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Hothouse Orchid (Holly Barker) Paperback – April 27, 2010
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About the Author
Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty novels. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico.
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To her horror she learns the new chief is James Bruno, her commanding officer who tried to rape her when she served in the military. He succeeded in raping then Lieutenant Lauren Cade who is now with the State Police. Someone is killing young women and leaving them where they can be found easily. Holly and Lauren believe Bruno is the culprit, but lack proof. Lauren becomes involved with Teddy, who uses a disguise to watch over her as sets a trap to catch the serial rapist killer.
Stuart Woods writes thrillers in which Teddy comes across as an avenging angel while the killer is the monster; though some will challenge and others agree with Teddy's the end makes the means acceptable with the predators he dispatches. HOTHOUSE ORCHID is filled with plenty of local color, eccentric characters, and plenty of twists and surprises. Holly is coming back to life at home, but can't wait to return to work at the CIA while she is sure of her new lover, who ironically applies for a job with the Firm mostly to be with her when he assumes she returns. Although the coincidence of Teddy next door is a stretch longer than the Florida Turnpike (I didn't say I 75 which is longer), fans will relish Holly Barker's latest thriller.
Even if you are only skimming this book, there is an obvious need for an editor: irrelevant information is repeated throughout -- sometimes on the same page (e.g. the last few sentences of chapter 20 include "Holly was more excited than she had been since she had started training at the Agency's Farm" AND "She hadn't been this excited since she began training at the Agency"), characters names are confused (e.g. beginning of chapter 61 ... "Holly isn't hurt" should be "LAUREN isn't hurt"), potential clues that could have helped develop the plot are abandoned (e.g. whatever happened to the DNA analysis of those cigaret butts?). The same arrogant 'Author's Note' continues to appear in Mr. Woods books.
Thank goodness I didn't pay money to read this book! I'm off to read better stuff ('so many books, so little time'); don't waste your time on this one.
The thriller/mystery part of the story was fine. It was the secondary romantic relationships that I found to be a little far-fetched and, in some instances, a bit icky. I understand that Mr Woods was probably trying to lay the groundwork for another installment in this series, but I think it could have been done in a more believable manner.
If you can overlook the life-changing "relationships in less than thirty days" parts of this book, this is a good story that many Holly Barker fans have been waiting for.
Stuart Woods is becoming lazy, much like James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell.
Save your money and your time.
I wanted to give the book zero stars but the system wouldn't let me.
PLEASE don't encourage this good writer to write more books like this. Do not buy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Books #4,5 were a major disappointment, but the author seemed to be recovering a bit with this story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Steve Walter
Consistently Stuart Woods; a page turner; great pace and good company to Knob CreekPublished 14 days ago by Paul A. Gross
Love Holly Barker but this was wasn't up to snuff with the others. Yes, I would recommend to others but wasn't as good as usual.Published 24 days ago by Sharon
Another Stuart Woods novel with more crackling action and exciting suspense and Holly at the reins. Not outstanding but a good read....enjoy!Published 1 month ago by Joseph H. Race
... describing this collection of words. "Book" would be too kind a descriptor. And, you may ask, "What is your problem, Joe?" The answer follows:
1. The "plot. Read more
Love Woods' books - nothing socially, intellectually, or historically significant, but purely entertainment! I can read a book a day!Published 3 months ago by Alice Marilyn Long