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Shark River
By Randy Wayne White

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Shark River
By Randy Wayne White
Center Point - Large Print Edition, (2002)
ISBN: 1-58547-160-7
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - June 12, 2002

Shark River by Randy Wayne White is one of those novels that you are either going to love, or hate. There is no in-between. The writing can best be described as eclectic. The characters are rich and multidimensional, and the writing vibrant and energetic. If you are looking for a slow paced, relaxing book, look elsewhere as this book takes you on a break neck journey that is impossible to put down once it pulls you into the sinister world inhabited by Doc Ford.

Doc Ford is a frequent subject of White's books, and rightly so. Ford is a marine biologist who has a knack for getting involved in situations well outside of his purview. His is also an ex-CIA operative who 'likes the ladies'. In Shark River he manages to become entangled in a plot to kidnap a diplomat's daughter. In the process of foiling the kidnaping, Ford finds that he has been sucked into a deadly adventure as he runs afoul of a drug cartel. In trying to extricate himself from this deadly situation, Ford is aided by his long time friend, the "drug-modified" Tomlinson, and by Ransom, a Bahamian woman who claims to be his sister.

In this intriguing and witty book, White paints a graphic and realistic picture of Florida's natural wonders. Although not as complex as some of White's other books, Shark River is still a fine example of White's writing skills and his ability to create a plausible and highly entertaining mystery. But, as with White's other books, his strongest skill is in creating fascinating, life like characters.

If you are not familiar with White's work, the ending of this novel will knock your sock off. If you've read the other Doc Ford books, you'll know what to expect, and you won't be disappointed!

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