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A category four hurricane has swept the west coast of Florida, creating havoc, changing lives, and reshaping the ocean bottom. Well-known reefs and wrecks have been covered up, and new ones have emerged. The old woman who visits Doc Ford's lab late one night has a haunting story, of a loved one lost while rendezvousing with a German submarine off the coast of Florida 60 years earlier, of her belief that he was being blackmailed and that the storm has given her a second chance to prove his innocence.
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A category four hurricane has swept the west coast of Florida, creating havoc, changing lives, and reshaping the ocean bottom. Well-known reefs and wrecks have been covered up, and new ones have emerged.

The old woman who visits Doc Ford's lab late one night has a haunting story, of a loved one lost while rendezvousing with a German submarine off the coast of Florida 60 years earlier, of her belief that he was being blackmailed and that the storm has given her a second chance to prove his innocence by uncovering the wreck of his boat, and the truth, if only Ford would look for it. Intrigued, Ford agrees, and sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life forever. For there are other things in that wreck as well, and other men want those things, men willing to commit terrible acts to get them. And the woman herself, the woman is not what she seems.

©2006 Randy Wayne White; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The novel peaks in a typical burst of satisfying action." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jens Howell, MI, USA 06-05-07
    Jens Howell, MI, USA 06-05-07
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    "Bear with it...it pays off"

    To start, I found the opening segments along with the reader to make this one of the few audible books I've had to force myself to continue. For the first CD, and into the 2nd, I had to force myself to keep with it.

    The reader is very skilled but I found difficult to listen to. By the end of the book I was keenly interested in seeing how it would play out, and even became impressed with the reader's skill at the range of characters he could successfully pull off.

    You need to consciously turn on the 'suspension of disbelief' switch for the first CD or two, then you're Ok. Stick with it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric L. lakeville, MA, USA 02-06-09
    Eric L. lakeville, MA, USA 02-06-09
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    "Florida writers rule"

    White and Strozier earned a standing "O" for this effort. Whether judged based on the merits of his craft, his research skills, his cheesehead lines and/or his "good sense" of storytelling... RWW deserves good marks here. Honorable Mention also goes to the narrator for the "Futch rants" and to the author for his insights regarding the relative survival skills of pigs and cats.

    It should be noted that, given my credentials as a Native Cracker and resident authority, my 5 Star rating ought to be doubled when calculating the final percentage.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 05-22-12
    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2006

    I'm a 36 yr. old master of no paticular trade, but currently working in the oil patch. I'm not very critical and love to consume audiobooks

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    "If you seek entertainment then Doc delivers"

    This is another excellent book in this fantastic series. I'm not very critical and generally judge books by the litmus test of did it pass the time. This book sent the hours flying by. I’ve thoroughly enjoy this series characters and general mayhem. If you like the previous books then this addition will be a delight as well. If you’re trying to start here then I would say go back to the beginning it is more satisfying to get to know the characters from their introductions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth argyle, TX, United States 09-26-07
    Kenneth argyle, TX, United States 09-26-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor Narration"

    Let me start by saying that I love the light reading, quick tempo and engaging novels by Randy Wayne White. The narrator's use of a monotone, slow tempo voice with almost no variation in character voices made this audiobook unlistenable for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 01-26-07
    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 01-26-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Doc Hiaasen"

    Good stuff, light entertainment with some interesting seafaring folklore attached. Different slant on Florida than Hiaasen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Childers Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-04-09
    Childers Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Too Long Bad Story"

    I'm a RWW fan but this one fell short of the mark. The usual interesting insights but the plot was weak and the narrator sleep-inducing.

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    Michael Jacobi Michigan 07-26-08
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 07-26-08 Member Since 2001

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    "Good book, poor narration"

    This would have easily earned a five star review, but for the tedious monotone narration. It's a shame, because the book is a great read especially on summer driving vacations...which is why we bought it. It's still worth listening to, but would be sooooo much better read by someone with more range.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John SAVANNAH, GA, USA 08-22-06
    John SAVANNAH, GA, USA 08-22-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Doc Ford"

    Good but not great. Somewhat predictable. Not nearly as entertaining as Everglades.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean S. Pfent 05-24-06 Member Since 2004
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    "great book. well read!"

    I truely enjoyed this book from start to finish.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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