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Chasing Midnight (Doc Ford Series #19) [NOOK Book]

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In the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White, Doc Ford is the only hope for an island of hostages.
 
On one of Florida’s private islands, a notorious Russian black marketer is hosting a reception. Doc Ford only wanted to get an underwater look at the billionaire’s yacht. But when he surfaces, he gets a look at something he’d rather not see.
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Chasing Midnight (Doc Ford Series #19)

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Overview

In the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White, Doc Ford is the only hope for an island of hostages.
 
On one of Florida’s private islands, a notorious Russian black marketer is hosting a reception. Doc Ford only wanted to get an underwater look at the billionaire’s yacht. But when he surfaces, he gets a look at something he’d rather not see.

A group of violent, armed men have taken control of the island, their true identity unknown. Whatever the motive, they threaten to kill the hostages one by one unless their demands are met—after which they might kill everyone anyway.

Communications from the island have been cut off, and Ford knows he has to act. Luckily, the militants do not know Ford’s capabilities, or that he is still on the loose. But that situation won’t last for long…and the clock is ticking.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Technology buffs will enjoy the cool gadgets in bestseller White’s 19th Doc Ford novel (after 2011’s Night Vision), but those looking for emotional depth should look elsewhere. Ford, a marine biologist and sometime investigator, infiltrates a gathering of black market caviar kings held on a private Florida island. Suspecting something illegal in the Russian host’s yacht, Ford slips out of the party for an underwater look. When he surfaces, the island’s power is cut and communications with the mainland are blocked by eco-terrorists with troubled personalities and murky motives. At first, Ford is alone, combating purely physical dangers. When victims and perpetrators finally appear, it’s difficult to care about any of them, except Ford’s old hipster friend, Tomlinson, while Doc’s inner life is supplanted by self-congratulation on his expertise, bravery, and physique. White always delivers intelligent writing and thought-provoking facts, but series fans may hope for a more character-driven story next time around. Agent: Esther Newberg, International Creative Management. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Bad guys want to corner the caviar market in Doc Ford's 19th. Can Doc foil them? It's a tall order, since the no-goods involved are rich, powerful and exceptionally amoral. On the other hand, Doc's not your run-of-the-mill marine biologist either. He has skill sets mostly found among the Special Forces population, especially those licensed to kill. It's a place not unfamiliar to Doc. During certain unexplained absences from his customary Florida haunts—Sanibel Island, Dinkin's Bay—he's gone there at the behest of a grateful government. Meanwhile, to the billion-dollar caviar trade, the beluga sturgeon is the sine qua non, and on Vanderbilt Island, not far from Sanibel, interested parties are convening to discuss various means of exploitation. Doc, who views the sturgeon protectively and the "often corrupt caviar industry" with marked suspicion, has wangled an invitation. As has Tomlinson, his erratic, beyond-brilliant friend and companion through 18 previous adventures (Night Vision, 2011, etc.). That turns out to be a fateful decision. Suddenly, an explosion rips through Vanderbilt, taking out its communications capability and placing it under the control of a weird but well-armed extremist group named the Third Planet Peace Force. Unless its demands are met, Third Planet Peace Force will kill a hostage an hour, beginning at midnight. Can Doc and Tomlinson rise to the challenge, thwart the terrorists and save the beluga? White's fans will eat this one up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101560662
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: Doc Ford Series , #19
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 37,161
  • File size: 952 KB

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White
Randy Wayne White is the author of the Doc Ford novels, four nonfiction collections, and a cookbook. He was a light-tackle fishing guide on Sanibel Island for thirteen years, and a monthly columnist for Outside magazine. He lives and works on Sanibel Island, Florida.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    I've read the entire Doc Ford series. Publishers Weekly is spot

    I've read the entire Doc Ford series. Publishers Weekly is spot on. Doc Ford is emotionless; even more so than in past novels. In this storyline we hear all about how "bad" he is, yet he comes off as a complete incompetent - too busy daydreaming about how good he is supposed to be. The lengthy diatribe about the overfishing of the sturgeon for caviar is WAY overdone. Instead of making you care, it has almost the opposite reffect. The last several chapters were the better part of the book as there was way more action, and way less mind-numbing musing. This copy will go straight into the library donation bin and I will not purchase any future books. They are only getting worse.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    I'll let you know! I've liked all of the Doc Ford's so far!

    This book isn't out yet! But Randy Wayne White does a great job of taking the reader to South Florida or the Caribbean with some really interesting characters. He also runs one of the best restaurants on Sanibel Island! I've met him there; very friendly & personable!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Done

    Randy's lasr two books are not up to the expectations I have from reading all of his previous books! A waste of money but I won't be so quick to pre-prder anymore

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    A great disappointment!!!!

    This newest novel from White is a continuation of the decline of "Doc Ford". I prefer more action and less babble. White should remove himself from the book and get back to writing fiction. Doug

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    A Real Page Turner - Just to be Done - Bad Book

    I have always loved the Doc Ford series by Randy White. The book before this was not up to par and this book is just plain bad. As far as I am concerned, RWW has jumped the shark.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Randy Wayne White does it again!

    Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    I basically agree with the one and two star responders in the fi

    I basically agree with the one and two star responders in the first 19 reviews. Not a particularly enjoyable book and I, too, have read the whole series. Looks like a rush job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Randy Wayne White Gets Rellgion

    I've been a Randy Wayne White fan for a long time; but this time he has bored mee and made me regret buying one of White's books. White has chosen to devote about 75% of the book to conversations between a redneck steroid freak and a 13 year old Guatamalan girl who is a Joan of Arc fanatic. Never mind that Joan of Arc was herself a nut case. Doc Ford and Tominson are obviously afterthoughts of an author who has spent too much time in churches recently. I'll probably buy at least one more Randy Wayne novel, if only to see if White has gotten over his his religious disability. Don't waste your money on this drivel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    This book was difficult to read. Defintely not RWW best work. Ev

    This book was difficult to read. Defintely not RWW best work. Even the original dick and #uck books of Randy Stiker were more enjoyable to read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Another Winner for White

    Chasing Midnight kept me up most of the night reading it straight through. Doc Ford is a character like no other--consistent when his character is involved, but constantly changing. Randy Whites descriptions of Doc's world take me to a place in the country I have never visited. Now I think on it, probably won't, because nothing could live up to White's prose.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Do not waste your money.

    This book is not up to par with RWW's past series. Very disappointing given the enjoyable Doc Ford series. Can you say, "Refund"?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    This book is weak!

    I had to make myself read this! I could only take so much of
    Mr Whites writing that he could have done this or that to subdue an agressor but always backs away. Reading this was a challange but I have read and liked some of his other books but not this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Not one of his better efforts

    Doc Ford has never been so inept in dealing with a cast of unbelievable characters in a confusing plot that ends without resolving several issues.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Entertaining, as always, but a very farcical plot, and missing t

    Entertaining, as always, but a very farcical plot, and missing the texture and thoughtfulness of the early books.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    Greatly disappointed Randy fan

    The characters are poorly developed. The story just seems to ramble on and on...Seems like a rushed story. Tomlinson seems like a child. Where is the mystery? No cajones mi amigo!

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