Ten Thousand Islands (Doc Ford Series #7) [NOOK Book]


Government agent-turned-marine biologist Doc Ford sails an endless sea of questions when he agrees to investigate a death from the past. Years ago, off Florida’s Gulf Coast, a teenaged girl found an ancient gold medallion. Then, she began having nightmares. Then she was found hanging from a tree.

Now, years later, the girl’s mother is being terrorized with break-ins, phone calls with no one there—and her daughter’s grave has been dug up. ...

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Ten Thousand Islands (Doc Ford Series #7)

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Government agent-turned-marine biologist Doc Ford sails an endless sea of questions when he agrees to investigate a death from the past. Years ago, off Florida’s Gulf Coast, a teenaged girl found an ancient gold medallion. Then, she began having nightmares. Then she was found hanging from a tree.

Now, years later, the girl’s mother is being terrorized with break-ins, phone calls with no one there—and her daughter’s grave has been dug up. Somebody wants that medallion.

The search for answers will lead Doc through a shadowy world of ancient ritual and modern corruption, to an evil that was born in the past—but lives in the present…

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Editorial Reviews

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It's been many years since the unsuspecting teenage girl found an ancient gold medallion off the Florida Gulf Coast, a medallion that would bring her nightmares, rob her of sleep and, ultimately, drive her to suicide. Now, years later, the girl's mother is being terrorized-by break-ins, by phone calls and by the desecration of her daughter's grave. Someone wants the medallion. Someone is willing to pay any price. And for marine biologist Doc Ford, the search for that someone will lead him into a shadowy world of ancient ritual and modern corruption, to an evil that was born in the past but lives in the present
Carl Hiaasen
White takes us places that no other Florida mystery writer can hope to find.
Denver Post
A wild, dangerous adventure.
Boston Globe
Taut and engrossing.
Chicago Tribune
One of the most satisfying thrillers in recent memory.
Miami Herald
Thrilling and strangely moving.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Of all the writers currently exploiting the Florida mayhem boom, only White can claim to have created a series hero, marine biologist Marion "Doc" Ford, to match Hemingway's memorable outdoorsmen and John D. MacDonald's much-missed Travis McGee. Some of the Ford books have been unfocused, but White's seventh (after 1998's The Mangrove Coast) is one of the strongest, rich with not only evocative images ("I spooked a school of redfish that angled away as a herd, pushing an acre of waking water") but also with an unusually deep cast of characters. Ford himself is in top form, quickly convincing readers that he cares as much about his real job (capturing snook for a lab working to improve the breed) as he does about solving a mystery--in this case, why the grave of a 15-year-old girl who had an uncanny ability to find things has been desecrated. Somebody is after a 400-year-old gold medallion that she unearthed, a relic of the Calusa Indians. Besides Ford's scene-stealing druggy sidekick, Tomlinson, there are some very interesting female characters: the dead girl herself, with whom Ford turns out to have a strange connection; her gutsy mother, a tough waitress working to keep her daughter's memory alive and unsullied; a young archeologist and an older local woman who take Ford's mind off his former lover. Even the obvious villains, a wealthy and politically powerful father-and-son team, are saved from being clich s by some original touches. But the real star is the seascape of Florida, something that Ford--and White--know intimately. National tour. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Key Largo bartender Della Copeland is another of that seemingly inexhaustible supply of strong-yet-vulnerable females who can't survive without the help of Dr. Marion Ford. Fifteen years after her daughter Dorothy dug up a mysterious gold medallion on Marco Island and started to have even more mysterious visions before she was found hanging from a tree, Della's home has been ransacked by somebody looking for the medallion—or whatever other talismans he can lay his hands on. Is the would-be thief Ivan Bauerstock, the magnate who owns half of Marco Island? Teddy Bauerstock, the dead-eyed charmer his old man's grooming for the state senate and points north? Bauerstock contractor Frank Rossi, whose own son Tony bids fair to follow in his father's slimy footsteps? A savior-for-hire who seems to worship at the shrine of Travis McGee can't go wrong assuming everybody on the horizon is out to make trouble for the ladies, and standing ready to repel the monstrous males one by one. And that's just what Doc Ford, who'd have you believe he'd rather be supplying marine specimens to the Mote Marine Laboratory than mixing it up with the bad guys, does—with results more stimulating to the adrenal glands than the cerebral cortex. Memo to more sensitive guys: the suggestion that Dorothy may be Doc's repeatedly reincarnated astral soulmate, tragically dead less than 20 short years before they were to meet, should help you decide whether Doc's seventh adventure (The Mangrove Coast, 1998, etc.) is for you.
From the Publisher
“One of the most satisfying thrillers in recent memory.”—Chicago Tribune

“This latest entry in the Doc Ford series is one of the strongest…A taut story of modern greed and violence. Plenty of great twists…make this one of the most satisfying thrillers in recent memory.”—Chicago Tribune“We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than curled up with this book…A wild dangerous adventure…Breathless action.”—The Denver Post

“A powerful look at Florida’s heart of darkness…A rapid-fire tale that will snare readers like a treble hook…No on around today writes as well about Florida…Rough-edged and violent…One of the best in a series that is as good as anything being written today.”—The Tampa Tribune

“When it comes to Florida, White is positively lyrical…Marvelous description, good plotting, and plenty of action.”—Florida Times-Union“No one evokes life along the sultry mangrove coast of Southwest Florida as perfectly…White’s best book yet.”—Albuquerque Tribune

“White…can be counted on to produce the real goods…And although he’s subtle about the atmospherics, when White cranks up the momentum, he tosses in everything.”—The Palm Beach Post“Fast-paced…This is Key Largo meets Wild Kingdom.”—The News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

“White writes with an obvious knowledge and love of Florida’s west coast, an intimacy made possible only by living here, and one which helps make the book a pleasant summer escape.”—Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Maintains an edgy sense of adventure…White’s strong sense of place and people keep us wanting to return to Florida’s west coast.”—The Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101640104
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: Doc Ford Series, #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 22,923
  • File size: 636 KB

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    This is a very enjoyable read. Having been to many of the areas

    This is a very enjoyable read. Having been to many of the areas in book, it was interesting to revisit them in a fictional story. This is my first book in the Doc Ford series and I'll be sure to continue. Unfortunately, the first five books aren't available on Nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014


    Good read lots of historical info starts slow builds up to interesting story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Loved this one!

    I love the series ever since I read Mr. White's first Doc Ford book. Am looking forward to reading all of the series. An easy read and keeps the reader hooked throughout.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    I would place this mystery novel more as "historical fiction". An easy and enjoyable read. White is able to give you a real feel for the islands and keys located in the gulf off Florida. The history and geography of Florida is carried by the mystery and characters of the novel.

    Doc Ford is an ex-NSA agent living on Captiva Island and working as a marine biologist. The "wrong" people are looking for Calusa Indian artifacts and killing anyone who impedes that process. Nice, lite read and geographically interesting. Recommend to any mystery readers who like a series of novels with a prime character.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    You've Just Made a Great Discovery!

    Friends kept telling me about Randy Wayne White, but I thought: Just another thriller writer. Why bother? How wrong I was! White is one of the rarest of writers. Reading his books is like meeting a long lost friend. Immediately, you know you are in safe hands and in for a great ride. I read all whites novels in the last six months ( he's addicitive) but his newest, TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS is one of his best. Maybe THE best. Nearly two decades ago, on Marco Island,FL, a brilliant 14-year old girl dug up an Indian grave and found a golden medallion once worn by the king of pre-Colombian Florida. A few months later, she's found dead, hanging from a tree. Now, 15-years later, someone's dug-up the grave and it's up to Ford and buddy Tomlinson to find out why. Based on a true story, the tale that follows is a brilliant and sometimes hilarious narrative. I laughed and wiped away tears -- very true. Tomlinson steals the show as usual, but Ford is also elevated: He does psychedelic mushrooms and briefly re-meets his true soul mate -- two solitary islands among ten thousand in this touching, metaphorical tale. The real star, as usual, however, is the strange place called Florida and no one is better than White when it comes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    White is on target again

    Ten Thousand Islands, Randy White's 7th entry in his Doc Ford series may be his best effort to date. The novel reads as a fast paced thriller but it has much more depth and sub-context than your average summer read. This book is a lesson in Florida history as it reveales how the Calusa indians lived along what is now Florida's Gulf Coast. In addition to the history lesson the reader also receives accurate insights into the fragile environment of the fictional home of Doc Ford, Dinkins Bay, and the very real environmentally threatened Charolette Harbor of the Sanible, Ft Myers area that White has adopted as his home. Showing his growth as a writer White wraps an intriguing murder mystery into his history lesson and environmental essay.With waves crashing and hurricane force winds bearing down on Ford as he is involved in a high speed boat chase the book reaches a climatic end that perfectily ties the Calusa's history together with the modern characters that are involved in solving the fifteen year old murder of a young girl that is the central character in the mystery. Ford discovers that he has a connection with the deceased girl as he works to solve her murder that is somehow involved in the illegal trade of digging for indian artifacts. His Harvard educated hippie side-kick Tomlinson, reaches new depths as he plots a scheme to introduce Ford to hallucinogenic mushrooms and it is also revealed that Tomlinson was involved with a group that was responsible for the death of one of Fords friends thirty years ago. In this novel White brings new emotional depth to Fords character and other residents of Dinkens Bay. A true test of littary skill as these colorful characters had been so well developed in the previose Doc Ford mysteries. Ten Thousand Islands is a great read and leaves you craving for more tales of the amalgamation of souls that reside in Dinkens Bay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    One of his best

    Randy White's newest Doc Ford novel is a combination of the best qualities of his previous titles. Those who enjoyed the experimentation of The Man Who Invented Florida, and the straightforward style of Captiva, will be rewarded with a novel that combines the best of both elements. Without giving away the plot, this outing concerns an unscrupulous politican, a dangerous hurricane, and the beauty of the Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida and Key Largo. The most important element, however, is the Calusa artifact that has caused this sequence of events to be set in motion. The history of the artifact, and the Calusa Indians, is rendered in a way that is not only informative but enjoyable. The narrative is straightforward, the dialogue is crisp, and the characters are some of White's sharpest. Those who love Doc Ford are sure to enjoy this title, as well as those who are new to the series. Highly recommended; if you are a White fan don't miss it. If you're not, then get it anyway, you

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Doc Ford at his best

    Doc Ford is a classic cynic who has seen the darkest sections of hell on earth before returning to America to remake himself. He works in Dinkin¿s Bay Sanibel Island, Florida as a marine biologist. Though he lives a structured life, trouble always visits him. <P>A friend asks Doc to help a woman whose child¿s grave was opened many years after the girl died. The daughter was special since she had the ability to find valuable, often historical, artifacts in places where no one would normally look. When she was found dead with a rope around her neck, the official opinion was suicide. She was buried with two very valuable artifacts, which is believed why someone desecrated her grave. Doc, feeling an unexplainable connection to the girl, vows to learn the full truth about Dorothy in life, death, and after-death. <P>Randy Wayne White guides his audience to a beautiful, primal part of Florida rarely visited by tourists. The anti-hero Doc, in his seventh appearance, is a quixotic mix of spiritual goodness and violent virility that is difficult to understand but enjoyable to observe. The adventure is exciting and frightening, as the plot seems so real that it is happening to the reader. Thus, the story line and its star turn TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS into an unforgettable work that will require Mr. White to write an eighth Ford tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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