Top critical review
Good plot and story line.
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2014
Some folks like lengthy, detailed explanations of stuff that does not affect a story line. I guess they are in favor of education at any cost. This book provides an abundance of explanation, some very intriguing plot twists and turns, some perspiration inducing moments of stark fright for the hero, Doc Ford, and a quick and painless end. It almost seems like White realized there was too much bumph in the book, and his page allotment was running low, so the story abruptly ended.
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.