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Dead Silence (Doc Ford) [Kindle Edition]

Randy Wayne White
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

So terrifying it'll leave readers breathless...

When a Minnesota teen is kidnapped, Doc Ford is given an unthinkable ultimatum, and only 36 hours to act on it. But there's something unusual about the boy that his captors don't even know, twisting this deadly game out of control in ways no one can imagine.

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller White's high-octane 16th thriller to feature Marion Doc Ford (after Black Widow) opens with a splash as Ford deep-sixes serial rapist Bern Heller into the ocean a mile off Sanibel Island, Fla. Killing Heller is a sidebar to Doc's primary mission: rescuing Will Chaser, a 14-year-old Indian boy from Oklahoma, from two Cuban psychopaths who in a bungled kidnapping attempt wound up with Will instead of their intended target, a U.S. senator. Will is the real star of the show—a tough, resourceful juvenile delinquent with rodeo skills and a propensity for rage that make him a pretty even match for the two demonic kidnappers, who are demanding valuable information found in the belongings of the now-deceased Fidel Castro. Despite some confusing backstory and an unnecessarily complicated plot—White drags in many of Doc's sidekicks from earlier books for not much apparent reason—the action roars along as Doc does what Doc does best: kick butt. Author tour. (Mar.)
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Retirement didn’t sit well with Doc Ford, White’s marine biologist and black-ops agent. Doc’s back in the game now but choosing his own projects, including a spot of vigilante settling up with the serial rapist who killed one of the fishing guides from Dinkin’s Bay Marina, Sanibel Island, Doc’s beloved home. With the local cops on his tail, Doc hops a plane for New York, there to rendezvous with a fetching U.S. senator who finds the biologist’s horned-rim glasses and broad shoulders a very appealing combination. Naturally, things happen. Ford witnesses the senator’s attempted kidnapping and manages to keep her out of harm’s way, but another person riding in the limo, a 14-year-old Native American boy, is snatched instead. It’s all part of a scheme by some rogue Cubans to recover a cache of Castro’s private papers. Soon enough the boy has been buried alive (with an air vent providing a rapidly diminishing air supply), and Ford and best-buddy Tomlinson, who hails from Long Island, are on the trail. The action, typical for White, is relentless, and the tension builds agonizingly (nothing like burying somebody alive to ratchet up the suspense). But the real interest here is the glimpse White provides of Tomlinson’s background (rich kid with seriously bent kinfolk). This may not be the tightest or most entertaining novel in the series, but longtime fans—of whom there are many—have been wanting to hear more of hippie-dippy Tomlinson’s backstory for years, and they’ll be overjoyed to get their wish. --Bill Ott

Product Details

  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399155406
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001SK4K84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good March 29, 2009
I own all Randy's books and am a HUGE fan. A new RWW book is like Christmas to me. This one is not good. It doesn't even read like a book of his. No humor whatsoever and it doesn't flow well for me. No fun characters we all know and love, no stilt house, no time on the water, no historical tidbits about Florida, etc, etc.
I'll continue to buy his books but lately, I've been disappointed more often than not.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 24, 2009
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I have been a fan of Randy Wayne White since his non-fiction collection _Batfishing in the Rainforest_, and have been an avid reader of his Doc Ford series since its first novel _Sanibel Flats_ was published in the early 1990's. Therefore it is with a heavy heart that I give _Dead Silence_ 2 stars.

Long gone are the diatribes against developers, snow-birds, con-men and crooks that lured me to the series. The banter between trippy, hippie Tomlinson, a perennial favorite and the more serious, scientific Ford, once the highlight of the story now feels like a long married couple going through the motions. The last few books by White have fallen farther and farther afield, as Ford is pulled to more exotic locations in Latin America, the plot lines getting thinner and thinner, the action more fantastic (as in fantasy), the romantic laisons more unbelievable.

In _Dead Silence_, Ford interrupts the kidnapping of a United States Senator, who instead take a teen-ager visiting New York having won an essay contest. The story becomes increasingly bizzare, as threads of Tomlinson's wealthy family in the Hamptons intersect with Ford's dark past as a covert operator. The action is tense, the kidnapped boy buried alive as Ford is literally engaged in a race against time - if the ransom demands of the kidnappers are not met, the kidnapped boy will suffocate. As an added plot twist, White imagines a Cuba following the death of Castro, his secret files (and secret wealth collected over the last 40 years of his reign) are the bartering chips with which the Senator, Ford and the kidnappers haggle over. Add references to secret fraternities at Yale and you have a sense of just how far over the top (and how far astray from where the series began) White has come.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother April 9, 2009
I am a RWW fan, having read all the Doc Ford series but this one does not even resemble White's writing. It's almost like someone who flunked introductory mystery writing wrote it. It has multiple story lines, started but never developed or finished, nightmarish violence and too many undefined and unfinished characters. All the charm and uniqueness of the Islands, the characters of the Marina are missing. Tomlinson is unrecognizable. Randy should have quit while he was ahead.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So long, Doc March 27, 2009
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The recent Doc Ford books are ok, but nothing special. His books involving Florida, the ocean, and fish and credible bad guys (as opposed to larger-than-life Bond-type villains) were better. The older books had a bit of back-story giving Doc Ford a bit of mystery and, perhaps, a reason for his world weariness, but that's all and it was enough. He made his living selling specimen fish to schools. Lately, fish, the sea, Dinkins Cove, Captiva Island and Florida are barely mentioned. Suddenly he is a secret agent again with a renewed license to kill. I'm disappointed. I knew he was smart enough to take care of sharks. I'm sorry that he wasn't smart enough to keep from jumping one. So long, Doc.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doc Chrysler June 18, 2009
I've been a fan of the Doc Ford series from its inception, but I wonder if that franchise might not have run its course. There's residual entertainment value here, in spite of annoying problems with the book. That is, Tomlinson's personality has become fuzzily amorphous, Ford seems ever more morally ambiguous, and too many characters are tediously portrayed as obsessed with getting laid even while catastrophic events are whirling around them. Add a couple of non-believable and expendable characters and an inconsistently paced plot, and we are presented with a product that does not meet White's usual standard. Too bad. The series was fun while it lasted. I did appreciate the accolades given to Bill Marquardt at the end of the novel, though. Once upon a time Bill was an acquaintance of mine.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not bother to read this book, it is rubbish March 28, 2009
By A. Wong
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I downloaded this book to my Kindle despite the negative reviews of regular Randy Wayne White readers because sometimes I have found books to be moderate, relaxing reads despite negative reviews. Not in this case! I would have to rank this as tied for the worst book I've ever read, right up there with "Play it Again, Spam" by Tamar Myers.

First problem, when viewed on my Kindle, there was double-spacing between paragraphs, and each paragraph was only a sentence or two long. So it was incredibly disjointed and difficult to read.

Secondly, it seems as if White took every modicum of an idea he ever had for a book, put them all in a bag, shook the bag, and pulled out any old 15 or 20 items. There are so many inadequate transitions in the book, so many episodes that aren't related to the ones before or after, so many characters that are just touched on briefly and never developed.

Third, this book could never be understood by anyone who has not read most of the previous Doc Ford books. References to Harrington, Joe Egret, Tomlinson's exploits, and other past events are obscure, even though I have read every single previous RWW Doc Ford episode.

Fourth, one little reference, to PERBCOTT, made me long for the days when White took the care to develop the Dinkin's Bay crew and talk about their lives and activities. Nothing like that here, not even the routine description of Doc's house and lab that is usually included.

Fifth, this book reads as if an editor never once took a look at it.

Sixth, it seems as if White has fallen prey to the "make the tough guy ever tougher" syndrome.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Suspense at it's best! Love that " Doc Ford! "
Published 2 days ago by Bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great action interesting characters.
Published 11 days ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Randy Wayne Wrights books are always good in that they weave science
Randy Wayne Wrights books are always good in that they weave science, history and violence together. I felt this one was a little less climactic for me.
Published 13 days ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Doc Ford thriller
Have been reading Randy's books for years, since I lived I the same area as Doc Ford for years. Great stories that characterize the people and places of southwest Florida well.
Published 1 month ago by Russell M Masters Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead silence
One of his best books, I could not stop turning pages.
Mixing old history with new great storyline, hope there are more like this.
Published 1 month ago by skylark
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I personally read the Doc Ford novels because I like the setting on or around Sanibel Island. Therefore I was not as intrigued by this novel even if it did finally end up there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ric Heisler
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
Have been a big fan of the Dr.Ford series. This one didn't disappoint. Interesting plot, kept me involved from the beginning. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gary Sowa
4.0 out of 5 stars Doc successes again.
it was a pretty good doc Ford but not one of the best. some things things were a bit too contrived.
Published 4 months ago by mab
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book overall
The kid getting out of the box was a little
Lame at the end. I really enjoyed the story line. I also felt like the book was
Missing a few chapters in the middle,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars RRW novels are being devoured by my husband
I bought my husband a couple of Randy Wayne White novels because we were going on a mini vacation to Sanibel Island, FL and had plans to eat at Doc Fords while there. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lemcbee
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Randy Wayne White is the author of sixteen previous Doc Ford novels and four collections of nonfiction. He lives in an old house built on an Indian mound in Pineland, Florida.

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