White Cargo

White Cargo

by Stuart Woods

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series delivers a riveting novel of one man’s desperate war against the richest and most ruthless drug cartel in the world.

Tech millionaire Wendell “Cat” Catledge has taken two years off to sail around the world with his wife and eighteen-year-old daughter. And he’s never been happier—until an impromptu stop for repairs and supplies in Santa Marta, Colombia, turns into a disaster. His wife and daughter are sent to a watery grave, but Cat—though shot—survives...

Now as Cat struggles to put the pieces of his life back together, one phone call will change everything—and send him back to Colombia on a vengeance-fueled journey through its deadly drug towns. One faint voice in the night that says...“Daddy.” 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451236555
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 162,095
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico.


Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1938

Place of Birth:

Manchester, Georgia


B.A., University of Georgia, 1959

Customer Reviews

White Cargo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Stuart Woods book - and will probably be my last. Publishers Weekly said it read like a lukewarm Miami Vice episode. Yes, it was that dated, but only cheesier - more like an A-Team episode! The main character is an unbelieveable, James Bond-esque action hero, appearing to be merely a wealthy businessman. Not only is there "strange sexual innuendo" (see next review) with his own daughter, but the character shows little regard for the fate of his wife (or son). A much more interesting character was Bluey, but even he goes undeveloped. For a better "men's action-adventure" read, try Nelson Demille.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
Another great early work by Stuart Woods! Cat Catledge leaves to sail around the world with his wife and daughter, having sold his tech company for millions of dollars. What was supposed to the time of their lives ends abruptly in savage murders when they are boarded by actual pirates. Cat’s wife and daughter are killed, while Cat is left for dead but survives. He is struggling to pull his life back together when he is woken late one night by a phone call from a woman who sounds like his daughter. The majority of the book is Cat’s attempt to navigate the international drug world—and the infamous dealer known as The Anaconda—to find out if his daughter is alive. One of the things that make this book so great is the pacing. It is masterful. The tension builds quickly, and has you on the edge of your seat—but makes use of small bits of humor to release tension and keeps the climax from occurring too soon. It is gripping. It’s not a book where you have to read 100 pages before you really get into it. The storyline is the other excellent part. A good writer can take a ho-hum event and make it interesting, here we have a great story to start with. The plot is superb and there are several twists that keep you from predicting what’s going to happen. There were parts where I literally thought, WHOA! I did NOT see that coming! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, and also if you’re looking for a book for someone who maybe doesn’t read a lot or who wants to read more—the book grabs you and doesn’t let you go until the end!
Bonestcjmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Normally Woods books grip me from the very beginning, but this one seemed slow developing for me. That's why I only gave it 3 stars.
Hedgepeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of Woods' most compelling reads. I was able to zip through the chapters with ease and hated having to put this one down. Cat Catledge is James Bond with Bruce Wayne's resources.
shoesan More than 1 year ago
Excellent book as usual. Quick read also as usual. Worth the price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twists and turns throughout the whole story! Very well written and keeps you on your toes. If
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I saw this on the sale list. Read it several years ago. It was very good. Try it, i think you will enjoy it. Kat
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PhyllisL More than 1 year ago
another winner
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laurak122 More than 1 year ago
I only read the first few chapters of this book and just could not force myself to read further. The first several chapters are so focused on the main character's musings about his daughter's creamy thighs and buttocks, how sexy she is, how she looks in her itty bitty bikini, and on and on. I was just plain creeped out and couldn't go any futher. I am not sure what possessed this author to have a male main character mentally discussing and thinking of his adult daughter in this twisted way. Whatever it was, it ruined the book for me and I was not able to finish it. I would like my money back but feel since I read the first few chapters, it's now used and I shouldn't. Even so, I am upset to line this guy's pocket.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Off the Caribbean coast of South America, they assaulted his yacht, taking him prisoner. They raped his wife Katie and daughter Pixie before sinking the vessel killing the mother and abducting the teen although he believes both is dead. Yet they gleefully allowed millionaire Wendell Catledge to live knowing he cannot get to them, but will always remember how helpless he was and is.

The thugs joyfully returned to Columbia while Cat works every angle to avenge what they ruthlessly did to his loved ones. .He lives for that only one thing: revenge until a call informs him his Pixie lives. He plans to rescue his daughter. The vicious Anaconda will find this American electronic expert, accompanied by Feds and a TV reporter, who is coming for him. He wants his daughter back and nothing will stop him from succeeding on his mission especially a snake.

This is an exciting thriller which seems timely with modern day pirates though on a different continent. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the assault begins and never takes a breather with an explosive climax. Although the South Americans from Anaconda to the pirates to the Columbian law enforcement are one dimensional cookie cutter stereotypes, fans will root for Cat to rescue Pixie.

Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Stuart Woods continues to impress me. I've been an avid fan from the beginning of his career and it never fails, I can't just take one bite and savor it, I have to eat the whole book in one sitting. White Cargo was a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel was very good, it was hard to put down. I really liked how the book was action packed. I liked how Cat took it into his own hands to take revenge on the people who had taken his daughter. I also liked how the author used such a realistic plot. At some times I thought the pace was a little slow but it made up for it with more action. If you're looking for a good book to read and you like a book with a lot of action then I would recommend this book to you.
bobstan More than 1 year ago
Good read!