Deep Shadow by Randy Wayne White. Library Call Number: PS3573.H47473 D46 2010.
Latest in White’s long-running Doc Ford adventures. There is a legend how an overloaded plane fleeing Castro’s takeover and carrying Batista’s Cuban gold, crashed in the rugged backwoods of Florida. Arlis Futch, one of Ford’s friends, believes the plane went down in an inland lake. He’s so sure, in fact, he’s bought the property and convinces Ford and their friend Tomlinson to help him dive the water and see if the plane is really down there. It seems straightforward, so the men take along a troubled 16 year-old boy named Will to gain some diving experience. But the karst lakes of Florida are treacherous and shortly into the dive, a cave wall collapses, trapping Tomlinson and Will. That’s when things go from bad to worse; when Ford surfaces, he finds two escaped convicts have beaten up Futch, know about the gold, and want Ford to retrieve it, or they’ll kill him and let his friends drown. Oh, and there’s something else nearby, that doesn’t belong in Florida—something not human, that’s stalking all of them.