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Fresh Disasters: A Stone Barrington Novel | [Stuart Woods]

Fresh Disasters: A Stone Barrington Novel

Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.
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Publisher's Summary

Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York Mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.

Herbie convinces Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, to sign him on as a client, with the goal of taking down the infamous Mafia boss Carmine Datilla. And even though Stone doesn't want to have anything to do with Herbie - or the Mafia, for that matter - he is soon coerced into being Herbie's lawyer.

With the help of his ex-partner, Dino, Stone investigates "Datilla the Hun", and the rest of the mob family, encountering intrigue and danger at every turn. Will Stone finally take a stand, or will he end up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay?

With the swift action, razor-sharp characters, and crackling dialogue that are Stuart Woods's hallmarks, Fresh Disasters is Woods at the very height of his storytelling powers.

More mayhem? Listen to all of our Stone Barrington mysteries.

©2007 Stuart Woods; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

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"Series regulars and newcomers alike will be perfectly satisfied." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Denis Naples, FL, USA 05-07-07
    Denis Naples, FL, USA 05-07-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Disaster is right!"

    What happened to the Stone Barrington I used to know and love? Stone is "forced" into taking on a case he would never take or face being "let go" from Woodman and Weld. The OLD Stone would have told Bill Eggers to STICK IT, but this Stone reluctantly takes the assignment, because he -really needs the money.

    Tony Roberts is the reader again and his voice really grates on me. His reading of the story makes me picture Dino as a big fat slob who has trouble breathing.

    The book is mildly entertaining with a plot so thin you could slide it under a door.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Phoenix, MD, USA 07-21-07
    Marilyn Phoenix, MD, USA 07-21-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Dreadful"

    I've never had to stop listening to a book until this. Even if I'm not totally engaged, I can usually find some redeeming qualities. This, however has none. I can't quite decide which was worse; the writing or the narration. Do yourself a favor and save your time and money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Bristol, CT, United States 07-13-07
    Gail Bristol, CT, United States 07-13-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Unimpressive"

    Fresh Disasters is an undeniably entertaining, mostly typical Stone Barrington tale - but it is somewhat more vulgar and sloppy than other Stuart Woods works.

    I finished this book and then wished I hadn't invested my time. Unimpressive is the adjective that comes to mind.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael TAMPA, FL, USA 07-29-07
    Michael TAMPA, FL, USA 07-29-07
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    "Going No Where"

    I turned it off after an hour and half. It was like a car stuck in the mud spinning its tires. I guess if you want something very light you might enjoy the book. I though there was little substance.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Laakso West Allis, WI United States 05-06-07
    Fred Laakso West Allis, WI United States 05-06-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Fresh Disasters"

    For the most part this is a fun listen. The plot keeps moving. I would have rated it higher, but the sex is ridiculous and I found myself fast forwarding through it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy A. Curl Charlotte, NC United States 06-27-07
    Nancy A. Curl Charlotte, NC United States 06-27-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Poor narration"

    While the story is fun, the narration was annoying. The voice was so unpleasant that the characters became unattractive, especially "Deano".

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 07-02-07
    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 07-02-07
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    "LOVED IT!"

    Stuart Woods does it again. I don't think this guy can write a bad novel. This one surpasses all of the other "Stone Barrington" novels that I have read. Lots of intrigue and humor. Never a dull moment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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