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Doing Hard Time (A Stone Barrington Novel) Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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Edgar-winner Woods&'s smooth 27th Stone Barrington novel (after Unintended Consequences) takes the New York City attorney to Los Angeles, where Stone&'s son, Peter; Peter&'s girlfriend, Hattie Patrick; and friend Dino Bacchetti&'s son, Benito, are headed to begin work on their first film for Centurion Studios after graduating from the Yale School of Drama. Two assassins, dispatched by Yuri Majorov, a powerful Russian, are tailing the young people on their drive west, but fugitive and ex-CIA employee Teddy Fay, who&'s lying low as a gas station attendant in a small New Mexico town, ensures the thugs do no harm. Stone and Fay, who crossed paths once before, form an unlikely alliance as Majorov continues to send operatives to find and eliminate both Fay and the Barringtons for interfering with his various plans. Stone—wealthy, handsome, and suave—displays a father&'s ruthless streak to protect Peter, while Fay brings a welcome gritty edge to his crowd-pleasing series. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Oct.)
It was bound to happen eventually: suave lawyer Stone Barrington teams up with Teddy Fay, a rogue former CIA agent Stone was once tasked with pursuing. Teddy takes a sojourn in New Mexico where he crosses paths with Stone’s son, Peter, who is driving out to California with his girlfriend and his closest pal. Teddy intercepts a pair of Russian assassins who are gunning for Peter in the hopes of forcing Stone to give up his controlling interests in a luxury Los Angeles hotel. Teddy takes the killers out, a move which brings him the attention of both Stone and the Russian mafioso who ordered the hit. When the Mafia boss makes up his mind to dispatch Teddy as well as Peter, it’s only a matter of time before Teddy and Stone realize their interests are aligned. Longtime Woods fans who have seen Teddy evolve from a villain to something of a lovable antihero will enjoy watching the former enemies work together in this exciting yarn. Is this the beginning of a beautiful partnership? Let’s hope so.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Rock-steady bestseller Woods (37 novels and counting) reaches for a new generation of readers as Peter, son of his hero Stone, steps forward. --Kristine Huntley
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Stone Barrington is a minor character now as is Dino. Teddy Fay calls the shots in this novel and, frankly, Teddy Fay is not what I want in a main character. He simply eradicates people at will. ( In a previous novel, that irritating Herby was the main character.)
Oh, for the days of "Swimming to Catalina," Dead in the Water," etc. when Stone and Dino were charismatic characters and the plots were fast-paced and fun.
The other problem is that the book is emotionless and lacking in depth. One really doesn't get to know Stone's son Peter, except that he is brilliant, instantly writes a play that Hollywood wants, is terribly wealthy and one of his main problems is---should he buy his own airplane or let Stone give him one. Dino, who was at one time an interesting, street-smart cop, has gone Hollywood on us and now has a butler and a housekeeper. It is interesting how Teddy Fay can change his persona and keep outwitting people who are after him, but after a while, even that gets tedious.
I know Stone is getting long in the tooth and has more money than he knows what to do with, but would it be impossible for him to give us one last hurrah as the Stone Barrington we once knew? And maybe Dino could shake his butler long enough to join him in one of their escapades that we Barrington fans did so enjoy in previous Stuart woods's novels.
With that said , I have to say that I enjoyed this little novels. Stone is always perfect and forever the womanizer. The " kids" are great , in fact, everything is just dandy.( insert sarcasm) unless you count the fact of being hunted by a once dead mobster being great.
Anyway the book is fast paced and great for light reading.
I do long for the days where Mr. Woods really wrote a novel but alas there is always his older books.
I did not find anything attractive about this book. The villains are Russians, as in many other books of this genre, merciless but easily defeated by a very smart American with a heart of gold.
Russians may be very bad (look what is going on in Ukraine) but this book was written before the current events and these diabolic Russians lived here in the US.
The male primaries are not that young but immediately conquer gorgeous females.
Yes, and nobody uses scheduled air transportation, everyone has his own plane. Since the author has one or more as well, the details may be reliable but irrelevant to 99.99% of readers that have to fly under the auspices of the TSA.
I cannot recommend this book to anyone, it is currently NOT on the New York Times bestseller list and even the next one published in 2014 did not make it there (yet).
Two stars for some authentic avionic jargon.
Most recent customer reviews
Ength of time!
Looking forward to the next book.
Teddy Fay saves the day good thing he was in mesa grande day the right time.