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Another installment of nonstop, high-stakes, utterly inconsequential action for Stone Barrington(Lucid Intervals,2010).
It's tough luck for Jim Hackett, founder and owner of Strategic Services, that he got shot to death while he was in Stone's company, but making his acquaintance has paid big dividends for Stone. In token of Woodman & Weld's appreciation for landing Strategic Services' business, managing partner Bill Eggers presents Stone with a $1 million check and dangles a promise of a full partnership before him. Given Stone's current lifestyle, however, his settling down with the firm where he's long been of counsel sounds about as likely as his settling down with just one woman. When his perennial-nuisance client Herbie Fisher summons Stone to his wedding reception to Christine Gunn, it looks as if Stone may be in for a serious romance with Christine's sister Adele Lansdown, who recently widowed herself by shooting her abusive husband. Alas, after a brief interlude between the sheets, Adele's shot to death herself. Will Stone, so grief-stricken that he doesn't have sex for nearly a week, be able to focus on catching her killer? Not unless he turns down an offer to accompany Mike Freeman, Hackett's successor at Strategic Services, on a clandestine flight to extract non-extraditable arms dealer Erwin Gebhardt, aka Pablo Estancia, for Lance Cabot at the CIA. The mission goes belly-up when Pablo escapes just before the plane lands in the United States, and the sequel promises even better: Pablo takes a train to one of his houses, eats a hearty breakfast and then asks Stone to represent him in his deposition by the CIA. In return for freedom from State Department harassment, Pablo promises some substantial revelations, including the current location of Osama bin Laden. Oh, and Herbie's marriage is springing leaks as well.
Woods, who evidently writes to a precise word length without bothering with beginnings and endings, delivers loads of juicy complications but no payoffs.
Posted January 28, 2011
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.
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Posted November 15, 2010
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.
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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.
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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2011
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?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2011
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