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Ten Thousand Islands (The Doc Ford Series) Audio CD – November 16, 2005
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Randy Wayne White has written twenty-five books in the Doc Ford series and several novels in the Hannah Smith series as well as nonfiction. Several of the Doc Ford novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Four collections of his columns for Outside magazine have been published elsewhere. In 2002, a one-hour documentary film called The Gift of the Game, about his trip to Cuba to find the remnants of the Little League teams founded by Ernest Hemingway in the days before Castro, won the Best of the Fest award from the 2002 Woods Hole Film Festival and then was broadcast by PBS in 2003. A veteran fishing guide who at one time had his own local PBS show, he lives in an old house on an Indian mound in Pineland, Florida.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (November 16, 2005)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664454446
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664454446
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
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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