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Grass Roots Audiobook

Grass Roots: A Will Lee Novel

Will Lee has returned to his roots to kick off his campaign for the Senate. A prominent lawyer, he has come back to his hometown of Delano, Georgia, to plan his strategies...and to argue an explosively controversial case that could seriously damage his political career. For Delano is a town with a dark secret - a smoldering hotbed of racial hatred and moral outrage, held in the thrall of a sinister white-supremacist group called The Elect... a breeding ground for violent, evil forces that will stop at nothing to keep the candidate out of office.
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Will Lee has returned to his roots to kick off his campaign for the Senate. A prominent lawyer, he has come back to his hometown of Delano, Georgia, to plan his strategies...and to argue an explosively controversial case that could seriously damage his political career. For Delano is a town with a dark secret - a smoldering hotbed of racial hatred and moral outrage, held in the thrall of a sinister white-supremacist group called The Elect... a breeding ground for violent, evil forces that will stop at nothing to keep the candidate out of office. At first, Will Lee was running for the Senate. But now he is running for his life.

©1989 Stuart Woods (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-15-15
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-15-15 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Plot: Dems vs. "Evil" Republicans"

    First, I must admit that I enjoyed this book. Especially the narration. Will Lee as the central character lacked some of the depth of Woods' "Chiefs" characters, but was good for the most part. It was, at times, difficult to find fault with him, and then in the blink of an eye, that appraisal slipped precariously.

    However, the core issue of the story pivots on the principal that liberal democrats are the white-hatted good folks and the right wing, radical republicans are the black-hatted evil folks. Oh yes, and conservative religion is equally immoral and remiss. That is the hard sell of the story and might make it unpalatable for some.

    Still, there is considerable court room drama, a good deal of lawyering and a plethora of mysteries to resolve. That's what kept me listening. This one isn't as good as "Chiefs", but entertaining, nevertheless.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-26-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-26-16 Member Since 2016

    My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.

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    "Disappointing! Garbage!"

    George Guidall does his usual outstanding job of narration, but there is no way to salvage this novel. Grass Roots is Book 4 in Stuart Woods' Will Lee series. Chiefs , the first Will Lee book, starts off the series well. All of the series was written before Woods began the Stone Barrington series in 1991 (Grass Roots were released in 1989).

    Stuart Woods is a mediocre if prolific author of police and legal thrillers. He is likely incapable of writing 5 star thrillers, but he can write mostly 3 star and occasional star novels - Chiefs is a fine example of his best 4 star novels. The major weakness of Woods' writing is poor character development. Another issue is research; he does little research and as a result his books are filled with errors.

    I am amazed that Woods has been able to make a living writing novels. This is definitely my last Stuart Woods novel. Since he can not make the effort to develop his characters or do research, I shall not invest money in or take the time to read his books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-21-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-21-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Sainted Democrat Vs. Zealot, Evil, Racist GOP"

    This book is well written (and masterfully read) propaganda that doesn’t present ideological differences so much as represents an extreme side of one of them … the progressive side. The hero is a Democrat saint (note the capital D).. perfect in every way. His opponents are indolent womanizing drunks at best, evil fascist murderous militia Republican Christians at worst.

    Once upon a time, Woods knew how to find the nuance of life (In his masterful "Chiefs" for example). Apparently his followers don’t need no stahnkin’ nuance :-}. Still, I enjoyed the story and realized if every Republican conservative was satanic as Woods wants us to believe, then an epic battle for good is the only moral alternative. In Grass Roots, only one side is close minded. But I wonder if Woods himself realizes which side that might be?

    “Right” versus, not disagreement but, immoral EVIL (all in caps) is what this book’s about. Woods is a masterful polemicist. He coats his one-sided message in righteous honey. Progressives will love the way Woods reveals a sinister racist conspiracy behind everything. Conservatives are used to that POV dominating movies, TV, newspapers, magazines, books, and even music (ever listened to Rap?).

    So they’ll be entertained by the storyline, even if they’d wish that once in a while a high-craft writer like Woods could conceive of situations where, because of the limits on resources, choices must be made not between perfection and evil, but between two goods.

    I guess the problem with nuance is, it’s not as motivating to write about the possibility that your side might not be, well, saintly?

    George Guidall, once again creates a production that even makes the lead character's frequent political harangues, philosophical assertions, and ideological polar positions feel as comfortably correct as the voices who read TV advertisements that successfully sell us laundry soap and politicians.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Anderson, SC, United States 05-27-15
    Tom Anderson, SC, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "George Guidall never lets us down."

    George Guidall is awesome story teller, whether it is Mitch Rapp or Stuart Woods collection.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-30-12
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Mr Lee, Mr Lee..."

    After reading "Chiefs" I looked at what else Mr Woods had written and was both glad and saddened that Audible had only one more book available in the 'Will Lee' series. This book was worth both my time and money. I thoughly enjoyed a trip back to modern day Delano, GA with a new set of characters. George Guidall was magnificant as usual. I am disappointed that Audible does not have more books in the Will Lee series available and I am hoping that will change. If Guidall is not available for the narration Mr Hammer is certainly more than capable. Great read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 02-03-16
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 02-03-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Grass Roots"
    Any additional comments?

    Narration by George Guidall, just over 12.5 hours of listening. This is a legal-political thriller, book four of a series featuring the character Will Lee. Lee is running for the Senate in this novel and is also appointed defense attorney in a trial. The defendant is a white male accused of raping and murdering a black female. Will request recusal due to his senate race and the judge insists he defend. Thus is the thrust of Grass Roots. Albeit, there are many other issues, i.e., a campaign manager suicide, an unfaithful girlfriend-slash-CIA-agent, the sudden debilitating stroke of Will’s mentor. More … a bible thumping political opponent. There are many reviews out there, so I’ll simply state that the story is a good one.

    However … using a novel as a platform for political sniping by the author is annoying. I can listen to this stuff by the hour on any 24/7 news station, I don’t need it in a a piece of fiction that I depend on for escape! You guessed it - the democrats are the good guys - the republicans are the bad guys. Sigh.

    George Guidall is perfect, as usual. No issues with narration. If you can take some right vs left wing plather - have at it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Palmer 12-27-15
    Jim Palmer 12-27-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Very interesting to the end"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, very enjoyable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

    Yes, not sure I would invest a full credit, but if on sale definately.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I always look for books narrated by George G. He makes almost any book worthwhile. Someone once remarked that they could listen to him "read the tax code" and I have to agree.


    Was Grass Roots worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Will look for his books in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oshmond 12-04-15
    Oshmond 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too many plots - not well written"

    Too many plot to follow and the author didn't tie them well. It became confusing and it seem leek the author had an agenda to declare. Not well written and ferry tale like. He didn't develop the characters well. Not good!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan KENNESAW, GA, United States 10-29-12
    Ryan KENNESAW, GA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Typical Stuart Woods Brilliance"
    Would you listen to Grass Roots again? Why?

    No Don't listen twice


    What did you like best about this story?

    Will lee storyline


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    jedco 03-17-12
    jedco 03-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "rerun"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

    we like Stuart Woods


    What three words best describe George Guidall???s voice?

    ok


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    this book was released in 2009, this is a remake and shorter

    disappointed

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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