Sanibel Flats

Sanibel Flats

Book - 1991
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Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him.After ten years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.Then Rafe Hollins appeared.How could he refuse his old friend's request-even if it would put him back on the firing line? Even if it would change forever the life he'd built here on Sanibel Island?
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1991.
Copyright Date: ©1990.
ISBN: 9781250127228
Characteristics: 404 pages ;,19 cm.


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Aug 01, 2018

I joined the RWW fan club in 2012 with the first Hannah Smith story (well, it wasn't great, but the next two Hannah Smith stories were) so I decided to go back to the beginning to find out about Doc Ford. I am glad I did, and I am planning to read all the series of this little Florida backwater community, but honestly this reads like a first book (which it is). It is what I call a "macho genre" story but with a lot of "smart guy" stuff thrown in. Doc really does have a PhD, and his wacky sidekick went to Harvard for seven years, and somehow managed a PhD through his drug haze. If you have finished the Hannah Smith books and want to see where it all began, give this one a try, but don't expect the quality of writing that later books offer and keep in mind that 1991 was a very different world in terms of technology and women's roles.

Sep 19, 2017

I think this was the first Doc Ford novel and it sort of seats the stage for his later adventures. For an ex-Seal he seems to be remarkably inept at shootin-killin-fightn-those things that Seals do best and he carts around a very unhelpful hippie sidekick-Ah well this will be our Marine Biologist of future novels so enjoy this one for what it is, the precursor for what follows in the next 10-15 stories.

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