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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (803 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Wayne White Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Doc Ford Series Release Date: May 2001 ISBN: 9781449861216
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Randy Wayne White is a journalist, veteran fishing guide, and author of several nonfiction collections. He also creates superb, bestselling suspense fiction. His novels have received the highest praise from Library Journal and Booklist, and from authors like Carl Hiassen, who says, “Randy Wayne White takes us places that no other Florida mystery writer could hope to find.” Marine biologist Doc Ford is spending two easy weeks on luxurious Guava Key compiling data. But when two young women at the resort are attacked, Doc comes to their rescue. In an instant, he is pulled into an international plan of revenge that becomes more deadly with each passing hour. Now, Doc isn’t counting fish—he’s adding up his chances for survival. Shark River’s eye-popping chases, eccentric characters, and taut suspense are all seasoned with a rich, dark humor that heightens the irony of Doc’s predicament. From its astonishing first sentence to the final punchline, this book is sure to grab every listener in its powerful grip. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the nation’s most accomplished wordsmiths at the top of his game.” Tampa 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.”

    Albany Times Union

  • “The story doesn’t move in a single forward direction. Rather it is woven knot by knot, the work of a master net maker. Tense action scenes, skillful character development and an unerring eye for local flora and fauna make White a match for any Florida storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A nicely written thriller with clever, convincing dialogue…Narrator McLarty serviceably pulls out the tough-guy persona he uses so often on tape, giving us a clear, clean rendition.”

    AudioFile

  • “Comes together in a rousing finale…in a tropical island version of the OK Corral. Ford remains the most consistently entertaining of the latter-day Travis McGees, as White continues to mix action and introspection in just the right proportions.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Johnson | 2/11/2014

    " Great story with interesting characters that you grow to love. Quick and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/3/2014

    " I love it when White gets it right with his Doc Ford novels and he definitely does with this one. Many of Doc's secrest are finally exposed and great ction to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Nasby | 1/27/2014

    " Chris and I are reading some Florida authors these days, and like White for his surprise factor, and his sense of humor. He has a very funny side kick in his Doc Ford mystrey series. And we love the sense of place in his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/18/2014

    " In this thriller, Doc Ford is a marine biologist with a black past. He was an off the books, outside the law, super duper trained government killer charged with keeping America safe by any means necessary. Get it pilgrim? The writing is good, and the characters pretty well developed,especially his Bahamian half cousine Ransome, and his pal Thomlinson. However, the pace of the book is too slow with way too much internal narrative, too much psychology, and too much description of his temporary girl friends private parts. Like a lot of these tough guy books, this is really a kind of romance novel for men who may want to identify with a super tough super stud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phair | 1/14/2014

    " Doc Ford continues to be one of my favorite characters. Particularly like stories that bring in his covert past and that explore Doc's internal conflicts. Tomlinson is a delight as always. Please keep writing Randy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 12/20/2013

    " Am enjoying this new (to me) series - Doc Ford is a marine biologist in FL with a secret, special forces type of past. He has the requisite quirky side-kick. Good fun for light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Felton | 12/9/2013

    " A good quick read. Unrealistic at times but entertaining none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/26/2013

    " Great characters. First I've read in this series, but it won't be the last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Ward | 9/16/2013

    " Shark River by Randy Wayne White (G.P.Putnam's Sons)(fiction - mystery) is another one of the good Doc Ford mysteries. My rating: 6/10, finished 8/10/12. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Kennedy | 8/26/2013

    " I loved Doc - I'm going to read more of these books. 'H-anging out' with Doc and Thomlinson is like being with old friends! Thanks John for the recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/24/2013

    " Doc Ford novel: Doc's mysterious past as a government agent is revealed after he thwarts a kidnapping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 8/10/2013

    " Another great book in the Doc Ford series. I learned even more interesting facts about Florida. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E Dean | 6/6/2013

    " I didn't care for this tale but looking forward to reading more of White's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 5/22/2013

    " eh. somewhat disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Wilem | 3/7/2013

    " I like the characters and setting in all of Randy's books. I hate that I lost all of my autographed copies during Hurricane Katrina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby B | 11/4/2012

    " Having recently become a Randy White fan, I'm working my way thru his published titles. They are all fun to read. A Florida Jack Reacher with a sidekick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren Davis | 9/28/2012

    " READING WAS A JOY. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colin Kemmis | 7/16/2012

    " the plot never really delivered. bummer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 6/20/2012

    " This one was handed to me from someone else, figuring I would like it. And I did. I would like to say here that I didn't have Harrington figured out. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie (aka Serial Reader) | 5/30/2012

    " I liked the book - fun, fast read. It builds on the relationship between Tomlinson and Ford and brings into the family, Ransom, Ford's cousin. That's a new complication, but I'm going to enjoy reading what comes next! 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 4/7/2012

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron x stars; Read on Overdrive from MN Library "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/1/2011

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 4 stars library book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/20/2011

    " surprise....yet another great adventure with Doc Ford and friends. Enter Randsom, a sister he never knew he had....ok, ok, a cousin..............whatever...what a cool character.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 4/18/2011

    " I love these Doc Ford mysteries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/22/2011

    " This was a re-read...and well worth spending the time with it. Doc and Tomlinson while deeply involved with the present time and events, delve into their past histories. It is complex and fascinating coupled with some great action scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/7/2010

    " Great series. Like Travis McGee only with more fishing and Burn Notice style spy tips. I'll be reading more of these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stevebri bridgeland | 9/12/2010

    " Slow paced. I was surprised when I realized I was 80% done. Assumed I was closer to 30% based on the pace. Nice background of some of the characters and addition of one that will defiantly appear again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/5/2010

    " Chris and I are reading some Florida authors these days, and like White for his surprise factor, and his sense of humor. He has a very funny side kick in his Doc Ford mystrey series. And we love the sense of place in his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/22/2010

    " Doc Ford novel: Doc's mysterious past as a government agent is revealed after he thwarts a kidnapping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/8/2009

    " I loved Doc - I'm going to read more of these books. 'H-anging out' with Doc and Thomlinson is like being with old friends! Thanks John for the recommendation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 9/24/2009

    " Am enjoying this new (to me) series - Doc Ford is a marine biologist in FL with a secret, special forces type of past. He has the requisite quirky side-kick. Good fun for light reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/25/2009

    " Interesting for the exploration of the relationships Doc Ford has with Tomlinson and his long lost "sister" and a glimpse or two in his past. Loved the ending, enjoyed on audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2009

    " Great story with interesting characters that you grow to love. Quick and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 7/24/2008

    " I love these Doc Ford mysteries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 12/25/2007

    " This one was handed to me from someone else, figuring I would like it. And I did. I would like to say here that I didn't have Harrington figured out. Good read.
    "

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About the Author
Author Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White is an author and columnist best known for his Doc Ford series of crime novels. He was a fishing guide on Sanibel Island, Florida, for thirteen years and was also a monthly columnist for Outside Magazine. White is the author of over twenty books, including Gone, Sanibel Flats, and four collections of nonfiction.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.