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Dead Silence (Doc Ford) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 10, 2009
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- Publisher : Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (March 10, 2009)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0143144170
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143144175
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.24 x 1.57 x 5.78 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have about 100 pages to go and have decided to stop the agony and have put the book aside. I thought maybe it was just the mood I was in, but then read the reviews and saw how many other readers felt the same way.
I will read the next book and hope the old Foc Ford is back, but I will not waste anymore time on this one.
Long gone are the diatribes against developers, snow-birds, con-men and crooks that lured me to the series. The banter between trippy, hippie Tomlinson, a perennial favorite and the more serious, scientific Ford, once the highlight of the story now feels like a long married couple going through the motions. The last few books by White have fallen farther and farther afield, as Ford is pulled to more exotic locations in Latin America, the plot lines getting thinner and thinner, the action more fantastic (as in fantasy), the romantic laisons more unbelievable.
In _Dead Silence_, Ford interrupts the kidnapping of a United States Senator, who instead take a teen-ager visiting New York having won an essay contest. The story becomes increasingly bizzare, as threads of Tomlinson's wealthy family in the Hamptons intersect with Ford's dark past as a covert operator. The action is tense, the kidnapped boy buried alive as Ford is literally engaged in a race against time - if the ransom demands of the kidnappers are not met, the kidnapped boy will suffocate. As an added plot twist, White imagines a Cuba following the death of Castro, his secret files (and secret wealth collected over the last 40 years of his reign) are the bartering chips with which the Senator, Ford and the kidnappers haggle over. Add references to secret fraternities at Yale and you have a sense of just how far over the top (and how far astray from where the series began) White has come. To be fair, White's writing is taut - the action sequences are well written, and the struggle Ford has with getting in touch with his "right brain" is good - but this Doc Ford is a shadow of who he once was.
As an earlier reviewer remarked, perhaps Ford is a burnt-out hero. I won't go that far, as I continue to hope that the character and stories will be salvaged. I wonder if White's "Randy Striker" persona isn't bleeding into the writing of the Ford series - I hope not. While I will continue to read White's Doc Ford books, I can't recommend this one to any but the die-hard fan.