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Night Vision (A Doc Ford Novel Book 18) Kindle Edition
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The Red Citrus trailer park is inhabited mostly by illegal laborers. But the steroid-powered park manager and his grotesquely muscular girlfriend figure that selling the park to developers would be easy money—and they're ready to do whatever it takes to drive the residents out.
The problem is a young girl who the laborers believe talks to God. The manager doesn’t know if she's valuable or a liability. But when the girl witnesses him dumping a corpse into a lake, there is one thing he knows for certain: He's got to shut her up permanently.
The girl's only hope for survival: marine biologist Doc Ford, who must search through an underground, invisible nation...and hope he reaches her in time.
“Intelligent, fast-paced...White balances the sordid criminal activities with plenty of intriguing wildlife lore. The bond that Tula forms with her captor adds poignancy.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“White draws on his strength at putting Doc and his hippie friend, Tomlinson, into tense situations that require his skill at dealing with danger....Harris and Frankie may be White’s most believable—and frightening—villains.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“This is a well-written, suspenseful tale that introduces us to some irresistible new characters.”—Associated Press
“As always, White handles the action scenes superbly, writing with both precision and dramatic fl air...A must for series fans.”—Booklist
“Authentic bad guys juxtaposed with the innocent Tula create a story Doc Ford fans and adventure readers will enjoy.”—Library Journal
“White delivers his patented slam-bang action and southwest Florida atmosphere, and Ford is still the kind of guy who can handle half a dozen heavily armed gangbangers, figure out a work-around for doing a bootlegger’s turn in a car with antilock brakes—and pick up a hot biologist at an alligator autopsy and romance her until she hollers for mercy.”—St. Petersburg Times
About the Author
- ASIN : B00475AYDM
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (February 22, 2011)
- Publication date : February 22, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1617 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 371 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #165,209 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I usually enjoy the Doc Ford books. This one was disappointing, or maybe I've grown beyond the character who is unbelievably too prepared physically, mentally and morally for everything he does. A man who has no known faults, yet questions himself constantly.
Story involves illegal trade in drugs, women, pornography, several murders, gangs, and more. At least it was a fast read.
This book features Doc and Tomlinson, but with very little participation from Tomlinson, a few bad guys, and a pre-teen who talks with Joan of Arc. The action takes place over a couple of days. And, again I found myself skimming.
Previous Doc Ford books have included plots that unfolded over time, lots of character development, lots of cultural development about Sanibel and its inhabitants, and quite a bit of science. They were great books. This and the last book include none of these features.
I always pre-order Randy Wayne White's books. I'll do it one more time. And, if that book is as bad as this and the last one, I'll quit buying his books.
It is hard for long time Doc Ford readers to accept that he could fall so quickly in love for someone he barely knows or that such a thin plot could confuse Doc. Additionally, Tomlinson is relegated to a small role as a spectator and conscience tweaker for Doc, 40% of the novel does not even have Doc or Tomlinson in it, there is no Doc puzzling through thorny mysteries and dilemmas, no Doc struggling with his inner demons, and the whole book seems devoted to the spiritual mysticism of a 13 year-old girl who "talks" to her patron saint, Joan of Arc.
In summation, a young, apparently "gifted" illegal Guatemalan, Tula Choimha, who lives in the Red Citrus Mobile Home Park, sees the steroidal freak who runs the park, Harris Squires, disposing of a body in the lake where he keeps his pet 'gator. Squires and his girlfriend, Frankie, an-out-of-control steroidal slut manufacture and sell illegal steroids and make porn films using illegal females. They work closely with the V-man, Victorino, leader of the Latin Kings street gang. Soon, Harris kidnaps Tula with the intention of killing her to silence her and in short order, Frankie, Victorino, and assorted gang bangers show up to disrupt Harris' plans and to implement their own viscous plans. Enter Doc, who has been prompted by Tomlinson to help search for the missing girl. Doc discovers the entire group at an isolated camp and all hell breaks loose.
Doc will always be Doc and Tomlinson will always be his conscience and the barometer for his life. But in "Night Vision", neither has much to do and Doc, while becoming the deadly warrior that he futilely tries so hard to repress, is hardly challenged as mentally or physically as we have come to expect in past experiences. While the book is a decent read, it is not up to the bar that Randy Wayne White set so long ago for his signature character, Doc Ford.
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My wife wishes she could get his books on Kindle!
Having visited where Randy writes about, I can visualise where the characters are.
Bring on his next book!!