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Chasing Midnight (Doc Ford) Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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“A gripping thriller…White keeps the action taut.”—The Miami Herald
 
“White’s fans will eat this one up.”—Kirkus Reviews

“White does pure suspense as well as anyone.” —Booklist
 
“Randy Wayne White takes us places that no other Florida mystery writer can hope to find.”—Carl Hiaasen --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Randy Wayne White is the author of eighteen previous Doc Ford novels—most recently Dead Silence, Deep Shadow, and Night Vision—and of the nonfiction collections Batfishing in the Rainforest, The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua, Last Flight Out, and An American Traveler. A onetime veteran fishing guide, he lives in an old house built on an Indian mound and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille on Sanibel Island, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Series: Doc Ford
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158315
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For context - I got hooked on Doc Ford about two years ago and have read all of the Doc Ford series as well as all of the Randy Striker series since then . What I liked about the books - especially the earlier Doc Ford works - was the guides and the other characters around Dinkins Bay, the marina, the lab, numerous references to marine biology and fisheries biology and, not to be left out, Doc's love life with beautiful and interesting women. I liked the way Doc thought of the women with sensitivity and respect while still retaining a strong sensuality in both him and the women. While reading these earlier books I felt really immersed in an intellectually interesting natural environment that balanced science, environmentalism, and the practical realities of the commercial guiding and fishing communities. Add to that the clandestine adventures that extended Ford's former NSA life combined with his romantic adventures and the books were seriously compelling. After reading White's more recent books, especially his last book Night Vision and this most recent book Chasing Midnight, it seems like most of what drew me to the work is missing. Now, it seems, most of the book is inside Ford's head as he tactically analyzes his constantly precarious situation. While I enjoyed some of that in his earlier work it was balanced by descriptions of the beautiful Sanibel Island/GOM environment, interesting science, and Ford's relationships with Tomlinson, the guides, and those interesting women. Now the books seem to me to be too dark.There were no characters to connect to other than Ford and Tomlinson and if I hadn't read earlier works I wouldn't have even connected to them. They didn't project any deep humanity as they did in earlier works.Read more ›
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This was the worst Doc Ford book I have ever read. The book starts in the middle of the plot and the characters are beyond boorish. There is no interaction with the normal Dinkin's Bay crew except for Tomlinson and his participation is limited. What a disappointment!
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Very disappointing. This does not even read like a Doc Ford story. I really miss Dinkins Bay. I have read all of the Ford novels, but I believe that these last two have marked the end for me.
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Like so many of the other reviewers here, I own all of RWW's books and used to buy them the day they were released. I almost always ordered them signed by RWW from an independent book retailer. In short, this is the first book I've been unable and unwilling to finish. It was so painfully boring I gave up about 3/4 of the way through.
After the horrendous book "Night Vision", I wrote RWW's assistant (Steve) via docford.com and politely asked a couple of questions. Like another reviewer, I was told RWW didn't read Amazon reviews. (He should.) I told Steve three of my friends and family members also had the same feelings I did regarding the book. His response was this: "Maybe your opinion will change when you and family are ready for what is a 'very complex book with difficult themes, brilliantly done,' according to a respected reviewer who, presumably, follows his intellect not his gut." Very classy! So it sounds like we're too stupid to comprehend Randy's brilliance - according to Steve. This guy sure isn't doing RWW any favors by responding to fans like this and unless I find out otherwise, I'll assume he doesn't know.
There was little creativity in this book. The winning formula always contained Dinkin's Bay, quirky friends, travel, boats, wildlife, etc. Now, the stars of the books are the newest toys: Flashlight, watch, gun, knife, night vision monocular, etc.
I truly hope for RWW's success as an author. He's done it before and he can do it again. But at this point, I don't know if I'll give the next book a try or not.
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I always eagerly awaited the new Doc Ford books,not anymore.T he last book,Night Vision was lame,but excusable.Chasing Midnight is AWFUL! I kept wanting to put it down and not pick it up ever again,but since I paid for it,I finished it. It will be the Last Randy White book I'll read. He's like so many authors who write long series,they run out of ideas and seemingly,desire to please the fans. I guess some authors have only a couple of good books in them,someone needs to tell them to STOP writting drivel,PLEASE! Let Doc Ford boat into the sunset and retirement. At the very least, don't throw your money away on this aggravating book.Chasing Midnight.Unless you REALLY want an indepth course in caviar production..sigh.
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Big fan of RWW and Doc Ford. Yes, the research on the fish was great, as was the boating and chemistry. And the plot was good enough that I finished it in less than 48 hours. Plenty of action to go with the science.

But the characters aren't up to RWW's standards. Even Doc's love interest (so to speak) was one dimensional. And the relationship with Tomlinson was lacking any depth. Bring back the marina folks and some likeable characters. Let Tomlinson loose again.

Will I buy the next one? You bet. I just hope the trend reverses soon.

RWW -- I suggest you re-read some Steinbeck and then focus on character development in the next book. You don't want Doc becoming a bitter shut-off old man and that's where he seems headed.
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