In the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White, Doc Ford is the only hope for an island of hostages.
On one of Florida’s private islands, a notorious Russian black marketer is hosting a reception. Doc Ford only wanted to get an underwater look at the billionaire’s yacht. But when he surfaces, he gets a look at something he’d rather not see.
A group of violent, armed men have taken control of the island, their true identity unknown. Whatever the motive, they threaten to kill the hostages one by one unless their demands are met—after which they might kill everyone anyway.
Communications from the island have been cut off, and Ford knows he has to act. Luckily, the militants do not know Ford’s capabilities, or that he is still on the loose. But that situation won’t last for long…and the clock is ticking.
Technology buffs will enjoy the cool gadgets in bestseller White s 19th Doc Ford novel (after 2011 s Night Vision), but those looking for emotional depth should look elsewhere. Ford, a marine biologist and sometime investigator, infiltrates a gathering of black market caviar kings held on a private Florida island. Suspecting something illegal in the Russian host s yacht, Ford slips out of the party for an underwater look. When he surfaces, the island s power is cut and communications with the mainland are blocked by eco-terrorists with troubled personalities and murky motives. At first, Ford is alone, combating purely physical dangers. When victims and perpetrators finally appear, it s difficult to care about any of them, except Ford s old hipster friend, Tomlinson, while Doc s inner life is supplanted by self-congratulation on his expertise, bravery, and physique. White always delivers intelligent writing and thought-provoking facts, but series fans may hope for a more character-driven story next time around.
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This, so far, is my least favorite of the Doc Ford series. The lack of character development in the beginning plus the clumsy switching from present to past left me confused. I will continue to be an avid reader, but this book was a disappointment.
Rambling, hard to finish
I usually enjoy the Doc Ford novels, but this one was difficult to avoid walking away from. Rambling plot that constantly wanders down irrelevant paths, combined with a bumbling uncharacteristic Ford made this a complete waste of time.
I wasn't too impressed with this Doc Ford novel and I have read most of them. Too long-winded. Not much in the way of action. Randy had written much better!!