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Ten Thousand Islands (Doc Ford) Hardcover – May 22, 2000
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Ten Thousand Islands is based on a true story of multiple tragedies associated with the 1969 discovery of the medallion at the novel's center. But the complicated tale of mayhem and serial murder White weaves of it is all his own. Doc Ford is an increasingly interesting character whose love life takes up as many pages as the plot, but the community of Dinkin's Bay, with its fascinating and well-drawn minor characters, is as great a part of White's series as the denizens of Travis McGee's Fort Lauderdale marina were of MacDonald's. --Jane Adams
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- Publisher : G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (May 22, 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399146202
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399146206
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.26 x 1.08 x 9.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I like most is White doesn’t artificially protect his cast of characters; instead he opts to make them work to maintain their lives and their sanity. The villains take many forms and catch you off guard no matter how well you know this writer. Through it all White manages to work in just enough about the Florida ecosystem to make it educational and just enough Tomlinson to keep your karmic energy charged. If you have not yet tried a Randy Wayne White novel this is a good place to start.
Doc Ford is a marine biologist with a background in spying or covert activities for the Feds during the Viet Nam war, an activity at which he apparently excelled, although the author doesn't spend much time on the background stuff.
Now Doc lives in a house on stilts near a marina in Florida, which marina is filled with people who are like family to him. He gets drawn into investigating sticky or mysterious situations, usually due to his association with his marina friends. Doc is a good guy with high morals, but one who is not afraid to dirty his hands if he thinks the situation/adversary deserves it.
This book is about a little girl who commits suicide, but who had a power to find Indian relics, some of which turned out to be quite valuable. Years after her daughter's death, her mother is being harassed and asks a friend of Doc's for help, and the friend, of course, enlists Doc. Lots of excitement ensues.
To my distress, the prior comments regarding Randy Wayne White as the "new" John D. MacDonald are far from the mark. It just isn't the same genre. Doc Ford is large, visually dependent on spectacles, strong as an ox, and about as cunningly crafty as the same animal. It's not John D. MacDonald revisited, by a land mass and a few backwaters. I do suggest you read White's books, but don't do so expecting less than a classroom study of ichthyology, and a cause for several naps during the reading.
Augmented, of course, by some REALLY, REALLY nasty mean guys. When you see the power these men have, because of their wealth and total lack of scruples, you get the creeps all over again.
Of course we have the lovely boat rides over clear waters, the feel of being in the mangroves, with the bay, the fishes, the old Calusa haunts. We have Doc and Tomlinson interacting. Some decently interesting women. Oh, and a major hurricane.
I highly recommend this book.
What? You want to tell me that with all the pencil pushers at that publisher's office nobody has the time to proofread the book before they put it out? You want me to believe that Penguin is too broke to hire a proofreader? Yeah right.
FYI a boat doesn't "plain". A boat planes. I know they know that because they get it right later on in the book.
So this fairly entertaining read gets marked down for its sloppy production. Sic simper schmuck