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Gone (A Hannah Smith Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
Hannah Smith is a tall, strong, formidable Florida woman, the descendant of generations of strong Florida women. She makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors, and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice, as someone who can’t be bullied—and they have taken to coming to her with their problems.
Her methods can be unorthodox, though, and those on the receiving end of them often wind up very unhappy—and sometimes very violent. When a girl goes missing, and Hannah is asked to find her, that is exactly what happens…
“A plot that crackles with the electricity of a Florida thunderstorm.”—P. J. Parrish, author of the New York Times bestselling Louis Kincaid thrillers
“[Randy Wayne White] raises the bar of the action thriller.”—The Miami Herald
- ASIN : B007T8R8W4
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (September 4, 2012)
- Publication date : September 4, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1423 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #216,192 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Like many of White's readers, I took up with White's Hannah Smith series because waiting on a new Ford adventure is tough, even with the subtle changes White has made to his character over the last couple of years. While I'm moved by other writer's criticism that Randy should just write two Marion Ford novels a year rather than do one of each, I don't blame him for wanting a little variety.
This is my first of the Hannah Smith books. I'll read the others. Here's a couple of observations about this first one:
1) The steady hand of the Florida-based adventure writer is clearly present, beginning and end, though at times I wondered if the book, or parts of it, were being written by others. Especially when the writer is applying tone and details about the women he's writing about. By the end of the book however, I concluded White's hand was there. So maybe the generalizations about women--some of them quite common, many of them male--are the result of a first book in the series. Still, I wonder...
2) I enjoyed the usual technical knowledge White brings to his efforts. This time, I learned a little more about geography I was already familiar with. I liked hearing what it was like to be a fishing guide, about the archeology of the area (something he's written about in his other books). I believe his observations about money on Sanibel Island--some of it old, some of it new--was spot on. There's a reason, you know, that there's a car charge for that bridge from Fort Meyers to Sanibel. It's to keep the riff raff out.
3) The plot, pace, twists and turns deserve mention as well. They show the hand of a master writer in the genre. And they are one of the reasons I continue to read him.
All in all, my thanks again, Randy. You kept me entertained. You didn't fill my mind with nonsense about towns and characters that don't exist, and you deepened my understanding of those that do. Atta boy...
From reading previous reviews of the work, I have to agree with the "one star" renderings. This novel is not up to par. I thought RWW had grown through the years of authoring novels but this works sinks to a new low. Too much meandering, backtracking, leaving essential scenes out. The hows and whys of what happens leaves a sour taste.