Highly disappointing compared to other Doc Ford novels! Kept waiting for the plot development to become more exciting/interesting. It never did.
Except for the elephants, none of the characters were engrossing or worth rooting for. Felt like the author "mailed it in" just to meet a publishing deadline.
Like other reviewers, I have read most, if not all of the other books in the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White. This is, to me, by far the worst one. There are too many (undeveloped) characters, too many obscure plot twists, too much of Doc Ford being a simp, way too many balls in the air at once.
The fact that one IS able to do something (write an incredibly complicated, convoluted, over-long novel) DOES NOT make it the right thing to do. Kinda like “Blues Traveler” the fact that one is able to blow an amazingly complex, over-wrought harmonica solo doesn’t make it any easier to listen to.
I've been reading the Doc Ford books ever since they first came out, and this one ranks near the bottom of the list right alongside Dark Light. The plot is boring, and the minor characters are all incredibly shallow. Page after page in this book you'll find the main characters carrying on conversations about the minor characters. It was all I could do to make myself finish it.
Hopefully the next entry in the series.will bring back the mystery and intrigue that used to make these books worth reading.
A couple of comments about this book.
Mr White should not write a book until he has somewhat of a more substantive plot than this one, which is paper thin.
As far as Doc Ford's relationships with women, what is he, 30 going on 15? Enough already with the sophomoric bs. Time for him to grow up.
Overall this book is not up to the author's standards by a wide margin. Very disappointing.
Interesting setting and story but I did not really enjoy reading it.
Time to retire
Randy Wayne white must be distracted by his other pursuits. This Doc Ford story much like his last book lacks any real quality character development, and relies upon the reader's knowledge from prior books in the series. If you feel compelled to buy based on having enjoyed the older books...don't! Nothing new will be learned. It is so thin in substance, White resorts to a tease regarding the DNA of his nameless retriever at the end of the book. Wait until you can find this book used or discounted and then set aside 4 hours of your life for this read. I feel ripped off by one of my favorite authors.
Nowhere close to what we have come to expect from Doc Ford.... I struggled to avoid just putting it down before the end...