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Night Vision (Doc Ford Series #18)
     

Night Vision (Doc Ford Series #18)

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by Randy Wayne White
 

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The Red Citrus Trailer Park is inhabited mostly by illegal laborers. But the steroid-powered park manager and his grotesquely muscular girlfriend want to sell the park for some easy money-and they'll do whatever it takes to drive the residents out. Their problem is a young girl who the laborers believe talks to God. When the girl witnesses the manager dumping a

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The Red Citrus Trailer Park is inhabited mostly by illegal laborers. But the steroid-powered park manager and his grotesquely muscular girlfriend want to sell the park for some easy money-and they'll do whatever it takes to drive the residents out. Their problem is a young girl who the laborers believe talks to God. When the girl witnesses the manager dumping a corpse into a lake, he knows that she has to be silence permanently.

The girl's only hope for survival: marine biologist Doc Ford, who must search through an underground nation, trek through wildlife, and defeat an assortment of bad guys...and hope he reaches her in time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Deep Shadow:

"A heart-stopping, fast-paced thriller that's one of the best Doc Ford novels yet."
-Associated Press

"Outstanding...a nail-biter that's virtually impossible to put down."
-Publishers Weekly

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101486399
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Series:
Doc Ford Series , #18
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
66,227
File size:
355 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for Deep Shadow:

"A heart-stopping, fast-paced thriller that's one of the best Doc Ford novels yet."
-Associated Press

"Outstanding...a nail-biter that's virtually impossible to put down."
-Publishers Weekly

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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Night Vision (Doc Ford Series #18) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Austringer More than 1 year ago
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.
Seldom_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Karen O'Donnell More than 1 year ago
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.
terrylazar More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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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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italia_lover More than 1 year ago
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!
prs915 More than 1 year ago
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.
WaltzingJoe More than 1 year ago
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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MichaelB76 More than 1 year ago
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.
snowbear More than 1 year ago
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.
FishinCaptain More than 1 year ago
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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