In this adrenaline-charged thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington takes on a vengeful rival.
Stone Barrington is looking forward to some quiet time in New York City, until he is asked to transport precious, top-secret cargo across the Atlantic. Taking on the challenge, Stone flies off unaware of what—or who—he is bringing with him.
But his plans to lie low are quickly spoiled when a dangerous dispatcher tracks down Stone and his tantalizing mystery guest, intent on payback—and silencing anyone who poses a threat. From the English countryside to the balmy beaches of Key West, Stone is on an international mission to hide and protect those closest to him.
Edgar winner Woods's entertaining 56th Stone Barrington novel (after Shakeup) opens with the suave New York City attorney receiving an extortion letter on his computer demanding $1.5 million. Stone, who does consulting work for the CIA, calls his friend Lance Cabot, the CIA director, who dispatches Roxanne "Rocky" Hardwick, an attractive CIA operative, to Stone's Manhattan townhouse to check out the computer. Rocky, with whom Stone is soon on intimate terms, helps determine that Russian thugs with a grudge against Stone are out to get him. A cat-and-mouse game ensues as Stone, with Rocky in tow, flies his private plane to places where he has second homes first Paris and later the south of England to evade his enemies. The tension rises as Stone and his allies prepare to meet the chief villain, a Russian known as the Greek, at a Manhattan restaurant to discuss a truce, but the main thrills come in the final chapters when the Greek and his henchmen invade the Maine island where Stone has a summer house. Woods smoothly blends lighthearted banter among Stone and his pals with deadly battles, whose casualties are nearly all generic bad guys. Series fans will eagerly await Stone's next adventure.
Good beginning,nice middle, but really stupid ending. Stuart Woods needs to write fewer books since he’s losing relevance.
Woods has run out of interesting plots and converted his characters to clownish slapstick characters. At least he spared us yet another character from Delano. There are so many logic bombs in this novel it makes you wonder if Woods has some cognitive issues; for sure his editor has.
This book is an embarrassment …
I read a lot of books and have read the entire Stone Barrington series. As the author (& character) ages, the stories have gotten more absurd and stupid. Barrington has become a caricature of himself.
In my life, I have never read a book published by a major publisher, as sophmoric and poorly written as this book. The storyline (what little there is of one) is ludicrous. The characters reminded me of the old “Batman” TV series. I expected The Joker to pop up, any minute.
If a high school Jr. wrote this book for his creative writing class, he would probably earn a “C”. If a college Sophomore wrote it, he’d undoubtedly be scheduled for remedial classes.
Woods’ work as been going downhill for years and now it’s hit rock bottom. I gave up after 100 pages. If you’re really bored, watch re-runs of Dragnet. Joe Friday was a deeper character and delivered better lines than anything in this book.