Stone Barrington must trap a ruthless defector in this heart-stopping thriller from fan favorite Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington is trying to enjoy some downtime at his English retreat when he's unceremoniously sent off to the remote reaches of the UK and into a deadly snare. As it turns out, this is only the first volley by a rival power, one that has its eyes set on disrupting the peace of the nation.
With the help of two brilliant and stunning women, Stone must leverage a new position of power to capture a villain with a lethal agenda. But the closer he comes to nabbing the culprit, the more he realizes there's a bigger plan at work, and a true mastermind who's a force to be reckoned with . . .
Bestseller Woods's surprising 51st Stone Barrington novel (after Contraband) takes the New York lawyer to Station Two, an MI6 training facility in the Scottish Highlands, where he almost drowns after driving the Aston Martin he borrowed from his friend Dame Felicity Devonshire, the head of MI6, off a bridge into a river and where he's treated for minor injuries by Lt. Rose McGill, an attractive doctor with whom he soon becomes intimate. He also receives a dressing down from Station Two's colonel, Roger Fife-Simpson, for wrecking the head of MI6's sports car, but the colonel apologizes after investigators determine that a foreign operative who infiltrated the facility shot the car's tires as it sped over the bridge. Stone later makes an enemy of the disgruntled Fife-Simpson, who feels higher-ups have thwarted his career ambitions. The rising tension doesn't prevent Stone from spending a lot of time in bed with Rose (and Dame Felicity). Never mind a final confrontation straight out of a James Bond film. This venture into espionage territory makes a refreshing change from the criminal skullduggery Stone usually faces.
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Good read, but a bit complex. Simpler is often better.
I thought it was great. I am a commercial pilot with over 18,000 flight hours and I would not miss a one of Mr. Woods stores. Just for the record my stearman plane N66617 was the opening scene of the movie “Gypsy Moths” . The aircraft scenes are very real and quite accurate. I am 80 years old and still have a valid CDL. Over the road driving is most enjoyable with Stone and his cast of miscreants to keep me company. Keep up the good work. Joe “the oneablefox said that,”
A Different Plot
This novel seemed different because the bad guy were English royalty turned into Russian spies. A little less suspense than normal, but as always, a fun read. Maybe a five minus.