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Key West Connection (Dusky MacMorgan #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,280 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
"When it comes to creating push-the-limits plots and loathsome bad guys" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), Randy Wayne White is a master. This is the New York Times bestselling author at his vintage best--a violent plunge into the depths of the Gulf Stream as one man's vengeance becomes another's worst nightmare.... Ex-Navy SEAL Dusky MacMorgan survived a military hell only to fi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Signet Book (first published February 1981)
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Al Datum
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before Randy Wayne White started his stories about Doc Ford (and Tomlinson...who can forget him?), he wrote a series of men's adventure stories under the name Randy Striker. Due to White's popularity, they have been reproduced under his real name, and this book is the first of that series.

Set in the Keys, these books don't have quite the feel that his later novels do. But you can still sense the developing talents of Randy Wayne White. The story is more action-oriented, and the pacing is closet
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a suspenseful quick read. I liked the main character a lot. He was one of those unbelievable hot guys who also was a tough guy(Navy Seal) and a devoted husband, father and friend. The author did a wonderful job with his descriptions of the Key West area and the diving experiences. He explained about becoming a Navy Seal and the expertise that provided him survival skills during the Vietnam war. He continued to use his abilities to survive and kill going after ruthless drug runners ...more
Dusky MacMorgan is a happy man, at least as happy as a recent Vietnam vet who worked Special Ops as a Navy SEAL can be. He has a beautiful wife and twin sons who love him dearly. He has his best friend from Nam working as a fishing guide on the same island. He has a commercial fishing boat that suits him perfectly. He has exactly what makes him happy – until he doesn’t have anything left but his boat.

Dusky’s first step into Hell occurs when his best friend is murdered at sea by drug runners inte
Joe  Noir
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is really a lot of fun, but it is pure pulp. The first book in one of those neo-pulp men’s adventure series that sprang up in the 70’s and 80’s. Written at the request of an editor at Signet who provided Randy Wayne White with a template for the protagonist. With additional thought White came up with: a young circus trapeze artist, part of a family act, knew Hemingway in Key West, orphaned, lied about his age to join the Navy, joined the SEAL’s, saw combat in Vietnam, and married the w ...more
Book Lady
White's first book, published under the name Randy Striker in 1981. In a 2006 Introduction, White says he wrote the book in 9 days, using "obvious cliches", as job-of-work for Signet publishing. This story began a 7 book series about Dusky MacMorgan. Even as a self-proclaimed "formula" adventure story, I think it is a decent read.

My real interest is in the foreshadowing of elements that are later part of the Doc Ford novels. Also, I was surprised to find out that White published 11 other books
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love ALL of Randy Wayne White Books-even the early written one by Randy Striker- takes you to the Keys and West Coast of FL by boat! Living like we want to - like it used to be....
Robert Fritz
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
While traveling on our monthly quest through the south we found a used book store where I was able to locate a book by Randy Wayne White that I hadn't read. I've gone through all the Doc Ford ones (20+ of them). These are written - as it explains in the foreword - as his first published novels for a book publisher who held onto to character and let him come up with different stories. You can see glimpses of Doc Ford in Dusky McMorgan so it was fun to see a different protagonist by a favorite aut ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am just not even sure what to say. Lord knows that I have a taste from some pulpy literature. But this book. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised given the way the cover art looked on the original 1st edition. Maybe there are varying levels of quality in the world of manly adventure novels and I have finally hit rock bottom. I just can't imagine anything being written worse or written more unimaginatively. It will not stop me from trying to read book 2. But only because I want to see how ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book, really enjoyed. Look forward to reading rest of the series.
Ralph Carlson
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent book, even on a second read.
David Ward
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Key West Connection (Dusky MacMorgan #1) by Randy Wayne White writing as Randy Stryker (Signet Books 1981) (Fiction - Mystery). Written by Randy Wayne White under the pseudonym "Randy Stryker", the author has created Dusky MacMorgan, a 1950's and 1960's style Private Eye who always gets the girl and who avenges all wrongs. In this inaugural tale, cocaine pirates kill Dusky's pal, and then they kill his wife and twin sons, but never fear: Dusky's on the case! Dusky is created in the mold of Travi ...more
Jennifer H
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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The reason I liked this book was the forward by the author. I liked that he wrote it fast and knew that, yeah, maybe it wasn't super but he finished it and the publisher liked it. I think for any aspiring writer, one of the hardest things to get past is feeling like the writing it too cliche or been done before. So his forward was pretty nice.

And this book is hilarious! No on purpose, but the utter outrageousness of the main character is great. He's so manly, so smart, so strong, etc. Women are
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
#1 in the Dusky MacMorgan series. The debut novel of a 7 book series written by Randy Wayne White as Randy Striker. These paperback original action novels were published over the course of 1981-2. Dusky is an ex-SEAL who is recruited as a part time government agent.

Dusky MacMorgan seeks to avenge the murder of his best friend and finds the man behind the murder was their hated OIC from Viet Nam, Lt Ellsworth. An attempt on Dusky's life kills his wife and twin sons. An old CIA contact, Stormin' N
Sherri F.
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
For this book being over 30 years old and the author not so happy with this earlier work, parly b/c he was hired for abt 6 book in a series for setting, characters and some history chose for him. However, the storyline/plot, characters, etc. are all really good even if some are a lil cliche. Any points the book would lose for it being his very early learning work, he gets back b/c it's nice, short, sweet, to-the-point (230 pgs), which I really like at times. I don't mind a longer book at times, ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an author's first title, it's clear to see what his publisher saw when she first read his draft. White is a gifted author who has a knack for descriptions that make you feel like you're there. You don't have to enjoy the story to appreciate his prose.

The plot had promise, but fell a bit flat at the end. The story became a bit predictable, and unbelievable as well.

If you read White's intro, you'll find him to be candid about how quickly the book was written, and his feelings about his first
Keith Howard
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book to read on the beach, especially in SW Florida as it is filled with tons of local color. Although the characters are rather shallow, it is a good story line. Makes you want to read the next book in the series. Be sure to read the author's Introduction. This is the first book (circa 1981) written by Randy Wayne Write (writing as Randy Striker) and is the beginning of a prolific career.
Jeff Dickison
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
The first, and the worst, of the Dusty MacMorgan series. While this is fast-paced and sometimes exciting, it is also quite amateurish. In his forward Striker (White) admits to writing it in just 9 days, and it really shows. Recommended only to fans of fast-paced, shoot 'em up, blow em' up books.
This is the first book that Randy Wayne White wrote. So if you are into the author and want to read everything he wrote, read it. Otherwise I would skip it. This book is about nothing but fighting and the character getting lucky.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it
For a young writer, Randy Wayne White was pretty good (if you can get past the one-man-army hero....or in this case, one-man-navy hero). Lots of fast-moving action which keeps you reading. I much prefer his later series, but this one is a fun read.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
one of his earlier books in order to survive but not well written
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure how I was going to like going back in time to his books prior to the Doc Ford Series....but I loved this.
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
AKA Randy Wayne White
Feb 29, 2008 marked it as to-read
Jack Alexander
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good waterborne one-man-vengeance story.
Jim Felton
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book. This is a quick action oriented read. I plan to read the next in the series.
Jeff Kleespie
Good but confusing

The story was good but the it jumped around to much. I don't understand sex scenes with a man who just lost his wife and kid's. No need for it.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Too much violence.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
a writer has to start somewhere, right?
Paul W
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just love the Doc Ford series. If you have or wish to spend anytime on the west coast of Florida, these are all great reads. Fun, but full of FL tidbits that most of us are unaware of.
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this series.
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