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Dark Light (Doc Ford Series #13)

Dark Light (Doc Ford Series #13)

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by Randy Wayne White, Henry Strozier (Read by)

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Imagine hurricane winds over the Sahara Desert, preceded by a cavalry of tornadoes. Imagine dunes flattened, then resculpted. Then imagine all that at the bottom of the sea.
    A Category 4 hurricane has swept the west coast of Florida, creating havoc, changing lives, and reshaping the ocean bottom. Well-known reefs and


Imagine hurricane winds over the Sahara Desert, preceded by a cavalry of tornadoes. Imagine dunes flattened, then resculpted. Then imagine all that at the bottom of the sea.
    A Category 4 hurricane has swept the west coast of Florida, creating havoc, changing lives, and reshaping the ocean bottom. Well-known reefs and wrecks have been covered—and new ones have emerged.
    From one such wreck, marine biologist Doc Ford and his friends make a chance discovery that will have a monumental effect—a cluster of mysterious objects that lead to an equally mysterious woman and her ancient, gray-gabled estate of a beach house.
     The woman weaves a haunting story of a loved one lost, and her chance to uncover the truth if Ford will help salvage the boat, named Dark Light, which sank without explanation in the hurricane of 1944. Intrigued, Ford agrees, and begins a chain of events that will change his life forever. For there are other things in that wreck as well, and other men who want them, men willing to commit terrible acts. And the woman herself—the woman is not what she seems. . . .
    Filled with passion and vivid, pungent prose and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Dark Light is a thriller of uncommon intensity.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 13th installment of bestseller White's aging but still solid series featuring Doc Ford (after 2005's Dead of Night) finds the retired CIA operative picking up in the aftermath of a hurricane that's ravaged the Florida coast. Hired to sift through the old wreck of a pleasure craft, the Dark Light, that's been spotted after the huge storm, Ford and his salvage team discover items inside the boat that stir deadly vengeance-Nazi artifacts. Ford runs into trouble immediately from Bern Heller, a nearby marina owner who claims his company has rights to the wreck site and doesn't hesitate employing violence to get his way. At issue, Ford soon discovers, is more than just old Lugers, war medals and a few gold bars. The real prize lies in the ownership of thousands of acres of Florida beachfront property. While the novel peaks in a typical burst of satisfying action, the plot takes too long to get underway and lacks the overall crispness of the author's best work. 80,000 first printing; author tour. (Mar. 16) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
After a Category Four hurricane uncovers wreckage along Florida's west coast, an old woman visits White stalwart Doc Ford, insisting that a newly exposed German submarine will reveal the truth about a loved one lost while reputedly hooking up with the sub's crew. But soon it is apparent that her story doesn't hold (sea)water. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A Category 4 hurricane whips through Florida's West Coast and blows Doc Ford (Dead of Night, 2005, etc.) back to World War II. Start with the Dark Light, the boat sunk with all hands near Sanibel Island, during the famously destructive hurricane of Oct. 20, 1944. No, start with the mysterious woman who lives alone in Southland, the beach-front mansion that, like her, has seen better days. She's the one who links the doomed vessel with the vicious circle that was the German high command during the waning days of WWII. Or start with Bern Heller, an unredeemed sociopath with grisly secrets and a connection to the Dark Light that will shock even him. White keeps them all in play as he spins one of the most intriguing plots-the 13th-of the Doc Ford series. So there's Doc fortuitously happening on the wrecked Dark Light made newly accessible by the vagaries of the storm. Doc, a marine biologist and occasional diver, finds some arresting stuff as he strolls the briny bottom, most notably a diamond-studded brooch shaped like a death's head with a swastika at its center. Plus other dismal mementos of the Third Reich. How to account for them? When Doc meets the dark lady of Southland, the tale begins to unfold, a tale that reaches back and forth in time, remarkable for the duplicity of its cast and the diversity of its twisting and turning. It has to do with murder, with spies, with star-crossed lovers and with a range of celebrated people swinging wide enough to include Henry Ford, Adolph Hitler and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Because White cuts back on the digressive sermonizing that has slowed his recent storytelling, Doc (brain of a Nobelist, heart of a Rambo) gets a renewed chance to shine.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Doc Ford Series , #13
Edition description:
Unabridged Edition
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.57(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White is the author of seventeen previous Doc Ford novels and four collections of nonfiction. He lives in an old house built on an Indian mound in Pineland, Florida.

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Dark Light (Doc Ford Series #13) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest in the Doc Ford series will satisfy most Doc Ford fans and disappoint a few. The book leaves out the detailed history of Doc and his life at the Marina, almost requiring new readers to examine older titles in the series. This keeps the book from becoming cumbersome but some will miss the fleshing-out of the marina characters. Longtime readers will notice the subtle plugs for Doc Ford merchandise, the author's rum bar and the music of the author's close friend. There are also tried and true lures such as mysterious Nazi artifacts, sunken treasure, a Grey Gardens-like mansion and almost cartoonish villians. But this was one of the hardest to put down of the recent Doc Ford novels- the plot development keeps you turning pages. Unlike previous novels, the action never leaves the Sanibel area, making it a prime candidate for a screenplay.
Drahthaar More than 1 year ago
As usual another good Doc Ford novel. This was a good read just as the whole series was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I purchased this book it was linked to a totally different story by another writer using the same title. Check with barnes and noble before buying.
AWnAL More than 1 year ago
Great writing as usual and good twists and turns within the story. i just hope he continues writing more in the Doc Ford Series.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Uber mystery writer Randy Wayne White has been on a roll with his popular Doc Ford novels. He raises the bar even higher with Dark Light, the thirteenth in this series. White fans know unstoppable hero Doc Ford well. He's a former covert ops agent, now a marine biologist. Following in the wake of a raging hurricane that roared across western Florida, Doc is strolling the ocean floor that has been pummeled and torn by the devastating storm. Familiar reefs and wrecks have been covered over and unknown ones revealed. Doc and his friends discover some surprising objects, such as a brooch shaped like a death's head with a swastika in the center - a grim reminder of World War II. There are other mysterious finds amid the wreckage of Dark Light, a boat that sank into the deep during the hurricane of 1944. Once Doc meets a recluse, a woman living in a beach front mansion his discoveries begin to make sense as she connects these objects to the German High Command. She also spins a tale of a long lost love and pleads with Doc to salvage the boat. He agrees, but soon finds that he's not the only one who wants access to the wreckage - there are others who will kill to retrieve what has lain at the bottom of the sea. Actor Henry Strozier gives an authoritative, suspenseful reading to this tale of yesterday and today. He's a veteran performer of stage and screen who can chill with a modulation of his voice. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Category Four hurricane struck hard on Florida's west coast especially devastating many of the Gulf islands. Doc Marian Ford sees first hand the damage to Sanibel Island with his home, marina and lab severely damaged by the intense storm and he received a deep gash from a flying object courtesy of the hurricane. Jeth, Tomlinson and other Sanibel residents find pieces of German artifacts probably from a sunken submarine that caused havoc in the Gulf of Mexico during WWII. Not long afterward Jeth discovers the submarine. --- Mildred Chestra Engle asks Doc Ford to investigate what happened to a beloved who vanished while meeting a German submarine six decades ago. Chestra wants to prove he was not a traitor only a blackmail victim. Feeling her sorrow, Doc takes on the case, but nothing soon seem real even her story or for that matter her age, which changes every time he sees her. Danger finds Doc because others like salvager Heller have differing plans for Ford¿s client and the submarine no one will stand in his way to achieve them. --- The prime storyline starts a bit later than usual as the key players and their motivations and the force of a category four hurricane are prefaced (though Katrina makes that level storm needing no introduction) to the reader. These subplots quickly merge into a delightful Doc Ford thriller. The marine biologist struggles with the wrongfully defined case, the enigmatic female that has Tomlinson thinking ghost while Doc kisses her when she does not look too old, and the thirst for revenge by Heller. Fans will enjoy DARK LIGHT as nothing is quite like it seems especially in the aftermath of a hurricane named Chestra. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks away slowly not being noticed still staring at asher and fang howls and runs away Why did i howl i wish i was noticed mainly by Fang or asher
Ed_Moore More than 1 year ago
A fun Doc Ford book of pure escapism. Mr. White is great in painting the Southwest Florida picture and places. the ending was a total surprise and very unexpected. I am a fan of Doc Ford.
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I don't like it either,
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Is locked out of res 5
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