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
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Here is a Stone book with a very different start and a unique plot. Most Stone books start at a restaurant over drinks, then the plot unfolds by way of a beautiful woman walking into the bar.
Severe Clear is almost a project management book for the rich and powerful. Stone and his team must open a swanky new hotel in LA while dealing with a potential terrorist threat. The fun here is in the motions and planing meetings that go into making sure everything goes right.
There is a significant side story with Herbert (no longer Herbie) as he helps his new startup deal with potential espionage and employment clauses. This whole bit seems boring and it would be if it weren't for a unique aspect that drives this side story.
Of course Stone's son and his friends are all still absolutely perfect in every way, which bothers me because I think their flawlessness just comes off as fake.
This was a great book and I really enjoyed it but if there is one person I really missed, it was Dino. Sure, Dino is in the book and makes appearances but his is there as a bit player rather than someone right there next to Stone.
As always, Tony Roberts plays the characters extremely well. I wonder if I would like this Audiobook series if Tony did not do the voices?
Yes mainly because I don't have time to sit and read but am on the road a lot. I never listen to the radio any more
In addition to the storyline (mystery) Stone/Dino and their kids are evolving thru life and it's challenges. They live a priviledged existence that makes for an enjoyable read.
Stone Barrington of course. He's a cad who pulls it off.
There's something in his voice and accent that is pleasing to the ear.
No, I wouldn't want to give away anything. I would highly recommend this book and series.
Yes Even if you have not followed the series you can get the
gist of what has gon on before .
Stone Barrington. He always comes off as the pererfect gentleman . He is written as a ladies man but not a gigolo . You could almos say he is a renasams ,amamn.
Yes It is very good and compares favorably to the others.
Yes. When Stone and Dino find their new restaurant and they find out Elaine had passed then on to the owner before she died.
I enjouy the Stone Barrington and Holly Barker stories. I switched to Nob Creek bourbon because of them .
True to form Stone. It's an ok story line, kind of predicable. Stone continues to be the luckiest man on earth. Shorter than usual. Fans of Stone will have to read it.
Can't say. I've only listened to it
Good continuation of these characters. They've become part of our family in recent years and we can't wait to continue the saga.
I drive I listen!
I have bed hooked on stone since the beginning and this book is no different. There was something new that actually worked for the book the details about the three terrorists. Caught my breath several times. Worth the purchase
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