In Dead of Night Doc Ford is up against the clock and an eco-terrorist in a mystery that takes him to both Central Florida and the Bahamas.
It’s a case of real estate gone real badly in Dead of Night by Randy Wayne White. This 12th of the Doc Ford Series starts innocently enough. Ford is asked to check on a fellow scientist. But as soon as he arrives at his destination, everything is anything but innocent.
The man he is supposed to be checking on, Jobe Applebee was being held and abused by a number of attackers. It turns out Applebee, the hydrobiologist, has been used by his attackers as a home for a group of deadly parasites.
This leads us to what turns out to be the grand plan – to put parasitic worms into the water supply of Central Florida. The worm release is being used as a way to scare people from the area and therefore cause property values to drop through the floor. Next, it’s Ford versus the clock. He has to figure out what land developers are behind the plan and put a stop to it before it’s too late.
When it comes to the type of read this book is, being in Central Florida, this particular story line was of a real interest to me. I was drawn in by the idea of a battle between good and evil (and eco terrorism) in a location that I completely recognize.
One thing to keep in mind with this book is that there is a lot of set up. It takes a little while to really get into the action, so be patient. Once you get past all the set up, the non-stop action that White is so good at kicks in.
There are things happening on a number of levels and you will want to keep playing more and more of the book to find out just what happens and if Doc was able to beat the clock. Get comfortable because this is one of those books that you may clear out your schedule to finish in one day.
Dick Hill is a great choice as the narrator for this book. He has a very smooth voice that transitions from one character to the next and pulls you along with the story.