Murder, sunken treasure, and pirates both ancient and modern send Doc Ford on a nightmare quest in this New York Times bestseller in Randy Wayne White's thrilling series.
Marine biologist Doc Ford has been known to help his friends out of jams occasionally, but he's never faced a situation like this.
His old pal Carl Fitzpatrick has been chasing sunken wrecks most of his life, but now he's run afoul of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Its director, Leonard Nickelby, despises amateur archaeologists, which is bad enough, but now he and his young "assistant" have disappeared--along with Fitzpatrick's impounded cache of rare Spanish coins and the list of uncharted wreck sites Fitz spent decades putting together. Some of Fitz's own explorations have been a little...dicey, so he can't go to the authorities. Doc is his only hope.
But greed makes people do terrible things: rob, cheat, even kill. With stakes this high, there's no way the thieves will go quietly--and Doc's just put himself in their crosshairs.
Bestseller White's diverting, if sluggish, 25th Doc Ford novel (after 2017's Mangrove Lightning) focuses on an unlikely couple. A chance meeting in Ocala National Forest between unhappily married Leonard Nickelby, a college professor working for a Florida state agency that monitors treasure hunters, and much younger Lydia Johnson, a former student of his who's illegally looking for treasure in the park, leads to an affair. Eight months later, the two set off for the Bahamas in search of treasure. On their trail is marine biologist and sometime government operative Doc, who's worried that the pair might get into trouble, as they soon do. The diminutive Leonard proves surprisingly brave in various perilous situations, but he can't prevent Efren Donner, a nasty Hollywood mogul in cahoots with Salvadorian drug dealers, from taking him and Lydia captive. In a tense chapter, Lydia must try hard to keep Efren from doing further violence. Many readers will enjoy the boating and fishing lore, but others will wish that Doc and friends had done less talking in between the action scenes. Author tour.
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Another great adventure with Doc and Tomlinson
Spot on with the title
The length White goes to for historical fiction is truly impressive. The way he places his reader into the minds and actions of his characters is an absolute treasure in each read.
The character development over the years continues to excite with each new book. I hope the next is a Hannah Smith as his writing as a female protagonist provides the reader with an entirely different perspective than Ford’s
I’m ready for the next adventure. I wish White would write about the change the recent storm is bringing to the Panhandle. I’m sure the history around that area blended with the stories from the recent devastation would make an interesting read. White’s respect of local culture would enable the stories to be shared without dehumanizing the situation.
I thought your effort last year was weak to be charitable. I couldn’t even finish this one. I have read every book in the series but honestly I will think twice before buying the next one. Maybe you should quit while you’re ahead.
Sorry Randy. Bob Polenzani