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Doc Ford returns to his stilt house on Dinkin's Bay to find an old friend and one-time lover waiting for him. Her real-estate developer husband has disappeared and been pronounced dead, and she's sure there's worse to follow-and she's right. Following the trail, Ford ends up deep in the Everglades, at the gates of a community presided over by a man named Bhagwan Shiva (for Doc Ford returns to his stilt house on Dinkin's Bay to find an old friend and one-time lover waiting for him. Her real-estate developer husband has disappeared and been pronounced dead, and she's sure there's worse to follow-and she's right. Following the trail, Ford ends up deep in the Everglades, at the gates of a community presided over by a man named Bhagwan Shiva (formerly Jerry Singh). Shiva is big business, but that business has been a little shaky lately, and so he's come up with a scheme to enhance both his cash and his power. Of course, there's the possibility that some people could get hurt and the Everglades itself damaged, but Shiva smells a killing. And if that should turn out to be literally, as well as figuratively, true...well, that's just too damned bad. Replete with passion and rich, pungent prose and some of the best suspense characters anywhere in fiction, Everglades is the finest work yet from an extraordinary talent.


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Doc Ford returns to his stilt house on Dinkin's Bay to find an old friend and one-time lover waiting for him. Her real-estate developer husband has disappeared and been pronounced dead, and she's sure there's worse to follow-and she's right. Following the trail, Ford ends up deep in the Everglades, at the gates of a community presided over by a man named Bhagwan Shiva (for Doc Ford returns to his stilt house on Dinkin's Bay to find an old friend and one-time lover waiting for him. Her real-estate developer husband has disappeared and been pronounced dead, and she's sure there's worse to follow-and she's right. Following the trail, Ford ends up deep in the Everglades, at the gates of a community presided over by a man named Bhagwan Shiva (formerly Jerry Singh). Shiva is big business, but that business has been a little shaky lately, and so he's come up with a scheme to enhance both his cash and his power. Of course, there's the possibility that some people could get hurt and the Everglades itself damaged, but Shiva smells a killing. And if that should turn out to be literally, as well as figuratively, true...well, that's just too damned bad. Replete with passion and rich, pungent prose and some of the best suspense characters anywhere in fiction, Everglades is the finest work yet from an extraordinary talent.

30 review for Everglades

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Another solid and electrifying Doc Ford novel, in which our intrepid marine biologist and former assassin (although, as we have learned, not so much former) is pulled into a plot by a New Age guru, Shiva, bent on turning a huge tract of the Everglades into a casino resort. A friend and former lover, Sally Carmel, as reached out to Doc for help, since her wealthy husband's disappearance, supposed death, and she feels like her life is now in danger. Doc agrees to help her find answers, along with Another solid and electrifying Doc Ford novel, in which our intrepid marine biologist and former assassin (although, as we have learned, not so much former) is pulled into a plot by a New Age guru, Shiva, bent on turning a huge tract of the Everglades into a casino resort. A friend and former lover, Sally Carmel, as reached out to Doc for help, since her wealthy husband's disappearance, supposed death, and she feels like her life is now in danger. Doc agrees to help her find answers, along with his hippie sidekick, Tomlinson, and things soon, as they usually do, go south. Shiva's sociopathic right-hand man, Izzy, has other plans, and if Doc and Tomlinson aren't careful, Sally's worst fears will be realized. As usual, Randy Wayne White blends suspense and Florida noir in a way no one else can, and even gives us a bit of a Florida Everglades history and ecological lesson, all wrapped up in an enjoyable package. Highly recommended series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Doc is out of shape and drinking too much. Tomlinson is Tomlinson. A woman Doc knew years earlier shows up at his house and tells him that her husband disappeared off a boat in the Atlantic and she would like proof of his death. She has hired a PI to investigate. She also tells him that her husband was involved with a charismatic Guru who is attempting to purchase a large section of the Everglades and join in with two different groups of Native Americans to open a huge Casino operation. That is Doc is out of shape and drinking too much. Tomlinson is Tomlinson. A woman Doc knew years earlier shows up at his house and tells him that her husband disappeared off a boat in the Atlantic and she would like proof of his death. She has hired a PI to investigate. She also tells him that her husband was involved with a charismatic Guru who is attempting to purchase a large section of the Everglades and join in with two different groups of Native Americans to open a huge Casino operation. That is basically the start of this adventure. It involves a great deal of Florida natural history and Indian lore. There is also enough complexity in the plot and violence to keep most everyone enthralled. It also has a very satisfactory ending with a solution that was well appreciated.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    Since I haven't read most of the prior books (maybe none of them), I'm at a bit of a loss why Doc is so moody and walking around like the Pillsbury Doughboy in need of anti-depression meds. Even with that, this was a good entry into the series. The villain is appropriately dastardly and his sidekick is dealt with satisfactorily. Anyone familiar with the rise and fall of clowns like Baker or Swaggart will certainly recognize a few familiar attitudes. The author does not hammer the similarities int Since I haven't read most of the prior books (maybe none of them), I'm at a bit of a loss why Doc is so moody and walking around like the Pillsbury Doughboy in need of anti-depression meds. Even with that, this was a good entry into the series. The villain is appropriately dastardly and his sidekick is dealt with satisfactorily. Anyone familiar with the rise and fall of clowns like Baker or Swaggart will certainly recognize a few familiar attitudes. The author does not hammer the similarities into the reader's head with a nail gun, so they actually add to the villainy rather than make you roll your eyes in exasperation. By the end, Doc is back to his old self and ready to take on bigger and badder bad guys. Read it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy H

    I like the Doc Ford mysteries and also enjoy reading them. This story involves a cult church and the evil people who are running it, committing murder in its name, and just in general being nasty characters. There are plot lines involving Native American tribes and others. Doc finds himself in a depression but is able to function and do what he needs to do, until circumstances force him to rebound and when he does, he is stronger and more capable than ever. Despite the terrorists and murderers, I like the Doc Ford mysteries and also enjoy reading them. This story involves a cult church and the evil people who are running it, committing murder in its name, and just in general being nasty characters. There are plot lines involving Native American tribes and others. Doc finds himself in a depression but is able to function and do what he needs to do, until circumstances force him to rebound and when he does, he is stronger and more capable than ever. Despite the terrorists and murderers, there are also some good people trying to do what is right. This is another good entry in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I thought I had lost Doc Ford forever after reading the last book of his I finished (1 star) but happy to say he is back with this book. I love the marine biologist living on Dinkin's Bay Florida along with his best friend Tomlinson. People tend to go to Ford for help. This time around,Doc finds a friend waiting at his stilt house. She says her husband has disappeared and she is frightened. Doc always has room for a friend in need. I thought I had lost Doc Ford forever after reading the last book of his I finished (1 star) but happy to say he is back with this book. I love the marine biologist living on Dinkin's Bay Florida along with his best friend Tomlinson. People tend to go to Ford for help. This time around,Doc finds a friend waiting at his stilt house. She says her husband has disappeared and she is frightened. Doc always has room for a friend in need.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    I read the first half of this book over the course of two months while working a very physically demanding job outdoors in the summer. I then finished the second half in a little less than two weeks after the job was finished. This skews my perspective. Was the ending really that good? Maybe. The pace definitely picked up as the book went along. Here's one thing I can say with absolute confidence about this book: It has a very strong storyline. From the start, you can tell it is all leading to a I read the first half of this book over the course of two months while working a very physically demanding job outdoors in the summer. I then finished the second half in a little less than two weeks after the job was finished. This skews my perspective. Was the ending really that good? Maybe. The pace definitely picked up as the book went along. Here's one thing I can say with absolute confidence about this book: It has a very strong storyline. From the start, you can tell it is all leading to a crescendo, and you are given many hints about what that will be, but you still won't see everything coming. The characters are also quite strong, if not entirely fleshed out. To be honest, this reads like a movie watches. And I like that. I enjoyed it like a movie. It was quick, entertaining, and at times refreshingly educational. I found myself appreciating the research that went into the writing, because it shows throughout. So, 3 stars, bordering on 4 really. A worthwhile read- not what I expected from a mystery novel at all. But I suppose that's the point, isn't it? ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    In this entry, Doc Ford is minding his own business when a former lover shows up. She's married now, and her husband has disappeared after joining a cult. Like most cults, there is a very shady side to it, concerning a casino the cult wants to open on land owned by the Calusa Indians, a tribe consisting of the children of a late friend of Doc's Funnier than a lot these novels, with some very poetic justice. In this entry, Doc Ford is minding his own business when a former lover shows up. She's married now, and her husband has disappeared after joining a cult. Like most cults, there is a very shady side to it, concerning a casino the cult wants to open on land owned by the Calusa Indians, a tribe consisting of the children of a late friend of Doc's Funnier than a lot these novels, with some very poetic justice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    My first foray into this series. They don't give a lot of background info, so while I could follow the story, I did feel like I was missing some of the nuance. To nut shell it Doc Marion Ford is a nerdy marine biologist with a "military" past, studies bull sharks (and has some penned up) and some anger management issues (like Bruce Banner and the Hulk only doc doesn't turn green). Initially, the character was engaging enough that I was hoping this could be an Andy Carpenter read alike series and My first foray into this series. They don't give a lot of background info, so while I could follow the story, I did feel like I was missing some of the nuance. To nut shell it Doc Marion Ford is a nerdy marine biologist with a "military" past, studies bull sharks (and has some penned up) and some anger management issues (like Bruce Banner and the Hulk only doc doesn't turn green). Initially, the character was engaging enough that I was hoping this could be an Andy Carpenter read alike series and for the right reader, maybe. Although this book has more language and sexual content than Andy Carpenter, which then brought me to the Stone Barrington series. I like Doc's character better than Stone's and while he's trying to stay away from the misogynistic, you still have voyeur perverts and spoiler, his rocking hot body wins back a bi-sexual ex lover. Why, just why? This book also touches on conservation and indigenous people, hopefully this is not a one off. I would say the series is a solid rec.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Hood

    I feel like the doc ford books are making a comeback! I easily followed and enjoyed the story and who wouldn't love some Tomlinson quotes from his paper "one fathom above sea level". It's probably made better because I'm sitting on sanibel beach as I type the review. "Hope could not exist if man were created by a random, chemical accident. Pleasure yes. Desire, yes. But not hope. Selfless hope is contrary to the dynamics of evolution or the necessities of a species" _ -Tomlinson "One Fathom Above I feel like the doc ford books are making a comeback! I easily followed and enjoyed the story and who wouldn't love some Tomlinson quotes from his paper "one fathom above sea level". It's probably made better because I'm sitting on sanibel beach as I type the review. "Hope could not exist if man were created by a random, chemical accident. Pleasure yes. Desire, yes. But not hope. Selfless hope is contrary to the dynamics of evolution or the necessities of a species" _ -Tomlinson "One Fathom Above Sea Level"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    The dark side of Doc Ford comes to the rescue in this fascinating read. Through in a religious New Age fanatic, his demented partner, a fling from the past equals another good read by RWW. One of his better writings, fast paced, loaded again with aquatic facts and figures and of course Dinkins Bay. What's better than that. Highly recommend this work and of course Tomlinson is there along with his faithful followers which adds spice to the tale. The dark side of Doc Ford comes to the rescue in this fascinating read. Through in a religious New Age fanatic, his demented partner, a fling from the past equals another good read by RWW. One of his better writings, fast paced, loaded again with aquatic facts and figures and of course Dinkins Bay. What's better than that. Highly recommend this work and of course Tomlinson is there along with his faithful followers which adds spice to the tale.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    I should have started reading these books in order, but no matter, #10 maintains the same brilliant writing as book #1 (and I didn't feel at all lost or behind). I love the characters and how they play off each other, how they evolve, and the well-conceived, nail-biting plots. Just a top-notch series that makes me want to live on Sanibel Island (I've only been to the Bubble Room!). I should have started reading these books in order, but no matter, #10 maintains the same brilliant writing as book #1 (and I didn't feel at all lost or behind). I love the characters and how they play off each other, how they evolve, and the well-conceived, nail-biting plots. Just a top-notch series that makes me want to live on Sanibel Island (I've only been to the Bubble Room!).

  12. 4 out of 5

    A. Lieberson

    This is White's tenth Doc Ford novel. An old friend has asked Doc Ford to find out if her husband has died or just disappeared. Doc Ford's search takes him to the Everglades . I found the story moved very slowly and the plot was not very credible. The few main characters were well done. But stick with it just to see the ending. This is White's tenth Doc Ford novel. An old friend has asked Doc Ford to find out if her husband has died or just disappeared. Doc Ford's search takes him to the Everglades . I found the story moved very slowly and the plot was not very credible. The few main characters were well done. But stick with it just to see the ending.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Continuing my read of Randy Wayne White. Everglades was fun with some interesting facts included. Tomlinson continues to be one of my favorite characters as is Doc Ford himself. It’s fun to see White take on the crazy cults. Scientology anyone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Most of the book felt like fluffy descriptions of the Florida landscape rather than real substance. I got bored reading after s certain point. The end gets pretty exciting but I shouldn't have to wade through so much filler to get to the important parts. Overall, just decent. Most of the book felt like fluffy descriptions of the Florida landscape rather than real substance. I got bored reading after s certain point. The end gets pretty exciting but I shouldn't have to wade through so much filler to get to the important parts. Overall, just decent.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ken Browning

    Been making my way through the Doc Ford collection. This was my 10th. They are all easy and fun reading. I felt liked that Ford had a touch more humanity in this one. A few more layers. An added bonus was learning new facts about native Americans in Florida.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Summers

    This was my first Doc Ford book, and it won't be my last. It took me about 100 pages to really get hooked, but then it was a quick, engrossing read. i think I will now look for them in sequence, i think that would cut down on the lag time at the beginning. Highly recommend. This was my first Doc Ford book, and it won't be my last. It took me about 100 pages to really get hooked, but then it was a quick, engrossing read. i think I will now look for them in sequence, i think that would cut down on the lag time at the beginning. Highly recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    It's been a while since I've read a Doc Ford story. This one did not disappoint. White writes about Florida like a local (which he is); not just the "Disneyworld" view - but true Florida. And, he's a good story teller too! It's been a while since I've read a Doc Ford story. This one did not disappoint. White writes about Florida like a local (which he is); not just the "Disneyworld" view - but true Florida. And, he's a good story teller too!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Another wonderful story

  19. 5 out of 5

    DemetraP

    Doc Ford gets some epic revenge in this book. Also has a spiritual crisis but finds himself again after an encounter with a bull shark while extremely drunk.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Agnes Muscoreil

    I thought the story was very interesting, but boy, this one really gives you a history lesson! Sometimes good, but way too wordy! A lot of research must have gone into this LOL!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I love Wendy's books. This one brings the Tribes to life. I love Wendy's books. This one brings the Tribes to life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn (in SC) C234D

    This was a good Doc Ford mystery, but not one of my favorites. Doc has been depressed and is out of shape. A friend’s husband has disappeared, so of course he will help.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eloise

    This author never disappoints. His love of Florida makes me wish I had such a fondness for where I grew up -- Northwestern Montana. :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Jordan

    This was my first read by Randy Wayne White (I bought the book while dining at Doc Ford's in Ft. Myers). I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. I am sure I will pick up more in the series! This was my first read by Randy Wayne White (I bought the book while dining at Doc Ford's in Ft. Myers). I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. I am sure I will pick up more in the series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mauricio

    Interesting history on the Florida Indians. The rest, just an entertaining thriller.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Ervin

    Good as ever Consistent with the other books in the series. Entertaining and informative about Florida history and geography. I like it for an easy read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacqulyn

    Each of the books in this series are such a wondrous adventure. I can't believe they haven't made a movie or TV show based on Doc Ford. Never a disappointment. Each of the books in this series are such a wondrous adventure. I can't believe they haven't made a movie or TV show based on Doc Ford. Never a disappointment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Valance

    One of my 20 best mysteries read in 2003.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maciej Jonasz

    One of my favorite book series. Read them all and even met the author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Teej

    Love this series!

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