BOOK REVIEW: HUNTER'S MOON
Randy Wayne White has written a group of Doc Ford novels that are centered in the southwestern part of Florida. Hunter’s Moon is no exception.
Starting in the islands off of the southwest coast of Florida the story does do some traveling as far south as Panama. The mood throughout the book is definitely one of the islands and/or the tropics.
Doc Ford and his off and on compatriot Tomlinson somehow get picked by a former president of the United States to accompany him on a revenge mission. Both Ford and Tomlinson have been noted as patriots who have worked for the U.S. government in some way or another over the years. They are well trained to hunt and kill if necessary. Another name for them could probably be mercenaries. Not that all of their adventures have been condoned “openly” by the government but their assignments and actions have been specifically requested by particular branches of the government.
Former president Kal Wilson is the target of an Islamic terrorist group that has offered a million dollar reward for his head. However, the fact that part of the terrorist movement had killed his wife several years ago as she traveled in the Panamanian region, gave Wilson the reason to become the hunter rather than the hunted. His choice of hunting companions for the task was well chosen for their abilities and backgrounds.
Because of the secrecy involved the three of them head out in Tomlinson’s boat with no electronic devices. Wilson does not want any one to track him nor know of his whereabouts. The use of a homemade telegraphing device is cleverly added to the storyline.
Wilson’s own training as a pilot works into their method of transportation as he has had trusted aides and former associates stash helicopters and other necessary items to enable the trio to move and operate once on land.
Several skirmishes with news correspondents who manage to cleverly track the former president’s crew and then all out battles with members of the terrorist’s group keep the action of the story moving at a pretty fast pace.
Although this story is the first of White’s books that I have read I did become somewhat of a fan because of one of the best endings to a novel that I have ever read. Hunter’s Moon (which is the first full moon after the harvest moon in October) really has a finish. If for no other reason get the book for the ending….it is a smash.
REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT
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