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 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.
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I did listen to the whole book.
Dick Hill is the best thing about this offering.
main character is wishy-washy with the women in the book, i.e. thinking about getting serious, vs. a one night stand in the same evening. Not bad for a casual weekend read.
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.
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A well written mystery book which is well thought out and constructed. The main characters are believable and likable. The book is a bit short on action, but keeps the reader engaged through its creative plots twists. I picked up the book hoping it would focus a bit more on the island lifestyle but overall not a bad book. I gave it 3 stars for my rating but if mysteries are your thing then it’s probably right up your alley and will like it better than I did.
Wonderful performance with all types of voices and acents.
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
This is my first audiobook. I bought it after meeting the author by happenstance and thought I would check it out.
Loved the suspense.
I feel he did a great job establishing all the characters. I thought he did an exceptional job with Jeff.
If I could have, I certainly would.
What can I say ... I am hooked. I already downloaded the next 2 in the series. :)
Okay, so I am an admitted Doc Ford fanantic. I started reading his books a couple of years ago at the library and kind of read them out of order. The first books in the series I never had a chance to read. So this book was good....But the narrator that does this book is not the caliber of the narrator of the more recent books. The story was good, but I ache for the more mature and seasoned writing style he shows in his later books. Still I don't regret getting the book, I wish he would churn out more books!
The most interesting aspect of the book was seeing Doc Ford in love with the woman in Masagua. I've met people like Doc Ford, who had a heart broken and never was able to feel this way again. The least interesting was the reappearance of Doc's childhood friend...Raif I think. That part of the book was predictable and inconsequential to the story.
mystery, characters, humor and romance
I bought this book because of Dick Hill --I will buy about anything he reads, because he is my favorite narrator. I have bought other audiobooks that are probably a good read but I have quit listening because of the boring voice of the narrator.
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