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Severe Clear (Stone Barrington) Audio CD – Audiobook, September 18, 2012

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Book 24 of 36 in the Stone Barrington Series

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Stone Barrington
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611761077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611761078
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (593 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As many Stuart Woods fans know, we have had a hard time in the past couple years. By this I mean Stuart Woods' previous books the last couple of years have not been as good as his earlier books. That is not to say that I have not read every single one of them, because I do. That just means the books in the last couple of years have not been as good.

I want to start this review by saying again that I have read every single one of Stuat Woods' books. The thing I love the most about these books are that there is a series, several series really , but if you do not read the series and read each book individually you can still enjoy the books.

Reporting to Woods fans, I would have to say Woods is back. Severe clear is a story in the stone Barrington family that also has all of the favorite characters from other series. They are put together in a well thought out way that does make sense. This is a very fast read and it was a good read. Finally.

Reporting to new readers of woods, I would have to say this is a good book to start. This is a book about glitz and glamour and of course espionage with a little bit of terrorism. This is a quick read. I downloaded it on the Amazon Kindle and read it in a day. this book is not going to change your life. This book will put a smile on your face though.
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By MED on September 20, 2012
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Stuart Woods returns with Stone Barrington and the usual characters - Dino, Holly Barker, Kate Lee and her President husband, his son Peter and friends, Herb Fisher and Mike Freeman. The setting is the opening of the Arrington - a luxury hotel named for Barrington's late wife and Peter's mother. The opening will include an agreement scheduled to be signed by the President of the U.S. and the President of Mexico along with a star studded concert.

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.

Recommended.
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I have read the Stone Barrington novels, the Holly Barker novels and the Santa Fe novels. I enjoyed most. The last couple of Stone Barrington novels are boring to say the least. This last book was the worst. I literally scanned through most of it because you knew what was going to happen. It was as if Stuart Woods had to put all his characters, except for the lawyer in the Santa Fe books, into this one book. It was boring, boring, boring. I keep hoping his books will once again be intriguing and make you want to quickly turn the page, but alas, I no longer think he has that ability. This read will be my last.
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I agree with the other reviewers. Something about "Severe Clear" states that Woods is not prepared to sit on his laurels and let his characters generate continued income. So many of my favourite authors have succombed to this practice (Patterson, Cussler, WEB Griffin, Cook), and it seemed inevitable Woods would do the same. Indeed, several of the recent books looked to be heading in that direction. Even bringing all the series' characters together every time seemed a nod to the minimalist approach to extending a series that shouldn't be extended. Most die hard fans will continue to read (and more importantly for the publisher/author, buy) each new tome, despite their growing lack of interest in characters that simply aren't growing.
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.
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Once upon a time I was huge fan of Stuart Woods, all the way back to "Chiefs", his first and by far his best. After not even bothering to review "Son of Stone", a plotless mishmash of nothingness, I was hoping that he would somehow turn things around and get back on track. Sorry to say that "Severe Clear" is an indulgent run on, plotless, characterless and devoid of any mystery, and not at all entertaining. Wow! If this had been submitted as a manuscript by an unknown writer it would never have seen the light of day. It is truly awful. I am truly sorry to say that Stuart Woods is no longer able to write a compelling mystery, and that is an unfortunate loss for all of his fans.
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