Dead of Night (Doc Ford Series #12)

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New York Times bestselling author “Randy Wayne White spins another terrific Florida tale”* in this thriller of bio-terror and extreme revenge.

It starts with a simple request: check up on the mysteriously reclusive biologist brother of an old friend. But what Doc Ford stumbles upon in the doctor’s secluded island home is a nightmare. He has hanged himself—and his body is host to a rare strain of feeding, breathing parasites. It’s not an accident. Neither is the fact that the ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author “Randy Wayne White spins another terrific Florida tale”* in this thriller of bio-terror and extreme revenge.

It starts with a simple request: check up on the mysteriously reclusive biologist brother of an old friend. But what Doc Ford stumbles upon in the doctor’s secluded island home is a nightmare. He has hanged himself—and his body is host to a rare strain of feeding, breathing parasites. It’s not an accident. Neither is the fact that the flesh eaters are multiplying in the infested Florida waters. A biological catastrophe has arrived. And only Doc Ford can find out why, and stop it from spreading further…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The past 11 adventures featuring Marion "Doc" Ford have found the marine biologist/ex-black ops specialist placed in more than his fair share of dangerous situations, and this entry is no exception. When old friend Frieda Matthews asks Ford to visit her eccentric brother, he reluctantly agrees-and soon finds himself wrapped up in an insidious real estate scam with bioterrorism at its core. Having narrated two previous Doc Ford audiobooks, Hill possesses an excellent grasp of White's prose and his diverse cast of characters. He supplies Doc with an appropriately earnest, world-weary voice and nicely captures the heavy Russian accent of the sadistic assassin, Dasha. His pi ce de r sistance, however, is his portrayal of Ford's burned-out hipster sidekick, Tomlinson. A quintessential non-materialistic/antiestablishment throwback to the '60s who finds himself incredibly wealthy, Tomlinson is the one source of levity in this dark thriller, and Hill delivers his confused musings with the finesse of a professional comedian. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 28). (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This time out, Doc Ford must cope with a wicked plot to kill off practically everybody. Marion "Doc" Ford, the marine biologist with the brain of a nerd and the heart of Rambo, begins his 12th (Tampa Burn, 2004, etc.) reluctantly. Frieda Matthews, a friend of long standing, asks Doc to check on her "identical twin" brother, reclusive world-class biologist Jobe Applebee, who's been even more reclusive than usual. To Doc, the invasion of another's privacy amounts to venial sin, yet Frieda has never been one to fret over nothing. So Doc checks-too late, as it turns out. Bad guys have gotten at poor Jobe in indescribable ways. Wherefore? Since Jobe can't tell him-and soon Frieda can't either-Doc must begin his investigation from square one. Almost at once he learns disquieting truths about the life cycle of the Guinea worm and the terrible things that can happen when parasites are pressed to serve as weapons of mass destruction. Are fanatical ecoterrorists at work here? Or something older, like a murderously greedy wolf in another wolf's clothing?Not much story, but Doc's fans are used to that. What might bother a few, though, is a certain lack of engagement, as if even Doc can't take the goings-on all that seriously. First printing of 75,000; author tour
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425209448
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Doc Ford Series , #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 162,167
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White
Randy Wayne White is the author of eleven previous Doc Ford novels - The Heat Islands, Sanibel Flats, The Man Who Invented Florida, Captiva, North of Havana, The Mangrove Coast, Ten Thousand Islands, Shark River, Twelve Mile Limit, Everglades, and the New York Times–bestselling Tampa Burn - and of the nonfiction collections Batfishing in the Rainforest, The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua, Last Flight Out, and An American Traveler. A veteran fishing guide, he lives in an old house on an Indian mound in Pineland, Florida.
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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    scintillating action adventure thriller

    Dr. Marion Ford owns Sanibel Biological which sells marine samples to schools and research laboratories around the countries. He looks like a nerdy scientist but that is a cover for he is part of a deep cover operations team. Members of the group provide its agents with legitimate and mobile professions. Ford¿s job collecting marine samples takes him all over the world, a great cover when on an assignment.--- As a favor to a friend he checks on her brother Jobe Applebee because he hasn¿t answered the phone for a few days. Marion sees a woman Dasha beating and torturing Jobe. Marion chases her and her partner away but meanwhile the man commits suicide. Guinea worms crawl out of his body. A cunning criminal, Dr. Desmond Stokes is letting loose these and other types of exotics so that property values in the area will drop and he can buy prime land cheap. He seeks Jake¿s computer which might have the cure for the worm infestation. He wants to develop it so that the world will look at him as a savior while the clever and strong Dasha has orders to eliminate Ford who has the computer files and knows who is behind the loosening of the poisonous exotics on an unsuspecting state. --- Randy Wayne White has written a high powered bio-terror thriller. The action starts during the first chapter and picks up speed, taking the reader on a roller coaster ride full of chilling terror. In the wrong hands bio-terrorists can devastate an area and there is little anyone can do to stop them until after the mission is accomplished and the results become known. This is a very scary novel because it is based on a realistic premise one that people can¿t guard against. DEAD OF NIGHT is a scintillating action adventure thriller.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    what happened to the ending?

    A long time fan, this book was great until the last few chapters. It felt like he was in a hurry to finish the book. I thought the ending was very unsatisfying and not finished with the detail required. I didn't believe the change in character of the female antagonist as the story ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    Dead of Night

    'Dead of Night', is right up there with all White's novels, Great. I have read them all, and think 'Dead of Night' was very interesting, and well written. Randy gets the readers attention, and keeps it throught out the novel. Although 'James Hall' has more expericence, sentence structure, and even the more extensive vocabulary, I like White's books better because they are a faster and easier read full of familiar sterotypes, cliches and situations. The first chapter of 'Dead of Night' was very familiar to me, I felt as tho I were there watching the whole thing, throughout the entire novel, I felt I had a connection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    Dead of Night

    I had the book on hold at our library, I am a die hard RWW fan, however, I was somewhat disappointed with this latest novel! The story seemed to go on without cause, the characters were not as colorful nor interesting as White's usual list of bad guys! What happened? Mr. White were you distracted by your new love to write in your grand fashion? I hope we get back Mr. White's wonderful characters and stories soon (in the next novel hopefully) I will continue to be a fan, and hopefully, you will not disppoint us in your next novel...... A grandmother in waiting! Mary Christensen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    Dead of Night

    Harriet must be in Love with Randy Wayne White, 'Dead of Night', is HORRIBLE, short croppy sentences, and White wanders off on subjects that just don't have anything to do with the novel or plot! White's 'Dead of Night', has alot of similarities to James W. Hall's 'Forests of the Night'!

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