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The Mangrove Coast (A Doc Ford Novel) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999
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- ASIN : 0425171949
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reissue edition (November 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780425171943
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425171943
- Item Weight : 6.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #171,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This falls short on all fronts: it was very slow to get going, we see very little of the quirky boating community Ford lives in since it's mostly set in Colombia & Panama, the bad guy(s) are seriously icky without being particularly interesting, & the good "guy" (Amanda) I found to be quite annoying, even given that she's under awful stress. And Doc seems to be amazingly clueless & ineffective --intellectually & action-wise-- for most of the book; to the extent that at one critical juncture, when his past performances suggest he should be able to respond to an emergency quickly & appropriately, he just sorta stands there doing nothing (but might as well be saying "Duh....wha...??") I really wanted to reach in & smack ole Doc on many occasions.
One thing that I liked less about this might not be as big a deal to non-bio geeks, but I missed Ford's marine bio work & time on the water.
Altogether a very disappointing entry in the Doc Ford series; those new to it definitely should not start here, because they'd be unlikely to try any others & thus miss out on some actual good books.
edit: I discovered many of his later books that are much more qualified for "worst RWW" books...
So when a friend recommended the Doc Ford series,
I went for the oldest one in the series that was available on the Kindle. There is somewhat of a chronology
in the series. I didn't want people showing up who were killed in later books.
My first impressions are, it took forever to get moving. We were 70% of the way in when he took action.
Everything else was thinking, feeling, deciding.
Then all hell broke lose, but not for long. By 90% of the way in, it was over, or was it?
The ending was so upsetting, I couldn't believe it happened. Then there is a little resolution,
but left me shaken a bit.
Yes, I'll try another, but the old doc better step up, I like my heroes to be men of action.
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The story revolves around an old buddy of Doc's from his East Asian days, whose daughter tracks down our hero based on letters he sent his wife, Gail. He advised that if they ever needed anything they should look up Doc for his help. When Amanda's mother goes missing with a slimeball named Jackie Merlot she reaches out to Doc to find her. Leaving his home in Sanibel Island, Florida and following some leads he eventually find himself in Cartagena, Panama . Of course he solves the mystery of the missing woman. Read it to find out how.