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Publisher's Summary

When solitary marine biologist Doc Ford focused his telescope on the woman in the white boat, he didn't know his life was about to be capsized: that his conniving uncle, Tucker Gatrell, would discover the Fountain of Youth, that the National Enquirer would write about it, and that the law would beat down his door in search of three missing men.

But Doc Ford is about to find these things out - the hard way. Because in the shadowy world of Southwest Florida, where gators yawn, cattle craze, and Indian bones are buried, mysteries great and small have found the man to solve them.

©1993 Randy Wayne White (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Like fellow Floridian Carl Hiaasen, White is adept at weaving ecological concerns into an oddball narrative with no loss of steam. The fate of the three missing men, even by bizarre Florida crime fiction standards, is inspired." ( Publishers Weekly)

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A real Florida girl loves a real Florida story

Great book. Well researched. Entertaining. Humorous without making us Florida Crackers look stupid. I just wish they had told the narrator the right way to pronounce the Tamiami Trail.

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I am so glad I didn't start the series with this

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This was a struggle for me. I absolutely hated the character representing Doc's uncle. This guy drove me crazy and reminded me of someone from my past. The story was a bit weak and predictable. At the bottom of the list of books I read this year.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Hard to Get Through

I’m not sure if it was the story or the narrator or both but this one was painful. I really enjoyed the first two Dic Ford books. 4-5 stars all the way around. This one felt like a collection of disjointed stories that may have a common thread if you squint real hard. I’ll definitely do more Doc Ford/Randy White but I won’t soon recommend this one.

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It was different but entertaining.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, certain friends would find it amusing; others maybe not so much.

What other book might you compare The Man Who Invented Florida to and why?

None

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Tuck dominated this book.. the Joe character was funny too, until the end.

Do you think The Man Who Invented Florida needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't know. If one had the imagination to write this one who knows what else is possible. I really liked the ones that were more centered on Ford and his associates and their activities on the water.

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Slow moving with uninteresting central characters

I've read and enjoyed other books in the Doc Ford series but I found this one to be very tedious. The first part of the book meanders as slowly as an Everglades current and I kept losing interest as it plodded along.

The accents of the old men really annoyed me. They seemed almost cartoonish for some reason. Maybe my disinterest in the plot spilled over to the performance. Usually, Dick Hill is a wonderful narrator.

I wouldn't recommend this one unless you have a long boring drive to make and nothing else to do.

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Great read

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Poor story line

Overall audio book long and boring. Worst book of the 1st 3. Not sure I want to continue listening to this author.

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