• Mangrove Lightning

  • A Doc Ford Novel, Book 24
  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The ghosts of a 1925 multiple murder stalk Doc Ford in the electrifying new novel in the New York Times best-selling series.

Doc Ford has been involved in many strange cases. This may be one of the strangest.

A legendary charter captain and guide named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a curse. The members of his extended family have suffered a bizarre series of attacks, and Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925, in which his family had a shameful part.

Ford doesn't believe in curses, but as he and his friend Tomlinson begin to investigate, following the trail of the attacks from Key Largo to Tallahassee, they, too, suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps. Is it really a curse? Or just a crime spree? The answer lies in solving a near-hundred-year-old murder and probing the mind of a madman.

©2017 Randy Wayne White (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Showcases a quirky, ever-endearing cast...and, of course, White’s natural facility for old-school action. [P]lus there’s a spectacular face-off at the end ...that will have fans remembering some of John D. MacDonald’s grisliest villains. Hugely entertaining, especially for longtime fans.” (Booklist)

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Another great one

I always enjoy Doc Ford books, and this one is no exception. You can expect many twists and turns as always. The combo of Randy Wayne White and George Guidall can't be beat.

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So, so

Not as good as last Doc Ford book. Vague and hard to follow. Thought more bootleg history would have been utilized. White seemed in a hurry to write this book. I was disappointed.

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Disappointing

Stop with the mysticism and go back to real relationships and adventure. You're better than this, Randy.

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true to the Doc Ford tradition.

the only thing better would be a cool one in your hand, sitting next to Mr White at a ballgame. Great story.

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Randy, Randy, Randy..

Where have your wonderful stories gone? This one is pathetic, overwritten, cheap and my intelligence has been insulted. I miss the old Doc Ford. Your last 5 books have been boring, hard to follow and Doc is barely featured. I tried; I really wanted to like your Doc Ford books again. With grief and disappointment I'm going have to give up on this series. I guess I'll listen to John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee again.

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Good read, but not one of my favorites

I love the doc ford series and as usually, this was another good read. However, the story line just didn’t grab me like most times. George Guidall was excellent as always. Again, a good read. Just not one of my personal favorites.

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Scary Thriller.

The multiple voices in his head and story was super compelling. This book reminded me of a HBO TRUE DETECTIVE series. I liked the Hannah and Doc back story and Tommy finaly grabbing guns!

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Too Many Concurrent Storylines

I'm a big fan but this one was hard to follow... too many separate storylines that didn't mesh smoothly...I had trouble keeping up with the story. Could've been 3 books!

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Great!.

One of the better ones! A true Doc Ford disciple will appreciate White"s latest effort.

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Depressing

Gory and depressing with few lapses of the fun I associate with the Doc Ford novels.