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Severe Clear (Stone Barrington) Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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Praise for SEVERE CLEAR by Stuart Woods:
"While Stuart Woods has proven time and time again that he's a master of suspense who keeps his readers frantically turning the pages, he has even managed to top himself with SEVERE CLEAR."--Bookreporter.com
“Bestseller Woods’s 50th novel, the 24th entry in his Stone Barrington series, boasts an all-star lineup…Woods expertly mixes familiar ingredients to produce an intoxicating cocktail that goes down easily.”--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Stuart Woods is the author of fifty novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. 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 New York City, Florida, and Maine.
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From the opening is is apparent there is a plot afoot to destroy the opening and kill the Presidents. Intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic are in a race to foil the terrorist plot.
Long time readers of Woods will recognize the minimalist writing style and cut to the chase manner of solving any problem, large or small. The plot is simple and Stone's involvement is over the top. There is the usual casual sex and indulgent lifestyles. But if you follow the series you will find a return to the easy read, reality suspending life of Stone. A better entry than the previous few.
But in "Severe Clear" a spark has been reignited. Many of the series' instigaters actually seem to have a future: Holly is on the fast track at the CIA; Stone's son, though burdened with a horse shoe up his rear, is obviously going to play a major role in coming stories. Herbie needs work (he was more interesting as a semi-criminal than a law-abiding lawyer); and Felicity and Holly really shouldn't get along unless they're contemplating a menage a' trois. Stone is a bit complacent but ever the anchor for everyone else.
Eventually the series will be about Ben and Peter with a spinoff of Holly into another "Orchid" adventure.
But even these thoughts excite as the series clearly is not dwindling but changing. Whether it changes for the better or worse will be revealed in the next one or two editions. As a die hard fan, I'll be around to see what happens.
I have switched to this series from three other similar series because I got tired of the overly complex plots used by the other authors. I stayed away from the Stone Barrington books for a long time just because of that ridiculous name! But I was wrong. These are pretty good books. Of course they are light reading. But they are entertaining. You can enjoy the series starting anywhere in the progression of the series. I started with more recent books of which "Severe Clear" is one. Woods builds a large assortment of regular characters in these books. You will get to know them and enjoy their company as you progress through these stories.
This book covers a major event - the opening of the Arrington Hotel, a top luxury hotel in Southern California. The Arrington Hotel is named after Stone's ex-wife, Arrington, the mother of his only son, Peter. As an aside, I have just started reading Woods' first book in the series, "Dirt", where Stone is introduced to the beautiful lady, Arrington. So you see there are many levels of interest developed in these novels.
Stone Barrington is a slightly interesting character for a hero in a mystery/adventure series. He is a practicing lawyer. He is a former New York cop. He is an investigator. He is a pilot who owns and flies his own Cessna Citation Mustang jet - a new small owner-flown jet. He is a consultant to the CIA which is significant in this particular novel. He gets romantically involved with many young women and some more his own age. In this book there is the new Assistant Director of the CIA who is an old flame (still smoldering), an official in the French Intelligence office (still smoldering) and a Vanity Fair reporter (still warm).
While each book in this series, is s good story in itself, we readers can gain a lot by reading the stories in the order created. The interrelationships between characters developed in one story influence later stories.
Most people will enjoy seeing how the relations that begin in Europe pass through Southern California and end for some people in New York.
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