Randy Wayne White introduces a new series with Hannah Smith.
Wildly popular in these parts of the woods, White is known for his Doc Ford adventure series. He’s even built two restaurants honoring this protagonist. And they are pretty cool places to hang out: one of Sanibel Island; one on Fort Myers Beach.
Hannah Smith is a fishing guide doing most of her fishing and guiding on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva, and Fort Myers Beach. This first of the series has her visiting Naples and Marco Island as well. What’s not to like about that! I think he’s hit just about every landmark around.
I love how White manages to capture the essence of our area. While making it his, he is allowing us to participate in the story. And the story is good. Real good. I’m used to the Doc Ford books where there is plenty of testosterone being thrown around. This is a refreshing break. And White can really write in a woman’s voice.
I know this area well, and when Hannah is pulling up to the marina at Bensen’s on Captiva, I am there, seeing the palm trees swaying in the breeze and hearing the island music as it wafts over the waterway.
Bad guys come and go, heiresses abound, and there’s even a glimpse into the sex lives of some very wealthy folks. He’s also smartly incorporated a relationship between Hannah and Doc Ford. And even Tomlinson gets a cameo. All in all, this is a great beach read, and all of Randy White’s fans should be thrilled. And I bet he gains a bunch of new fans as well.
I read my e-book on my Nook thanks to the publishing people at Net Galley.