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 dispensinhim.After ...more
The characters were also great. Not just Doc, but the supporting cast. Tomlinson is a hoot & the women are very well done with more complex roles than most of the men. They're full people with flaws, agendas, &am ...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 ...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 Hollin ...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 wit ...more
The good news is the restaurant is outstanding. I give it 5 stars.
The bad news? Sanibel Flats is long on plodding plot, l ...more
I am looking forward to reading other Doc Ford stories by Randy Wayne White.
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 ha ...more
Doc Ford quits the espionage business to go into his real business of marine biology. He retires to a marina and becomes part of the community.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy in an espionage novel.
An old friend's son is kidnapped, and Ford tracks the kid to Central America, where he gets involved with revolutionaries.
I may read all of Randy Wayne White books in the future. Fun and exciting.
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.
It lays the foundation of the main characters in the series. I love that it is set in SW Florida and mentions towns, roads, and landmarks that I am familiar with. I look forward to reading through the series, especially when I'm homesick and need a taste of Old Florida.
It's Repairman Jack, without the supernatural element; James Bond, without the governmental oversight or quite as many women. It has depth of character and plot, as well as acti ...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 White’s best kn ...more
Doc Ford is an ex some kind of spook who retires to southern Florida to do some collecting for biological supplies. He is meeting his neighbors, and taking it easy, with no intentions of anything when an old friend tries to get him involved in finding his kidnapped son. When this same friend is murdered, and his death covered up, Doc grudgingly starts looking into things, only to have his past catch up with him big-time.
A complex mystery, a reluc ...more
After a false start with another of Mr. White's books, Black Widow, I decided to return to the start of the Doc Ford series and I'm glad I did.
Mysterious ex-CIA agent and marine biologist Doc Ford is enjoying life away his dangerous former past and lives in Sanibel Island. However, when an old friend pleads to Ford to find and rescue his son who has been kidnapped, how can he refuse? Especially when ...more
In 2005 I suggested Sanibel for a f2f mystery discussion group. It held up well as a re-read fo ...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 con ...more