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Strategic Moves (Stone Barrington Series #19)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

fans of the Barrington saga will enjoy his latest entry

In Manhattan attorney Stone Barrington goes to dine at his usual spot Elaine's with his former NYPD partner Dino Bachetti and his boss Bill Eggers managing partner at Woodman & Weld law firm arrives. His efforts leads to Bill giving Stone a check for one million dollar...
In Manhattan attorney Stone Barrington goes to dine at his usual spot Elaine's with his former NYPD partner Dino Bachetti and his boss Bill Eggers managing partner at Woodman & Weld law firm arrives. His efforts leads to Bill giving Stone a check for one million dollars for bringing in a new client Strategic Services whose founder Hackett was murdered by British Intel agents in Maine with Barrington at his side. Apparently Stone's undercover work with British MI6 has brought in the new customer while Eggers says he may nominate Stone for a full partnership next year.

The CIA asks Stone to help escort from Spain to the States fugitive Erwin Gelbhardt. Stone becomes Gelbhardt's lawyer. He offers a deal with the Feds; in exchange for a lesser or no sentencing, his client will reveal where Osama bin Laden hides. Then there is Freeman of Strategic Services who may be running a Madoff scheme.

Putting aside background plausibility that is over the top of the Empire State Building starting with ignoring the on-line media presence, fans of the Barrington saga will enjoy his latest entry. Being "of counsel" he works cases for the company in which W&W do not want the DNA trail leading back to them and this time has a couple of deadly doozies. Fans will enjoy Stone's version of a legal thriller as the action never slows from the start with M16 in the background to the finish with the FBI in the forefront.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on November 15, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Predictable not worth high cost of book

This is okay for a Sunday afternoon read but it is not worth the current B&N cost. A fine author who has done much better work than this one. If you're interested, wait for it to become a $5 book.

posted by Reader54LP on January 28, 2011

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Predictable not worth high cost of book

    This is okay for a Sunday afternoon read but it is not worth the current B&N cost. A fine author who has done much better work than this one. If you're interested, wait for it to become a $5 book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    fans of the Barrington saga will enjoy his latest entry

    In Manhattan attorney Stone Barrington goes to dine at his usual spot Elaine's with his former NYPD partner Dino Bachetti and his boss Bill Eggers managing partner at Woodman & Weld law firm arrives. His efforts leads to Bill giving Stone a check for one million dollars for bringing in a new client Strategic Services whose founder Hackett was murdered by British Intel agents in Maine with Barrington at his side. Apparently Stone's undercover work with British MI6 has brought in the new customer while Eggers says he may nominate Stone for a full partnership next year.

    The CIA asks Stone to help escort from Spain to the States fugitive Erwin Gelbhardt. Stone becomes Gelbhardt's lawyer. He offers a deal with the Feds; in exchange for a lesser or no sentencing, his client will reveal where Osama bin Laden hides. Then there is Freeman of Strategic Services who may be running a Madoff scheme.

    Putting aside background plausibility that is over the top of the Empire State Building starting with ignoring the on-line media presence, fans of the Barrington saga will enjoy his latest entry. Being "of counsel" he works cases for the company in which W&W do not want the DNA trail leading back to them and this time has a couple of deadly doozies. Fans will enjoy Stone's version of a legal thriller as the action never slows from the start with M16 in the background to the finish with the FBI in the forefront.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Too pricey for a Woods book

    Woods books are not worth more than $5--$7

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    not his best

    i have read most all in the barrington series and this was typical, but not as good as others. unrealistic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    Worst In They Series

    I guess the author has hit a wall with the Stone Barrington series. The early books were easy to read, but were entertaining and engaging. You didn't want to put them down. I kept wanting to put this one down and not pick it back up again.

    First, nothing happens until almost 80 pages into a 237 book. By that I mean Stone wanders around and you think some plot line is developing, but it never does. Then when things appear to start happening his girlfriend is murdered. You would think that would develop a plot line, but the subject is dropped and never ties into the story. What is ridiculous is soon after her murder Stone takes up with another woman and even takes her to his house in Maine where he had just spent the weekend with the woman who was killed a few days later. And this isn't the only other plot line that never develops. The author leaves a number of issues open and unresolved. The book just ends that way.

    Second, Woods fills the book with old retreads from previous Barrington novels. We once again deal with Lance Cabot, Holly Barker, Herbie Fisher, Tiffany (another former girlfriend and Federal prosecutor) and of course Dino and Bill Eggers.

    The characters have been long worn out and the plot line(s) undeveloped, never developed or open at the end. It seems like the author had several different ideas for a book and couldn't decide which one he liked best so he just threw them all into this one novel, but then never developed any of the ideas. After reading this hugely disappointing effort I think I'll take a break from reading any future offerings from Stuart Woods.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

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    One of my favorite authors.  I highly recommend any of his books

    One of my favorite authors.  I highly recommend any of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Kato

    Hello.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Andy

    Look at ur friend in res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Toro to rose

    He frowns and runs to the 6 result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    To daisy

    A drunk guy takes u to the bathroom to have sex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    To daisy

    Post ypur numbe if your hot and ill text you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Rose

    Toro

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Stuart Woods

    Great

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    not his best

    I was kind of a let down ...

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Stone Barrington - If you know him you like him

    Good story, good characters, could be more fleshed out, but still an interesting page turner.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    I loved it!

    I have always enjoyed the Stone Barrington series. This lastest novel did not dissapoint,

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Hidhly Recommended

    Woods just keeps getting better and better. I can never wait until the next book is released. This is as good as it gets. Stone as usual is up to his ears in mystery, sex and money. Thus time he has money, a new airplane and a client that is as interesting ss they get. He earns his fee and then some. Dealing with his previous employer Lane Cabot director of operations for the CIA is as tough as it gets. This is a do not put down book I have the entire Woods collection and I continue to be amazed at this authors intense detail. If you are a Woods fan you will want this book. If you are not, you will still want this book. It is in Stuart Woods fashion just a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2011

    Disappointing!

    I hate to say it, but I think Woods just called this one in. There was no resolution to some of the events in the book, you are left hanging, wondering why certain things took place? It was quick read but very unsatisfying.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    A comfortable read

    If you are wanting a suspenseful thriller than this is not the book for you. I must be on the list of few who thought the book was good -- it was a comfortable read and I personally enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't understand was why his lady friend was killed -- Woods did leave that hanging -- oh, well, maybe in the next novel we will find out. I enjoy the characters of Stone Barrington, Deano, Holly, Lance, and now the new company of Strategic moves. What will come next with this company -- will his identity be revealed more?

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    Stretches the credibility factor but still fun to read

    Stuart Woods is back with a new Stone Barrington mystery. As usual, money just seems to fall into attorney Barrington's lap. He now has an offer for a partnership plus a million dollar bonus from the law firm he's of counsel to for bringing in a major new client, Strategic Services. He's just inherited a small jet from the deceased former CEO of Strategic Services, and all of this on top of the apartment and house he's inherited in past Stuart Woods' novels. Barrington is joined by his former NYPD partner Dino Bachetti, and Lance Cabot of the CIA for his almost nightly dinner at the very upscale Elaine's Restaurant in NYC. There's never any mention of a check, so one can only assume that Stone pays for everyone every night. Has Woods stretched the credibility factor far enough for you yet? No, you say? Then just wait until you get to the plot of STRATEGIC MOVES.

    Stone finds himself in the middle of what appears to be a Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme as well as flying with members of Strategic and the CIA on a whirlwind trip to Iraq and Europe to covertly extract an arms merchant, which trip ends in the extractee escaping from the CIA by parachuting from the jet at 18,000 feet while sitting inside of a Mercedes sedan! To top it off, the Mercedes conveniently smashes down into someone's pool, damaging some landscaping. I would have thought that an object weighing just shy of 5,000 pounds would do a lot more damage than a little displaced water. Almost forgot, through all of these escapades, the CIA learns the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. All along the way, Barrington picks up stray clients and stray lovers.

    Despite the incredible fantasy life Mr. Woods has invented for Stone Barrington, I thoroughly enjoyed STRATEGIC MOVES. It was easy-peasy reading and a nice way to spend an afternoon. Lynn Kimmerle

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