Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him. After 10 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 Hollins appeared. How could he refuse his old friend's request---even if it would put him back on the firing line? Even if it would change forever the life he'd built here on Sanibel Island?
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I really enjoyed this book, it was pretty much a dream line-up of plot elements: a secret agent (even if retired), south florida, central america, mayan history, revolutionaries, marine biology, and even a little painting.
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 has nothing to do with the author or the story, which I found to be top quality--I listened to the audio version, and I utterly loathed the narrator's performance. Look, I know it's not easy to embody several different characters with one voice, but geeze he butchered it. His voice didn't fit with the character of Doc, his interpretation of Tomlinson was very annoying, and any of the female voices were pure characacture. I intend to read this again sometime, and will continue with this series, but I will definitely go the old school paper route.
I liked the mystery part. I liked that the main character was a marine biologist. I liked the Tomlinson character. My main beef was with his double standard.
Several men in the book, including the main character, get a pass for some pretty objectionable behavior like lying, stealing, trafficking in stolen pre-Columbian art, arms dealing and even murder. And the main character has sex with a married woman and that's okay because she didn't like her husband. And he has sex with one woman that he has a friendly relationship with and within the hour is getting it on with a good-looking stranger, but that's apparently okay too. And hey, I'm not opposed to casual sex. But if the hero gets to have casual sex, then the women should be equally entitled to it. But then one of the women he has slept with is revealed to be having sex with men other than the main character...NOT because she's horny or into casual sex like the main character is, but because SHE IS BEING BLACKMAILED into it. Does our hero give her sympathy and help her out? He was willing to help his friend who was breaking lots of laws. But no. This woman gets a cold shoulder and presumably he cuts her off from his friendship.
It left a bad taste in my mouth. Because I liked other elements of the book, I'm planning to get the second one in the series, but if the male-female relations are as screwed up in the second book, I probably won't read a third one.
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
I love the chatacter Tomlenson in this book. The end was great. This is my first read of any of Randy White's stuff. I am looking forward to reading more Doc. Ford books.
Enough of the hero that women just fall into bed with at the drop of a hat. Even worse is a reader who uses funny voices that turn every character into a caricature. If you can't do Aussie, read it straight, instead of making the character sound like a Brooklyn simpleton.
This book was great. I was looking for a new series, this is it. I plan to get the rest of the series!!
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This could be a true story. It is an exciting one. The way the author paints with his words, the reader is left with a wonderful, dramatic, exciting image, and a thirst for what will happen next. Great read.
Dick Hill's performance Is way too over the top. Whiney (is this a word) sub-characters & ersatz Spanish accents just wear you out after a very short time. It seems that Hill's performance is more important than the plot and thus overshadows the story. I think I will avoid him in the future!
Don't know why I thought this series would be a bit cheesy, but often many ones based in Florida are. However Doc Ford is fun, has some hard action, has great characters, and gives you a lot to think about. This is my first Doc Ford but it won't be my last.
Audiobook downloaded from audible.com, read by Dick Hill. Pretty good - I've read a couple of the later books in this series and they were better, but I wanted to read the whole series and start at the beginning. This one was a bit Stuart Woods-ish in that beautiful women appear out of nowhere and randomly want to have sex with Ford for no apparent reason :) But not bad, and I plan to read the whole series.
I visited Sanibel island years ago with my father and find that White really captures the mood of the area. I'd like to go down again and have dinner at his restaurant
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