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Severe Clear: A Stone Barrington Novel, Book 24 | [Stuart Woods]

Severe Clear: A Stone Barrington Novel, Book 24

Stone Barrington is called to Bel-Air to oversee an exclusive event that will gather the top echelons of the beau monde: Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos, billionaires from overseas. It’s a task in which Stone has a personal stake, and one that is made all the more pleasurable - though somewhat more complicated - with the arrivals of two beautiful women with whom he’s intimately acquainted. But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans....
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Stone Barrington is called to Bel-Air to oversee an exclusive event that will gather the top echelons of the beau monde: Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos, billionaires from overseas. It’s a task in which Stone has a personal stake, and one that is made all the more pleasurable - though somewhat more complicated - with the arrivals of two beautiful women with whom he’s intimately acquainted.

But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans. The hunt to find them leads Stone into a complex web of deceit and misdirection, in a world where the intrigues of government intelligence collide with the clandestine machinations of the upper crust.

As he draws nearer to his quarry, he realizes that the stakes are higher than anybody could ever imagine...and that the enemies he’s seeking might just be hiding in plain sight.

©2012 Stuart Woods (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Kristin Mt airy, MD, United States 02-11-13
    Kristin Mt airy, MD, United States 02-11-13
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    Where does Severe Clear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It wasn't my favorite but it kept my interest the whole way through.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I feel like Staur woods always does a good job of wrapping up his books.


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

    Tony Roberts always does a fine job with these characters. I couldn't listen to anyone else narrate Stone barrinton at this point.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't have one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 12-30-12
    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 12-30-12

    60 yr old retired

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    "We used to like Stone Barrington"
    What would have made Severe Clear better?

    The story was completely unrealistic. I just don't think the CIA & Secret Service would acquiesce to a lawyer and a security person to let them handle a terrorist threatening 2 presidents. The kids having luck fall in their laps. The bomb experts having a crowd around as they do their work. It was a shallow and frustrating.


    What could Stuart Woods have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Go back to the old Stone Barrington. He was arrogant but you had to like him. We didn't even like him in this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tony Roberts’s performances?

    No, we didn't like his "lady voice." We didn't like Dino sounding like a thug. And we didn't like the music coming on at strange times. The music reminded us of an old radio show, but it didn't fit.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I guess there was something redeeming about it because we finished it. Both of us really couldn't wait to have it over with. We paid for it so we muttled through it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Wentworth, NH, United States 12-26-12
    Brian Wentworth, NH, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very consistent. Typical Stuart Woods"
    Would you listen to Severe Clear again? Why?

    I have twice already.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Stone Barrington is who every man would like to be.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Stuart Woods brought many of his characters together from his past books. I was worried that this might have been his last because of this. I certainly hope not. I love Mr Woods's work. Especially when Holly Barker and Stone Barrington get together in a book. Magnificent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-22-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Stone is in one hell of a situation"
    If you could sum up Severe Clear in three words, what would they be?

    Action, Plot, Cast


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Severe Clear?

    To me there were many I liked the part near the end when justice was severed


    What does Tony Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    WOW I only hope Mr Roberts keeps up his great work. He is one of the best He brings the characters mood to life Can't read that out of the book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beverly Hills Under Attack


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, looking for the next Mr Woods keep up the good work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Washington, DC Area 03-01-13
    Sheila Washington, DC Area 03-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Changed my thoughts on this book since I've realized it's part one of a trilogy; story = 4 stars.Wish Audible made this clear on their site.

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    "Not Much of a Story"
    What disappointed you about Severe Clear?

    The story was dull; it would have made a better short story. There was little suspense or action, unless you count the bedroom scenes. This was my first Stone Barrington novel and the author did little to help a newcomer grasp the character, it felt like I came into the movie theater late. Also, I still can't tell who the main character was, Stone, Holly, or the bad guys.


    How could the performance have been better?

    At first it was difficult telling the characters a part, the narrator did a poor job of distinguishing them, it's a good thing characters names were use often.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment!


    Any additional comments?

    I do not recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 02-17-13
    Kathryn 02-17-13
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    "Terrific!!"
    Where does Severe Clear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's well read and edited


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was excellent and the sidebars interesting.


    What does Tony Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He breathes life and emotion into the characters


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Terror In Bel Air


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Crossville, TN, United States 12-17-12
    George Crossville, TN, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow and boring"

    What more can I say. I love Woods, but this was not good whatsoever. Quit listening half way through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bozidar Apple Valley, MN, United States 12-14-12
    Bozidar Apple Valley, MN, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Done with Woods..."

    Unlike the last book which was terrible and showed lack of effort, this one is terrible, but you can tell that Woods tried hard. He is just not good any more.
    I was not able to finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooks Colonial Heights, VA, United States 12-11-12
    Brooks Colonial Heights, VA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a truck driver who loves listening to audio books. I also play a music and some gardening when I can. I do really like to cook as well.

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    "Never a dull moment"

    There is just something really special about Stone and all his adventures. I have yet to find and adventure of his I didn't like like.

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    R Oakland, CA, United States 12-10-12
    R Oakland, CA, United States 12-10-12
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    "Not Too Bad"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. Its better that the last few.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did keep my interest


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

    Tony Roberts??? he was alright.


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

    I could have sat til the end


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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