinkin's Bay, a little marine biology, a little ocean / Caribbean travel … and a little romance and a little understated sex (not necessarily the same thing) and a little understated mayhem and violence. If you like that, you'll like this. If you do not … fill in the blanks.

Tomlinson does not play as large a role in this book as he does in most of the ot
E Wilson
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here I go again jumping into a detective series at number 15 and not knowing any of the
background Mr Doc Ford. Evidently he was or is a member of some clandestine multi-national
group of bad-ass good guys.

What romance novels are to middle aged women these books must be to middle aged men.
It doesn't seem that Doc is any spring chicken, but he can take out a gang of three 20 something tough guys single handed. He attracts women of all ages like moths to a flame. Not only is he
the above mentioned
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doc Ford's god-daughter has been blackmailed. Seems his god-daughter is engaged to be married in a few weeks and she took her 3 friends to a Caribbean island (St. Arc) for a pre-wedding get-away. While there, they met some island men and, as a result, were blackmailed. He serves as the "bag man" to deliver the money and then decides to investigate who is behind the scheme. He flies to a nearby island under one of his old aliases and then rents a boat to go over to the St. Arc, using his professi ...more
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Black Widow is the newest in the Doc Ford series. I read the book, then got the CD for my husband. We both love to listen to audio books while in the car--so much better than commercial radio stations.

The book was well written and a quick read. Some parts were a bit preachy (resorts that offer holistic massages and herbal cures), but well worth the time. Learned some Masonic History as well.

I also got to listen to half of the book as well. This particular audio verson shown below, is quite good.
Diego Palomino
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read. I like authors who web historical events with their fiction. I found Randy Wayne White to be very knowledgable in many areas such as science, biology, history and geography. He also focuses greatly in the interaction between characters and their emotions. The story is a thriller set in the Caribbean. It is about a ring of extortionists motivated by greed, religion and their own psychological trauma to frame their victims in order to black mail them into paying for their silenc ...more
Kathryn Bain
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Randy Wayne White book I've read. It was good enough to keep my attention. I was curious who was really behind the blackmail. The mystery kept me interested.

I got a bit tired of all the history on archeology, and the women were not very bright. But then to most men, a lot of women aren't. It's hard to fault a male writer for that. And quite frankly, he writes mainly for men so he can get away with it. If he were writing to a female audience, he'd be eaten alive.

The suspense w
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the Doc Ford series. The place he lives has such an odd assortment of characters it makes for an entertaining side story. It's nice how those people are weaved into the main story. Also bringing bits of his past into the story adds a little extra spice.
The main story of his goddaughter being blackmailed by someone turns out to be not the usual blackmail story. It wasn't just a random event there was a pattern and lots of people were involved and it was a definite set up. The twist at the en
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
Listened to this one on audio- at first I didn't like reader George Guidall but I grew used to him by the end. Not my favorite Doc Ford. Not much Dinkins Bay nor Tomlinson. I did like introduction of the cool older British spy who could have been a model for James Bond. I found the story a little confusing but there were satisfactory conclusions. Doc remains one of my favorite characters- this one did not bring out enough of his personal past for me. I've always felt RWW's style to be similar t ...more
Dan Downing
How did this happen? Turns out I have four Randy Wayne White books: the one discussed here, one I have read and two waiting to be read. I can only presume that the one I read was a cracker-jack yarn and hope the two remaining ones are like it. That would make the present volume the exception.
I admit "Black Widow" had a few charms, but very few and weak to boot. The dialogue and exposition in the first fifty pages was especially uninspired. As we went along we picked up some strength, but never e
Ralph McEwen
A really good quick read. I read it in just 1 day. I didn't realized that it was part of a series when I started reading, but it became obvious after a few chapters. The characters all knew each other too well and allusions to previous encounters made the series connection hard to miss. That being said the story is completely readable as a stand alone. It is a well paced story, that starts by pulling you in then building in action and suspense, to the conclusion then finishes well tying up loose ...more
Sue Newhouses
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading the Doc Ford series as it gives me insight into the area of Florida I love. We also have a James Bond/Indiana Jones type hero that makes the books interesting but I found this book a bit slow to get into. I found the first third of the book to be filler and felt it was written just to expand the size of the novel. Once the story starts I enjoyed it even though it was a bit out of the ordinary. I would have preferred there was more to the last third of the book as I felt the endin ...more
Mar 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Randy, and while Black Widow is a very good book, it didn't have the zing of many of the previous Doc Ford novels. I didn't feel Tomlinson was involved enough in the story line and really missed the off-the-wall views Randy expresses through the character. I still recommend it, just know that the complexity of the tale isn't as deep as some of the earlier parts of the series. BTW, I would add a half-star to a total of 3.5.
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. It was intriguing from the beginning and stayed that way the entire way through. There were times when I didn't want to put the book down. The main character reminds me of the main character on that USA TV network show, Burn Notice. Some of the scenes in the book were gripping ones. I found myself holding my breath as a I read. All great books should involve the reader the way this book did.
Judith Cartisano
My first time reading this author and I wasn't terribly impressed. The story line held my interest and I did make it to the end of the book, but I felt absolutely no empathy for any of the characters in the story. Really, I didn't care what happened to any of them. And the main villain was just a touch too ridiculous for me. Still, it was reasonably well written. If you're looking for some mindless entertainment, this might be the book for you.
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Since I lived in Florida, and am a biologist, this series about a biologist in Florida - who is also a sort of James Bond - provides an occasional escape. In this one the scene was mostly Santa Lucia Island and RWW went off on a negative riff about massage therapists. What's that all about?

Not my favorite of the ones I've read as other interesting characters that appear in the books were missing from this one.
Doug Cummings
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've listened to the last two Ford books on CD and couldn't stand the reader. So I bought the actual book this time. Frankly, I like the fact White chose to leave Tomlinson behind and let Ford shine on his own. Excellent pacing and suspense, a bit of education and a tidbit of romance as well. White draws all of his characters carefully and memorably. And Ford deals with the villains in a righteous fashion.
Mary Sue
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doc Ford is locked into a job working for the Defense Department or such, and while it is interesting scientifically, it disturbs his moral compass. Then he hears from his God-daughter and is off on an mission to free her from blackmailers.
Little of Sanibel in this book (big sigh) but lots of the mystic of the Caribean. New characters pop up who will no doubt be called on again in future Doc Ford mysteries.
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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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