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Bone Deep (A Doc Ford Novel) Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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*Starred Review* There’s not a lot Doc Ford hasn’t done in the Florida wild, and there aren’t many predators he hasn’t squared off against, but up until now, he’s never done any bone hunting, and he’s never tangled with an angry elephant. That changes in this twenty-first installment in the series, which has lately become a staple on the New York Times best-seller list. It starts, as so many of Ford’s adventures do, with his hippie guru pal Tomlinson, who hooks Doc up with a Crow Indian from Montana called Dunk, who is in Florida searching for an ancient Native American artifact believed to be in the state’s legendary Bone Valley, where, millennia ago, mastodons and other pre-Columbian creatures roamed. Bone hunting is largely confined to a group of flourishing but distinctly unfriendly black marketers, making Doc’s attempt to help Dunk more than a little perilous. Complicating matters further is the location of the deep pond where the fossils are thought to be: on land owned by a phosphate miner who isn’t likely to share. White keeps the action churning forward as Doc encounters both human and animal foes (don’t forget that elephant), but the real interest here is the archaeological backdrop. Masterfully seeding the plot with information on Florida’s ancient natural history—and its contemporary environmental challenges—White delivers a novel that perfectly blends story and landscape. We often say that fine nonfiction has the narrative drive of a good thriller, but we rarely have occasion to say that a fine thriller has all the mind-boggling fascination of compelling nonfiction. White gives us that opportunity here. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Doc Ford has become a literary institution, with his own restaurant on Sanibel Island and now with a CBS television series in production. All that and a cracking good story will lift Ford’s latest to White’s familiar perch on best-seller lists. --Bill Ott
Praise for Bone Deep
“Doc Ford is back for his twenty-first appearance, and it’s right to say that he’s as good as he ever was . . . With hidden treasures galore, secret agent Doc Ford retains his cover of marine biologist very well, while tracking down some truly crooked relic hunters!”—Suspense Magazine
“White keeps the action churning forward as Doc encounters both human and animal foes, but the real interest here is the archaeological backdrop. Masterfully seeding the plot with information on Florida’s ancient natural history—and its contemporary environmental challenges—White delivers a novel that perfectly blends story and landscape. We often say that fine nonfiction has the narrative drive of a good thriller, but we rarely have occasion to say that a fine thriller has all the mind-boggling fascination of compelling nonfiction.”––Booklist (starred review)
“A descent into the world of overzealous and unethical fossil collectors leads to a boat-napping, stolen artifacts, and increasingly dire threats . . . White does a fine job detailing Florida’s unique history and geography.”––Publishers Weekly
Praise for Night Moves
“White weaves in and out of two mysteries, telling the story with the same tight, vivid prose his fans have come to expect. Another strong addition to one of crime fiction’s most consistent series.” —Associated Press
“Randy Wayne White takes one of Florida’s most iconic mysteries and turns it into a tailor-made story for his own icon, Doc Ford. Night Moves illustrates why, after twenty novels, Ford’s double life and White’s attention to the Florida scenery continue to intrigue readers.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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Top Customer Reviews
This story is about crooks stealing and selling relics that they find in the swamps of central Florida. It is well written and holds your interest, but the ending is slightly more predictable than most of Mr. White's books.
But fans of Doc Ford and Tomlinson will not be disappointed with this one. And I confess, I am a huge fan.
I found it extremely off-putting how the author never allows for a natural climax in his storyline - he consistently ruins it by naming the incident before it happens. Like, "I should have seen the motorcycle beforehand", or "It was a successful trip until the snake bite." It left little suspense in the novel, then left you distracted whilst reading the next five pages wondering when the incident would happen. Never encountered this style before. Hope I don't again.
Similar to other readers, I felt lost quite often. Scenes were left unexplained (like what happened to Deon when Doc met up with Tomlinson? We learn several pages later that Doc dropped him off on land). This style of writing often left me wondering if I had skipped a few pages.
Not a fan, won't give this author another chance.
The book is more character driven than plot driven. The supporting cast consists of Hannah, Doc Ford's on again off again girl friend, Tomlinson, a new age guru who teaches yoga, and Quirt, a psycho killer who is trying to poach the fossilized ivory on the property where Ford is working and Toby the elephant who is retired on this same plot of land and takes a dim view of the poachers.
The book is engaging and interesting because of the Florida ambience and atmosphere. Doc
Ford's Florida is a dangerous and exotic locale. It is the Florida of Key West, Captiva and Sanibel islands, mangrove jungles, and swamps and gators and snakes and Sunday night neighborhood shrimp roasts.
It is an action adventure thriller which I highly recommend.
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Highly recommend this book to all suspense lovers.