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
It seems Stuart Woods is drifting away from Stone Barrington. These books are more and more about peripheral characters and less and less about Stone and Dino. It's not the same and not what I buy the books for. They were never anything but fairly simplistic, but I enjoyed them for their escapist value. Now, with Woods concentrating on everything but Stone, including characters that were formerly the objects of derision (like Herbie Fisher who now has to be called Herb and who Woods has made into a younger version of Stone), I am close to not getting any more of them. If the next one is like this, I'm done.
I find my self in the unwanted position of not not knowing who to recommending this book to. It doesn't fit into the mystery or the thriller category. Stuart Woods is a great author but his dipping a toe into the technothriller realm is not successful.
He should have created a character within the Barrington novels and started another series with an occasional cameo by Stone.
Leave Stone as a semi-cop lawyer
Narration wonderful as always-story not well developed, sketchy, found myself for the first time not really caring if Stone won or not!
Stone, as always!
Get to the meat of the story
Roberts is OK, but just average
Once he got to the story, it was fine.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
Woods' writing style and Roberts' narrative style are both plodding. Even this plot, which should have had me in suspense, did not. After 24 books starring Stone Barrington I am not going to abandon him but I am growing tired of listening to uneventful stories. Stone is not aging well with me! If this were the first book one read with these characters I cannot imagine reading a second.
I've always liked the characters, but these books seem to get shorter and shorter. The storyline is predictable. His books have become a quick very read.
I will only keep up with the Stone Barrington, but anything else no.
no, too short no indepth story.
Spend more time building the story and give us more then you have been lately with the past couple of books.
The narrator gives the book life and allows more to be imagined.
This book did keep my attention but did seem simple in it's plot and very predictable.
Stone does it again. The Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods for nubies are short siimplistic stories where it generally, but not always, turns out wonderful for everyone in the end. Even the "town fool" Herbie becomes a multimillionaire and always gets the girl. In short these are great fun breaks from reality. Always well written. Narration always consistent.
I did find there was not enough excitement building up to the climax. Kelly should have had more trouble reaching Stone or something. I liked the sub plot with Peter. But it was too insignificant...like it was thrown in without much thought. Souls have been a much longer book too weave the plot and subplots. Next!
I love everything Stone Barrington. I am a fan of the series and have gotten others to read/listen to the series. But this one was just not as good as the others. Instantly it was predictable and Stone and Dino were barely in the book. It was a book about everyone else in Stone's life but him. He was the sub-character in his own series.
I believe that you could skip this book and go straight to #26 without missing anything!
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