Review: ‘Caribbean Rim,’ latest Doc Ford novel, disappoints

“Caribbean Rim: a Doc Ford novel” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), by Randy Wayne White

Leonard Nickelby, a bureaucrat in the throes of a midlife crisis, impetuously decides to make some changes. He leaves his quarrelsome wife, chucks his job with the Florida Division of Historical Resources, steals a cache of rare Spanish coins and runs off to the Bahamas with a woman half his age.

Together, they also take along a document compiled over a lifetime by an aging Florida treasure hunter. In it is a list of uncharted shipwrecks, some of which could hold treasure worth millions of dollars.

The treasure hunter asks his pal Doc Ford, the hero of Randy Wayne White’s series of thrillers, for help. So Ford, a marine biologist with a mysterious past as an intelligence…

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