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Ten Thousand Islands


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Randy Wayne White is the author of seventeen previous Doc Ford novels and four collections of nonfiction. He lives in an old house built on an Indian mound in Pineland, Florida.


This seventh entry in White's (Mangrove Coast) series featuring marine biologist and ex-CIA operative Doc Ford was originally published in 1990. The story is a fascinating and gripping one, displaying White's skill at evoking Florida and the sea. Narrator Ron McLarty, who additionally wears the hats of actor, playwright, and novelist (Stephen King famously lauded McLarty's The Memory of Running in 2003 after hearing it on audio) is in his usual fine form. He conveys the essence of Doc's character as well as the story's tension and humor, and his paced narration helps maximize the suspense. A great choice for public libraries both as a series entry and as a standalone. [With tracks every three minutes for bookmarking.--Ed.]--Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Of all the writers currently exploiting the Florida mayhem boom, only White can claim to have created a series hero, marine biologist Marion "Doc" Ford, to match Hemingway's memorable outdoorsmen and John D. MacDonald's much-missed Travis McGee. Some of the Ford books have been unfocused, but White's seventh (after 1998's The Mangrove Coast) is one of the strongest, rich with not only evocative images ("I spooked a school of redfish that angled away as a herd, pushing an acre of waking water") but also with an unusually deep cast of characters. Ford himself is in top form, quickly convincing readers that he cares as much about his real job (capturing snook for a lab working to improve the breed) as he does about solving a mysteryDin this case, why the grave of a 15-year-old girl who had an uncanny ability to find things has been desecrated. Somebody is after a 400-year-old gold medallion that she unearthed, a relic of the Calusa Indians. Besides Ford's scene-stealing druggy sidekick, Tomlinson, there are some very interesting female characters: the dead girl herself, with whom Ford turns out to have a strange connection; her gutsy mother, a tough waitress working to keep her daughter's memory alive and unsullied; a young archeologist and an older local woman who take Ford's mind off his former lover. Even the obvious villains, a wealthy and politically powerful father-and-son team, are saved from being clichs by some original touches. But the real star is the seascape of Florida, something that FordDand WhiteDknow intimately. National tour. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"One of the most satisfying thrillers in recent memory."--Chicago Tribune"This latest entry in the Doc Ford series is one of the strongest...A taut story of modern greed and violence. Plenty of great twists...make this one of the most satisfying thrillers in recent memory."--Chicago Tribune"We can't think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than curled up with this book...A wild dangerous adventure...Breathless action."--The Denver Post"A powerful look at Florida's heart of darkness...A rapid-fire tale that will snare readers like a treble hook...No on around today writes as well about Florida...Rough-edged and violent...One of the best in a series that is as good as anything being written today."--The Tampa Tribune"When it comes to Florida, White is positively lyrical...Marvelous description, good plotting, and plenty of action."--Florida Times-Union"No one evokes life along the sultry mangrove coast of Southwest Florida as perfectly...White's best book yet."--Albuquerque Tribune"White...can be counted on to produce the real goods...And although he's subtle about the atmospherics, when White cranks up the momentum, he tosses in everything."--The Palm Beach Post"Fast-paced...This is Key Largo meets Wild Kingdom."--The News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)"White writes with an obvious knowledge and love of Florida's west coast, an intimacy made possible only by living here, and one which helps make the book a pleasant summer escape."--Sarasota Herald-Tribune"Maintains an edgy sense of adventure...White's strong sense of place and people keep us wanting to return to Florida's west coast."--The Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

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