Teddy Fay hedges his bets in the latest thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods.
When Peter Barrington and Ben Bachetti come under threat while working at a film festival abroad, Teddy Fay is lured to the glittering city of Macau to resolve the problem. He'll soon come to find that world of posh casinos, luxurious developments, and boundless wealth has a dark underbelly of crime and political intrigue . . . and that the biggest players behind the scenes may be far closer to home than anticipated. With international deals and private vendettas at stake, the villains behind the plot aren't about to let Teddy stand in their way. What they don't know is that this seemingly harmless film producer has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
Bestseller Woods and Quertermous's busy fifth Teddy Fay novel (after 2020's Bombshell) takes the former CIA operative to Macau, where Centurion Studios owners Peter Barrington and Ben Bacchetti, who employ Teddy in his guise as movie producer Billy Barnett, need his help. Someone is threatening to blackmail Peter and Ben, who are in Macao for a film festival, with a fake video showing them cheating at a local casino. In his search for the culprit, Teddy crosses paths with American billionaire Arrow Donaldson, the head of a casino conglomerate in China; Li Feng, the CFO of China's largest telecom company, whose testimony could affect an impending trade deal between China and the U.S.; and CIA agent Millie Martindale, who's been part of "a task force in one of Arrow's Chinese casinos to identify Chinese government workers with gambling problems and recruit them as U.S. spies." Keeping track of the many players and their various schemes isn't easy, and Teddy has fewer opportunities to use his disguise skills than in his previous outing. Series fans will enjoy the ride, but this isn't the place to start for newcomers.
If Stuart Woods wrote a shred of this book I’d be amazed. Totally not his writing style, maybe he’s been reduced to licensing his character’s names. As a stand alone it’s not all that bad a novel, but don’t expect any semblance to his other works.
I have read every Stuart Woods books and while over time the plots have become similar, the books are still fun reads. However, this book could not hold my interest after five chapters. Really disliked the writing style and found nothing to like about the book.
I don’t think Stuart Woods came anywhere near this book. Not the Teddy Fay character Woods created. The reason Woods’ character are authentic is based on the author’s experience and understanding…this effort has neither. I know we are getting old, but if continued writing is not in you, please stop putting your name on lessor works.