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Strategic Moves: A Stone Barrington Novel Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Over the years I witnessed a commonality among writers, both print and television, in that the fall prey to trying to out do themselves. Perhaps 5 Barrington novels back I worried that Woods had fallen on to this path when he brought many of his charaters together (Stone, Holly, Lance, etc.) in a book I referred to as the "fantastic four." I was delighted when I bought the next Barrington novel and found Woods had reigned his characters back in (not typical). Hopefully this new Barrington charater will be reigned back in too as this new Barrington reminds me of sad little men who buy jaguars and/or wear their wallets on their foreheads in an efforts to capture as many women as possible during a midlife crisis. It's not attractive to watch, it's just sad, and only the most pathetic women find this type of man alluring.
I hope and pray to see a return of Stone's character in Woods next book but I hold out little hope as Woods seems to have lost perspective with respect to his character development and is likely off the deepend forever.
So, I'm giving up Stone Barrington for awhile.
Stone no longer seems to have any depth whatsoever....he just gladly goes in whatever direction is needed to advance the contrived story. Hey Stone, want to fly to Iraq? Sure, why not? Hey Stone, want to participate in the extradiction of a prisoner from Spain? Well as a seasoned New York attorney that sounds like something I should definitely get involved with. Hey Stone...want to be the main character in a horrible book? Of course, my fans will read anything.
In the past, Stone has been quite the ladies man but again there was some depth to the romances. In this book, he meets a woman, flies her off to Maine for a romantic weekend, she then gets murdered and....he moves right on to another woman and surprise, flies her off to Maine too. So not only is Stone too lazy to think up an original date now, but the murder of his first romantic interest is never solved. There are a lot of theories raised, and possible suspects....but no resolution whatseover. The Stone from the past would have at least solved the murder. Isn't that one of the basic expectations of a book like this?
Finally....the whole plot just felt contrived. Characters are always exactly where they need to be to advance the story. Need to get Stone involved with an international arms dealer...put Stone on a flight to Iraq...as a well-heeled attorney who only drinks Knob Creek he would fit right in on a clandestine flight to Iraq.Read more ›
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I have read most all his books. I love all of them especially Stone Barrington, Teddy Fay and Holly Barker.ore please.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
True to form for the character, Stone Barrington.
I liked it. Kept my interest.
Another solid Stone Barrington novel. These never fail to entertain me - Stone is the kind of guy that everybody wants in their life, along with his Detective friend Dino. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Ruetz
This was our first 'Stone Barrington' book. My husband and I listened to on a 'play away' and enjoyed it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T-Bird
Great story line. I truly enjoy the Stone Barrington series. Keep 'me coming!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Stuart Woods keeps you wanting to get to the next page throughout the book. Stone and Dino make a great team bringing intrigue, fun and sex. What more can you ask for in a book.Published 5 months ago by terry