Stone Barrington will need to keep calm and carry on if he wants to survive his English vacation in this “addictive”* thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
After a series of nonstop adventures, Stone Barrington is eager for some peace and quiet in a rustic British setting. But no sooner does he land in England than he’s beset by an outrageous demand from a beautiful lady, and an offer he can’t refuse.
Unfortunately, Stone quickly learns that his new acquisition comes with some undesired strings attached—namely, a deadly mystery involving the complex relationships of the local gentry, and a relentless adversary who raises the stakes with every encounter. Stone’s restful country vacation is looking like yet another troublesome situation, but with his tireless aplomb—and the help of a few friends—he is more than up to the challenge.
In bestseller Woods's extravagant 36th Stone Barrington's novel (after 2015's Foreign Affairs), the peripatetic multimillionaire travels to England, where Dame Felicity Devonshire, the director of MI6, gives him a tour of Windward Hall, the Hampshire estate Felicity tells Stone he should buy from its terminally ill owner, Sir Charles Bourne. The same day that Stone pays 10 million for Windward Hall, he purchases a new wardrobe, a Bentley, and a Porsche in London. The murder of a Hampshire neighbor, Sir Richard Curtis, provides a minor distraction. Meanwhile, Hell's Bells, the latest movie from Stone's filmmaker son, Peter, has made an enemy of Don Beverly Calhoun, the leader of an L.A.-based cult called the Chosen Few. Calhoun also takes a dislike to Stone, who discovers that Calhoun is attempting to purchase Curtis's newly available estate. A series of escalating, sometimes amusing, tit-for-tat maneuvers ensue and eventually turn deadly. As his many fans have come to expect, Stone remains unflappable throughout.
Starting to get a little over the top.
Rich and famous
Whirlwind insight of how to spend money. Disappointing plot, very little and trite intrigue. Woods is always a pleasure to read but this was too short.
Do not waste your $13.00! Over half the book (really) was a GQ piece. Planes, houses, tailors, staff requests to have things sent, restaurants etc. usual background noise for character. 2fwb romps. No mystery to solve. No threatening villan. He submitted an outline that had many chances to at least pretend to be expanded upon. Paid people to do stuff, rode horses from one estate to the other. Awful.