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Readers who still yearn for Travis McGee and wish the Busted Flush wasn't in permanent dry dock should hook up with Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford--a Travis McGee for The '90s. (The Orlando Sentinel). Randy Wayne White continues to produce the kind of novel that makes The Denver Post say, We'll always drop anything to read a new Randy Wayne White novel, and be glad we did. I Readers who still yearn for Travis McGee and wish the Busted Flush wasn't in permanent dry dock should hook up with Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford--a Travis McGee for The '90s. (The Orlando Sentinel). Randy Wayne White continues to produce the kind of novel that makes The Denver Post say, We'll always drop anything to read a new Randy Wayne White novel, and be glad we did. In The Mangrove Coast, the daughter of a dead war buddy calls Ford in distress. If you're ever really in trouble, his friend had written her, Ford's the one you can trust. And trouble is what she's got. Her mother's disappeared in Mexico without a trace, in the company of an unsavory companion, and her money's gone, too. Doc agrees to help, and finds himself in Baja, on the trail of a man more genuinely evil than any he has ever encountered. There's more to it than that, though--a third man whose shadowy presence brings death in its wake. For Doc, the mystery--and the danger--only deepens. In fact, solving the puzzle may turn out to be the most perilous thing of all. Filled with crackling prose and atmosphere, and some of the best characters in contemporary suspense, The Mangrove Coast is a triumph of inventive storytelling.


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Readers who still yearn for Travis McGee and wish the Busted Flush wasn't in permanent dry dock should hook up with Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford--a Travis McGee for The '90s. (The Orlando Sentinel). Randy Wayne White continues to produce the kind of novel that makes The Denver Post say, We'll always drop anything to read a new Randy Wayne White novel, and be glad we did. I Readers who still yearn for Travis McGee and wish the Busted Flush wasn't in permanent dry dock should hook up with Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford--a Travis McGee for The '90s. (The Orlando Sentinel). Randy Wayne White continues to produce the kind of novel that makes The Denver Post say, We'll always drop anything to read a new Randy Wayne White novel, and be glad we did. In The Mangrove Coast, the daughter of a dead war buddy calls Ford in distress. If you're ever really in trouble, his friend had written her, Ford's the one you can trust. And trouble is what she's got. Her mother's disappeared in Mexico without a trace, in the company of an unsavory companion, and her money's gone, too. Doc agrees to help, and finds himself in Baja, on the trail of a man more genuinely evil than any he has ever encountered. There's more to it than that, though--a third man whose shadowy presence brings death in its wake. For Doc, the mystery--and the danger--only deepens. In fact, solving the puzzle may turn out to be the most perilous thing of all. Filled with crackling prose and atmosphere, and some of the best characters in contemporary suspense, The Mangrove Coast is a triumph of inventive storytelling.

30 review for The Mangrove Coast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    A very good Doc Ford book. Concerns a dead friend's wife and daughter being conned by an evil man. This one has a surprise ending that comes out of left field. Just enjoy. A very good Doc Ford book. Concerns a dead friend's wife and daughter being conned by an evil man. This one has a surprise ending that comes out of left field. Just enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bauer

    Ever since I got hooked on this series a couple of months ago, after visiting Sanibel Island I can't help but read a couple of Randy Wayne White's books. "The Mangrove Coast" is a sort of traditional Doc Ford thriller / mystery. But what I've grown to really enjoy in this series is the cerebral approach Ford takes to challenges, both internal and external. He is a man deeply haunted by his past who tries to rationalize his way through without the benefit of emotion. He is flawed, far from perfec Ever since I got hooked on this series a couple of months ago, after visiting Sanibel Island I can't help but read a couple of Randy Wayne White's books. "The Mangrove Coast" is a sort of traditional Doc Ford thriller / mystery. But what I've grown to really enjoy in this series is the cerebral approach Ford takes to challenges, both internal and external. He is a man deeply haunted by his past who tries to rationalize his way through without the benefit of emotion. He is flawed, far from perfect but accepts that and strives to improve, knowing that he will fail and have to try again. The tone, voice and setting of these novels are particularly relaxing for me to read and evoke images and memories of my time on the island. The action is crisp and the plot in this work in particular gets very interesting, very fast. White does such a great job of juking out the reader, leaving one wondering what the heck just happened. My only issues with this latest work are; - at times he tinkers with the POV chronology, bouncing back and forth between past and present with little warning or context. Jarred my reading a couple of times. - there was too much emotion crammed into the final 3 chapters that I felt we, as readers, did not really have a chance to grasp the gravity of what had just occurred. HUGE, multiple events were almost glossed over. But I don't really care. I've got the next book in the series looking right at me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    I’ve enjoyed many of White’s books for his engaging characters and suspenseful plots. However, this one’s not one of his best. The plot takes a long time to get going, and the characters are so pathetic, or so unsavory, that I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. In White’s defense, probably a real-life covert operation would be 75% research and 25% excitement. However, this ratio does not work well in a book. The hero spends too much time doing his research at home, and only the last quarter o I’ve enjoyed many of White’s books for his engaging characters and suspenseful plots. However, this one’s not one of his best. The plot takes a long time to get going, and the characters are so pathetic, or so unsavory, that I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. In White’s defense, probably a real-life covert operation would be 75% research and 25% excitement. However, this ratio does not work well in a book. The hero spends too much time doing his research at home, and only the last quarter of the book rescuing the troubled victim. And the ending — depressing and pointless.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    This entry in the Doc Ford series has the daughter of a great friend of Ford's looking him up for a favor. It seems her mother is being victimized by an evil, evil man. Ford investigates, with his best friend, Tomlinson, and Ford's uncle, Tucker, ( who actually is a lot like Tomlinson). The investigation takes them to Colombia, then Panama. Downer ending. Pretty good, not as violent as some books in the series but still brings the thrills. This entry in the Doc Ford series has the daughter of a great friend of Ford's looking him up for a favor. It seems her mother is being victimized by an evil, evil man. Ford investigates, with his best friend, Tomlinson, and Ford's uncle, Tucker, ( who actually is a lot like Tomlinson). The investigation takes them to Colombia, then Panama. Downer ending. Pretty good, not as violent as some books in the series but still brings the thrills.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Campbell

    I am surprised at the previous reviews. I liked the plot of this book and the twists that it took. As I read more of the Doc Ford series I am especially enjoying the character developments of Doc and Tomlinson and their relationship.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    Another exciting adventure with Doc Ford, this book has the reader turning pages and reading as fast as possible. When Doc gets a call from the daughter of an old friend who was with him in the war, asking for his help in rescuing her mother from a sleazy con man, he accepts and immediately finds himself in trouble as he goes on the mission. In typical laid-back, but still deep-secret, espionage manner, he does what he needs to do, but never expects what happens at the end. This is definitely a Another exciting adventure with Doc Ford, this book has the reader turning pages and reading as fast as possible. When Doc gets a call from the daughter of an old friend who was with him in the war, asking for his help in rescuing her mother from a sleazy con man, he accepts and immediately finds himself in trouble as he goes on the mission. In typical laid-back, but still deep-secret, espionage manner, he does what he needs to do, but never expects what happens at the end. This is definitely a good read that will keep you up late at night reading until you finish it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Salient topic in 2020 despite being written about two decades earlier. Incredible ending. The best in the Ford series thus far (early I know)

  8. 4 out of 5

    window

    Just an OK read. I thought that the plot really dragged for the first 60-75% of the book - not enough to make me abandon it, but enough to make it easy to put down. There were a few things that didn't come across as believable, starting with Gail getting involved with a disgusting character like Jackie Merlot in the first place. The author never fully explains how they even got to know each other years before. Also, Doc's willingness to drop everything, put himself in mortal danger, and take off Just an OK read. I thought that the plot really dragged for the first 60-75% of the book - not enough to make me abandon it, but enough to make it easy to put down. There were a few things that didn't come across as believable, starting with Gail getting involved with a disgusting character like Jackie Merlot in the first place. The author never fully explains how they even got to know each other years before. Also, Doc's willingness to drop everything, put himself in mortal danger, and take off to South America without batting an eye felt like a stretch to me. Doc's relationship 20 years ago with Gail's husband that ended with his death just didn't seem to be strong enough to prompt such a sacrifice so many years later for people he had never met. Also, why Doc would brutally kill Jackie's body guard and then literally watch Jackie walk away makes no sense. The ending, while definitely unexpected, felt very contrived. The author did do a nice job with describing life in coastal Florida and while I found the Tucker character annoying, the Tomlinson character was well done - a quirky, modern stoner-philosopher. In reading other reviews, others have noted that this isn't White's best work. It's the first book of his I've read, so I'd be willing to give him another try, hoping the next one will be better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This book had some great parts - and some not so great parts. I enjoy Doc's character,but it seemed the story was drawn out alot. Guess my mind wants to wander it it's not being engaged at enough rpm. This book had some great parts - and some not so great parts. I enjoy Doc's character,but it seemed the story was drawn out alot. Guess my mind wants to wander it it's not being engaged at enough rpm.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I am slowly making my way through the Doc Ford series on the recommendation of close friends. I enjoy the marine biologist Doc Ford’s digressions on the natural history of Florida, particularly about sea creatures that I know little about. Author White clearly has studied Florida’s flora and fauna. However, White’s crime writing is less impressive. It took him nearly half the book to introduce the reader to the various characters and their respective backgrounds. So, it is hard for the action po I am slowly making my way through the Doc Ford series on the recommendation of close friends. I enjoy the marine biologist Doc Ford’s digressions on the natural history of Florida, particularly about sea creatures that I know little about. Author White clearly has studied Florida’s flora and fauna. However, White’s crime writing is less impressive. It took him nearly half the book to introduce the reader to the various characters and their respective backgrounds. So, it is hard for the action portion to make up for the slow start—even though White takes us to exotic locations in Cartagena, Columbia and the Panamanian Gamboa. Meh!

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Ward

    The Mangrove Coast by Randy Wayne White (Berkley Books 1998)(Fiction - Mystery) is another installment in the line of Doc Ford novels. This one was the weakest one I've read. I missed the usual detailed descriptive narratives involving various sea creatures, which to me are the most fun (and distinctive) portions of the storytelling. In this tale, Doc hunts for the wife of a former CIA buddy (now deceased) who has fallen under the spell of a svengali. My rating: 6/10, finished 8/30/12. The Mangrove Coast by Randy Wayne White (Berkley Books 1998)(Fiction - Mystery) is another installment in the line of Doc Ford novels. This one was the weakest one I've read. I missed the usual detailed descriptive narratives involving various sea creatures, which to me are the most fun (and distinctive) portions of the storytelling. In this tale, Doc hunts for the wife of a former CIA buddy (now deceased) who has fallen under the spell of a svengali. My rating: 6/10, finished 8/30/12.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard Katz

    I must confess that I was deeply disappointed with this book, after the very happy discovery of author Randy Wayne White's Sannibel Flats. The pacing was way off; felt as if the author could not wait to finish writing this book. And where was the editor? A surprise ending that was not a big surprise and unsatisfying. I will give White another chance since Sanibel Flats was so very good. I hope that Tomlinson makes a more full return in other books, as this Skink-like character is terrific! I must confess that I was deeply disappointed with this book, after the very happy discovery of author Randy Wayne White's Sannibel Flats. The pacing was way off; felt as if the author could not wait to finish writing this book. And where was the editor? A surprise ending that was not a big surprise and unsatisfying. I will give White another chance since Sanibel Flats was so very good. I hope that Tomlinson makes a more full return in other books, as this Skink-like character is terrific!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jacqulyn

    This Florida man can sure spin a great tale. I was hooked from the beginning and was completely reeled in by the end of the story. Doc Ford is joined once again by his crazy old uncle Tucker Gatrell, who always manages to throw the normally cool Ford off his game. Doc's mysterious past has come back to haunt him, requiring that favors be called in from people he had hoped to leave behind. But Ford never lets down a friend, even one who has been dead for nearly two decades. This Florida man can sure spin a great tale. I was hooked from the beginning and was completely reeled in by the end of the story. Doc Ford is joined once again by his crazy old uncle Tucker Gatrell, who always manages to throw the normally cool Ford off his game. Doc's mysterious past has come back to haunt him, requiring that favors be called in from people he had hoped to leave behind. But Ford never lets down a friend, even one who has been dead for nearly two decades.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Doc Ford #6. Best one so far! Even though we are 20 years beyond the publication of this book (1998), this review still hold true: "Readers who still yearn for Travis McGee and wish the Busted Flush wasn't in permanent dry dock should hook up with Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford--a Travis McGee for the '90s. -- The Orlando Sentinel. " Doc Ford #6. Best one so far! Even though we are 20 years beyond the publication of this book (1998), this review still hold true: "Readers who still yearn for Travis McGee and wish the Busted Flush wasn't in permanent dry dock should hook up with Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford--a Travis McGee for the '90s. -- The Orlando Sentinel. "

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lenny

    I have to say this one started out slow and dragged its heels, but in the end it was in my opinion one of the best in the Doc Ford series. Its one of those stories that when you are done you have to remind yourself its just a story. Very emotional, very well written.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eloise

    These Doc Ford books just get better and better! This one has a surprise ending I never would have guessed. But it seems remarkably plausible. Rock on, Doc!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Blain Dillard

    Jimmy Buffett meets Carl Hiaasen meets Daniel Silva. My first Doc Ford novel. Not bad. I'll give others in the series a try. Jimmy Buffett meets Carl Hiaasen meets Daniel Silva. My first Doc Ford novel. Not bad. I'll give others in the series a try.

  18. 5 out of 5

    CliffAnderson

    Interesting This is one of his better books so far. I'll keep reading his series since they are readable,though not terribly well written. Interesting This is one of his better books so far. I'll keep reading his series since they are readable,though not terribly well written.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Mild mannered Biologist by day.... EX CIA when he needs to be..... A good story with with travel, tragedy and twists.

  20. 4 out of 5

    anonymousreader

    Just an OK read. I thought that the plot really dragged for the first 60-75% of the book - not enough to make me abandon it, but enough to make it easy to put down. There were a few things that didn't come across as believable, starting with Gail getting involved with a disgusting character like Jackie Merlot in the first place. The author never fully explains how they even got to know each other years before. Also, Doc's willingness to drop everything, put himself in mortal danger, and take off Just an OK read. I thought that the plot really dragged for the first 60-75% of the book - not enough to make me abandon it, but enough to make it easy to put down. There were a few things that didn't come across as believable, starting with Gail getting involved with a disgusting character like Jackie Merlot in the first place. The author never fully explains how they even got to know each other years before. Also, Doc's willingness to drop everything, put himself in mortal danger, and take off to South America without batting an eye felt like a stretch to me. Doc's relationship 20 years ago with Gail's husband that ended with his death just didn't seem to be strong enough to prompt such a sacrifice so many years later for people he had never met. Also, why Doc would brutally kill Jackie's body guard and then literally watch Jackie walk away makes no sense. The ending, while definitely unexpected, felt very contrived. The author did do a nice job with describing life in coastal Florida and while I found the Tucker character annoying, the Tomlinson character was well done - a quirky, modern stoner-philosopher. In reading other reviews, others have noted that this isn't White's best work. It's the first book of his I've read, so I'd be willing to give him another try, hoping the next one will be better.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    THE MANGROVE COAST is the sixth of Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series and it is the fastest, most compelling and most intense book in this absolutely wonderful series about a Florida marine biologist and his hipster friend Tomlinson. What I have yet to understand, however is how a marine biologist gets his self involved in so many other activities specifically investigating criminal activities. I’ve had the good fortune to travel to Sanibel Island, and to visit both of the doc Ford restaurants th THE MANGROVE COAST is the sixth of Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series and it is the fastest, most compelling and most intense book in this absolutely wonderful series about a Florida marine biologist and his hipster friend Tomlinson. What I have yet to understand, however is how a marine biologist gets his self involved in so many other activities specifically investigating criminal activities. I’ve had the good fortune to travel to Sanibel Island, and to visit both of the doc Ford restaurants there. Any of the books that Randy Wayne White has written might be purchased there. What the author tells us about The Mangrove Coast is spot on. However, in this particular novel we learn more about Columbia and the environ there and in Panama than we do of Florida. Doc Ford even seems a bit more Trepidatious with regard to this investigation and in particular with his uncles involvement. Especially knowing it involves the widow and daughter of one of his long past friends. But as always he solves the problem at hand, but this time does not go unscathed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    “The Mangrove Coast” is another good Doc Ford book which gave the reader an interesting story with a different, yet compelling plot. White also wrote several engaging plot twists with a real surprise surprise ending which totally caught me. Trying not to give any spoilers, this story was a little sad at the ending. Doc gets a call from the daughter of an old friend who was with him in the war years. She is asking for Doc’s help in rescuing her mother from a sleazy con man. As expected, Doc accept “The Mangrove Coast” is another good Doc Ford book which gave the reader an interesting story with a different, yet compelling plot. White also wrote several engaging plot twists with a real surprise surprise ending which totally caught me. Trying not to give any spoilers, this story was a little sad at the ending. Doc gets a call from the daughter of an old friend who was with him in the war years. She is asking for Doc’s help in rescuing her mother from a sleazy con man. As expected, Doc accepts and soon finds himself caught up in a strange and dangerous web of deceit and murder. Unexpectedly, Doc Ford is joined once again by his crazy old uncle Tucker Gatrell. White's stories are carefully crafted which is part of his ability of being a good story teller. At times, his plot does bog down - often from some excessive details or explanation, but White keeps the reader involved. “The Mangrove Coast” may not be White’s best, but it is a good story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MisterLiberry Head

    To tell you the truth, Marion “Doc” Ford often comes off as a prig and a jerk. He thinks of himself as a Vulcan, but he’s really a Romulan. It’s hard to imagine a guy this conflicted passing his spook-agency psych screening much less partnering with SEALS on dark ops in Cambodia. Nevertheless, his sixth adventure has Doc trying to rescue the sexy widow and plucky daughter of a long-dead covert ops buddy who have fallen prey to a moral monster named Jackie Merlot. The plot hinges on the days of d To tell you the truth, Marion “Doc” Ford often comes off as a prig and a jerk. He thinks of himself as a Vulcan, but he’s really a Romulan. It’s hard to imagine a guy this conflicted passing his spook-agency psych screening much less partnering with SEALS on dark ops in Cambodia. Nevertheless, his sixth adventure has Doc trying to rescue the sexy widow and plucky daughter of a long-dead covert ops buddy who have fallen prey to a moral monster named Jackie Merlot. The plot hinges on the days of dial-up modems and the heinous possibilities cyber-tech opened for the early Internet predators. To be fair, THE MANGROVE COAST benefits from a back-and-forth chronology and a confessional, almost mournful tone. If only Doc-as-first-person-narrator would take a rest from fortune-cookie declarations like: “The past is constructed of memory, the future of expectations” (p26).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I've read several in this series now. I really like the southwest Florida setting, and White does an excellent job of evoking the area. I generally like the main character, Doc Ford, a solitary marine biologist with a past in covert operations. As in this book, the plots in this series are usually ridiculous, but I don't mind. But I am getting tired of the detailed and creepy evaluations of women's bodies and personalities. And in this book Doc apparently spends the night in the arms of the bare I've read several in this series now. I really like the southwest Florida setting, and White does an excellent job of evoking the area. I generally like the main character, Doc Ford, a solitary marine biologist with a past in covert operations. As in this book, the plots in this series are usually ridiculous, but I don't mind. But I am getting tired of the detailed and creepy evaluations of women's bodies and personalities. And in this book Doc apparently spends the night in the arms of the barely adult daughter of one of his best buddies from his own early adulthood. Um yeah no. I already own several more from this series, so I guess I'll keep reading for the parts that I do like... but I think for now I'll hold off on buying more of them....

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike Barzacchini

    The deeper I read into this book, the more I enjoyed it. It has been years since I've picked up a Doc Ford novel, and I suspect I read this one a decade or so back. A recent trip to Sanibel Island, supper at Doc Ford's, and the opportunity to meet Mr. White has rekindled my interest in these novels and characters. Not sure why I jumped into #6, but it was a pretty good starting place. I may read back to #1 and also keep reading forward (I'm starting #7, Ten Thousand Islands, today). I'm also rea The deeper I read into this book, the more I enjoyed it. It has been years since I've picked up a Doc Ford novel, and I suspect I read this one a decade or so back. A recent trip to Sanibel Island, supper at Doc Ford's, and the opportunity to meet Mr. White has rekindled my interest in these novels and characters. Not sure why I jumped into #6, but it was a pretty good starting place. I may read back to #1 and also keep reading forward (I'm starting #7, Ten Thousand Islands, today). I'm also reading Fins, Mr. Ford's first middle-grade novel, and really enjoying it. Great to dive back into this world.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rarely am I shocked by the resolution to a novel, either because I am somewhat clever or more likely I just read the same kind of thrillers ever time. This one shocked the heck out of me! While the primary and secondary resolutions seem a bit implausible, it was a pleasure to unwrap the ending with such disbelief. RWW tied it altogether so well that it felt complete, sad but complete. What an author.... What a hoot! I look forward to continuing on to learn more about Doc Ford especially as I LOV Rarely am I shocked by the resolution to a novel, either because I am somewhat clever or more likely I just read the same kind of thrillers ever time. This one shocked the heck out of me! While the primary and secondary resolutions seem a bit implausible, it was a pleasure to unwrap the ending with such disbelief. RWW tied it altogether so well that it felt complete, sad but complete. What an author.... What a hoot! I look forward to continuing on to learn more about Doc Ford especially as I LOVE Florida.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the book father most part but it was extremely long and I did not like the ending. With 3 of the important characters getting killed. At least it should not have been all three getting killed and the the friend of Doc Ford the soldier who every one thought dead was actually alive. I was hoping I had found another author in Randy Wayne White to listen to but not sure now. I will try another book to make sure. I mainly listened to this one because the narrator was Ron McLarty who is a fa I enjoyed the book father most part but it was extremely long and I did not like the ending. With 3 of the important characters getting killed. At least it should not have been all three getting killed and the the friend of Doc Ford the soldier who every one thought dead was actually alive. I was hoping I had found another author in Randy Wayne White to listen to but not sure now. I will try another book to make sure. I mainly listened to this one because the narrator was Ron McLarty who is a fantastic narrator and makes the books he reads come alive

  28. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Ford has to deal with the events and emotional consequences of his recent trip to Cuba. Then the daughter of a deceased military buddy arrives to ask him for help when her mother disappeared. This is very X-rated. But only because it’s involved in the case Ford gets involved in. A sex traffic ring out of Columbia. But it has one of the most beautiful endings I’ve ever read. Fave scenes: Amanda’s description about bottlenose dolphins, Ford’s theory about Black Grouper, Ford’s explanation to Amanda Ford has to deal with the events and emotional consequences of his recent trip to Cuba. Then the daughter of a deceased military buddy arrives to ask him for help when her mother disappeared. This is very X-rated. But only because it’s involved in the case Ford gets involved in. A sex traffic ring out of Columbia. But it has one of the most beautiful endings I’ve ever read. Fave scenes: Amanda’s description about bottlenose dolphins, Ford’s theory about Black Grouper, Ford’s explanation to Amanda about his parent’s death and Thomlinson getting into the computer.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    First one I’ve read I may read another one or two of Doc’s stories. The writing fits the detective genre style. The details string out endlessly for readers with an interest in the setting (FL). Doc’s background stretches beyond what an average reader knows about CIA and special agents so anything goes. I did not find some of the other characters as well drawn, like Amanda. She too neatly works for the plot. I read it quickly because I never cared about Doc or his mission.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I guess I was looking for a book with a lot more mystery and action. I just could not get into it or the character of Doc Ford. A lot of verbage (background stuff and words-lots of them) and really no action to speak of until about the last 60 or so pages. Interesting plot and ending but I doubt that I will read another in the series. Periodic cursing, I guess for character development but that does nothing for me as a reader

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