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Red Tide (Frank Corso) Mass Market Paperback – May 24, 2005

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Book 4 of 6 in the Frank Corso Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Ford hits the ground running with his fourth solid Frank Corso novel (Fury; Black River; etc.). Someone has sprayed a modified Ebola virus into a Seattle bus tunnel, killing more than 100 people. Journalist Corso promptly descends into the deadly tunnels to see what's going on—because that's the kind of guy he is. The masterminds behind the plot have a pretty good reason for the destruction and are a welcome change from the genre's familiar wild-eyed Arab terrorists. It's all very straightforward, especially after a note warns that the next round of virus will become airborne in 30 hours and will live for 30 days—which makes the bus tunnel business look like child's play. Scientific modeling points to a doomsday scenario, with the death of virtually every human on the planet the probable result. From then on it's a race against the clock as Corso teams up with courageous Seattle cop Charly Hart to stop the terrorists. Ford creates likable characters, whom he has the nerve to subject to the worst, no matter how attached the reader has become to them. There's not a lot of flash, and the twists and turns are easily negotiated, which keeps the pace fast and the characters in the foreground, making this an entertaining read in a dependable series. FYI: Ford also writes the successful Leo Waterman series.
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From Booklist

Frank Corso would be way better off if he could only mind his own business, but mystery lovers would be very much the poorer. In this fourth installment of the series, the disgraced journalist turned successful crime novelist and inveterate snoop finds himself in the neighborhood when terrorists strike the Seattle bus tunnel with a ghastly mutation of the Ebola virus. Does he sensibly scamper away to safety, or does he somehow manage to purloin a haz-mat suit and masquerade as a member of the team investigating the scene of the carnage only to end up as the prime suspect? Readers of Ford's prior Corso novels will know the answer to that one, and they will also know to expect a great deal of mayhem to ensue as Corso pursues the terrorists while eluding the cops in an attempt to save his beloved Seattle from an infinitely more devastating attack. They won't be disappointed, either. Ford's intelligently constructed story, peopled with convincingly three-dimensional characters, gathers momentum like a runaway monorail car. You simply can't get off until the ride is over. Dennis Dodge
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Product Details

  • Series: Frank Corso
  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st edition (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060554819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060554811
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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G.M. Ford
Seattle, WA

Retired astronaut and former Grand Dragon of the B'nai B'rith, G.M. Ford broke onto the mystery scene with Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?, a gin soaked tome featuring Seattle PI Leo Waterman, whose primary claim to fame was the group of street people with whom he occasionally worked. The six book Leo Waterman series was nominated for the Shamus, the Anthony, the Lefty and a couple of other awards probably best forgotten.

In 2001, Mr. Ford began a new series, featuring disgraced reporter Frank Corso and his Goth assistant Meg Dougherty. Six books later, Mr. Ford, as is apparently his ilk, decided to do "something else" and penned his first stand-alone thriller, Nameless Night.

The most recent chapter in Mr. Ford's writing life began in 2011, when, in a fit of pique, and after a twelve year hiatus, he decided to write a new Leo Waterman novel, Thicker Than Water. Thomas & Mercer (Amazon) promptly bought it, and signed him up to write two more. The rest, as they say, is history.

Mr. Ford is presently working on Leo Waterman #8, Chump Change. He lives and works in Seattle, and is married to the beautiful and talented mystery author Skye Kathleen Moody.


Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? 1995 Walker/Avon
Cast in Stone 1996 Walker/Avon
The Bum's Rush 1997 Walker/Avon
Slow Burn 1998 Avon/Avon
Last Ditch 1999 Avon/Avon
The Deader the Better 2000 Avon/Avon
Thicker than Water 2012 Thomas & Mercer
Chump Change 2014 Thomas & Mercer
Threshold 2015 Thomas & Mercer

Fury 2001 Harper Collins/Avon
Black River 2002 Harper Collins/Avon
A Blind Eye 2003 Harper Collins/Avon
Red Tide 2004 Harper Collins/Avon
No Man's Land 2005 Harper Collins/Avon
Blown Away 2006 Harper Collins/Avon
Nameless Night 2008 Harper Collins/Avon
The Nature of the Beast 2010

Find out more about GM Ford on his blog here:

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JoeV VINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of this author's books. He's written two series, the first featuring Leo Waterman, an up and coming private eye in Seattle, Washington. The Waterman series is light, i.e. not a whole lot of violence, humorous and with a "unique" set of secondary characters. The second features Frank Corso, a discredited NY journalist now working as an investigative reporter for a third tier paper in Seattle. These mysteries and Corso are darker than their predecessors with Frank investigating - sometimes with the police and sometimes not - grisly crimes. And again even with this darker turn I've enjoyed the Corso series - up until now. Unfortunately Red Tide is a complete dud.

The book opens with a bang - a bio-terrorist attack on a major Seattle bus terminal. The next 200 pages consist of Frank, Seattle's finest and federal authorities getting ready to get ready to investigate. If this sounds like torturous reading - it is - and would even make for a bad TV disaster movie. The culprits and their motives, although an interesting plot twist, never have a chance to grab the reader's attention because they're lost in the repetition and "suspense building". And the "chase" and the supporting cast are both dull and routine.

Pass on this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on July 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After roaming the Midwest in A Blind Eye, G.M. Ford brings his intrepid and nosy reporter, Frank Corso, back to the Pacific Northwest in Red Tide. In this one, Ford tackles international terrorism but in his own, unique way. Ford ignores the stereotypical "Let's make the Arabs the culprits." Instead, he does something much more interesting, all along commenting on the state of affairs in today's United States. He reminds us that horrible things have happened in other parts of the world, and maybe one of those will come back and bite us as just as Middle East policy has. The book is extremely tight and well-plotted, with twists and turns that will make your head spin. The ending, however, leaves a lot to be desired. I don't mean the ending of the story, but the ending of the book itself.

The book starts at the photo exhibition of Meg Dougherty, sometimes lover of Frank Corso. It's going extremely well, but it's interrupted by the police coming in and saying that everyone has to evacuate. They won't say why, which is Frank's signal to stick his nose into the situation. He discovers that somebody has released a deadly disease in a Seattle bus tunnel, killing over 100 people. Meanwhile, Meg heads home but stumbles upon a man from her past. She follows him, loses him, but then finds him again, dead on her kitchen floor. Are these two occurrences linked? Who would do something so horrible to the citizens of Seattle? And worse, will they strike again? Corso, Dougherty, and the Seattle police race to find out what happened, constantly interrupted by the Feds, who have their own agenda and thoughts on the situation, as they usually do.

Red Tide benefits from using the current political climate to add a lot of tension to an already interesting plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teri Tipton on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy G.M. Ford's writing. I love his characters, I love his sense of humor, and I love the underlying darkness that flows through his Corso series. I gotta tell you, though, I'm about 3/4 way through this book and I'm struggeling to finish.

Is it the massive number of characters? I didn't know I'd need to keep notes on this one. Each time a new chapter or sub-chapter starts, I have to read a line or two, then try to remember who that person is, where they fit in the story. Is it the fact that this is more "espianage" (sorry, spelling is not my strong point) and less "mystery"? Is it that there is just something tedious about the writing? Is it the mysterious woman who keeps showing up and disappearing (really tiring plot device after the first 4 to 6 times)?

I knew in the beginning of the book, when two characters from his first Corso book came back......but shouldn't have. One had been shot in the head and killed in Fury, but in this book, he had been shanked in prison. The other had shot is own jaw off in Fury, but that wasn't even alluded to. So maybe I've just had an attitude about this since the first chapter. I hate it when something in a book takes me out of the "reality" of the story.

So, I'm back to trying to slog my way through the rest of it, because I hate to leave it unfinished, but frankly, after I finish, I plan on thinking of this book like the "it was all a dream" episode in Dallas. I'll pretend it never happened, and enjoy the rest of the Corso series in full.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I still have not finished the book. I actually have about 20 pages left and have read two other books while wading through Red Tide. There are some very interesting parts, but it reads much like a "B" movie. The "plan" could have been pulled off had it not been for the members of the terrorist group either killing indiscriminately or stealing newspapers from a neighbors yard. I accept that this was not a well trained "group," but the author certainly could have found a more believable way in which to cause the grand scheme to fail. Solid police would have been a novel idea. Also, the group successfully pulled off a small, contained attack, but then gave the date and time of another attack which would be on a much grander scale. I still don't understand why the terrorists gave this warning. It was possibly to cause panic, but they lowered their odds for success dramatically.

I've read two other Ford books, one of which was a Frank Corso (Fury) novel. Just as he did in these books, Ford jumped form scene to scene causing me to have to sometimes go back a page or two to figure out how I got there. It seems to me that far too many characters are introduced, causing confusion for this reader.

My experience is that the last fifty pages of a good book generally read very quickly. That is just not the case with Red Tide. I'll eventually take a few minutes to finish the book, but there is no nagging desire to cause me to do this. I'm not sure that I can read another Ford book.
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