Cuba Straits (Doc Ford Series #22)

Cuba Straits (Doc Ford Series #22)

by Randy Wayne White

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Overview

A remarkable installment in the Doc Ford series from New York Times–bestselling author Randy Wayne White.
 
Doc Ford’s old friend General Juan Rivera has gone into the business of high-profile collectibles, but when he manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro between 1960 and 1962 to a secret girlfriend, it’s not a matter of money anymore. Rivera has stumbled way out of his depth. Those letters contain a secret that someone cannot allow to be made public. A lot happened between Cuba and the United States in those years. Many men died. A few more will hardly be noticed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425280096
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Doc Ford Series , #22
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 183,390
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Randy Wayne White is the author of twenty-two Doc Ford books, including the latest, Deep Blue. He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published—and the new Hannah Smith series has debuted with Gone, Deceived, and Haunted. In 2002, a one-hour documentary film called The Gift of the Game, about White’s trip to Cuba to find the remnants of the Little League teams founded by Ernest Hemingway in the days before Castro, won the Best of the Fest Award from the 2002 Woods Hole Film Festival, then was bought by PBS and broadcast station by station in the spring and summer of 2003. A veteran fishing guide who at one time had his own local PBS show, he lives in an old house on an Indian mound in Pineland, Florida.

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Praise for BONE DEEP
 
“White keeps the action churning forward as Doc encounters both human and animal foes, but the real interest here is the archaeological backdrop. Masterfully seeding the plot with information on Florida’s ancient natural history—and its contemporary environmental challenges—White delivers a novel that perfectly blends story and landscape. We often say that fine nonfiction has the narrative drive of a good thriller, but we rarely have occasion to say that a fine thriller has all the mind-boggling fascination of compelling nonfiction.”––Booklist (starred review)
 
“A descent into the world of overzealous and unethical fossil collectors leads to a boat-napping, stolen artifacts, and increasingly dire threats . . . White does a fine job detailing Florida’s unique history and geography.”––Publishers Weekly

Praise for NIGHT MOVES
 
Fans will still be riveted by Ford and Hannah’s tango-like mating dance. And the climax is a corker, too.  Over his last several Doc Ford novels, White has vaulted to mainstream bestseller status. This one is likely to maintain the pattern.”—Booklist
 
“Captivating . . . [an] intriguing installment.”—Publishers Weekly
 
White weaves in and out of the two mysteries — the murder attempt and Flight 19 — telling the story with the same tight, vivid prose his fans have come to expect. The result is another strong addition to one of crime fiction’s most consistent series.”—Associated Press
 
“Drawing on his usual mix of science, ecology and Florida lore, White reels in an exciting story in "Night Moves” . . . [the novel] illustrates why, after 20 novels, Ford's double life and White's attention to the Florida scenery continue to intrigue readers.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Cuba Straits 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Cuba and Cuba/American relations are in a state of flux, as leadership changes and the decades-long embargo begins to soften. Randy Wayne White's Florida biologist (and former / occasional black ops specialist) Marion Ford is a natural protagonsit to explore some of the nuances of these changes, and the author delivers. (He tosses the current status of Russia and the Russian / Cuban relationship into the mix, as well.) White's usual 1st person narration is abandoned for a 3rd person viewpoint, allowing for scenes featuring characters other than Doc Ford. He does manage to infuse the text with a flavor for the characters in the particular scene, whether it is our protagonist, his sidekick, Tomlinson, or one of the supporting characters or villains of the piece. (Be warned; it isn't quite clear until the end of the story which side of that line certain characters fall.) Toss in a revolutionary general with a love of baseball (no, not Fidel; neither he nor his brother make a direct appearance but their influence is certainly felt) and a possible defector shortstop with a temper to add flavor to the mix. Regular readers of Randy Wayne White's 21 previous Doc Ford novels had a preconceived notion as to what to expect from the author and the series – and it delivers. New readers do not need to have read any of the prior novels in this series to enjoy this book – but it may help. (Certain nuances of our main characters are not fully explained, based on an assumed prior knowledge on the part of the reader.) RATING: A solid 4. DISCLOSURE: I received this book free of charge from the publisher without obligation, although I'm sure that a fair and unbiased review would be appreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got my signed copy and I could hardly stop reading it in my car! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a long-term fan of the author, I’ve enjoyed his Doc Ford series for quite some time. From my favorites Captiva and Mangrove Coast, to the stellar recent entry Night Moves, I’m always enthralled with how Mr. White can keep releasing such high quality material. Cuba Straights is, I can wholly attest, another triumph. The intrigue surrounding Castro and the discovery of secret material in an exotic locale that is so vibrantly described keeps the pages turning. For anyone who is not already a fan, the easy suspension of disbelief, multidimensional characters, and palpable scenery will easily make you one. Arriving at White’s doorstep after reading the author’s like Cussler and Mcdonald, I quickly transitioned into his style and found myself not reading the others nearly as much. I think it’s partially because I love Tomlinson and never cease to snicker hard enough to wake up my wife while reading late. I’m also quite attached to Ford of course and even like the varying POV’s the author utilizes with differing books; I find that such an action has really helped me to fully get to know his recurring characters so much better. In summation, this is another stellar read in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed the detail of knowledge that the author possessed about Cuba along with the unique plotline. If anyone else is looking for a superb read that will have you intrigued through to a wallop of an ending, look no further than this one. I’ve no doubt I’ll be coming back and reading it many times again in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST DOC FORD EVER, DESTINED TO BE A FLORIDA CLASSIC.  This may be the best Doc Ford novel ever.  Marion Ford is smarter, slyer, tougher than ever, Tomlinson is hilarious, particularly with the introduction of Figueroa Casanova, a Cuban shortstop who, because he has no birth certificate, is convinced he is ageless.  What IS ageless is Cuba Straits -- destined to be a Florida classic, I believe. White's knowledge of Cuba, baseball, Fidel Castro and the Cuban people answer, I think, the popular question, "So what will happen when Fidel finally dies." I'm already half way through this book, reading it for the second time, and laughing out loud to new bits of dialogue I missed the firs go around.  Gerald Hess
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Cuba Straits" is brilliant!Everyone's talking about Cuba. Most of us have never been there but our fascination for the island and it's people grows stronger each day knowing change is coming sooner than later. "Cuba Straits" gave me a rare glimpse into this other- worldly place.  Randy Wayne White has traveled to Cuba consistently since the 70's  and no one but White could write a thriller about Cuba and baseball with this much humor and insight without real personal knowledge and compelling research. "Cuba Straits" is remarkable, maybe prophetic.  Doc Ford's old friend Juan Rivera has been smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States while also dealing in high profile Cuban collectables.  A briefcase of personal letters written by Fidel Castro 1953-1963 to a previously unknown girlfriend becomes a prized and dangerous commodity.Uncovering secrets contained in these letters leads Doc Ford and Tomlinson into dangerous waters back to Cuba where evil men, a Russian and a Santeria priest, are killers and will stop at nothing to get what they want. The plot has a beautiful complexity and lots of action. Outrageous ending!"Cuba Straits" has legs. A must read now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept thinking what a great movie this story would make.
GLF69 More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely enjoyed all Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford books. (He was recommended to me by a small local bookstore owner in Pagosa Springs, CO when I mentioned how much I had enjoyed - and missed - John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series in my younger days.) And, up to Cuba Straits, I have not been disappointed. Something was missing in this adventure; the entire book seemed disjointed and was missing something... I can't really pinpoint what it was. Perhaps way too much (finally) of Tomlinson and certainly not enough of Doc Ford's usual heroics. The dialogue was often difficult to follow; details establishing a sense of place were missing; Ford and Tomlinson seemed to be acting totally out-of-character throughout the book. Bottom line: this entry in the Doc Ford series seemed out of kilter throughout as if it was rushed to be published under deadline. Cuba Straits can be given a pass without really missing anything in the Doc Ford on-going saga - definitely not on the same level as Mr. White's previous entries. I will, however, be eagerly awaiting the next installment in the hope that the franchise will get back on track...
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Kittyb1 More than 1 year ago
Doc Ford is at his enigmatic best in this complicated, but thoroughly enjoyable adventure. He and his strange buddy, Tomlinson, travel to Cuba for individual reasons, but end up working on the same level. Be prepared to stay with this great romp until you have read it all.
JadeDas More than 1 year ago
This is my first Doc Ford novel, but I’ve always been a fan of stories that delve into 1960s Cuba and US relations, so I knew I would find it enjoyable. What I didn’t expect was how hooked I got on Doc Ford as a character. The good news for me is that Randy Wayne White seems to have inexhaustible stories to write about Doc, all with high praise from critics. I think I’ve stumbled across a very addictive series.  As far as crime thrillers go, I thought that ‘Cuba Straits’ was a very well-written book. It had more or less perfect pacing—just when things start to settle down, something else unexpected and exciting happens. Also it was easy to tell that White has done more than just a little research on the time period and location. He cut no corners in terms of setting, which I really appreciated. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disjointed plot. Not sure what the goal was in this story. I guess it was to find the motorcycles. It felt like the book was about chasing each other around Cuba. I normally enjoy Randy Wayne White books, especially with Doc Ford, but I was very disappointed with this one.