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Randy Wayne White is acclaimed as "wildly inventive" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), "a wonderful writer" (Paul Theroux), "a fine storyteller" (Peter Matthiessen), and "the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald" (The Tampa Tribune-Times). Now he delivers a wicked new thriller that sends government agent-turned-marine biologist Doc Ford into dangerous new waters, as a Florida f Randy Wayne White is acclaimed as "wildly inventive" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), "a wonderful writer" (Paul Theroux), "a fine storyteller" (Peter Matthiessen), and "the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald" (The Tampa Tribune-Times). Now he delivers a wicked new thriller that sends government agent-turned-marine biologist Doc Ford into dangerous new waters, as a Florida fishing dispute escalates into a deadly war that reaches across the ocean...


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Randy Wayne White is acclaimed as "wildly inventive" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), "a wonderful writer" (Paul Theroux), "a fine storyteller" (Peter Matthiessen), and "the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald" (The Tampa Tribune-Times). Now he delivers a wicked new thriller that sends government agent-turned-marine biologist Doc Ford into dangerous new waters, as a Florida f Randy Wayne White is acclaimed as "wildly inventive" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), "a wonderful writer" (Paul Theroux), "a fine storyteller" (Peter Matthiessen), and "the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald" (The Tampa Tribune-Times). Now he delivers a wicked new thriller that sends government agent-turned-marine biologist Doc Ford into dangerous new waters, as a Florida fishing dispute escalates into a deadly war that reaches across the ocean...

30 review for Captiva

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    This entry in the Doc Ford series introduces Hannah Smith, who goes on to her own spinoff series. Net fishing has been outlawed, and because of it, there's bad blood between the net fishers and the sports fishermen. So bad, that the two sides are resorting to violence, or are they? Hannah Smith, from one of the oldest Florida families is a leader of the net fishermen, and she and Doc, along with Tomlinson, try to stop the violence. We see disguised pilots like this on television from time to time, This entry in the Doc Ford series introduces Hannah Smith, who goes on to her own spinoff series. Net fishing has been outlawed, and because of it, there's bad blood between the net fishers and the sports fishermen. So bad, that the two sides are resorting to violence, or are they? Hannah Smith, from one of the oldest Florida families is a leader of the net fishermen, and she and Doc, along with Tomlinson, try to stop the violence. We see disguised pilots like this on television from time to time, too. I think Hannah works better as a supporting character, but your mileage may vary.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I think anyone who has ever visited the enchanting place called Captiva Island would have a hard time resisting the urge to pick up this book. I certainly couldn't. I really enjoyed the book, but was a wee bit out of my depth with the dominant eco-political issue of net fishing in Florida. I was mildly interested in learning about it, but not enough to think I'll be running to the library for more books on the subject. This was more than adequate for me. What made the book compelling reading was I think anyone who has ever visited the enchanting place called Captiva Island would have a hard time resisting the urge to pick up this book. I certainly couldn't. I really enjoyed the book, but was a wee bit out of my depth with the dominant eco-political issue of net fishing in Florida. I was mildly interested in learning about it, but not enough to think I'll be running to the library for more books on the subject. This was more than adequate for me. What made the book compelling reading was its wonderful characters. White's protagonist is a marine biologist who is surrounded by wild and wonderful "native" Floridians. They have heart and spirit and enough spunk to keep the book lively. Doc Ford, the biologist, is smart and sensitive and worthy of any reader's admiration. Many reviewers compare the author to Carl Hiaasen, another Florida writer. Although they both deal with serious social and economic issues, I think Hiaasen does it with more humor and a bit less gravitas--so, for me--his books are more fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James Love

    Why are the first 5 Doc Ford novels not available for the Kindle? But at least it's available from Audible. A net ban on fishing causes friction between commercial and sport fishermen. The results include murder and mayhem. The author points out the hypocrisy of both sides and accurately describes the problems that the advertising business, media and political corruption brings "to the table" and "cause the pot to boil over". An example is the advertising in fishing magazines for equipment used in Why are the first 5 Doc Ford novels not available for the Kindle? But at least it's available from Audible. A net ban on fishing causes friction between commercial and sport fishermen. The results include murder and mayhem. The author points out the hypocrisy of both sides and accurately describes the problems that the advertising business, media and political corruption brings "to the table" and "cause the pot to boil over". An example is the advertising in fishing magazines for equipment used in commercial fishing while publishing articles calling for the ban of commercial fishing. In other words, "We want you to buy are product(s), so we make a profit, but then you should not be allowed to use them." Another example is the "Whispering Campaign" of a government employee telling the commercial fishermen that he is against the net ban while telling the sport fishermen that he is for the net ban. Why would a government employee pit both sides against each other? What benefit(s) would this representative of the state gain from his intentional lies?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pat Stanford

    This fourth Doc Ford was not the best in the series. Much more unbelievable stuff in this one than usual, complete with a guy pronounced dead who surprises even the best surgeon around by his "coming back". Not a waste of time, but I did more speed reading on this one than usual. This fourth Doc Ford was not the best in the series. Much more unbelievable stuff in this one than usual, complete with a guy pronounced dead who surprises even the best surgeon around by his "coming back". Not a waste of time, but I did more speed reading on this one than usual.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Another entertaining read from White. Number four in the Doc Ford series (1996). I have read a few of his newer books so some of the happenings took me by surprise. Doc Ford a marine biologist living in Florida seems to fine trouble at his doorstep again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Love. me some doc Ford w/ his friends, Jeth and Tomlinson!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    “Captiva” is another good book in the Doc Ford series, this is book number 4. Doc Ford lives in a stilted shack in Dinkin’s Bay off Sanibel Island in Florida. He is retired government agent who is now a marine biologist. Ford has made a few friends in the area but his world gets turned upside down by the fishermen in the area because they are going to outlaw net fishing. This is these fishermen’s livelihood and they go to extreme levels to show their displeasure in the new law.

  8. 5 out of 5

    MisterLiberry Head

    I initially thought it was a huge mistake to go 1st-person narrator in CAPTIVA with series hero Marion “Doc” Ford. In the first three novels, Doc is enigmatic, remote as a cypher. In CAPTIVA, first-person narration allows him to launch long, tiresome monologues of explanation and social commentary. He tosses aside his air of mystery and cheapens his own introspective inscrutability. The plot, which entails a mad-bomber at work in a dispute between disparate and tribal commercial fishing communit I initially thought it was a huge mistake to go 1st-person narrator in CAPTIVA with series hero Marion “Doc” Ford. In the first three novels, Doc is enigmatic, remote as a cypher. In CAPTIVA, first-person narration allows him to launch long, tiresome monologues of explanation and social commentary. He tosses aside his air of mystery and cheapens his own introspective inscrutability. The plot, which entails a mad-bomber at work in a dispute between disparate and tribal commercial fishing communities surrounding Dinkin’s Bay, is less compelling than Doc’s nearly kamikaze romance in CAPTIVA with a “superstitious, manipulative, domineering twenty-five-year-old sex commando” (p86) named Hannah Smith. Poor shaggy Tomlinson – who is supposed to be yin to Doc’s yang – is still being treated as a buffoon, played like a character in an over-long, unfunny Cheech & Chong routine. When Doc drones for the fourth or fifth time that “Tomlinson is mystical, I am methodical” (p54) it only reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s rule for screenwriters and actors: “always SHOW, don’t tell.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Best

    I'm spending the summer in Fort Myers and have been to Doc Ford's several times. I picked up this book at the Franklin Shops, curtsey of the small local author/history section. I relished this book and read it constantly while on the beach, in the car, and by the pool. Now, every time I am on Captiva and Sanibel, I find myself thinking about the stories and characters in this book. I can't wait to read more by Randy Wayne White! This book had me dreaming of buying a boat and living on Captiva or I'm spending the summer in Fort Myers and have been to Doc Ford's several times. I picked up this book at the Franklin Shops, curtsey of the small local author/history section. I relished this book and read it constantly while on the beach, in the car, and by the pool. Now, every time I am on Captiva and Sanibel, I find myself thinking about the stories and characters in this book. I can't wait to read more by Randy Wayne White! This book had me dreaming of buying a boat and living on Captiva or Sanibel!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sean Wylie

    Darker, more personal, more local then the previous few stories. I really loved parts of it like the explanation of the sides of the ‘net-ban’ in Florida coastal waters. But did not like other parts that were far more violent then I was expecting. Dark turn in this series. Liked it, but less the ‘beach read’ of the others.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darrel Hotmire

    This is the 4th in the “Doc Ford” series and does not measure up to the quality of the previous novels. So far the series has peaked with “The Man who Invented Florida” with a very well written forward. Grammar, story lines and character personalities are getting worn and frayed. It is an an enjoyable read if you are “into” the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Another fine Doc Ford story, centering on a feud between sprorting fishermen and commercial netters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    Doc Ford and his hippy friend Tomlinson return in White’s “Captiva,” the 4th entry in this popular series. White is a gifted storyteller who has created likeable and offbeat characters who live a bit wacky, lay back lifestyle. Our beloved protagonist is Doc Ford, a former government NSA agent and now a marine biologist, who lives in a house on stilts on Sanibel Island. A pending state ban on net fishing has created a tense situation between sports fishermen and those who make a living from the f Doc Ford and his hippy friend Tomlinson return in White’s “Captiva,” the 4th entry in this popular series. White is a gifted storyteller who has created likeable and offbeat characters who live a bit wacky, lay back lifestyle. Our beloved protagonist is Doc Ford, a former government NSA agent and now a marine biologist, who lives in a house on stilts on Sanibel Island. A pending state ban on net fishing has created a tense situation between sports fishermen and those who make a living from the fisheries. As the violence escalates, the happy residents of Dinkin's Bay marina get drawn into it all with an explosion. Upon the scene enters a strong female fisherwoman Hannah Smith who effects the loves of all she encounters. White's “Captiva” as with his other stories are carefully crafted which is part of his ability of being a good story teller. At times, his plot does bog down - often from some excessive details or explanation, but White keeps the reader involved. His development of local color makes the island life come to life. This entry is darker, more personal, and far more local then the earlier stories. Randy Wayne White has become one of my more enjoyable modern authors; thanks to Mike and Mary who started me reading this series by giving me the first four books! If you enjoy a well -crafted mystery with quirky characters, then the Doc Ford series could be for you! Give it a try!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Stirling

    This started off really well, I love White's style, where the characters and the daily life in the are as important as the mystery that drives the plot. He has wonderful and frequent scientific and political asides that I really liked. For the first 75% or so this was a solid 4 or 4.5 stars. Sadly it went off the rails in the final section, where Ford goes off to the far east to exact revenge, and switches from being a scientist to some kind of black ops specialist. The two really didn't fit tog This started off really well, I love White's style, where the characters and the daily life in the are as important as the mystery that drives the plot. He has wonderful and frequent scientific and political asides that I really liked. For the first 75% or so this was a solid 4 or 4.5 stars. Sadly it went off the rails in the final section, where Ford goes off to the far east to exact revenge, and switches from being a scientist to some kind of black ops specialist. The two really didn't fit together for me, and it suffered from the common annoyance of unlimited resources. Suddenly he has friends all over the world who are willing to help out at a moment's notice, and things just neatly fall into place in the right order. Perhaps this is due to my not having read the first 3 books in the series, but the sudden change was jarring, and the revenge just wasn't very interesting. Baddies getting their come-uppance isn't necessary for a good read. I think anyone who's read Carl Hiaasen can't help comparing the two; I like both. Hiassen has a more upbeat, almost frivolous, style, White is much more matter-of-fact. Both are as much about Florida as the mystery to be solved.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    I listened to this audiobook. Doc Ford is a marine biologist living in Florida. In a previous life he was a government agent. Now he spends his days cataloguing and studying fish. He lives on Sanibel Island. He has a hippie best friend, Tomlinson, who waxes philosophical. There is a dispute between the sport fishermen who rely on tourists and the commercial net fishermen. A recent net ban has caused hostilities to escalate. Doc and Tomlinson meet a maverick mullet fisherwoman named Hannah. She i I listened to this audiobook. Doc Ford is a marine biologist living in Florida. In a previous life he was a government agent. Now he spends his days cataloguing and studying fish. He lives on Sanibel Island. He has a hippie best friend, Tomlinson, who waxes philosophical. There is a dispute between the sport fishermen who rely on tourists and the commercial net fishermen. A recent net ban has caused hostilities to escalate. Doc and Tomlinson meet a maverick mullet fisherwoman named Hannah. She is aggressive and outspoken, and is the leader of closed society of net fishers. Tomlinson goes with Hannah to write about her life. This doesn’t sit well with the outlaw band of fishermen who attack him. Doc falls in lust of Hannah. Doc helps the local cop by gathering intel on a boat theft ring and the increasing violence on the island. Doc ends up using his skills from a covert life he left behind to chase down the bad guys. Strong characters and a lively plot makes this an enjoyable book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    #4 in the Doc Ford series. I see that the quoted promotions for Mr. White compare his writing to the "novels-cum-morality-tales" of John D. MacDonald. Yes. I grew up with Travis McGee, which might be why I like the Doc Ford series so much. Not a copy cat, but the morality flavor is there, and I like the hero (anti-hero?). They also promote the comparison with Carl Hiaasen. Although Hiaasen does write about Florida, the comparison depends on the series that he wrote. Some are a little too strange. #4 in the Doc Ford series. I see that the quoted promotions for Mr. White compare his writing to the "novels-cum-morality-tales" of John D. MacDonald. Yes. I grew up with Travis McGee, which might be why I like the Doc Ford series so much. Not a copy cat, but the morality flavor is there, and I like the hero (anti-hero?). They also promote the comparison with Carl Hiaasen. Although Hiaasen does write about Florida, the comparison depends on the series that he wrote. Some are a little too strange. Anyway, I look forward to more visits with Doc Ford. "Captiva" is my favorite in the series and there are many to go....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn

    Well-crafted mystery/love letter to my beloved, disappearing Florida gulf coast. Best in the series so far, but I recommend reading in chronological order for character development and references. One review referred to RWW as the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald. I was prepared to be skeptical and find that a heavy-handed assessment, but these novels are the closest I’ve ever found to MacDonald’s without being imitation. Doc Ford is no Travis McGee; rather, he is his own complex and romantic Well-crafted mystery/love letter to my beloved, disappearing Florida gulf coast. Best in the series so far, but I recommend reading in chronological order for character development and references. One review referred to RWW as the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald. I was prepared to be skeptical and find that a heavy-handed assessment, but these novels are the closest I’ve ever found to MacDonald’s without being imitation. Doc Ford is no Travis McGee; rather, he is his own complex and romantic loner figure trying to navigate a changing world. These are old-fashioned, but when it comes to mysteries/thrillers, so am I.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richard Thompson

    In this, the fourth in the Doc Ford series, we see Ford exercising some the black ops skills that are only hinted at in the later books we have read. A pending state ban on net fishing for mullet has created a tense situation between sports fishermen and those who make a living from the fisheries. Violence escalates and the happy family at Dinkin's Bay marina get drawn. The obvious conflict is dangerous enough but there are hidden players who are upping the ante for personal reasons. This is the b In this, the fourth in the Doc Ford series, we see Ford exercising some the black ops skills that are only hinted at in the later books we have read. A pending state ban on net fishing for mullet has created a tense situation between sports fishermen and those who make a living from the fisheries. Violence escalates and the happy family at Dinkin's Bay marina get drawn. The obvious conflict is dangerous enough but there are hidden players who are upping the ante for personal reasons. This is the book in which we meet Hannah Smith and Arlis Futch. A good light read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Parkinpj

    Thank you, Mr. White, for a better understanding of how netting bans can adversely affect communities and cause damage in the long run we never expected. It wasn't a black and white issue but demanded deft legislation. In the future, will ask more questions when voting. Still enjoy reading about Doc and his carefully chosen friends. Tomlinson, as always, provides comic relief and philosophical foil. The ending of this book was rushed and covered too much territory to be believed. After all the pa Thank you, Mr. White, for a better understanding of how netting bans can adversely affect communities and cause damage in the long run we never expected. It wasn't a black and white issue but demanded deft legislation. In the future, will ask more questions when voting. Still enjoy reading about Doc and his carefully chosen friends. Tomlinson, as always, provides comic relief and philosophical foil. The ending of this book was rushed and covered too much territory to be believed. After all the painstaking detail at the beginning of the book, the ending felt airbrushed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    M. Anderson

    What an awesome read! First book of this author for me. The characters were full, colorful and real. The female characters were all amazingly different from the norm and were as interesting as the men. I never became bored or felt anything like redundancy which, if you read a lot, you run across quite a bit. I would love to meet this guy, I bet he’s a trip to speak with in person! Read it, you really will enjoy the book, a pretty deep opinion of a lot of things going on in the world and time very w What an awesome read! First book of this author for me. The characters were full, colorful and real. The female characters were all amazingly different from the norm and were as interesting as the men. I never became bored or felt anything like redundancy which, if you read a lot, you run across quite a bit. I would love to meet this guy, I bet he’s a trip to speak with in person! Read it, you really will enjoy the book, a pretty deep opinion of a lot of things going on in the world and time very well spent. CHEERS to Mr. White.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    First time I've read any books by this wonderful storyteller. His setting is southwest Florida and specifically, Sanibel and Captiva Islands and their surrounding barrier islands, a place I know well from long and happy years of enjoying the shelling, swimming, people, and sheer beauty of the place. In his book, Randy Wayne White reveals a darker side as his characters, especially the incomparable hero, Doc Ford, deal with smugglers, thieves, even eco terrorists. Brilliant descriptive powers and First time I've read any books by this wonderful storyteller. His setting is southwest Florida and specifically, Sanibel and Captiva Islands and their surrounding barrier islands, a place I know well from long and happy years of enjoying the shelling, swimming, people, and sheer beauty of the place. In his book, Randy Wayne White reveals a darker side as his characters, especially the incomparable hero, Doc Ford, deal with smugglers, thieves, even eco terrorists. Brilliant descriptive powers and highly recommended. It is part Margaritaville and part Raymond Chandler and you'll enjoy the read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I was in a giant book rut and asked friends and family for suggestions. My cousin suggested a Randy Wayne White book. The first one I could get my hands on was Captiva. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love reading about places where I live and the book had quirky characters, just like real life in Florida. I'm going to go back find a copy of the first book and start reading from the beginning. I was in a giant book rut and asked friends and family for suggestions. My cousin suggested a Randy Wayne White book. The first one I could get my hands on was Captiva. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love reading about places where I live and the book had quirky characters, just like real life in Florida. I'm going to go back find a copy of the first book and start reading from the beginning.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jon Koebrick

    Captive is a very well written book and a big improvement over the preceding book in the Doc Ford series. It was good to see Doc Ford doing things that utilized the skills from his time in the CIA. A very high 3 star book and good enough to warrant more Doc Ford books. White seemed to have found his groove with this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Zalewski

    This is one of his best. Terrific twist at the end. This author is not consistent. I’ve read several of his books. One I didn’t finish. Another I finished but wouldn’t recommend it to any one. However this one was intriguing and held me to the last page. There was laughter and tears shed. Truly great.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nance

    2019 Pop sugar Challenge--a book that makes you nostalgic--One my first visit to Marco Island I visited an independent bookstore (something I always try to do when I travel) and saw that I had just missed a signing by a local writer Randy Wayne White so picked up the first of his series. I fell in love with Marco Island and I will always link the author's name to my first visit there. 2019 Pop sugar Challenge--a book that makes you nostalgic--One my first visit to Marco Island I visited an independent bookstore (something I always try to do when I travel) and saw that I had just missed a signing by a local writer Randy Wayne White so picked up the first of his series. I fell in love with Marco Island and I will always link the author's name to my first visit there.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Liked the book. A buddy gave me this copy the fourth in a series, and I think I need to go find the first one and start from there. Figuring out the protagonist's background (Doc Ford) was a little challenging. I like books by Florida authors, who knew. I am not overly fond of Florida in general. :) Liked the book. A buddy gave me this copy the fourth in a series, and I think I need to go find the first one and start from there. Figuring out the protagonist's background (Doc Ford) was a little challenging. I like books by Florida authors, who knew. I am not overly fond of Florida in general. :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peg

    Captiva A little more to this story than the first few. Maybe it is because there is less need to go into the history of the main characters by this time. I would really give this 3.5. Captiva A little more to this story than the first few. Maybe it is because there is less need to go into the history of the main characters by this time. I would really give this 3.5.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    When a bill is passed prohibiting the use of nets for commercial mullet fishermen, it threatens the livelihood of the locals and creates a lot of unrest and bad feelings. Since Thomlinson has become friendly with the affected fishing community, the local police ask Ford to help defuse the powder keg. In this story, Ford needs to leave Florida to solve the problem and we find out a lot of his past. It’s also very, very sad. Footnote: 1) George Guidall is the narrator of this version. Because his vo When a bill is passed prohibiting the use of nets for commercial mullet fishermen, it threatens the livelihood of the locals and creates a lot of unrest and bad feelings. Since Thomlinson has become friendly with the affected fishing community, the local police ask Ford to help defuse the powder keg. In this story, Ford needs to leave Florida to solve the problem and we find out a lot of his past. It’s also very, very sad. Footnote: 1) George Guidall is the narrator of this version. Because his voice doesn’t change much between characters I had a hard time following the conversation parts of the story. Fave scenes: Thomlinson’s space contact through the telescope, Janet studying the tarpon, everybody coming to the hospital and the green ball switch.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    His last novel was crazy & fun. This one was dead serious. And I mean DEAD. Some good people died. Doc Ford is so intelligent! You can learn a lot from him. And the surprise ending left me cheering!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    I have read a couple of the Doc Ford books. These are always a quick and fun read. I like the setting of south western Florida since I have vacationed there. I liked The Man Who Invented Florida the best.

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