Dark Light (Doc Ford Series #13)

Dark Light (Doc Ford Series #13)

by Randy Wayne White

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Imagine hurricane winds over the Sahara Desert, preceded by a cavalry of tornadoes. Imagine dunes flattened, then resculpted. Then imagine all that at the bottom of the sea.
    A Category 4 hurricane has swept the west coast of Florida, creating havoc, changing lives, and reshaping the ocean bottom. Well-known reefs and wrecks have been covered—and new ones have emerged.
    From one such wreck, marine biologist Doc Ford and his friends make a chance discovery that will have a monumental effect—a cluster of mysterious objects that lead to an equally mysterious woman and her ancient, gray-gabled estate of a beach house.
     The woman weaves a haunting story of a loved one lost, and her chance to uncover the truth if Ford will help salvage the boat, named Dark Light, which sank without explanation in the hurricane of 1944. Intrigued, Ford agrees, and begins a chain of events that will change his life forever. For there are other things in that wreck as well, and other men who want them, men willing to commit terrible acts. And the woman herself—the woman is not what she seems. . . .
    Filled with passion and vivid, pungent prose and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Dark Light is a thriller of uncommon intensity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425214442
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Series: Doc Ford Series , #13
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 86,370
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Customer Reviews

Dark Light (Doc Ford Series #13) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest in the Doc Ford series will satisfy most Doc Ford fans and disappoint a few. The book leaves out the detailed history of Doc and his life at the Marina, almost requiring new readers to examine older titles in the series. This keeps the book from becoming cumbersome but some will miss the fleshing-out of the marina characters. Longtime readers will notice the subtle plugs for Doc Ford merchandise, the author's rum bar and the music of the author's close friend. There are also tried and true lures such as mysterious Nazi artifacts, sunken treasure, a Grey Gardens-like mansion and almost cartoonish villians. But this was one of the hardest to put down of the recent Doc Ford novels- the plot development keeps you turning pages. Unlike previous novels, the action never leaves the Sanibel area, making it a prime candidate for a screenplay.
Drahthaar More than 1 year ago
As usual another good Doc Ford novel. This was a good read just as the whole series was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I purchased this book it was linked to a totally different story by another writer using the same title. Check with barnes and noble before buying.
AWnAL More than 1 year ago
Great writing as usual and good twists and turns within the story. i just hope he continues writing more in the Doc Ford Series.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Uber mystery writer Randy Wayne White has been on a roll with his popular Doc Ford novels. He raises the bar even higher with Dark Light, the thirteenth in this series. White fans know unstoppable hero Doc Ford well. He's a former covert ops agent, now a marine biologist. Following in the wake of a raging hurricane that roared across western Florida, Doc is strolling the ocean floor that has been pummeled and torn by the devastating storm. Familiar reefs and wrecks have been covered over and unknown ones revealed. Doc and his friends discover some surprising objects, such as a brooch shaped like a death's head with a swastika in the center - a grim reminder of World War II. There are other mysterious finds amid the wreckage of Dark Light, a boat that sank into the deep during the hurricane of 1944. Once Doc meets a recluse, a woman living in a beach front mansion his discoveries begin to make sense as she connects these objects to the German High Command. She also spins a tale of a long lost love and pleads with Doc to salvage the boat. He agrees, but soon finds that he's not the only one who wants access to the wreckage - there are others who will kill to retrieve what has lain at the bottom of the sea. Actor Henry Strozier gives an authoritative, suspenseful reading to this tale of yesterday and today. He's a veteran performer of stage and screen who can chill with a modulation of his voice. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Category Four hurricane struck hard on Florida's west coast especially devastating many of the Gulf islands. Doc Marian Ford sees first hand the damage to Sanibel Island with his home, marina and lab severely damaged by the intense storm and he received a deep gash from a flying object courtesy of the hurricane. Jeth, Tomlinson and other Sanibel residents find pieces of German artifacts probably from a sunken submarine that caused havoc in the Gulf of Mexico during WWII. Not long afterward Jeth discovers the submarine. --- Mildred Chestra Engle asks Doc Ford to investigate what happened to a beloved who vanished while meeting a German submarine six decades ago. Chestra wants to prove he was not a traitor only a blackmail victim. Feeling her sorrow, Doc takes on the case, but nothing soon seem real even her story or for that matter her age, which changes every time he sees her. Danger finds Doc because others like salvager Heller have differing plans for Ford¿s client and the submarine no one will stand in his way to achieve them. --- The prime storyline starts a bit later than usual as the key players and their motivations and the force of a category four hurricane are prefaced (though Katrina makes that level storm needing no introduction) to the reader. These subplots quickly merge into a delightful Doc Ford thriller. The marine biologist struggles with the wrongfully defined case, the enigmatic female that has Tomlinson thinking ghost while Doc kisses her when she does not look too old, and the thirst for revenge by Heller. Fans will enjoy DARK LIGHT as nothing is quite like it seems especially in the aftermath of a hurricane named Chestra. --- Harriet Klausner
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Centered around the unrest of a hurricane season on the gulf coast of Florida, Doc Ford stays close to home in Dark Light and gets caught up in the mystery of sunken Nazi artifacts. He has to fight greedy developers, murderers, retired NFL giants, boat thieves, and treasure hunters - actually that's one formidable villain in many evil hats. A hint of the supernatural and a bit of protest against the destruction of Florida's natural habitat are included in the mix. Somehow it all hangs together.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doc Ford is a man I could easily have a crush on. And there's his buddy, Tomlinson, who is a free spirit with a wicked sense of humor. Both are smart and take care of themselves, each other and their friends. There seem to be two stories going on, but they are intertwined. There are some Wisconsin mob guys down taking advantage of the last hurricane's destructive path. Doc wants to set them straight after the mob guys take on some of Doc's buds. Then there's the the mystery woman Tomlinson introduces to Doc. The story she tells of lost WWII treasure in the ocean intrigues Doc as much as the mystery woman does. I've listened to a couple of books from this series and enjoyed each one thoroughly. This one was especially so. This is a series, but each one can be listened to as a stand-alone as far as I am concerned. And rarely does a series keep going strong when there are a lot of books in the series. This isn't one of those, again, as far as I am concerned. DARK LIGHT is #13 in the lineup and there are 17 of them.Five Florida coast can be dangerous beans.....
janeajones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Doc Ford mystery set in the days and weeks after Hurricane Charley and calling up the hurricane of Oct. 19, 1944 that flooded Sanibel. The storm-struck inhabitants of Dinkins Bay are trying to put their lives back together as a sociopathic heir to a one-time Nazi Florida developer tries to steal and cheat his way to wealth. The hurricane waters have revealed a WWII wreck with Nazi treasure and ties to the mysterious Mildred Chestra Engle, goddaughter of the lost ethereal beauty, Marissa Dorn. Also uncovered is a tangled history of the powerful ¿ Thomas Edison and Henry Ford; the creative ¿ Edna St. Vincent Millay and Anne Lindbergh; German prisoners of war, racism, and the aborted, secret loves of a young woman. Although White¿s novel follows the pattern of an unfolding mystery that will be solved by Ford¿s rational detective work, there is an added element of enigmatic change, not only to the environment, but to people and even to historical consciousness, wrought by the hurricane. White acknowledges the psychic shifts blown in with the hurricane¿s winds.
kd9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A long time ago I started reading Randy Wayne White after I had read all the Carl Hiassen books and other Florida writers. His earliest books were filled with guns and graphic violence. This book is more of an elegy of lives lost to hurricanes and age. Yes, there is a psychopath who is the major evil figure, but more of the book concerns Doc Ford's slow recovery from injury, loss, and hurt. The writing seems a bit disjointed. I wondered if I had missed a paragraph or two. This may be due to the author's homelessness from the real hurricane he suffered through. It is still evocative of the pleasures of boats, beaches, and the ocean, but in the end Doc Ford seems more lost than ever.
unrequitedlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tone of Language: Philosophical, nuanced, abstractPlot Twists: When a clever deception instigated generations ago is finally deciphered, new mysteries arise and remain.Characters: Some are very good and some are very bad, but both sides are lost and struggling.Values: Genuineness and honesty are best but they turn into secretiveness when things do not seem right.Pace: Smart characters accelerate the action.Background Research: Marine science, boating, weather, Florida historySexuality: Passionate desires are easily capable of overwhelming one's better judgment.Ending: The good things in life appear and disappear unexpectedly in cycles that leave you bewildered but hopeful.Offensive to Any Group: Germans, FeministsTarget Audience: Men, South FloridiansFlaws: The apparent reappearance of Roth after he was thought dead leads Chestra to believe Roth abandoned his lover Marlissa, but why was Chestra anxious about their love well before that?
phinz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set after Hurricane Charley devastated Sanibel and Captiva Islands, this story had me flipping pages as fast I could. Though at times mildly predictable, this is Randy Wayne White and Doc Ford at their finest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks away slowly not being noticed still staring at asher and fang howls and runs away Why did i howl i wish i was noticed mainly by Fang or asher
Ed_Moore More than 1 year ago
A fun Doc Ford book of pure escapism. Mr. White is great in painting the Southwest Florida picture and places. the ending was a total surprise and very unexpected. I am a fan of Doc Ford.
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I don't like it either,
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Is locked out of res 5