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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©1990 Randy Wayne White (P)2010 Tantor
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.
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.
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.
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.
The narrator would be great doing some old time gumshoe novels or older characters, but it's just a touch too gravely and a whole heap of insipid when it comes to the females. The different character's voices are hard to take.
The book itself seems like it'd be interesting but I've given up on the audio and will probably read in text to save myself a headache.
I do have to wonder... Randy... when writing a love scene... "iridescent pubic hair"? Really? Oy vey. That whole "evening" was painful to hear in audio.
The rating of this book is a guess on my part. Dick Hill's narration made it impossible to give an informed opinion. I don't generally care for Mr. Hill's narration and his effort here was one of his worst.
A disappointing combination of shallow and irritating dialog and behaviour by the female character, and a correspondingly annoying delivery by the male reader. I couldn't take more than 5 minutes. Unfortunate, as the story had potential.
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