Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White has gained critical acclaim for his Florida-based crime novels featuring former government agent/triggerman Doc Ford.

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Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: 294 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 6.81 x 4.27
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (March 1997)
  • ISBN: 0312953984


    Reader Reviews
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful: Even an average Doc Ford story is better than most......, July 14, 2003 Reviewer: Scott Rachui from Allen, TX USA I just completed this book, and basically enjoyed it. But I have to say that, of all the Randy Wayne White books I've read, this is probably his weakest effort. The truth is that the scenes with Doc Ford in them are still complete gems, and I think that's why I liked it. But the other characters, while funny at times, just weren't enough to hold my interest throughout the story. And Doc Ford just wasn't in the book all that much. Another thing that bothered me was the basic plot. Without giving too much away, the story is about Doc's uncle supposedly finding the Fountain of Youth. That part was fine, and made sense once the story worked to its conclusion. But there was also this whole sub-plot going on with 3 men missing (presumed dead). That storyline just didn't seem to really go anywhere, although there were some good scenes with them. It just didn't seem to tie together all that well, in my opinion. Yes, I did like the way Tucker Gattrell was working all the angles in order to keep his property, and I liked the ultimate resolution. The 'hint' of a plot twist (where you realize you might not know the whole story after all) at the very end was also very nice. Probably my favorite part of the book, in fact. Oh, and I also liked how they continued to develop the Tomlinson character in this one, as well as the mention at the end that Jeth was still doing okay in South America. Bottom line is that this was a decent story, but not quite up to par with something like 'The Heat Islands' that I read in about 6 hours. Now that was a great story. But ultimately, if you're into the Doc Ford series, you definitely don't want to miss this one. Because even an average book by Randy Wayne White is far superior to much of the garbage being put out today. And even a few pages of Doc Ford is worth quite a bit. Just start with Sanibel Island and work your way toward this one. That way, by the time you get here, you'll already be in love with the characters and the settings.

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