Night Vision (Doc Ford Series #18)

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Doc Ford is on a collision course with death in this extraordinary new novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Alot is going on in the trailer park known as Little Guadalajara, inhabited principally by illegal laborers. The park manager is the hired gun of a financial syndicate that wants to develop the property, and he's prepared to do whatever it takes-but he can't figure out what to do about the teenage girl, the one the laborers ...

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Overview

Doc Ford is on a collision course with death in this extraordinary new novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Alot is going on in the trailer park known as Little Guadalajara, inhabited principally by illegal laborers. The park manager is the hired gun of a financial syndicate that wants to develop the property, and he's prepared to do whatever it takes-but he can't figure out what to do about the teenage girl, the one the laborers believe has some sort of gift.

When she witnesses him killing a man, though, and runs, there's nothing left to figure: He's got to find her fast and shut her up good. Her only hope for survival: a marine biologist (and sometimes more) named Doc Ford, who along with his friend Tomlinson, must undertake a search through an underground, invisible nation...and just hope he reaches her first.

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A trailer park known affectionately and derisively as Little Guadalajara sits on top of a valuable tract of land that greedy developers are coveting. Growing impatient, they enlist a pliable park manager as their hired gun. Eager to please his bosses, the bad guy executes one of the residents, but he's made one critical mistake: Thanks to his carelessness, a teenage girl has witnessed the whole thing. With her life on the line and a single-minded killer in full pursuit, she rushes to the one man she trusts to protect her: Doc Ford. A rapid-fire action thriller; a memorable cast of characters.

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In White's intelligent, fast-paced 18th Doc Ford thriller (after Deep Shadow), Doc's hipster friend, Tomlinson, persuades Doc to help an extraordinary 13-year-old girl, Tula Choimha, recently arrived at a Florida trailer park from Guatemala. Tula, who speaks with God and whose patron saint is Joan of Arc, is determined to find her mother and brother, who came to America months earlier but have disappeared. People who get to know Tula believe she is special, blessed, even a saint—except for the sleazy, steroid-infused trailer park landlord, Harris Squires. Fearful that the discovery of some human remains inside an alligator carcass will implicate him in a crime witnessed by Tula, the paranoid Harris kidnaps Tula and takes off. Doc sets out to rescue Tula, but standing in his way is a menacing gangbanger, Victorino, and Harris's vicious girlfriend, Frankie. White balances the sordid criminal activities with plenty of intriguing wildlife lore. The bond that Tula forms with her captor adds poignancy. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The 18th Doc Ford thriller (after Deep Shadow) mixes street-gang grittiness with eerie spirituality as a 13-year-old Guatemalan child searches for relatives in Florida. The community of undocumented Guatemalans is vulnerable, fearful of authorities. The manager of the trailer park where the immigrants live is a bodybuilder, manufacturing illegal steroids and using the women in porn films, taking advantage of their silence. He is aided by his girlfriend and a local gang. Ford, a marine biologist by day, CIA-trained troubleshooter at other times, and his aging hippie friend, Tomlinson, arrive at the trailer park to meet young Tula just as an alligator snatches a resident. A typical Doc Ford scene unfolds, with Ford wrestling the alligator, infuriating the landlord, and unleashing more trouble when a human bone is found in the gator. Tula's mysticism injects spirituality into the story, adding an extra dimension to the plot.Verdict Explicit depictions of steroid use and gang behavior supply the action in a slightly predictable plot. Authentic bad guys juxtaposed with the innocent Tula create a story Doc Ford fans and adventure readers will enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/10; national tour.]—Sally Bickley, Del Mar Coll. Lib., Corpus Christi, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425245750
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Series: Doc Ford Series , #18
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 227,253
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Disappointed

    After a friend recommended Mr. White's books a couple of years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of purchasing every Doc Ford book he'd written. During a temporary health disability, I devoured every book in Doc's chronology, all in paperback up until the newer ones only available in hardbound editions. Not once did I regret spending money on either binding...until now.

    I couldn't wait for Night Vision to come out, assuming the same visceral fire, sub-plots, and character development would be found in Mr. White's newest.

    Instead, I found a book that seemed to have been ground-out during a week-end. Thin plot, shallow new characters, and an attempt at the metaphysical that failed from the start was all that was between the covers.

    I will give his next hardbound book a try, but if that one disappoints as did Night Vision, I'll be waiting for the paperbacks in the used book racks from that point on.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    more like nightmare

    white's cranking out trash with this novel. I'd be surprised if ford and tomlinson appear in more than 60 pages of the book. too much secondary character focus. story was ok. i have read everything white has written. this one gives me pause about buying his next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    come back doc

    white has lost the intrigue of doc ford. i found myself skimming. though long, tedius passages, not the tight, well crafted prose that i had come to expect from white. doc is a dark soul, no doubt but until now, never sullen. doc lived through interesting plots. night vision at times like white owed the publisher a book and forgot about what endeared us to doc ford and all the characters of dinkins bay.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Save your money.

    The last 2 books in the Doc Ford series have been disappointing. This was too much about Tula and her chats with her patron saint than an exciting mystery solved by Doc and Tomlinson. If Tula said "Do you remember the love and goodness you felt as a child?" once, she said it twenty times. And Doc, if you're going to punch someone, you don't need to explain how you're going about it for the reader. I became tired of reading of his special ops skills and his defensive driving knowledge. I certainly enjoy reading about Doc and Tomlinson, but they deserve better plot lines.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    terrific tense tale

    While driving on Sanibel Island, Florida passenger Tomlinson the hipster tells his friend marine biologist Doc Ford he needs to help a gifted thirteen years old Guatemalan girl Tula Choimha who is in trouble. Doc says all of Tomlinson's women are in trouble because they are seeing him. Tomlinson though "medicated" insists Tula is not a woman but a girl in trouble.

    Tula lives in the Little Guadalajara trailer park, home to illegals. Everyone believes she is special as she speaks with God and is protected by Saint Joan and her Godly knights. The child searches for her mother and brother who came to the states months ago but vanished. Meanwhile the steroid-fried trailer park manager Harris Squires is ordered to evict everyone so a development can begin to be built. He fears what Tula saw he did with human remains so he kidnaps the gifted teen until he decides whether to kill her or not. Ford and Tomlinson search for the adolescent in the out of sight out of mind underbelly of America while Harris' violent girlfriend Frankie challenges Doc's intervention.

    Loaded with suspense in a great wildlife setting that spotlights the plight of illegal immigrants inside a country that has forgotten its roots, the latest Doc Ford thriller is a poignant tale of "good and evil" with a surprising spin as to who Tula considers a good knight. Doc is his usual defender of the unprotected but it is the two females involved in Harris' life who make this a strong entry as Tula and Frankie are seemingly polar opposites but share many traits. Night Vision is a terrific tense tale.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    not for me

    This writer was supposed to be the 'new' John D. MacDonald.
    No way.
    I guess he had to update to today's language, violence and sex to make it salable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Not up to RWW's usual great quality.  Only half way through and

    Not up to RWW's usual great quality.  Only half way through and I'm bored.  May not even bother to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Kato

    Hello?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Emily

    Ok well im leaveing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Very Good Reading

    I like all Doc Ford series and this was outstanding

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    still a page turner!

    Although not equal to Randy Wayne White's best releases, I'd only rank it half a star less than the other 17 books. And I still enjoyed every page of this book. Our brilliant hippie Tomlinson is in rare form, as are all the characters. Ready to tackle #19 - on my Nook!

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Always a great read.

    I always look forward to the next Doc Ford story to come out.
    The stories always leave you hoping they won't end.

    Enjoyed this book as I have all his others.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    Another Satisfying Doc Ford Story

    I don't understand the negative reviews on this book. I found it to be as interesting and engrossing as the previous Doc Ford Adventures. Now I am a real fan and even spent a vacation a few years ago on Sanibel Island (It is a real place.) Did not get to meet the author but did get to visit his restaurant and see the model of his Biolab set up there. I found this book a bit more gruesome than previous stories, but I enjoyed it all the same and highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    The Ongoing Adventures of Doc ford

    Another great installment of the Doc Ford series, always well written, with lots of local color and details on the flora and fauna. It seems like the stories are getting shorter in the time frame they cover, or maybe it's just me reading them faster, but I keep lining up for the next one to come out.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Tough to put down!

    Another excellent book by R. W. White. This one is a real page turner. I have read all of the 'Doc Ford' books and this was right up there with the best of them.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Different but pretty good

    Granted, it was different from what we have come to expect from Mr. White and Doc but I found it appealing. I found the young Guatemalan girl an interesting character and the situation that Doc Ford found himself in pretty revealing. We got to see a great deal more of the dark side of his character than usual. I still fail to see why Doc continues to endure Tomlinson who again demonstrates he is far too self-absorbed for me.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Rating on this book must be cooked

    All right B&N, what gives? Book shows 42 ratings with four star overall. But when one looks at "highest to lowest reviews", there's one five star, then all else is three or less. Let's get some honesty in this rating process or else tout it for what it appears to be-an un-credible way to bolster sales.

    This book was not worth the purchase price-uncharacteristic, as I have read all RWW has written.

    Save your money and view the B&N reviews data with a fishy eye.

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